Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's a boy thing...

These two boys are at it again. They've been playing this game they like to play from time to time. I'm pretty sure that girls don't play this game, though I suppose I could be wrong.

The game they play......

"Tell me when it hurts"

Can this end well?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gramma Time

My mom came to visit with us all last week. The boys really love to have her come visit. It's a pretty long drive but she tries to get down here about every month or two. Most of the family is up in Montana with more grandparents in Cali and an uncle in Wisconsin.... so basically everyone is far, far away. We fit in a ton of things when she was here. Can anyone say... wait for it.... golf? Yeah, we may have done that.

There is my mom with Little Man. She's funny and nice and smart... and skinny, some things just aren't fair!

She had a ball with the kids and the kids had a ball with her. Of course getting used to the sound level in our house takes some getting used to. Even Lineman isn't used to the sound level - especially in the car. If you want to pick on him ask him how he likes driving with all the kids!

Okay, you see this picture? This is basically how they looked her entire visit. Little Man figured out that if he held on to those hands and started walking she would be forced to keep him going. One night they did about a half marathon in our house. Makes my back hurt just thinking about it.
Thanks for coming down mom, your bed will be ready again next week!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Keepin' it real

Any one that reads Pioneer Woman knows she likes to "keep it real". That is exactly what I'm about to do, lest anyone begin to think that my life is all about gorgeous sunsets, soothing streams, glorious fall days, children that behave perfectly and days that go just as they are planned. Trust me, we are none of those things.

The is how my day started a few mornings ago.......

The Little Man woke me up at 4:30 for a bottle, I begrudgingly got out of bed to give him his bottle. I brought him to bed with me for his bottle fully intending (maybe) on taking him back to his crib when he finished his early morning gourmet meal. Let's face it though, I'm sleep deprived so I ended up falling asleep with Little Man laying right next to me. It is so precious to sleep next to a little baby. But trust me... the preciousness is going to abruptly end.

As dawn neared so did my disgusting awakening.....

Little Man began to stir. I was midly awake but not ready for the day that lay ahead of me. Little Man woke up, got on all fours and crawled a few steps to greet me for the day. Oh that precious child of mine. I guess he wanted to show me a little love - in a way that only a 10 month old can. I was still relishing the feel of my pillow on my cheek when he crawled to me, put one hand on my pillow and one hand on my shoulder. Then I heard it.... a burp. Not just a burp though.... spit up, lots and lots of spit up. I guess we could call it a morning facial.

Thank you, son. I love you.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Indian Summer

But is it still really an Indian Summer day when the wind is blowing 40 miles per hour and you have to wear layers and layers of clothes? That's okay, we'll still take a decent day, anything to delay the propane man from driving up our driveway. We did take advantage of a nice day to play at the park before swimming lessons. Speaking of swimming lessons, it's still just warm enough that they don't have to cut holes out of the ice for the kids to go swimming.
The kids love to go to the park. We usually go twice a week before lessons. Anything it takes to just burn off some of their energy. Trust me on this one... there is LOTS of energy to burn off!

Is it because of their dad that they aren't afraid of heights? Must be because they sure didn't get that trait from me.

I really enjoy this picture of my middle boy. Being the smaller kid on a teeter totter certainly does have it's advantages. First off he does absolutely NO work on the teeter totter. Second, he basically gets all the fun. Fair or not? Not sure on that one.

The Little Man is really getting in to an age that I love. I love my kids so much but the baby stage is pretty hard. Now we get to see personality, energy, playfulness, the list goes on. Oh, he is Lineman's son so we must also add to the list: stubborn and ornery. Thankfully he got a lot of my genes so he's a real sweetheart.
It was off to swimming lessons next and we had quite the driver. Hey, in the country you gotta start the kids young!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I do not allow it

I do not allow it. Racing. Racing on our property. As much as I say this I think it falls on deaf ears. So as long as I don't allow racing and they are still going to race anyway, I might as well have my camera out and take some pictures.
Here is Lineman and the oldest boy racing up the drive way. They always start down by the road and race up. Lineman usually give him a little head start.
That boy of our cracks me up. He has his head down, throttle pulled all the way and is giving it all the machine has. He is usually yelling too. Or laughing. Or giving the play by play about how he is beating his competition. I can hear all this over the sound of the bikes and from quite a distance too. Cracks me up I tell ya.

They are racing to get to the top first. But what's this I see? I think Lineman should be disqualified for going out in the pasture. Hey, you're racing a 7 year old kid, no cheating!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My turn

After watching Lineman do wheelie after wheelie I thought I should at least give it a try. Let's just say I certainly did NOT master it. I had plenty of trial and error. Of course it's not like the "error" part was that bad. I never did go over backwards. I pulled and pulled on those handlebars, giving it throttle just as Lineman had instructed. Most of the time I probably looked like a turtle with the hiccups - that's about as high as I got.
Apparently there must have been at least a few times I got a little air. And by little, I do mean little. This time I think I may have actually been able to clear a turtle with the hiccups.
Even though I didn't get too high it sure was a lot of fun just trying. The weather was pretty nice and it was just fun playing together as a family. Our oldest boy was giving it a try but wasn't having any luck. Really I wasn't having any luck either, I think these pictures all must be an optical illusion.
Optical illusion or not it was fun just giving it a try. Wether we're 7 or 70 we need to keep getting out there and trying new things. Wheelies - Check. Skydiving - Next

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wheelie Time - Lesson Time

Saturday morning after we got the Little Man to take a nap we went out to the garage to work on a few projects. Lineman had to move the 4-wheeler to get at some things. He started it up and the boys flocked to him instantly. He took off on a little ride with them, I grabbed my bike and the next thing we knew our projects were on the back burners. Then the oldest and middle boy got on their bikes and Lineman took my bike. Next thing I knew they were all racing and I was going gray instantly. Then Lineman started in with the wheelies.....
I think he would have preferred the power of his bike over mine for the wheelies but he sure was fun to watch. The oldest boy came over to watch and get a few lessons on how to do a wheelie. He tried and tried but couldn't quite get the hang of it. I'm sure in a few years he will be doing them and I'll be wishing he didn't know how. Then I'll yell at Lineman for teaching his kids how to do wheelies.
The kids weren't the only ones getting lessons on how to do a wheelie....

More pictures coming tomorrow - I wonder who else could have given it a try???

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Soothing Sunday Pictures

Sorry, but there will not be a Sunday Sunsets post today. The sunsets seem to have faded with the cooler weather approaching. So instead today I will just show you some pictures I took a few days ago of some soothing waterfalls. I think I could just sit by these all day and just listen to the sound. Enjoy the pictures.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Milk cow anyone?

I went to Sam's club today for one thing and one thing only. MILK. Not just a gallon, not two, not three, not four...... but FIVE gallons of milk. And we have two open gallons in the fridge already.
So, my questions for you......
1. Is this a lot of milk for a family with 3 boys? Or is this normal?
2. If we are going through this kind of milk now, what will happen when they are teenagers?
3. Would it be good for our family to get a milk cow?
4. If I had a milk cow I could spray milk at the kittens while they try to stand up and lap the milk. I know that's not a question but it sounds like fun.
5. If the cost of milk is based on the basics of economics - supply and demand - is my family partly to blame for the high cost of milk?
6. If I put milk mustaches on each of our family members could we be in a magazine ad?
Now, go bake some cookies and serve them with a tall glass of cold milk!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where's that bus at already?

Oh, bother.... I dropped that kid off at the bus hours ago. How much longer does a boys best friend have to wait. I'm tired of waiting. At least the sun is shining today. How much longer do I have to wait? Huh! I hear something! Is it the bus? Could it be? Oh, not yet you say? Well, I guess I have to just wait a while longer then.
Oh! This waiting is just driving me crazy! I don't know how much longer I can wait.
Oh well then, I guess I might as well relax a bit longer...............

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby C

These pictures were taken for wonderful friends of ours. This baby is their fourth child. They are such wonderful, loving parents and their children are all so fantastic. Unfortunately we don't live very close to each other but when we do get together we always have fun and the kids hate to leave. Thanks for letting me take your baby's pictures.

Monday, October 13, 2008

None too soon

Remember my very last post? The one with the geese? More importantly, the one with the geese flying south. Well, they were definitely none too soon. The very day they came flying above our house is the very same day I called my mom to hear that it had started snowing, and snowing, and snowing. In two days she received 32 inches. 32 inches! Wet, heavy snow. The kind of snow that likes to break branches. The kind of snow that likes to break backs from shoveling.

Well, we didn't get near the storm they got up north in Montana but we did get some weather. Friday night it started to mist and there was a dense fog. By the time I awoke in the morning everything was iced over. The trees looked pitiful as they mourned the burden of the heavy weight of the ice. The limped over as if almost ready to admit defeat.
The beauty was bountiful however. Spiderwebs turned into works of art. It's occupant long gone in search of a warmer home for the winter.
The pines refused to fall victim to the weight of the ice. They instead stood tall in their beauty but beckoning the sun to show itself.

By Sunday the ice was abundant and we only had about an inch of snow. The roads were icy as proved by the skid marks going off of our road (not made by me). By the afternoon temps rose enough for the ice to start cracking and breaking off the limbs of the aspens. They began to stand tall once again. Now it's time for a few days of Indian Summer. Time to enjoy our days before we are to become the hermits of winter.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Our View: 15 Minutes Ago

There is our view from our deck. Of course you are saying "what are we looking at?" It's a flat gray sky. Bad lighting. Nothing spectacular. Well, look closely again.
Yup, there they are. There were hundreds and hundreds of geese that flew right near the house. *shiver* (I think I need some slippers).
They were sure talking up a storm up there. Hey, that's what they were probably talking about: A storm. *shiver* (I think I need a sweatshirt).

I talked to my mom yesterday and she said it is snowing up there, quite a bit too. And it's coming this way. *shiver* (I think I need a blanket).

So while these geese fly south for the winter we are still here. Awaiting the propane truck to show up *wiping tears off keyboard*.

You know, all this talk about winter FASTLY approaching has me thinking that I should be just like a bear. Yup, that's it. I'm going back to bed. See you in the spring.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Just what the doctor ordered

It was just what the doctor ordered. Actually, I never did official speak with a doctor. But had I spoken with a doctor about what was ailing me, I'm sure a doctor would have definitely ordered this.
How about this: My mom ordered it. Yup she did. And after she ordered it I had to think about it for a bit. And then, low and behold..... I ordered it for myself.
WHAT did I order? The answer: TIME. Time to myself, time without any children. I absolutely adore my children (obviously) but I never have anytime without them. Some of you may know the situation and understand. And for everyone else, trust me on this one: I needed TIME to myself. I very rarely take the time but today I took it. I took it and ran.
So I set up a time to go golfing with my friend, Jill. This gave me a chance to get out and it gave Jill a break from harvest. (uh, um... uh, I hope I didn't just get you in trouble. Come on, harvest can wait. So what if it is suppose to snow in two days).
Another friend watched my two younger boys for me. I cannot tell you how nice this was. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lisa for watching two crazy boys. Thank you. Oh, did I say thank you? Well then, thank you! Here is me in all my perfect golfing form. If you look real close you can see I'm about to hook that ball way out to the right and nearly hit an antelope on the head. The antelope ran, that's the only reason he didn't get hit.
Here is Jill, showing us how you do it! She is a blast to play with and plays really great. There are no pictures of me on the greens for this reason: I putt past the hole. Go back the other way, past the hole. Then back the other way, past the hole. And so on. So let's just look at Jill and her 30 foot putts. It's just not fair. The two of us getting ready to try to hit some antelope. Um, I mean, the two of us getting ready to try to get it on the green.
I cannot tell you just what today meant to me. I feel so refreshed. I feel like I have more energy. I feel like if I try hard enough I just might actually hit an antelope. I feel like a better mom. I feel like I could putt 20 feet, scratch that, I feel like I could putt 20 inches. I feel like it was an absolute great day.
I feel like I need to do it again!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Baby Love

This little guy is absolutely killing me with those eyes. Oh, those eyes! Everywhere I look his eyes are there. I didn't take too many pictures of him as an infant because his skin was in such bad shape. But now? Now I can't take my eyes off him. Let alone the camera.
These were all taken up in the mountains near us. I was looking for a great place to do a fall shoot. I would say it looks like we found it. Would you agree?
And this one? Now I just need to decide which size to print it out at.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Poncho & Lefty

I was browsing through some music earlier, listening to some Willie, Waylon, Merle... the good ones. I came across a song that made me think back to my high school days. Poncho and Lefty.

When I was in High School I was very involved in FFA. I think it must have been my Junior year that I had veal calves as one of my projects. I had a pair of them that I got from our favorite dairy in the area. We brought them home and thought about what to name them. I finally came up with names to suite them: The first one I named Poncho Veal-a and so I named the other one Lefty to go with. I can fondly remember the smell of milk replacer that I would feed to them. Man I loved those two animals!

Now when Poncho and Lefty come up on my music player maybe you'll think of two cute veal calves instead of two outlaws.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Saturday Fall Drive

Saturday the boys and I went for a drive up to Vedauwoo. We went the back way from our place which means we never pass any type of gas station. Oh, and I should mention I only had a quarter of a tank of gas. I threw in an extra gas can in the event that I should need it.

We took off in search of some great fall foliage and a photo shoot location. There were some beautiful colors and it was just what I needed to drive around in such a relaxing place.

We found a nice little place where the aspens had turned yellow, there were a few large boulders and several large rocks. We did a mini photoshoot and then the boys explored for a bit. Then I put half of the gas can in so I wouldn't have to worry the whole way home.

The boys just had so much fun, we will probably head back again when weather permits so the boys can go hiking up there again.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday Sunsets

I drive past this one room school house ever day to and from home. It is very small and couldn't have schooled too many kids at a time. It is called Capitol Vista School and ran from the years 1919-1936.

Here's a little trivia for you. Lineman and I were actually married in a one room school house. Ah, the memories. Boy I've had to put up with a lot since then. I kid, I kid.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Down at the Dam

A few Saturday's ago we went to the dam near us so the boys could go fishing. Of course after a few casts they would rather just go climb in the hills. So that pretty much left me, Lineman and Little Man watching the fishing poles. And I didn't even go to fish! It was fun though. I saw a ton of tracks while we were there.

Anyone care to leave a comment on what you think some of these tracks are from? You can do it! Just take a few guesses.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It ain't the fall......

Here is a quote from Lineman regarding yesterday's post:

There isn't anything about being a lineman to be afraid of but there are two things that you gotta remember and live by if you wanna do this work.....#1. Gravity stinks#2. It ain't the fall, it is the sudden stop that will get you everytime.

And in the spirit of his funny comment, here is something fo you to watch and maybe laugh at.
One thing I laugh at is the guys name appears to be "Goo". He is doing a pole top rescue. All lineman have to do this to prepare for a real incident. They are timed as well, that's why you'll hear people shouting "Come on, Goo"

And yes, he probably did get hurt. And no, we don't know him.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Heights Anyone?

Lineman sent me these pictures yesterday morning. There is something about watching a lineman climb a pole. It just seems so foreign. So unnatural. So unnerving. So frightening, yet so thrilling. Linemen are different than most people. They can be more than 100 feet in the air with up to 100 pounds of equipment and tools on their body all supported on a two inch piece of steel jabbed into the pole. Comforting? I don't think so. But this is their way of life, they become accustom to it. It becomes natural. Fear is taken away when the job must be completed... and completed safely. As my middle boy and I looked at the pictures that Lineman had e-mailed over to us, I noticed a look on our boys face. That look. It was unmistakable. It was a thrill in his eyes. He caught me looking at him and he grinned. That is when he said it for at least the hundredth time... "I want to be a lineman when I grow up, just like dad".

I believe him too. Later that day we were outside while I stained the fence. I look over and he had found a way to climb to the top of a shed out back.
He walked around up there for about 20 minutes.
Afraid of heights? I don't think so.
A thrill seeker? Probably.
Cut out to be a lineman? Definitely