Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday on Skates

So Ben had done an awesome job of planning a date with me for this past Saturday - a babysitter and all was arranged. But then Miles came home on Thursday with a b-day party invite from a classmate for Saturday, so our date was canceled. :( (The only time our babysitter could come was right during the party)

So, instead, we took our family on our date and had a pretty good time (it would have been great had we not had an episode in the store with Miles).

We went ice-skating at an ice rink in Ouray (free).

There are no skate rentals in town. But we actually found a place in Ouray that rents out skates - but none small enough for our kids. But our kids had fun enough walking on the rink, going in the "warming hut" that was none too warm, etc.

It hadn't been plowed since the last couple inches of snow had fallen. So our boys had a great time shoveling for us.

Miles hard at work.

The ice skater. He's good and slick and handsome.

We put Emmy and Jonas in my skates and I "pushed" them around for a bit. :) They loved it.

Jonas, in fact, loved, loved, loved it. He wanted us to get him his own skates sooooo bad so he could do it all by himself. :)

It was always fun to play on the hockey nets.

Ben set this picture up. :) Ben loves ice hockey. We found this broken stick at the rink (tossed-out) and so Ben picked it up and will fix the top for our kiddos to have.

We finished up the day by going in to the town of Ouray, going to the toy store, and eating bagels for lunch. Fun stuff.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Got It and Quote of the Week

(not the best picture of the book, but whatever)

Well I got my blog book all done and finished and it arrived today in the mail. I love it.

Here is the quote of the week:

Miles: "I wish I could be Ramona's boy friend."
(and he doesn't mean boyfriend. definitely boy friend.) We are reading maybe our 4th or 5th Ramona Quimby book. Miles has been wishing that Ramona was real. Me too. They would be the best of friends.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ben Built a Bookshelf

A few months ago Ben started a big project: building a bookshelf. Here are a few pictures of the process:

In the beginning. . . This is the wall where it will be built. We were sad to have to cover up the beautiful pipe decor.

He took down the drywall to expose the 100-year old wood framing.

Voilà! I thought I had a few more "in between" shots, but I couldn't find them. :) So he's just about done - he needs to do some trim on the sides, but other than that it looks perfect to me.

Ben is amazing if you ask me. Even if you don't ask me, Ben is still amazing.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I think my posts always slow down in January. It's just cold, brown, and ugly here. We don't get out too much. But here are some random pics for fun.

The boys' decorated room, or ceiling. Jonas thought it was "cool." They didn't last long up there, however.

The kids devouring herring. Seriously. Miles loves fish - especially sardines. The other kids, as well as their mom, aren't the biggest fans. But this herring stuff is really good - it has a smoked jerky flavor. Yum. I still can't believe Jonas ate it.

Jonas took a few pictures on Monday, I think. I think this is one of them.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


A couple of weeks ago Miles began this project of making a web. Jonas "helped" him and they were pretty much occupied for 4-5 hours on Sunday afternoon. Seriously. Crazy.

Then today Miles began another web. The pictures don't really do it justice. It's really, really cool.

He's still up there now working on it. . .


So this has been one of the most pathetic winters I've had. So frankly, I'm done with it. It's brown and ugly here. The last measurable snow-storm was before Halloween. Seriously. Seriously? Really? Skiffs of snow are still around seeing as it's been really, really cold here. And today we were suppose to be getting snow all day long - 6 or so inches. Nothing has fallen. I'm heartbroken.

Okay, anyways, we did have a ward sledding party last Saturday at a place about 15 miles out of town. On the whole way up we kept wondering if there was going to be enough snow. Luckily there was plenty of hard-packed super-slick snow - perfect for sledding. The kids LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. Miles was fearless and would go so far that he'd start going up an embankment and then swoop back down. It was great. The only time he got scared? When he was heading for the big fire pit (with smoldering wood) the scouts had the night before. I told him, next that something like that happens, bail out of the sled. :) Emmy and Jonas loved it, too. Jonas went down once and fell off half-way and so he was half-way on and half-way off his sled; we expected a whiny boy. Nope, he was fine and dandy. Emmy fell down once, still on the sled tho, but finished her ride on her back and didn't say anything. Too funny. We even had lunchup there. It turned out to be a really, really fun outing.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Going Once, Going Twice. . .

Any takers on a 5-almost-6 year old?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Oldies but Goodies (the pictures, not the people in them)

So these pictures are taken from Jim and Diana's cameras when they came out and visited us back in November. They are going to be in no particular order. But they are going to be A LOT.

Reading a book with Grandpa. "Those Darn Squirrels!" :)

Emmy taking a sip of homemade grape juice.

The boys going out for a walk.

Miles and his collection of rocks (I get rocks brought home everyday from the playground).

Look at Emmy's crossed-legs. :)

Giggling together is always a good thing.

Grandpa and Jonas at bedtime.

Grandpa and Miles at bedtime.

Love this picture.

Oh I LOVE this picture, too. So fun!

Such a great-looking group.

Cute Miles and adoring Grandma. :)

I love Jonas' face here.

Let's not forgot Wilson.

Miles loves this shirt, tho a little small, because of the bird on the sleeve of course.

Cute boy.

Cute Emmy and her mama.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


you think your kids are being oh-so-good as they haven't bothered you once while in the shower, think again:

Friday, January 08, 2010

Miles' 2nd Qtr Report

"Miles continues to excel in the classroom - he remains a top performer in the classroom, testing at or above Benchmark in all standards! He interacts positively with all students and regularly helps his peers in cleaning and activities. Miles has a great personality and I enjoy his presence in the class."

~Mr. James.


Lots and lots of videos

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year (pretty original)

So we spent the first day of 2010 doing things that we do about once a year. We took down Christmas decor. Now Ben keeps commenting on how "bare" our home looks.

We also went bowling. Which we do about once a year.
Honesty and hands-down the kids' favorite part was watching the ball come back up.

The kids got a nifty "dragon" to help them bowl. As well as bumpers. They were pretty hooked up.

Miles was funny bowling. He was pretty deliberate. Set up his "dragon" where he wanted it. Later on in the game he started running and then would push his bowling ball down. Fun stuff.
But Miles was pretty put-off the whole time seeing as he wanted his "own" bowling lane. Go figure.

Emmy took turns on Ben and my turns. She had a fun time, too.

We also went to Taco Bell. We maybe do this more than once a year - like maybe twice? Miles LOVES their tacos.

That's all.