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. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bekah's just hanging around the kitchen. Gecko climbing on her leg.
 No big deal.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

We've been doing all things autumn around here: hunting (for deer, birds AND leaves), fishing, hiking, Kindergarten, harvesting, football, volleyball, jumping in the leaf pile, walking the know, the usual.

The giant mammoth sunflowers in our garden are anywhere from 6-10 feet tall! Like everything else though, they are being slowing fed to Peaches.

The boys grouse hunted at Grandma Dianna's last weekend.  They came home with a stuffed hunting vest.  It was stuffed with leaves, not grouse.  Fun, but they don't taste as good.

We've had lots of gray and rainy days but we took advantage of this nice evening to get out and fish at Lake of the Isles.  No bites.

Scott has really been enjoying the grouse hunting. We went last night and again tonight behind our house.  Last night Jesse had to keep reminding Alarik to be quiet.  Alarik tugged on my sleeve and whispered, "Pssst...does Scott know where he's going?"  After I assured him that he did, he looked around and added, "It looks very grousey around here."

Scott after Tuesday night football practice.  Rainy, muddy mess!

I had to go renew my driver's license and on the way back I stopped and hiked at Suomi Hills.  I'd never hiked there before and I will definitely be going back.  It was very pretty.

Bekah's volleyball team is much improved since last year. She is playing in both the 7th and 8th grade games and enjoying it very much.  

Alarik's Kindergarten teacher is using an app for classroom communication and she sends pictures and videos now and then.  Though I am still lamenting my status as a mom whose kids are all in school, it is pretty fun to see him in this new environment.

And then there's that thing I said about walking the pig.  Can't leave that out!
Jesse and Scott built Peaches a shelter since she'll be staying with us over the winter now.

While they worked, Jesse thought it would be a good idea to let Peaches free-range a bit.  She made a break for the woods first thing and I had to go after her.  She came when I called like a dog.

She did an unbelievable amount of "landscaping" while she was out.  It was kind of amazing to see how fast she could till up a square of turf!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Last night Alarik asks me out of the blue, "Mom, have you ever had a date night where you didn't have to go to the bathroom?"  I don't know how he even know what date night is since Jesse and I don't do them.

This evening the two of us were eating dinner together when he suddenly says, "Mom, is this how far apart your hands are supposed to be when you're arrested?"
What the heck???

He followed that right up with an exasperated, "You know, I've been calling you Mom for, like, FOUR YEARS already!"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Every year I debate between school portraits and just taking them myself.  I'd made up my mind years ago to do them myself, then pre-school Scott came home with the most adorable proof sheet ever so I bought school ones.  Then school ones started to decline in quality with different photography companies coming in.  Here's the proof sheets the boys came home with last week.
 Ok, glad I didn't pay for those.

Here's the ones we took yesterday in our yard.

Alarik insisted that he had to have his portrait taken with Peaches.  Why not?  It was a good way to get him to smile normally for his "real" picture; though I'm thinking this one would look pretty nice framed up in the living room.