Monday, December 31, 2007

Gingerbread Houses!


The kids had a great time this morning decorating their Wilton Pre-made Gingerbread houses. (Aren't after Christmas sales wonderful:) This is the first year that we have done Gingerbread houses, and after this morning I think it will become a new post-Christmas tradition. Daddy even got in on the action - helping Hunter with his house. We had so much fun. And of course, the icing hadn't even dried before the kids were taste-testing their creations!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Sunset

The heavens declare the glory of God...Merry Christmas! (Taken from our front porch on Christmas evening)

Christmas Evening


On Christmas evening, some friends from church, the Weavers, came over for sledding, snacks, and games. We had a great time! It was the perfect end of a wonderful Christmas day!
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Church Christmas Program

This year we combined our Youth and our Children into one musical program. The title of it was "It All Happened In The Country", and the kids did a fantastic job. We had several people tell us that it was the best program they had ever seen! Wish you could have been there:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Congratulations, Katie Joy!

The mine where Mike works has a drawing contest each year for their work schedule calendars. The drawing has to be related to mine safety. Katie won first place for her age category, and received a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart. Mike just got his new calendar today, and Katie's picture is featured in the month of March. Great job, Katie Joy! (Mike was one proud Daddy:)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Our Newest Remodel Effort

We have wanted to do something with our "woodstove corner" for a long time. A dear friend of ours offered to lay the rock for us, and then a couple of weeks ago, Mike's old boss gave us this leftover rock from a job they had completed. All we had to do was buy the hearth stone, wire mesh, and mortar. We are thrilled with our new corner! (and very thankful to be able to use our woodstove again - it was getting a might chilly around here:) And boy, do we appreciate our friends!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Beautiful Christmas Lights

This is a house that the kids always beg to drive by on the way home from church. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but I thought that some of you might enjoy seeing it. We had our church Christmas program tonight, and the kids did a fantastic job! I will hopefully be blogging a slide show of it in the next couple of days. Blog you soon:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Stockings

We have (in my opinion:) the most beautiful Christmas stockings in the world! My wonderful, incredibly talented Aunt Gail made these for us. It all started when she made my stocking - back in my single days. As she was doing it, she realized that it was an "expert" level pattern! YIKES! But being the dedicated person that she is, she continued on - and produced a work of art. Then I got married, so she made Mike's stocking. Child #1, child #2 - you get the idea. After finishing Hunter's stocking, I am quite sure Gail is wanting us to have no more children! Thanks, Gail. We love you! You are the bestest stocking maker ever!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007



We have almost 10 inches so far, and it's still coming down! Yeah for snow! (But I don't think I'll be going anywhere today:)
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Goodbye, Bear

This morning an unfortunate accident caused the death of our dog, Bear. He was such a good dog - great with the kids, good with the chickens and the cats. It was always fun to see him drinking from the same water container at the same time with the cats and chickens. His favorite place to sleep was smack in front of the door - on the door mat. He didn't like to move, even if we were coming in with a big armful of wood! He chased the coyotes away at night to keep the chickens safe. We'll miss our friend. Goodbye, Bear.

Monday, December 3, 2007



This is the first time this year that we have had enough snow for the kids to go sledding. And this is their favorite way to do it! (I don't think Daddy really minds too much either:)
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Friday, November 30, 2007

Kids with St. Nick

We don't do the "Santa thing" at our house, but the other day when I was in Wal-Mart, a lady asked the kids if they wanted to have their picture taken with Santa. I politely answered "no", but the lady had told the kids that Santa would give them a piece of candy afterward. So, before I knew what was happening, Katie was on Santa's lap, ready to earn her piece of candy! Hunter was right behind her! So, here are the results of some candy-hungry children:)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Our Evening Drive


This afternoon, we went on a drive looking for deer, and here are a few of the bucks that we saw. We probably saw around 200 deer, with at least 50 of them being bucks. My husband was ready to hunt!
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Merry Christmas Bedding!

My mom sent our Christmas money early this year, and as we're hoping to remodel our bedroom this coming Spring, new bedding seemed in order. We're planning on decorating alot with pinecones, and I was thrilled to find this Barn-raising Pinecone Quilt set at a discount quilt outlet. I was going to wait until the bedroom was finished before using it, but one thing that I have learned this year is - enjoy life, every particle of it, no matter how small. After all, you might never get the opportunity again. So, I am indeed enjoying our new bedding. My kiddos think it's "JUST BEAUTIFUL, MAMA!" Thanks, Mom!

Thanksgiving Week

Mike's parents were here with us for the week of Thanksgiving. The kids had a great time fishing, playing at the park, and opening all the Christmas presents that Grandma and Papa brought them!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Warm Christmas Welcome!


Although we know very few of you can actually drop by, we would like to invite you into our home (via the blog) to enjoy the holiday season with us. If you stop in soon, you can enjoy a fresh piece of Coconut Cream Pie and a hot cup of coffee (or, if you prefer, a cold glass of milk:) Our tree, you will find decorated with pheasant feathers, Mule deer antlers, glass Moose bulbs, pinecones, and an assortment of other "outdoorsy" decorations. Just let me know when you're coming, and I'll whip up your favorite Christmas treat!
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Birthday in Heaven

November 24th - 40 years ago - my wonderful big brother was born. He was my mother's firstborn son. She went into labor for him on Thanksgiving Day. It's been a holiday season filled with mixed emotions. As I decorated for Christmas yesterday, I kept thinking about how much Mike loved everything Christmas! I am very thankful for the time I had with my brother while he was here with us. I never dreamed that he would be spending his 40th birthday with Jesus this year, but I am thankful for that too. I am thankful that Mike is cancer-free, pain-free, and happy. I love my brother. I miss him. I am most thankful that in Heaven there will be no more sorrow and no more parting.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving - From Our Family to Yours!

The turkey's in the oven; the rolls are raising; the dessert is on the counter - Thanksgiving dinner is in the making! Wish you could all drop in for a "howdy". Mike's parents are here for the holiday. It's so nice to have family with us, as we live so far away from all of ours. Here's wishing all of you a very blessed Thanksgiving Day. I'm thankful for my blogging friends!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Katie Joy


Here is a picture of Katie that I snapped yesterday. The hat she is wearing was made by her Great Grandma Haynes out of tissue paper and silk flowers. It is a nice remembrance of her. Katie is holding her new Webkinz puppy, Ruffles, that Grandma and Papa Sayler brought for her.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Newly Painted Living Room


My wonderful husband spent most of the day yesterday painting my living room before his parents arrived. We managed to get everything back in place and pictures up before we collapsed into bed. I love the new look (it feels much cozier and won't show the wood smoke) and I love my interior decorator;) Stop by when you get a chance!
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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pumpkin Carving - FINALLY!

Here it is November 8th, and we're finally getting around to carving the kids' pumpkins! (Pardon Katie, she's still in her jammies:)Surprisingly enough, my messy boy did not like getting his hands full of "pumpkin goo"! But the chickens really enjoyed the "goo" as you can see from this picture. Some seeds in Hunter's pumpkin had sprouted, so the kids went outside and planted them. Katie says that we'll never have to buy another pumpkin now! We roasted the rest of the pumpkin seeds for a snack! Happy Harvest!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Katie and Hunter Helping with the "Fall Harvest"



We've got some great helpers in the Sayler house! Katie and Hunter washed most of the deer & elk meat. And Katie was beyond thrilled when we let her run the meat grinder this year!
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Monday, November 5, 2007

What a Character!


As you can easily see, one thing that Hunter has is "lots of life"! As my brother Mike said about Hunter - "He's wide open!" But we love him that way. Now, if we can just get all that energy and personality channeled in the right direction!
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Quote for Parents

My children, my darling precious children, what I want them to be - I must become myself.
(a quote from Stepping Heavenword by Elizabeth Prentiss)
This quote has challenged me today. I thought I would share it with you.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kim's Deer

I had a private land doe tag to fill, and my season ends tomorrow. The deer have been late coming down this year because of a belated Fall. Between Mike's elk hunting and Vanessa's (a girl from our church) wedding, things have been kind of busy around here. Mike told me today was the day to get my deer. He was helping Nathan on his new log home and promised to be home in time to take me to Earl's land to hunt this evening. This afternoon, when I got home from running errands, there were 2 little bucks in the yard, but no does. Just before Mike was to arrive home, a doe and her fawn jumped our back fence, but I just can't shoot a mother with a baby - no matter what my husband says! Just as Mike was pulling in the drive, another doe - probably 1 1/2 yrs. old was getting ready to jump the fence. Mike arrived just in time to see me shoot the doe from our back deck. She dropped in her tracks! (I know, I know, not exactly the challenge of a lifetime, but it is meat in the freezer.) Here are a couple of pictures of my me and my deer.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Unit 61 Elk Hunt

Well, my elk hunt ended yesterday. I had a great hunt, however it didn't end as I had hoped. I saw somewhere around 5 to 6 hundred elk probably 40 to 50 of those where bulls. Up until yesterday I had passed up shots at numerous bulls anywhere else in the state I would have been shooting. My heart was set on a big 6x6 I had seen before season. About midweek a buck hunter spotted the bull I was looking for. So the chase was on the next four days I spent chasing that bull. When I was on top of the mountain, he was in the Canyon and when I was in the canyon he was on top. He was very vocal. He had a deep growling sounding bugle. Friday night I was hunting a ridge he was on the night before, but he started bugling down in the canyon below and of course he didn't come up to that ridge that night. So the next morning, my friend Lance and I (the rest of the hunt I was by myself ) were at the mouth of the canyon before daylight. Right away we could hear the big boy bugling, so the stalk was on. On our way to that herd, we bumped another herd. Luckily they went to the right of the herd we were after and didn't spook them. Several times we where really close. He would bugle and couldn't be more than 70 Yards but it was so thick we couldn't see him. From time to time we would spot cows or small bulls but not the big herd bull. The herd was moving away from us. We kept following, but they were walking away and elk don't walk really slow, so finally we decided to get off to the side and try to run up ahead and get in front of them. So we took off after them. After about 10 minutes of hustling along side of the herd with the wind in our favor, we caught up with the herd. He bugled and we were right in line with him, so I eased up over the rise to try to spot him. I was not at all prepared for what I saw. There must have been 100 elk, at least 12 or more legal bulls, two bulls where fighting 35 yards from us. I was frantically trying to spot the big 6x6 (who would score about 340). He was on the far side of the herd. Elk where moving around everywhere, and it was really hard to spot the elk I wanted. I would just catch glimpses of him thru the trees. I was shooting free hand and he was moving away. The whole heard was getting nervous. I panicked at this point. I was unnerved. I was shaking from head to toe. At the shot, elk started running everywhere. I simply lost focus and with the other shots, shot the wrong bull. The herd ran about 200 yds, and the big bull started bugling again. It was very tempting to go over the next hill and kill the bull of my dreams, but I knew that would be wrong. So I tagged the small 4x4 bull. It was the first time in my life I killed an elk and wasn't thrilled. There were simply way to many elk to make it happen. I had never been that close to that many elk.
The hour it took to cut the meat off the bones, that big bull kept bugling over and over. It was hard to walk away after 7 years of waiting for this tag but I knew I was doing the right thing. There are alot of guys who would have went ahead a killed the big bull and left the small one there, but I can't do something like that. So after 7 days and around 50 miles of hiking up and down rugged country my hunt was over. I am happy to have the wonderful elk meat (you can't eat horns anyway ) but that monster bull will always be in the back of my mind. There are just some hunts you would like to do over. I had a blast and can't wait until next hunting season:) It was just awesome being there enjoying God's great creation. Come on over and we will have some mouth watering elk steaks!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Elk Hunt Update

Well folks - no elk yet. Mike has 3 days of hunting left, so he's still hopeful. So far he's seen nothing big. He has had a little excitement though! When he was hunting on Tuesday morning, he came across a dead elk, meat hanging, horns still there, but not tagged. It must have been killed on Saturday AM because it snowed that night, and there were no tracks around the elk. Mike figures someone was hoping for a bigger one (it was a decent 7x6) and was planning on coming back for that elk if they weren't successful. Anyway, he called Operation Game Thief and took an officer to the spot that afternoon. The officer said it was a "Sampson case" (at least 6 points on one side), and the fine would be $12,000 if they could catch the one who did it. Mike would also get a reward - maybe another tag for Unit 61! Lest any of you think my husband a nark, poaching - especially in a trophy unit - is a enormous NO-NO, not to mention horribly un-sportsmanlike.
Now MY excitement wasn't quite so exciting. The kids and I had planned on staying at camp with Mike until he got his elk, but Monday morning around 3:30AM our RV battery died and we lost all power and heat. It was about 8 degrees outside, and after half an hour it was 8 degrees inside! Katie woke up crying because of the cold, and I knew it was time to load 'em up and move 'em out! The kids and I pulled out at 4AM and arrived home at 6AM. We left home again around 10:00 to get a new battery and top off the propane tank - then back to camp to rescue my freezing husband who was eating frozen food!
More to come...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Mike's Big Elk Hunt Begins!

Mike has waited 7 long years to draw the coveted Unit 61 Elk Tag (a trophy unit for elk here in Colorado!) His season began Saturday, Oct.20th, so we all headed up to set up camp on Friday. Here is the beginning of this great hunt! After his first very strenuous day of hunting, he saw 1 bull (a 5x5), lots of cows, and a really nice mule deer buck, but not the trophy bull he was looking for. We'll head back to camp tomorrow after church. To be continued...

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Tomorrow, October 15th, is a very special day in the Sayler household. It is the day (33 years ago) that James Michael Sayler was born! We love you, honey! You are the best husband and daddy that a family could ever hope for! You are a wonderful provider, a consistent Christian, a great role-model, and the love of my life. I once gave you a card when we were dating. It said "I made a wish, and you came true". It holds true today - you're the man that I prayed for. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Amy!!!

Amy Bryant, my dear friend and pastor's wife, turned another year older yesterday! For 4 months of the year we are the same age, but she has once again passed me up:) I love you, Amy!