October 30, 2008

Pumpkins and Powertools

On Tuesday we carved the pumpkins that we picked from Grandma D's garden. Megan thought the insides were gross but still had a good time. This is the first year we have carved pumpkins with Megan and I think we will have to definitely make it a tradition.

Aren't they so cute!
Megan trying to help scoop the innards out.

Brian did a good job of carving. But we were trying to do circles on one of the pumpkins and our knives weren't working to well. So what does Brian bring out, the power tools. Our pumpkin carving experience wouldn't have been complete without power tools. Megan didn't like the noise, so we only used it on one of the pumpkins.

Here is the after picture. Megan was the one that came up with the angry face.

October 29, 2008

Now that's a big dog!

For our preschool fieldtrip yesterday we went and saw some Irish Wolf Hounds. Holy Cow! Those are some huge dogs. I don't think you really understand how big they are until you see them in person. We had a great time and really enjoyed the dogs.

This is Bubba. He was the best of them all.
He could have cared less that we were there.
Megan and Beni really liked the dogs.
Ashlyn never made a peep while we were there.
Probably because it was so cold.
You can see by this picture that the dogs are
as tall as the kids. If they stand totally upright
they can measure up to 8 feet.

I'm afraid someday we may have to get a dog. Megan really seems to like them.

October 27, 2008

A Cruise with the T's

On Saturday we took the mustang and went for a cruise with the Model T club. We went to Idaho City and had lunch at Trudy's. Several months ago, Trudy's caught on fire and damaged most of the restaurant. It was good to see it rebuilt and busy as always. She makes the best food. We had a great time.
A nice shot of some of the cars that came along.
The lady in the pink is Trudy.
She is the nicest lady you will ever meet.

Daddy and Ashlyn
The scenery on the way up was incredible.
This photo is great but doesn't do it justice.
I love all the different colors in the mountains
at this time of year.

October 26, 2008


On Friday Megan told me she found a spider on her trampoline and that she needed the fly swatter. I really didn't think she would be able to kill it, but I gave her the swatter anyway. A few minutes later she walks in with this. It was actually a bee. He was smashed pretty good and apparently she's not afraid of bees.

October 21, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

My birthday was Sunday the 19th so we celebrated with Brian's family on Friday. Good food and good company. Ham and scallopped potatoes. Yum!

Megan doesn't even like olives,
she just likes to play with them.
My sister stopped by on Sunday with this cake from her and my parents. When I got it, it had a piece missing from the middle, so I just thought I would continue. It seems like the piece missing from the middle is becoming a tradition in my family. I think it must taste the best.
My funny family!
Thanks for a great birthday everyone!

October 20, 2008

Free at Last!

It has been a long road, but Ryan is finally free. My brother made some choices in his life that took him down a road that wasn't so good. He has been on probation for a couple of years and has had some driving restrictions as well. He has totally turned his life around and Thursday was the last day of everything. He is off probation and all his restrictions for driving are gone. I am so proud that he made the decision to change the direction his life was going.

We went over to his house on Thursday and celebrated. Congrats Ryan, we are so proud of you!
I thought this pictured was kind of funny because he kind of looks stoned.
Megan and Uncle Ryan
Becky and Ryan

This is Megan playing the guitar with Ryan. She loves guitars and loves to play ZZ Top on them. (I'll have to explain that on another post)

The Pledge of Allegience...kind of

At preschool, Megan has learned the Pledge of Allegience. She basically has the whole thing memorized, but usually she needs me to say it with her. I let her try to do it on her own. She did pretty good, but missed a little. For some reason she thought she needed to yell it.

Tian's first playdate

Rebecca, Trey, Tian, Angie, Beni and Beck all came over for a playdate on Thursday. This was Tian's first playdate with the group since he was born. Megan is all about babies so of course she had to hold him. Megan, Trey and Beni had a great time and of course us mothers enjoyed being able to gab. No pictures of Ashlyn, she slept through the whole thing.
Cheesy grin!
The Boys - Tian and Beck

October 19, 2008

Pumpkin Picking

Grandma D had quite a few pumpkins in her garden this year, so we decided we would go pick some to carve for Halloween. Megan had a good time choosing just the right one.

Hmm...which one should I choose?
A little heavy, but she got it.

Ashlyn and Dad just watching

Cold, Cold, Cold


We had some very cold days last week, but that didn't stop Megan from playing outside. She just bundled up and went out anyway. Ashlyn and I decided we would enjoy the warm house.

October 15, 2008

Safety First

We practice safety in the van, even with stuffed bunnies. Megan had to make sure her bunny had her seat belt on so she would be safe.

October 8, 2008

Gage's Birthday Party

Gage turned 4 this last week and had a birthday party at The Maize. We went a hayride, picked out a pumpkin and ate some yummy cake. We had a great time. Megan and Beni were running through the pumpkin patch holding hands and falling all over each other. I wish I would have had my camera. Thanks Baumgartners for a fun afternoon.

Ashlyn and Beck - the two baldies
Megan and Beni - the two blondies

Posing with the tractor driver

Fun times with Colemans

We love to spend time with our good friends Brandon, Stephanie and Kenny Coleman. Megan and Kenny get along so well and love to play together. I have forgotten to post some of the things that we have done lately with them, so I thought I would combine them all.
We went to the fair with them and had a blast. It was fun watching the kids on rides, but as you can tell from the pictures, our kids aren't tall enough for some rides so we had to go with them. It was funny to watch all the guys cram into these tiny helicopters.
Brandon and Kenny
Stephanie, Kenny, Megan, Amelia and Alisha on the Dizzy Dragons.
They all had a good time on this ride.
Megan and Amelia on the Kangaroos. Megan talks about Amelia all the time now.
Can you believe it. I put a picture of me on the blog. Not too many of
those. I'm usually the one behind the camera.
Ashlyn ended up falling asleep in this position.

Last Friday we went to Settlers Park and had a little bbq. Megan and Kenny loved all the cool things to play on. Megan wouldn't stop running around on all the equipment and really worked up an appetite. Afterwords, we went to the Coleman's house and just hung out.
All of us enjoying some good hamburgers and hotdogs.
I had to post this picture because it made me laugh.
Brian with his good friends
Pooh, Piglet and Tigger.