Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chickenless treehouse...

A few days ago, Scarlett and grace announced they wanted a tree house. One of those lovely little wooden houses that is built high above ground in a beautiful large tree. What did Chris say when he found this out? "How about instead...let's turn the chicken coup into a house!" We have no chickens anymore, so why not? It wasn't as appealing to them as their original idea but when their brothers chipped in to help clean and paint, it become a project of great memories...



Monday, August 14, 2017

Blessings beyond measure...

Something occurred to me this past weekend. On April 14th, 2017 I had another baby. His name is Jared Thomas. 

Halee and Jared drove here on Thursday all the way from Alaska (52 hours) on their way to rexburg for Jared's last semester.

This is the first time I've really seen with my own eyes, my daughter married. And by "seen" I mean, in action. I can say with complete confidence that Jared treats Halee like a queen. He's putting her needs above his own in all situations that I encountered with them. He's holding her hand, hugging her close, kissing her. Looking at her for no reason at all other than total and complete adoration. I recognized that look because that's how Chris looks at me. (I'm still not sure why.) 

Chris and I came away this weekend feeling so blessed to have him as a son in law. I don't have to worry about my daughter. He will take care of her no matter how hard he has to work at it. 

She is safe. 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

A garden favorite...

What do you do with zucchini from your garden? Turn a perfectly healthy vegetable into a perfectly unhealthy lunch. Fried zucchini...and it's worth every calorie...

P.S Austin made these...perfectly crispy. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Camping 2017...

We spent 5 days last week camping. All by our lonesomes. In fact when we boated into Our favorite camping spot on the river we expected at least a few other campers but instead we ended up as the "wilderness family" and spent two nights all alone. It was absolutely wonderful having the whole place to ourselves feeling almost as though we were on a stranded island. We boated and swam for hours upon hours. The kids never got sick of it. Christian learned to water ski and the girls took to the boogie board. Connor and Austin learned to wake surf. 

Chris made pancakes and sausage every morning for breakfast because he's an awesome husband and dad that way.

Despite the kids fighting at now and then and my teenagers getting mouthy and frustrating at times...I wouldn't change one minute of it. 





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Whales and work...

My dad told me a few years back that he always appreciated the fact that his dad (a business owner) allowed him the opportunity to work for him to earn some extra cash. I've not forgotten that and have since tried to give our children opportunity to do the same. 

Connor worked 6 hours with Chris today. He came home afterward and had made this over his lunch break. A whale. Made by his own hands, out of wax, determination, tenacity, and creativity.

Heat wave...

Today was a swim kind of day. We are calling for 107 degree weather over the next several days. Bring on the friends and bring on the water...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Love...

Fact: Chris tells me every single day...EVERY SINGLE DAY, that I look "pretty" or "beautiful" or maybe it's "you smell good" or it could be "your hair looks nice" and the list goes on. I've done nothing...NOTHING to deserve this kind of love other than loving him. But apparently love is enough. ❤️