Friday, May 30, 2008

Our Robins

Every year since we have lived in our house we have had robins nesting somewhere in our yard. This year we had a robin nesting in a hanging basket on our front porch. Dad was surprised that the mother didn't abandon the nest with Kristen, the kids and most kids in the neighborhood bothering the birds every day to check on their progress. We couldn't walk in or out of our front door without the mother robin flying off to a nearby fence to bark and squak at us. In any event, all of the birds hatched and took flight. One of the babies ended up in our backyard and Annie started "playing" with it (with her mouth). Fortunately, Kristen saved the baby from Annie's rough play while Abby ran up to her room in hysterics with worry. She redeposited the bird in the nest and it was gone later that day (though rumor has it that another neighborhood dog got the bird anyway). In any event, here are some pictures...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ellie's Birthday

Ellie turned 4 on May 22. She was very excited and had to open her presents early in the day (actually Kristen was excited and had to let Ellie open her presents early).

One of Ellie's favorite presents was her rollerblade set up. As you can see, she is well protected.

Grandma and Grandpa came by later that day to wish her happy birthday. She was thrilled about the American Girl(ish) doll they brought for her.

No 4-year-old's birthday would be complete without a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. MMMM..... crappy pizza!

Ellies' birthday cake was a big hit. Kristen made a purse for the Bean.

Friday, May 16, 2008

MIkey the Snake Wrangler

Michael's class had zoo-day towards the end of the school year. Each child was to dress up as an animal and memorize certain facts about that animal. His classroom was converted into a "zoo" to which all of the parents and family were invited for a visit to learn about each animal. Mike did a great job. Next time you see him, ask him about snakes.

Kristen made the snake and fastened it to Mike. She did a great job. Dad kind of wants one for himself.

The kids were supposed to dress up as the animal, but it is tough for a child with all four limbs to pull that off without just looking like a lizard. The long length of a snake is also difficult for a small child to pull off. Kristen's idea worked well. She is quite talented. Please contact her for all of your large stuffed-reptile needs.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Good Times In Star Valley - Part 2 - Snowmobiling!!

While we were up in Afton for Tyler's blessing, Josh was good enough to arrange a snowmobile outing for us. The conditions were ideal and the setting was absolutely beautiful. Thanks Josh!
Abby doing a little snow-dance.
Danny excited to be waist-deep in the fluffy stuff.
Mikey excited to be eating Cheetos.
Abby and Dad after a quick, super-fast ride.
Dad and the trifecta.
Josh and Dan after some serious sledding.
Of course, it wouldn't be snowmobiling if someone didn't get stuck.

Good Times In Star Valley

Mandy and Josh blessed their new baby Tyler in early March. We were able to visit them in beautiful (and snow-covered) Afton, Wyoming for the festivities. Many thanks to the Smith's for putting up with our noisy brood for a few days.

We stayed at the Corral Motel which is basically a series of small log cabins. Needless to say, the kids were stoked about that.
We took a quick trip up to Jackson during the trip. The antler arch was a highlight...
... as was this buffalo.