Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014~Week 42

Desi's parents blessed us all with a day at the hot springs pool on Wednesday.  We packed a lunch and had so much fun!  The kids did some laps with Jan and she was thrilled to see other lap swimmers using a mask and snorkel...something no one else does at the pool she swims at in Temecula!  We enjoyed the deep end (12 ft) and the diving board and the hot 104 degree pool :)  Such a fun day!!!
Morning Medaris hike...looking down I70 to the west...
I am loving my hikes and walks in this beautiful season.  Last year it got cold and wet and frozen so early that we did not have much of an autumn.  This year we are having a real autumn and I can't stop taking photos!!!
Osage Gardens Pumpkin Patch on Friday afternoon!!!
Sweet farm kittens!!!
Hay bale maze...I don't want to brag or anything but my kids were really good at this maze!  ha ha :)  They are getting so big they could see over the walls!  I do not have little kids anymore.
Hula Hoopin' with Grandma Jan :)
Weighing punkins (as Grandpa calls them) before purchase...the kids enjoyed figuring out how to use the old fashioned scale.
Thank you Grandpa Des for the pumpkins!!!
Hard at work...carving away...
Levi's Puss In Boots pumpkin:
Emma's Lumpy Space Princess pumpkin:
Owen's cat in a window pumpkin:
Hope's Triforce pumpkin (it's a Zelda thing):
We were sad to say goodbye to Des and Jan Saturday night (they left at 4am on Saturday).  It was such a wonderful visit.  No ice for Jan to break ribs on like last October!  Thank you Des and Jan for treating us to so many fun experiences and blessing us with cleaning up the yard and doing some fix it projects!!!  What a gift your help was!!!!

Saturday morning cuddles:
Saturday morning walk...
My date with Owen...chocoflan dessert!
Desi's date with Emma: walking around 2 Rivers Park with Peterbilt:
Nice photo Desi!  I wonder what else is in that dog besides Boxer?!
Hope talked her younger siblings into dressing up as knights and going to the park for a battle so she could write about it for school...Hilarious and Super Creative!  These kids are awesome.
Beautiful neighborhood!
My walk this morning:
This adorable and friendly cat lives about 4 houses down from us and greets us almost every time we walk by.  Such a cutie pie!
Peterbilt waits while Emma plays with the kitten...
I made one of Owen's favorite dinners: veggie egg rolls.  Super easy and tasty!!!  And in the background you can see the kids have been watching The Munsters on Netflix...it's a pretty fun show!
Hope had such an awesome field trip for her science class today...first they went to a farm and learned about growing and harvesting potatoes.  They harvested some by hand (labor intensive!!!) and watched 2 men use a machine to harvest some.  Hope loved visiting the little family farm.  Then they got to meet the head engineer and manager of the pedestrian bridge project in town.  The kids got to go into the first part of the 3 bridges that will be installed and ask the engineer lots of questions.  Man, what a COOL field trip!!! Hope loved it so much.  The Garden School is wonderful!!!
The potatoes Hope got to bring home from the farm she visited today:
It was another great week!!!  We are back to plugging away at school (going to finish our 1st trimester right before Thanksgiving) and are enjoying the trampoline and lots of walks and hikes in this beautiful autumn weather.  Praise God!

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!!!