Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Carvin' Time

For Family Home Evening, we invited the Fosters over to carve pumpkins with us. We had a fun time and I think the kids really liked it, however, it seemed the parents did all the carving and the kids watched. They kind of helped gut the pumpkins but that was all.
Let me just say, I am not a big Halloween fan. And really not a fan of carving pumpkins either. It is really "disgusting" as Tyler says, to put your hand in there and pull out all that stuff. I am right there with you Tyler.

Dad starting to cut Tyler's pumpkin

I have major knife action going on.

Dave working on Payton's pumpkin

Tyler gutting his pumpkin

Look at that great pumpkin

It is scary!

All four after we were finished.
I did the diamond pumpkin, Payton had the Autobot sign, Brinley had a pretty princess face, and Tyler's was the scary face.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We went to Wishing Star Farm to get our pumpkins this year. I think Tyler had a great time but not so much Katie. She unfortunately sat in her stroller most of the time because of the wind. It was really cold.
They had a petting zoo, barrel train ride, hay ride, animal farm, gorge slide, tractor tires, corn crib, bales of hay.....Tyler loved every bit of it but I think what he liked the most was picking his own pumpkin.

A tight squeeze for the llama

Barrel train ride

on top the hay bales

I'm free from my stroller

dad and the kids

dad and tyler

corn crib

brad amazed at how soft the camel is

tyler on the ponies

enjoying his ride

look at that look on Katie's face.....

two cute kids

We had a great day together as a family! On Monday night we will carve our pumpkins for FHE. Can't wait to see how they turn out.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Garden of the Gods

Last Saturday we decided to go fro a ride to Garden of the Gods. It was suppose to start snowing the night before but not much came of it and I had cabin fever. So we bundled up and headed out. There was sleet and lots of fog but that seemed to be it. When we hit Garden of the Gods road, we hit black ice. A little scary to say the least. There were cars in front of us, we were going down hill and couldn't hit the brakes. Luckily for us, we were safe, no accidents. We turned into Garden of the Gods and this is what we saw.....

2 deer hanging out eating the berries on the trees.

As we went around the corner, there was a truck off the side of the road in the gully. They had driven up to these rocks when they lost traction and slid back down. Luckily for us, we didn't have a problem.

Brad tried to push the truck out and as he was doing this, several cars drove by and didn't even offer to help. He was finally successful and the truck turned around on the one way street and went back down which was only about a mile.

As the truck was heading down and Brad was trying to cross the road, he couldn't because of the ice on the road. Every time he took a step, he would slide back. We finally found a place where he could get some traction and was able to cross. As this happened, this car drove around the corner, lost traction and ended up in the gully.

Brad pushed them out too. Some other guys tried to help and only made the situation worse. They decided they couldn't help so they left.....

Brad was definitely the hero that day. He was able to help push 2 cars out of the gully and help them get turned around.

On our way home, as the temperature dropped there was more ice. It took us about 30 minutes to make it back to the freeway. Once we got to the over pass, we saw an accident, 50 car pile-up.
We were very blessed and lucky to make it home safely.
I can say I don't think I have ever offered a more fervent prayer for us to be safe.
Prayers are answered!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


On Friday, Katie was playing around the fireplace when she slipped and hit her mouth on the fireplace. I wasn't home at the time it happened. I was told she kept bleeding and it wouldn't stop. Luckily it did with no stitches. Unfortunately, she is left with a fat lip, a nice scab, and on the inside she cut her upper gum and managed to chip her front teeth. The swelling was so bad on the inside, her two top front teeth are spread apart. Poor baby girl.
She has 12 teeth now and they are sharp. I know you are asking, how do you know how sharp they are.....well, unfortunately I have to put my fingers in her mouth to dig out the things she shouldn't be eating.

What do you call it?

Will we ever get rid of that thing.....yes I am referring to the
What do you call it?
We let Tyler keep his til he was almost 3. The only reason we did was because of all the surgeries he was having on his trach. I think within a week of him having the trach removed, it was gone and it wasn't hard for him either. He really just chewed on it.
Katie on the other hand, if she sees it she wants it. I think I have gotten her to only use it during naps and night-time. Hopefully soon it will be gone but I just don't have the will power or courage to take it away right now.

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