Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014~Week 41

Last Wednesday we got family photos taken in town and goofed around before hand.  These are my photos taken with my phone.  I'll share the real photos later on :)  The weather was overcast and the surroundings were so beautiful!  We bribed the kids with dinner out afterward (and I had to buy Emma clothes and Owen shoes, but it was a success and the kids had fun.  It's been 3 years since we've had nice family photos taken.
Dinner at Hacienda El Patron...yummy!
Hope is running for "president" or Prime Minister against 2 other classmates.  Her teacher has quite a few requirements for the students this year...posters, slogans, 3 items on the platform, a speech, press conference, radio spot and commercial.  The kids are doing a great job and having fun with it.
Birds at the feeder bring us a lot of enjoyment and opportunity for observation.
New $5 t-shirts...wonderfully fitting for both of these cute kids.
Emma and her dog are quite the pair.
On Fridays we do a Picture Study (Giotto is our current artist) and we read a Shakespeare play out of a book with abridged plays.  They are so FUN!
We made applesauce again and it was even better the 2nd time!!!
On Saturday we really enjoyed the Garden School's Fall Festival which was Viking themed.  We learned a lot, had fun and enjoyed a fantastic potluck in the beautiful setting of Harvey Gap State Park.
It was a requirement for students to dress up.  Hope was so glad she got to borrow costume pieces from the drama department!
Desi throwing a hammer at pumpkins...a fun contest for the dads.
A beautiful hand made viking boat...such as would have been used to ferry people from a main viking ship to the shore and back.  It was super impressive!
The mock fights were a blast :)
Oh, you know...just a heard of cows on the road on our way home...no big deal :)  The sheep dogs were impressive at rounding up these huge animals!
Grandpa Des and Grandma Jan arrived Saturday evening and we've been having a lot of fun with them!!  We are so thankful they take the time to drive 13 hours to come see us!!
Desi and I got a screaming deal on a trampoline...and gave it to the kids this week as their Christmas Present in October.  Desi and his dad set it up on Monday and the kids are LOVING it!  I'm hoping it will encourage more outdoor play and help Owen spend more time outside.  
They've been in it at night and early in the morning!  lol
Hope snapped a few pics of part one of the new pedestrian bridge going in at our freeway crossing.  It will bridge the railway, Interstate 70 and the Colorado River!!!  It's pretty fun to watch the progress each week.
Grandpa treated us to lunch and ice cream today!!!  Thank you!!
And Grandma Jan took Owen to Red Lobster in Grand Junction for a special date since Owen didn't come to California in June.  He was beyond excited and had the best meal of his LIFE!  This is one for the memory books!  Thank you Jan!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014~Week 40

Emma sure loves her dog!
Desi was gone most of the week last week.  The kids and I met my folks in Glenwood for dinner on Wednesday and then followed them back to their new condo for our first visit there.  It's great!  Mom and the kids had too much fun playing Uno :)
Soaking up the autumn sunshine!!!  We love these beautiful days.  It's pretty fun to take Peterbilt down to Elk Creek.
Bought two pounds of coffee from friends who are starting a coffee roasting business.  Yummy!
Walking the dog at the River Park :)
Some volunteers put in a short trail from close to our house to McDonald's on the north side of Main St over the weekend.  We checked it out on Sunday.  It's pretty cool.
Peterbilt LOVES going on car rides :)
We were given a bunch of apples and made applesauce yesterday.  It was SO good that we ate it all up before I could take another photo.  We had read recently about making applesauce in one of the books I'm reading Emma and Levi (Understood Betsy) so we tried making our own and it's so easy!  By the way, Understood Betsy is one of my all time favorite books!
Levi reading to me today on the porch with Todd in his lap :)  He's found a book he likes and is doing really well with reading lessons and reading aloud!
I bought Owen two $1 books at Target...abridged versions of Frankenstein and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  He's begun reading Frankenstein to me and loves it!  His reading is really coming along and even he notices that he is reading well!!!  Praise God!  Lots of years of hard work, and we are finally seeing some real growth.

Desi had a great week visiting old ministry buddies in Kentucky and Ohio...good for his soul.  We missed him but had a fun week on our own.  It's nice to have older kiddos :)