Saturday, June 30, 2012

Camping at Wawawai County Park - Part 1

My brother, Marvin, was the one who brought our attention to Wawawai County Park.  It is actually only 30 minutes away and we thought it would be a great place to go for our first camping trip of the season.  It only has 9 first come camp sites.  It really is a nice, simple campground.  I only have two wishes for it.  That they would install plumbing and that they would enforce the closed gate at dusk.

He fell asleep in that 30 minute drive.

View from our campsite

Looking happy while helping set up.

Map of the campground

They were so excited to be camping.

They have a mile long trail that brings you up out of the camp and you can see up and down the Snake River.  It was really nice that night.

We actually went Thursday night through Saturday afternoon, because Jeremy had to do sound at church on Sunday.

Friday morning

It is situated near the train tracks.  There was only one train that went by and we weren't even there.  We had gone up river a bit to swim.

These butterflies were right where the kids were playing in the water.

Using logs as rafts was a big part of the fun.

Jeremy was constantly trying to take a nap.

This is on the river.

Saturday morning

We really had a great time.  More to come.

Friday, June 29, 2012

10 Days of Praise

The girls participated in a dance camp through River City Dance.  It ended with them sharing at a local event called 10 Days of Praise.  They all did great even though it was really hot.

Then later in the evening, River City Church's worship team lead worship.  Jeremy played the bass.  He is on the left side.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Author (to me) - Elizabeth Peters

This is my new favorite author.  I just happened to stumble across her when I was looking for audiobooks at the library.  Her actually name is Barbara Mertz, but she writes under her real name and two different pseudonyms - Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels.  She has a Ph.D in Egyptology, so many of her stories take place in Egypt.

So far, I have only delved into her Amelia Peabody novels.  I have two down and am looking forward to reading the remaining 17.  These novels take place in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  I love the language and the proper way people are suppose to treat each other.  I love everything about Egypt.  These stories are mysteries and although some moments are predictable, I have truly enjoyed the two I have read/listened to so far.

I would highly recommend check her out if you enjoy period mysteries with just a touch of romance, not much.


My sister, Brittney, and her family are in Hawaii and we have been dog sitting for them.  Here is Samantha and Theodore.  And yes, he is that big.  I know Sam is in the background, but he is truly a large dog.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Father's Day

I am always thinking of making Father's Day fun.  This year it had been so warm the days before that I thought some outside water fun was in order.  I bought everyone squirt guns and a big thing of water balloons.  The kids are always looking for ways to attack their father in fun.

After a squirt gun war, we had a little balloon toss fun.  Check out Makayla's faces.

Luken loves to throw things.  He is especially happy to be able to throw them at someone.

Not the best picture (above), I just loved the look on Bailee's face.

I try to make sure that I get a picture of the kids with Jeremy every Father's Day.

Jeremy, you are a great dad.  Thank you for being willing to participate in our plans for your day.

Monday, June 25, 2012

War Paint

The girls went outside to play one day and came back in looking like this.  Mud is good for so many things.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


We had allowed Luken's hair to grow out through the winter.   It had gotten quite long and curly.  It was so cute.  We had asked in a couple times if he wanted to cut it once the weather began to warm.  Each time he told us no.  Then while I was gone a couple of weeks ago Jeremy was cutting his hair and Luken allowed him to cut his also.  I came home from Spokane to find a sheared son.  Very sad, but the little man is cute no matter how much hair he has.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Riding Her Bike

Makayla has learned to ride her bike without training wheels!!  Way to go, Makayla!!  

When spring came around, we told Makayla this was her year.  Sam had learned at seven, so we thought it was time for Makayla to learn.  

Makayla went out and in one weekend she had it.  Now she loves riding her bike and you can find her outside all the time doing tricks.

This picture was before Luken got his new bike.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More on Chicken Farming

This is our shop and where the chickens were living before Jeremy got done with their house.

He got their yard done before the house.  We used the fencing that had been used for the dog kennel.

They loved having their yard.  After about a week of taking them to it, we were able to put them all out in our yard and herd them up to their yard.

This is the building behind our house.  The window boarded up is the one that will lead into their house.  We are using about 1/3 of the building for the chickens home.

This is how they get in right now.  Jeremy has made them a ramp, but it hasn't been warm enough for a long enough period to water seal it.

From outside in.

This is their roosting bar, but they could not get up there yet, so Jeremy moved the box in.

Back corner - The shelves there became the nesting boxes.

This is our rooster.  Jeremy had wondered early on if his chicken whose name is Omelet was a rooster.  He has been very aggressive right from the start.  Then one morning he let out a lovely cockle doodle doo and we knew for a fact.

Coming out for some fresh air.

They love it when we let them out to free range.  They will all congregate around the gate when they see you coming.

One evening I found them all roosting like this.  I thought it was funny.  I took the picture through the fence because when I got close to the gate they began to move.

We are really enjoying having chickens.  I know it will be that much more fun when they begin to lay eggs.