Tuesday, January 8, 2013

6 Months in Pictures

I don't think I can begin to catch up on all that has happened in the last six months. I will try to mention the big things and then you can enjoy some fun photo documentation of our work and play.

In August Chance turned 2, and 2 he is in every way that matters. In September Mikelle started pre-school at Haines Elementary. She loves it, loves her teacher and is really learning a lot. In October we went to Lake Tahoe for a week for a Remington family reunion. It was more than fun and it was long overdue. October also brought a fun Halloween that both of the kids enjoyed. We also moved from our little house in Wingville to our current house in Haines. It is just right for us so far and we are closer to Danny's parents and work and back in the ward that we missed. In November I turned 30, there is not much else to say about that...sigh. My sisters Anna and Mary and their families spent Thanksgiving with us. We had a great time decorating for Christmas, eating good food and watching our husbands do lots of manly things like hunting and trapping. In December we bought 11 cows from Audrae Schreeck and are leasing some land from her. It is working out really well so far and we are excited about this first big step. December was also the first Christmas where both kids seemed to know what was going on. Mikelle was able to grasp the story of the birth of Jesus, the star and the wise men. They both got excited about Santa and were very excited Christmas morning. Danny's trapping and Coyote hunting have been in full swing since November and he is also a volunteer fireman for the North Powder fire dept. Needless to say his free time is non-existent...another sigh. I have kept up doing a couple of Pampered chef parties a month and really enjoy that. It helped a lot at Christmas.

This year threatens to be a busy one but we are looking forward to it in a lot of ways
Chance is getting some help blowing out his birthday candles.
Grandma and Grandpa Kerns brought some puppets over for Chance's B-day

Daddy got Chance a big red tractor that he slept with for weeks

He also got a race track to keep him and his little cars busy.

We went to the Boise zoo for both their summer birthdays.  Despite Danny's face
we really had a lot of fun.

Even though there were a lot of these little seats they had to sit on the same one.

The tiger was one of the few animals that moved much that day.

Mikelle graciously put up with a photo shoot on her first day fo pre-school

This is Mikelle's school.  She is just coming out the doors with her purple backpack

Trying out Daddy's firefighter hard hat in the dark car.

For a few days in the row Chance wore this crown insisting this is the right
way to wear it.

Wearing some of momy's aprons while helping to make a pumpkin roll.

We had a lot of nice rain this fall and lots of rainbows.  This one in particular had
Chance mesmorized.  He stared at it off and on for hours.

This is Mikelle's "cheese" face.

Killing time in Cabelas after we went to the Boise Temple Open House.

Horsing around while daddy buys another gun.

We could not have gotten our winter supply of fire wood without Chance's strong arms

He is a good hard worker just like his daddy.

Lake Tahoe.  We had beautiful weather for October.
Beautiful view and a beautiful little girl

We went to see the salmon run and they had a tunnel built along the creek
so you can see under the water.  This is cousin Max, Chance and Mikelle.

We had a fall festival at the reunion.  All the kids dressed up and we played games
and even went trick o' treating from bedroom to bedroom.

Mikelle is racing her cousin kayla in a doughnut eating contest.

We even got some beach time in.  The little kids loved playing in the sand.
This is Max and Chance.

One quick "cheese" before we went trick o' treating on Main Street.

Playing on the rope swings in the hay shed is a new favorite activity.

They can play outside without getting too cold.

We have since added some boards so they are more comfortable to sit on.

Mikelle is very brave and really likes to go high.
Our first of many snow men this year.

It took some convincing and some cold hands to get Chance to keep his
mittens on.

Mikelle is just getting snow angels figured out.

Love him.

Rosey cheeked angel.

Our mini snow man.  Mikelle would check on him every morning until a
bad windstorm blew him away.  Sad day.

Making Christmas ornaments.
We painted popsicle sticks and glued them to look like snow flakes. They wanted to repeat this activity a lot.

Mikelle is all dressed up for her class Christmas program.  Chance is also wearing her shoes.

Mikelle is on the front row on the far right.

Just before this rudolph song she just sat down and took a break in the middle
of one of the songs, I couldn't stop laughing.

A rudolph nose and a mouth full of cookies. 

Christmas morning finally came and Chance got a lion and Mikelle an elephant.
Suprisingly they love them and sleep with them each night.

One of Chance's favorite gifts was a car wash that Aunt Kelly found for him. He is
also wearing his new red boots

Mikelle is finally able to remove all the wrapping paper herself.

She was very excited about a barbie from Aunt Ruth with vintage clothes (okay
maybe I am the one excited about the vintage clothes)

After a long Christmas day they had a nice bath and finished with their new towels.
Mikelle insists that she is a rinoceros not a flower, so she can growl like Chance's shark.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Love the Routine!

I intended to post each month but every few months is better than nothing I suppose.  I have enough pictures to pretty much fill this whole update. 
Mikelle is posing, but what I love is that Chance is in the back-
ground reading Hay and Forage and "mooing"
New sunglasses that have
since disappeared, naturally
Chance is using my new Pampered Chef BBQ
Pizza Pan as a race car track, makes sense.

This is just funny, Chance is wearing Mikelle's coat and
sparkly shoes, Danny loves that.

Just playing together.  They are good friends

 We have enjoyed some really nice summer weather.  We had a really hot week at the beginning of July and I think we tried to hibernate that week.  100 degrees is just not functional weather for me.  I still don't know how I ever survived tracting in 120 in Arizona.  Mikelle's pool from last year got some holes in it so we picked up another one this summer.  It has been really nice letting the kids play in it.  They go out everyday usually a couple times a day.  Chance is big enough that I don't have to be sitting out side watching him every second.  They really love it.  I am being a good mom and lathering them in sunblock each day.  They both have cute little sun tan lines and no sunburn yet this summer! 

I am just trying to get through the summer without going crazy.  I hope to get a lot of canning done this year.  We'll see though.  I try to vary the activities for the kids. We go to the park, walk down by powder river and try to enjoy all the summer festivities.  Last weekend was the Miner's Jubilee in Baker City with a parade and fair in the park among other things.  Kelly and I have taken our kids to for the last three years now.  This year Danny's sister Ivy was in town so she came too.  It was a fun day.  Those kids were wild, except for little baby Marjorie, precious girl.

Hanging out at the icecream parlor, Kilynn, David
Jonathan, Mikelle and Chance
Danny is doing a lot of gold panning and getting antsy for the cold weather so he can start trapping and hunting again. He has a hobby for every season. Right now is haying season on the ranch and Danny spends a lot of time in the tractor. He farmed up the acreage here at our place and Chance loved it. He would go out with Danny for hours at a time and wouldn't complain. Mikelle doesn't last more than a half hour in the tractor, she gets bored. Chance has his two favorite things in the world, Daddy and a big tractor. We had a friend give us some toy tractors and I picked up a big one on sale one day. Chance takes them everywhere, even to bed, he tucks them in and tells them "night night". Such a boy, a daddy's boy. We love it.

Chance's second home.

Just cruising with Daddy

Danny and I are going to be Ma and Pa on the Youth Pioneer Trek in August.  It is coming up fast.  I had to do a little sewing.  I have never had any real sewing skills, but I can follow a pattern and I am learning not to take shortcuts.  I made a skirt and an apron, and they won't be too embarrassing to wear.  Danny and I will be spending our 5th wedding anniversary on trek.  What fun right!?

Chance talks a lot, two and three word sentences.  He is still pretty hard to understand but he really tries to communicate.  Mikelle graduated into a big girl twin bed and Chance is in the toddler bed.  The transition was smooth.  Now when Chance is awake he stands at his door and yells "hello...hello...anyone home?"  Makes me laugh every time. 

Mikelle is becoming quite the little mother. I get a little embarrassed when she copies me and I see myself from her perspective. Whenever I am disciplining Chance and he is crying she comes to his defence and says "mom, you be nice to him, look at how sad you made him, you say sorry right now...say sorry...I said say sorry to him" Word for word she copies me, it is infuriating and hilarious at the same time. I am hoping to start her in pre-school this fall but I have yet to hear from the school to see if she got in, there is a short waiting list. I know she will love it though. She is really ready.

Trying to smile with the sun in her eyes.
Throwing rocks in the river

Mikelle was just hugging Chance, she is very good at that.

He rarely looks right at the camera and smiles.

They took their shoes off and the water is chilly.

 We're hoping to get some camping in this summer and I am sure I will have a lot to say about that.
We survived a couple of birthdays. Danny turned 28 and I got him a trail camera for tracking game. Mikelle's 4th was big, with a big party. There were 14 kids here at the house, she loved every second of it. I ambitiously made her a castle cake, that actually tasted good. I got some tips from Kelly and that helped a lot. She got way to many gifts but she was thrilled with everything. We got her a bicycle that she has yet to really get excited about but Danny hasn't had the time to really work with her yet. Chance will be two in a few weeks. We're going to try to go to the Zoo in Boise. We'll see. There is still a lot of summer left.

She got Merida from Brave
we saw the movie two days later
She got a little Bell doll to add to
her growing collection

This was a bag of girly hair things
and a little mirror.
Here she has a purple bag aunt Kelly
made and is opening some jewelry
Some side walk chalk among
other girly things

Enjoying the spoils of her birthday party
She had just blown out her candles

I thought I would throw in some pictures of the kids playing in our own private river, or our driveway as I like to call it without the water.  When the neighboring field is flood irrigated, our front yard gets irrigated too.  My only complaint is that the garage floods a little.  But the kids love to play in it.  The summer really is fun.

Danny is just leaning on his pick-up looking cool
in the background

I'm not sure why He preferred this position.

Needless to say these clothes went straight into the washer.

The water looks pretty gross but it is just muddy.