Monday, November 10, 2014

Santa Fe

The Girls got to go on a road trip!  Goofiness to ensure!

#2 and I met her Dad in NM(he was there with work).  She got time with me, with him, and with both of us exploring the Land of Enchantment.  She ended up 'complaining' because she wished her siblings were there so she wouldn't be the center of attention and have to make so many decisions(like where to eat).  We got quite a laugh about that! (ps although I took pictures with both of them none will be featured here since I didn't ask for permission)

The Pueblo of Tesuque welcomed us.  Explained their history, honored us with dance and great food.  A beautiful people!

#2 got a picture of camel rock, which you might have notice above, is featured on their flag.

My beautiful girl all dressed up to go to a ball with her Dad.  She had a very special time:)

We explored the downtown plaza area one morning. 
At times felt like we were in another country. (seriously can't you see Aladdin on a magic carpet ride?!? "A whole new world" sing it!)

This is called the miraculous staircase because there is no center support yet it has been standing for many, many years.

Front view of the church.
We got to visit a wild west set.

 Some of our dinner cooking.
Again, seriously good food!
I guess we have too much fun on vacation because we always seem to visit the jail.

Guess I shouldn't have laughed at her so much!
 We went on a hike in the beautiful barren land.


Not a sign I want to see on a bathroom!
A stop on the way home for the horse loving girl!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pike Run Hills Festival 2014

Going back a 100 years and more....we got to hear many stories of the days of old and we
milked old Bessie

visited some soldiers
 and their camp
learned how dangerous it was to load these
received some drill instruction(#1 stayed with the group for awhile)
meanwhile #4 & #5 helped build a log cabin

then we pounded some corn and ground some wheat

This good looking crew learned how to work the saw


and much more!  My favorite might have been watching #4 do the laundry with the washtub and board ;)


Thursday, September 4, 2014

September news

My little helper.  Although he can often have a tantrum that you'd associate with the 'terrible 2's' he can be the greatest assistant!
 Especially in tight spaces! (Helping hook up a washing machine.)

 These guys have gotten into map making again.  Draw a map to unique places and follow it on the course of your adventure.  They also have sacks of nuts(mostly hickory from our yard but some different kinds from the neighbors too).  This is their currency.  Neighbor kids join them in  playing survivor man too.  (make up stories about airplane crashes and make shelters out of cornstalks etc).  Love the imagination at work!
Some new guys to our outdoor crew.  I'm hoping they prove to be useful next year as they do like to chase squirrels(and those gray varmints ate all our corn growing this year!) we need all the help we need all the help we can get keeping them away!

School Days 2014-2015

Not first day of school pictures but taken within the first month; full of fake smiles :)
9th Grade

7th Grade

4th Grade

2nd Grade


Monday, August 11, 2014

Camping 2014 part 3

So lots and lots of rain was happening and forecasted in the days ahead so we decided to head home early but still continue to camp and enjoy our vacation time in another location.
#1 found a fossil

#4 said this was his table.
glow in the dark fun.

#5 wanted a picture of the cross he made.

 having fun in the mud

notice no pictures of #1?  He didn't understand why they thought the mud was fun so opted out:)
They all helped each other get muddy and to clean up afterwards.  Was quite fun to watch!
We have no pictures of but we  took a day and went floating with my youngest sister and family.  Was a great time!  Saw a lot of blue herons on the river that day.