Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nez Perce County Fair '09

The fair is one of the girls' favorite things to do. When school starts, they start asking when the fair will be.

They loved the petting zoo this year with the baby llama and camel. Unfortunately, I did not get any really good pictures. They loved the bunny barn. In fact, they all think we need to add a bunny to the family pet collection. For those of you who do not know, we currently have a dog and two cats. I do not think a bunny is necessary at this time.

Luken did so well at the fair. He rode in the stroller most of the time. He even took a short nap.

Yes, Makayla is crying and this exact same thing happened last year. She got in line with Sam to ride the helicopters. She definitely wanted to go. Right up until the time to get in and then she was all tears. Makayla has a distinct dislike of heights. She does not like to be anywhere she can see that the ground is not firm beneath her.

All three of the girls were blessed this year. Grandpa Mike gave them each some money on Friday before they came. Cotton candy was at the top of the list of things to purchase with that money.

Thank you, Grandpa Mike. They had a great time going on the rides, eating cotton candy, and buying souvenirs.

Our teenager is so fun right now.

The little girls love the carousel. It is their favorite ride. Don't you just love how kids enjoy the simple things.

Aunt Brittney and Uncle Justin joined us for a little while. Thank you for watching the kids, so Jer and I could ride the ferris wheel.

Another fall started at the fair.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Last Swim

Technically, we missed the last day of summer by a few days, but that's okay.

Last Thursday, Jeremy found out he did not have to be in to work until 3pm. So I talked him in to taking us to the beach for a last summer swim.

We had a great time. We were only there for a couple of hours, but it was well spent family time.

Luken spent most of his time in the stroller, but that was nice for me. He is getting very heavy.

Good-bye summer. Bring on the fall, my favorite season.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Here are a couple more pictures of the puppy.
If you sit on the floor, she likes to sit in your lap.

Monday, September 21, 2009

First Day of Dance

This was the little girls first day of dance. They were very excited. All three of our girls take dance, but Bailee had the flu this week. She missed her whole first week. She was bummed.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lewiston Roundup Parade

This is only the second time in the 8 years of our marriage that I have watched the parade. This was the girls' first year, because last year they road on a float in the parade. They would have preferred riding another float, but they enjoyed the candy they received. Luken slept through his first parade experience.

We met up with Grandma Brenda, Uncle Bryan, Aunt Amanda, Payton, and Katie, which really made this enjoyable. My sister, Brittney, and her new husband, Justin, also found us.

It was a very long parade. It last almost 2 hours. We stayed to the end though and the girls enjoyed. I reminded Jeremy this is what we do so our children will have good memories of us doing the extras.

Friday, September 18, 2009

We Did Not Give Our Moose Muffins

If you do not understand the title, then most likely you do not have children. "If You Give A Moose A Muffin" is the title of a popular children's book.

This was our second visit yesterday from our moose family. I thought they had left for good, because I did not see them at all yesterday afternoon.

The man of the family decided to take a break while his family munched on thistles.

One of the twins decided that she wanted a closer look. Actually, they liked the tree we have in our yard.

We were in our laundry and kitchen taking these pictures. You will see in some of the pictures that the moose are looking at us. They could hear us, but they did seem to feel too threatened.

Mom and the baby decided to join baby #1.

We have some rose bushes that caught the nose of this little one. They ended up eating down quite a bit.

I love the above picture. It made me think that the baby was playing peek-a-boo with me.

Dad decided to check out what was the big deal.

As you can see, he came into the yard also. Mom and the babies come fully into the yard, but Dad stayed on the edge.

The below picture gives you some perspective as to where they are in relation to where we are in the house.

We had called our neighbor so that she could come over and see them. They caught the scent of her as she walked over. She is what eventually frightened them away.

I think they are gone for good now, but it was cool to have them visit.

I looked up moose behavior and I found out that the only reason Dad was with this little family is because it is mating season. I also found out that males are the most aggressive during mating season and females are most aggressive when she has calves.

For those of you who have expressed concern, I just wanted you to know we did not attempt to get close to them. All these pictures are taken from inside of our house.

More Luken

I loved this series of pictures.
Again these were taken by my sister-in-law, Ange Movius. Here is the link to her website, Ange Movius Photography.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Visitors

Yesterday morning, I woke to some sort of deer-like animal noises coming from outside our window. I hopped out of bed expecting to see some deer very close to the house. What I saw instead was a family of moose.

Two years ago, we had one lone female moose come to our house for a visit. I like to think that in the last two years she got herself a man and they had some children to round out the family.

They have been here for two days now and the daddy is very protective of his family. When the move, he is always last in line making sure nothing follows them. Yesterday, I tried to take some pictures as they were going up to the little wooded area on the hill behind our house and he stopped and stared me down for a while.

Below is a picture of him where we found them this morning. As you can see, this is right at the edge of the field behind our house. I took this picture from our kitchen window.

This is from our bedroom window. The whole family is in this picture, but you really cannot see them all. Momma and the twins are in the right side of the picture. One of them being right on the edge.

This is Momma and I am sorry for the quality. I realize I have one dirty window in our laundry room.

These are the twins.

This one decided it was brave enough to come eat right off a tree in our yard.

This is Dad at full height.

Like I said, he is bringing up the rear as the family heads to the hills.

I am not sure how long they will stay, but we have really enjoyed having them visit us. They can come back anytime. They decided to leave this time, because our cat was making such a ruckus trying to get us to let him in the back door.