Friday, September 19, 2014

Labor Day weekend

Labor day weekend is always a fun weekend at the ranch wrapping up summer with the family!  We try to pack it all into a long weekend before we "shut it down" for the summer.  The pool gets covered out there, deer feeders and blinds get ready for the upcoming season and believe it or not, the trees start changing here pretty quick!!  It's SO weird…it's hot up until Labor day and then miraculously, we cool down the next week and fall is here to stay!



Two little monkeys helping me pack for the ranch!

Sydney was all about playing around the pool, not so much in the pool!
She sure looked cute though.

The kids even swam in the lake.  
Blake and Parker taking a dip!


One night we all cooked hot dogs and s'mores in the creek bed.

Which translates into a sand party for the kids!

I was digging sand out of Sydney for days and days after this!  ;)

Parker making four wheeler noises and taking Juliet on a "ride"!

Just hanging out while the bacon was being cooked outside.

Two professional bacon taste testers right there!

Little miss I want to go fast!!

And somewhere in there…I had a birthday!   
My in-laws were sweet to throw me a birthday lunch after church on my big day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

First day of kindergarten

We are into our 4th week of kindergarten, so it might be a good time to post about the first day!  ;)  Leading up to the first day, Parker was so nervous.  He didn't want to talk about it or even think about it. Thankfully the school had a "burger bash" night where all the families could go up to the school, meet the teacher, and eat burgers.  It was a fun and casual night meant to calm some nerves.
Then Monday morning rolled around and he was all smiles when he woke up.  We had a special cinnamon roll breakfast, then he put on his new outfit, sported the new backpack and lunch box, took some obligatory first day pics in the back yard and off we went!

Once we got out of the car, that's when the tears started.  Parker was still good, but I was crying.  I was such a wreck that whole morning.  We walked him into his classroom, greeted his teacher and then gave good bye hugs.  More tears…from all of us.  James walked me to my car, ( I was wearing my sunglasses at this point to hide my ugly cry).  I got in the car and just sat there and cried.  James stood at my window and asked if I was going to be ok (because clearly I looked like I had lost it).  My saving grace was having my baby girl in the back seat…I still have a buddy at home with me.  We won't talk about the day I drop her off.  I will head straight to counseling after that. 

In the end, Parker had a wonderful first day!  In fact, when I picked him up at 1:00 that afternoon, he came running out of the school and announced that kindergarten was great and recess was the best!!  What else could you ask for?  Here are some pics to document this momentous event…



Meet the teacher night!

Mrs. Casey had a fun activity for us to do together.

Even Sydney had a great time!

All ready the night before.

Eating breakfast the morning of and reciting scripture.  
Jack, a sweet friend of Parker's, gave him a framed verse that he could claim on his first day of kindergarten.


Walking to the front door.
This day was special for James because this is the same school where he went to kindergarten!

Parker is so nervous in this pic bless his heart.


Excited to find his name at his spot.

Saying goodbye.

There are no pics of me at this point because I was a mess.  I hid behind my sunglasses and phone and took pics of everyone else.  
 I may or may not have showed up to spin class later that morning still sporting my sunglasses.  The good thing about that??  I was surrounded by other mommies who had just done the same thing or experienced it in the past, I was in good company! ;)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Proverbs 24:3-6

This is something that I wanted to be sure and record because I want our kids to be able to go back and see these pictures in the blog book that I print for many years to come!

Proverbs 24:3-6
"By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it's walls are established.  Through knowledge it's rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
From the day we bought our lot of land to build our future house on, through all of the planning stages and design, and now during the actual framing of the structure, we have put our trust in the Lord and His perfect will and plan.  He has opened doors and continues to guide us through this process.
As the bones of our house are formed, we give Him the glory and want the very foundation of this house to reflect Him.
On Saturday morning, James and I went over to our house armed with verses from the Bible that we thoughtfully claimed for each room and wrote them on the beams.  Long after they are covered with more wood, sheetrock, etc…we will know and remember the truths we claimed for that room.  My prayer is that the workers who show up Monday morning will read these verses and be forever changed!
James on a ladder writing a verse on a casing.

The kitchen

The laundry room

Homework room

The pantry

The dining room

Guest bedroom

Front entry

James's office

A doorway

Entrance to garage

My desk area

A quote from Jim Austin (James's dad) that James grew up hearing!  ;)
James's office

I will post more as the second story comes into fruition.
We are waiting on a main bean to go up with the family room…Deuteronomy 6:5-8 will be written there, love this verse...

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pagosa Springs, CO trip

A couple of weeks ago, we took off to Pagosa Springs with James's parents and Luke's family to enjoy some cool mountain air!  I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical.  It's summer, I love the heat and I'm not really fond of having to put a fleece on when mentally I'm supposed to be hot.  I'm weird, I love hot weather, send me to the beach any day.  Well, we got there and the beauty overtook me!  I couldn't get over it.  We rented a gorgeous house on the Weminuche Valley Ranch that was nestled at the base of the mountains.  There was a river running through and enough land that even two little boys couldn't come close to conquering!  It was perfect and relaxing.
I even found a new hobby while there, fly fishing!  It was so much fun and such a peaceful activity, I had a hard time leaving…and it wasn't even that "cold" in my book! ;)

In the plane and ready to roll!

Parker couldn't stop watching the cockpit,  What little boy could resist?

Taking off!

On the tarmac unloading while Sydney kept Friday entertained.
(Friday is Luke's dog who came with us in the plane.  She is sick and couldn't be left behind).
Luke's family had been in Yellowstone, so they just met us there.

Day 1: Off to fly fish with the boys!

I mean, how cute is this mountain/fly fishing gear anyway?  The river was FREEZING but my feet never felt it.  My awesome water socks/boots kept them dry.


Psalm 65:6
"You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength".

Learning the art of fly fishing on dry ground first.

Our guide, Scott, was so good and SO patient!

James and Luke

By day two I had the hang of it.

Success!

Another one!

Sweet little Adelynn became quite the fisher too!


We drove into the town of Pagosa Springs one day and floated the (FREEZING) river.  Notice how my body looks like a flat board going across my tube…there was no way I wanted my hiney in that frigid water.  It's a shame that right after that pic we hit some rapids and I was completely soaked and trying to catch my breath because of shock. ;)


Miss Priss stayed with Nana and Geefather, no tubing for her yet but she did get to sit in one!
Katherine wore a pink cowboy hat that said "birthday girl" on it.  We always knew where she was on the river!
Lunch at a fun place after floating the river.

There was also lots of horse back riding.
This was a quick ride, notice the storm rolling in.

These two had a TON of fun.  They would sit still long enough to watch the hummingbirds on the porch!

See the hummingbird?

 Beautiful in more ways than one!



I spy two little boys in the forest!
(They called that their hunting home.  That day they were hunting bison.)
Imagination at its best!

One day we just played in the river.

Sydney got very into throwing mud!


Hottie

The girls perched on a rock watching the action in the river.

Our last night was spent laughing and making smores around the campfire!

Flying home!