Wednesday, November 9, 2016

October

I've been falling behind on my posts. Jaron keeps us on our toes. He is now walking and climbing and getting into anything and everything!
 We started building our shed.


 We took a family day and went to Vantage. It was beautiful out!
 A hike with cousins at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest.
 The colors in the petrified wood were amazing.

 Jaron was a trooper.
These two make me laugh!
 The vibrant colors of fall are my favorite.

 Nathaniel turned 4.
 We had some fun and took him to look at all the machinery at the implement.

 We celebrated with a few of his friends too.
 The harvest party at our friends the Erlenmeyers is always a hit.
 Hay rides..
 Games...

 ...and the church harvest party was fun as well. Even if we did end up with WAY to much candy.

September...

 Soaking up the last days of summer.
 Finding bugs.
 Enjoying time at the park.

 The first day of preschool for this big guy!
 This little guy turned 1!

 We also enjoyed apple picking.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

After school snack...

This time of year is probably the end of watermelon season. During the summer it seemed like whenever we bought a watermelon ...we always had a lot leftover. So, I ended up freezing the rest in hopes to add it smoothies. The kids didn't really care for the watermelon taste. 
Instead, I tried this watermelon sorbet recipe:
1 - 1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup of frozen strawberries
Fill the rest of the blender with cut up frozen watermelon
                                     Blend until it has a sorbet texture.
 I think it was a hit!

Friday, September 9, 2016

....Not just a table.

 This summer we finally got a new table...one that would fit us a little better. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to that little table. I had to take one last picture of it before we passed it along to someone else who could use it.
 I wanted to share my appreciation for this table with the family who gave us this sweet table.
Because they didn't give us just a table...it was a place where we shared so many memories. Where we celebrated birthdays...where we made gingerbread houses with friends...

Made cookies...celebrated Father's Day!


A place where we gathered with friends to share life...and there always seemed to be room for one more chair. 

                                           
I wish I could find more of the pictures of times shared around this table, maybe I will add them later. For now, I just want to share our gratitude for such a special gift. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

August

The last month of summer. The last chance to cram all the fun we can into what seems like the shortest month there is.
 Oh summer, why do you have to leave so quick? We enjoyed a day up at Steamboat rock.
 The water and park there is so great. We always have fun. This time our friends the Ingrams went with us.
 Some fun babysitting kitties for our friends. Nathaniel couldn't get enough of them.
 Fun at the Grant Co. Fair!
 Fun with our cousin Morgan for a week.
 ...and we did sneak in one more day at the beach.
 This smile. The laughter of jumping in the waves and surf! Oh I could watch this all day!
 Jaron and I watched from the sand. While the rest of the kids got completely soaked!
 We could not have asked for a more perfect day. The sun was out, hardly any wind and we saw so many whales spouting!
 This little guy loved exploring the beach.
 This beautiful girl is getting so big! Oh, I want to soak every last minute up with her.

 And this precious one! How can she already be old enough to start school?
 The last day of August and the first day of 4th grade for Jocelynne.
I did shed a tear when I dropped her off. I know she will do great. So many things I love about her, she perseveres, she is diligent, she is thoughtful.