Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our after school snack time conversations are often the best of the day.  Today Alarik asked me who my music teacher was when I was in Kindergarten and I said her name was Mrs. Streetar.  Without missing a beat he said, "I bet she's dead by now."

Sunday, October 15, 2017

We had a fun family day on Saturday with a trip to Rasmusson's Cowhorn Crossing farm in Grand Rapids.  There was everything from slides to a petting zoo, hay and corn mazes, and a hay ride to feed the cows.

Scott is 4.5 feet tall.

Alarik is just about a foot shorter than that at 3.5 feet.  He was happy that he was as tall as the pig which, of course, reminded him of Peaches.

When we walked into the petting zoo barn, Scott saw the mini pony and commented, "Huh. I didn't know that any species other than humans could have midgets."  😆

The kids, and especially Jesse, would not normally be much for a photo board, but even they couldn't pass up a chance to be the farmer keeping an eye on his little piggies.

Corinne was able to meet us there so Bekah was happy to have her to hang out with.

Scott is keeping an eye on this fellow.

This fun little afternoon trip was our peace offering in place of going to the Bayfield Apple Festival this year.  Though it wasn't quite the same caliber, it was also a way shorter drive and everyone seemed to have a really good time so I think it was a successful substitute.  Next year we may look for another new place to try out.

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's a varsity game night which means there is no puppy practice so Scott has time for piano after school.  He went through a mini-crises musically at the start of the year.  He had decided he wanted to trade piano for trumpet, then panicked a few days later and wanted to switch back.  That's been a good thing for us all as it's cut back quite a bit on the open hostility toward piano lessons.  Jesse and Scott made a deal that he would take lessons through 6th grade and then he could decide if he wanted to keep going or not.  I'm sure we can put a pretty safe bet on him stopping.  But he'll have 5 years under his belt by then and that's not bad at all.

Meanwhile in the living room...
Moose and JaJa are learning to play Toasted or Roasted.  😊

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bekah was convinced that Speckles was eating all the meal worms and leaving none for Matches.  To solve this dilemma, she's taken to hand-feeding Matches.
 World's most spoiled gecko right here, folks:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alarik has been into writing books.  His idea of writing a book is to fold and staple a couple sheets of notebook paper together, brainstorm a title, have me write the title on the cover, then illustrate it.

Of the dozen that he's authored so far, this one is my favorite:

Because of this drawing of the giraffe:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

I'm a bit of a scaredy cat so my walk out to my deer stand on the dark mornings is not peaceful.  Everything noise, big or little, makes me jump.  But once I get up into the stand, it's so worth braving the haunted trails to get there.  Watching the sunrise from the quiet of the woods is one of the great joys of hunting season to me.

My deer stand faces east so I've got a front row seat.

This morning the moon was behind me.

Here it comes!

And now it's blue skies.

This is the guy I was waiting for, captured on one of the trail cameras over the weekend.  Alas, he did not show himself today.