Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Katie and Hunter's "Mine Safety" Pictures

Every year, the mine where Mike works has a drawing contest for their work calendar. The drawing has to have something to do with mine safety. Here are Katie and Hunter's entries for next year's calendar. (They are due tomorrow even though we don't find out the results until November) Just for entering the kids get a $30 gift card to Wal-Mart and a copy of the calendar. P.S. Hunter's picture is the dinosaur;)

Kittens Update


The kittens are 10 days old today. Most have their eyes open now. There are 5 of them - 2 black and white, 1 black, 1 gray, and 1 gray/black tiger. Mike is thankful that they are quiet little kitties, as they are still on the roof above our bedroom:) I dragged the kids' old wading pool up there to keep the kittens from rolling off.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Kudos to Katie

Congratulations to our darling girl. She played in her first public appearance (outside of church) last Thursday evening in the Vision Fair. (Vision Home and Community Program is the publicly funded Home school group in which Katie is enrolled as a "student"). Katie played 2 piano pieces very beautifully and recited a poem called The Secret. She did a wonderful job, and we are very proud of our budding scholar:) Katie also entered a coloring contest held at the Vision Fair and won a $15 Gift Card to McDonald's. Way to go, Katie! (Sorry no photos - my camera was on the blink, but I'm hoping to get some pics that Katie's piano teacher took)

Saturday, April 19, 2008



Today, the kids were playing outside, and Katie heard a strange noise. She couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Finally, I got a ladder and climbed up on the roof, and SURPRISE - our cat had had kittens in a rather inconvenient spot. So here they are snuggled into a corner of the roof above our bedroom. Oh, is Mike going to love this one - the sound of mewing kittens all night long:)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Congrats to my Honey!

Turkey hunting is on! Now in Colorado, it's hard to find a good place to turkey hunt, and Mike's usual spot still had too much snow for the turkeys to be there yet. So, Mike and Don (a friend from church) went to some private land to hunt, but there were no turkeys there either. On the way home, they swung by a spot where we had seen alot of turkeys last week. Most of the land there is private, but there are a few pieces of public mixed in, and they spotted a jake (young, male turkey) that was actually on the public land. Mike was hoping that Don would get a shot (he's never turkey-hunted before), but from where Don was he couldn't see the turkey. The turkey turned and started going the other way, so Mike shot him. He may not be the biggest Tom in Colorado, but that Turkey-Asparagus Stir Fry sure will taste good! Good job, Honey!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Princess

Katie is 6!!! Our little princess is growing up! In fact, today she began writing her first book! It is, of course, about a princess, and she's on page 3 (Katie, not the princess:) I've been strolling again down memory lane today - down 6 year's worth of path. My mom was here and had to extend her visit because Katie was liking the security of the womb awfully well. She was 10 days overdue, and would have been more if it hadn't been for the castor oil! (Yuk! But it worked) Katie was a ray of sunshine from the moment she was born. She has always been so good. She loves to laugh and sing. She is an avid reader - recently finishing Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Katie likes playing the piano, playing soccer, playing with her friends - and just playing. She is a great big sister and a wonderful helper to her Mama and Daddy. Happy Birthday, Katie Joy!

Friday, April 11, 2008


Happy Birthday to our big 4 year old! I can hardly believe that 4 years have passed since I gave birth to an 8 lb. 8 oz. baby boy in a horse trough full of water (it was clean, sterile, and midwife assisted by the way:) It was Easter Sunday morning at 3:09AM. Gram Gram Church was here to help with Katie - who was just about to turn 2! What a smart, active, curious, adventuresome boy Hunter has grown to be. He loves everything "outdoorsy" - fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, etc. He calls himself "Bear Boy" much of the time. He adores dinosaurs and has wonderful adventures in Dino Land (AKA the dining room). He says that he wants to play the guitar, the flute, the trumpet, and the harp. (Please - no one tell him that drums are a musical instrument;) He wants to play football and soccer. And he wants to tell people about Jesus so they will know that they can go to Heaven. (This is the part when Mama wipes a tear from her eye). SIGH - my baby is growing up. Happy Birthday, Hunter!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

James and the Giant Peach

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Katie's play, "James and the Giant Peach", was last night and tonight. It went surprisingly well considering that less than 2 weeks ago, one of the main characters (Gabrielle Etter who played the Earthworm) in the play died suddenly from complications from pneumonia. It was a difficult decision, but the cast decided to go on with the play and dedicate the performances to Gabrielle. Katie played 4 small but fun roles in the play. She was a worm, a shark, a Cloudman, and a New Yorker. The kids really did a good job. Above are a few photos from this evening's performance.