Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cabbage Patch Kid

They gave David a cabbage plant months ago (April? earth day?) and he planted it in our garden. We watered and weeded and even killed a few insects and before we knew it, he had a cabbage. Ta da! Boiled and devoured in 10 minutes flat. Way to go little green thumb.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


        This was a once in a life time experience. Watching the moon slowly cover the sun through our glasses was neat but viewing the eclipse totality and surrounding darkness was amazing! It lasted for just under 2 minutes. Here in Fort Collins there was only a 98% eclipse so we had to drive to Nebraska to get the full effect and it was worth it.The light from the sun is so strong, the difference between 99% and 100% covered is astounding. You still can't look directly at the sliver of a 99% covered sun since it would hurt your eyes. I'm sure many people tried that day. Once the sun was completely covered though it was like God had shut off the lights and it was dusk all of a sudden. For 1 minute and 47 seconds you could view the eclipse without glasses on. I could even see a star in the sky. Street lamps came on. Crickets began to chirp. The air got notably colder like it was night time. I don't think my words do it justice. I wish you could have not just seen it but experienced it too. 

 These were very unusual lighting conditions that were continually changing, so for the most part I was guessing at my camera settings and trying to do it with eclipse glasses on.

11:47 in the morning August 21, 2017 !

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pool Time

This summer I finally broke down and bought a pool pass. It was worth every penny of afternoon cool down fun. I was intimidating at first to take all six kids by myself but there was a shallow end for the little people and myself to hang out in while the older ones explored the rest of the pool. When Zach had a chance to join us, he would give Alara rides on his back while he swam underwater. It reminded me of the fox and the gingerbread boy so we called them "fox rides." Until next year Westfield pool! 

I think this is my favorite photo of the entire summer! He could jump in and get out for hours

Dad and Ruth racing

It a little bit looks like he is running on water

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Human Tunnel

The tightest backbend by far goes to Ruth but some of the boys made a respectable showing as well. (If I tighten up too much I feel it the next day when I yoga) I'm in the back and Alara is in the front. Zach is taking the picture because backbends are not one of his many talents. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bottle Rocket to the Moon

As part of David's birthday gift we got him a 6 month subscription to Tinker Crate. Once a month he gets a small project in the mail he can make and July was a bottle rocket. Ka Boom!

Lift Off

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kitchen remodel

TA DA! Here's the new kitchen A year after the cabinets were started it's all done and I love it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Big brother

Must be nice to have someone to look up to. 

Monday, August 21, 2017


In case you were wondering, I still only have two daughters. The toes in the middle belong to a very insistant Lincoln that he be included in this activity. He painted them himself. 

Gabe the pretzle

It is a crumby back-lit picture, that's my fault, but let's just focus on the fact that Gabe can still do this! He can put not one, but both feet behind his head at the same time. I don't think he will be able to do it much longer and I haven't seen any of my other children attempt it. At least he will be able to say, "I used to be able to..." 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy 34!!!

It is this stud's birthday today. I officially welcome him to his mid- thirties (34). I've wanted to take this picture for a while because we won't be able to do it forever. I would have hopped on his back but then there wouldn't have been anyone left to take the photo. Daddy's guns to "DOOM DOOM". 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gabe 11 years (plus a little)

My sweet 11 year old. Gabe has more gaps in his mouth than teeth I think. He is still burning through fantasy books especially now that it is summer. He is also enjoying sleeping in and has become increasingly responsible with chores and assignments. Gabe was recently upgraded to our only child with his own bedroom when we moved him into the guest bedroom and Alara into Ruth's room. He loves to laugh and does a great job being a "buddy" with the younger three children. As of his birthday Gabe is 5'2", coming quickly for my 5'5".