Monday, September 8, 2014

New School Year

This year we have 7 children in school.  I'm very happy to have a year off from kindergarten!!

Tara is a Junior at BGHS.

Christopher is a Freshman at BGHS.

Clint (8th) and Clayton (6th) go to Amboy.  Forrest (4th), Bronwyn (2nd) and Hunter (1st) go to Yacolt.

We pray they have a good year!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Life . . . over the last 2 months

Life has been busy and I haven't taken any time to blog for a long time.  I'll share a few (or LOTS of) pictures with you here, to catch you up on what we've been doing.

In June, Aimee graduated as the Salutatorian of her class of over 500 students.

Christopher graduated from 8th grade.

My two babies both in bed with me one morning:)

A quilt I made for one of our godsons.  I bought the pattern and most of the fabric in NH on our vacation last fall.

Rachel's 19th birthday.

The boys got to help Jay with the sauna foundation.

A quilt for Dad from my quilt group that I quilted.

David and I were blessed to be able to take a bus tour trip to California with 38 other adults from our church (from congregations across the nation and Canada).  We were the babies of the group:)  We had a wonderful 7 days of fun and fellowship along with seeing many things we'd never seen and going further south into California than we'd ever been.  We also celebrated our 21st anniversary while we were gone.  Us on our anniversary . . . we went to Alcatraz Island that day.

Our whole tour group.

Us at the Reagan Library . . . ready to board Air Force One.

A bobcat at the corner of the sauna foundation the morning after we got back . . . just hanging out watching for his breakfast.

This year was the earliest we ever went huckleberry picking . . . and a first for picking huckleberries before we'd gotten our blueberries!!  We had a beautiful evening and got about 5 quarts of berries.  They weren't too great and we plan to try somewhere else in another week or so.

Mt. Adams

My sweetie with Mt. Hood in the background.

Walking up the trail.  We just ended up looking here . . . berries weren't ready.

Tanner turned 18 months on Sunday.

Aimee's 18th birthday was Monday.

David's GF version of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake:)

Rick did the groundwork plumbing for our sauna on Tuesday.

A quilt I just quilted for my quilt group.

And a baby blanket for a new little one.

We got our peaches Tuesday night.  They're as delicious as always.  Ten boxes of  peaches.

All laid out to ripen down the basement.  (all of them aren't in the picture)  I like ripening them downstairs because they ripen slowly and I don't have to do them all at one time.  They're also out of reach of the little kids.

Yesterday Aimee and I had to go to Portland, so I decided to make a little trip to Fabric Depot at the same time.  I bought this wonderful little stack of fabric to make a baby boy quilt out of.  I'm so excited to work with it, but it's being saved for my beach trip at the end of September.  Those little eyes peaking from the bottom are from some adorable little foxes, going on the border of the quilt, and the gray minky is for the back.

Today we got gravel for fill in the sauna to get ready for concrete.  David had a conveyor truck bring the gravel and it was pretty awesome watching it.  The guy could drive the truck and move the conveyor belt around by remote control.  As you can tell, this was pretty exciting for the whole family:)

That's been our life over the last couple months:)  Hope you enjoyed seeing it!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


One cute chick and one old mama went to pick strawberries today.  You'd think with a family our size there could've been more pickers, but it worked out for only Tara and I to go when we needed to go today!  We were hoping for 140ish pounds, knowing I'd gotten 142 pounds last year.  I knew we didn't need quite that many since we still had some left, but I decided to see how the picking was.

When I called the strawberry owner the other day, the message said they were beginning on Friday at 9:00.  I didn't plan to go then.  I left her a message, saying to please call me and let me know when would be a good time to come picking, as it was a bit of a drive for me, and I wanted to get 100-150 pounds on one trip.  She called me back that afternoon and asked if I'd like to come on Wednesday, before she actually opened to the public!!!  I felt like one lucky girl:)

We had the whole field(s) to ourselves.  She didn't care where we went.  She first showed us one field of berries, and told us we could also go into a different patch.  We started out and our first 3 buckets (each) were taking us about 10 minutes a bucket.  It felt long and tiresome and 28 buckets sounded like something far off in the future!!!  I decided to walk over to the other patch.  I got a handful of berries that were MUCH larger and seemed darker . . . more ready to be picked.  We decided to head over there to try it out.  We stayed there the rest of the time.  Our average went down to a little over 6 minutes a bucket.  It felt like we were moving so much, that it didn't seem nearly as long.  I just got so sore.  I'd try to stand over a row and bend down.  Then my back would get tired.  Then I tried to go on my knees . . . and they'd start hurting.  And finally we were done.

When I was on my last bucket, the lady had walked by and said she'd be right back.  I hadn't realized it, but Tara saw her get into a vehicle and leave.  After we filled our 28 buckets that we were shooting for, I went to the van, opened up the doors and windows and laid my seat back to rest.  Tara went to get another bucket to keep picking!!  I told her not to pick too much, as I'd already gotten what I wanted.  When she was finished she came to wait, too.  The lady finally came back and we were able to weigh and pay for our berries and leave.  We'd gotten 148 pounds in 1 3/4 hours!!

This is what 28 buckets of berries look like, lined up in the shade of our van.

And this is what 148 pounds of berries looks like in containers.  I had every container filled that I'd brought with me!!

And this is what supper . . . Swedish pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream looks like:)

I wish I could say they were all done, but they're not!!  I have a bunch to do tomorrow, including all of my jam.  Rachel, Aimee, Tara, me, and even Clint for a short while, worked on the berries tonight.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Yard Work

I wish I had "before" pictures, but I don't.  Nobody thought to tell me I should've taken some until it was all done:)  They probably didn't know how much I was really going to get it changed!!!

Last year before Pappa and Grandma's house was sold, Clint and I took a few things to transplant at our house.  Clint took a couple Rhododendrons and I took a Hosta, Lily of the Valley and Lilac.  We'd also planted a few plants up there that we received when Pappa and Grandma died.  We basically dug holes for them to get them in the ground and they were planted on the grassy hillside.  I knew I wanted it changed, because it was pretty hard to mow around everything, and I really wanted it to be a flowerbed.

Last fall my big camellia plant was stripped of everything green by the deer!  It's still looking pretty sad, but every week it gets more leaves opening.  I think the flower buds must start the prior year, too, because there was only one blossom . . . and the deer got that, too, after about a day of being partially open!!

Twenty years ago when we moved here, David built a rock wall and I had about 2-3 feet wide of petunias growing there every year while we lived in our trailer.  During the digging and building of our house, the rock wall was partially buried and hadn't been kept up anymore.

Christopher and Clint helped me dig up and turn over the hillside.  We dug out all the rocks from the wall.  There were tons of ferns growing out of it and they have severe root systems that had to come out!  David didn't seem to want to have anything to do with my project, so we were on our own.  I knew he'd get tired of watching us building the wall (probably not the correct way) and come give his two cents worth after awhile.  After getting about 3 feet done, he came and did a couple feet and then said it was our deal.  The boys didn't like all the digging, but they did enjoy prettying it up, by building the wall with me.  After we got the wall done, I put down landscape fabric and then covered it with barkdust.  Tara helped me with most of that.  I think it turned out really nice:)

I always hate it that grass grows up into the rock wall and it needs weedeating, so I dug out along the front flowerbed and added barkdust along it so we can mow easier.

We've had this for many years.  Just cleaned it up a bit and added barkdust after redoing the rock work.

Our neighbor sells Clematises, and Tara gave me a couple (that I got to pick out) for Mother's Day.  I planted them along our pumphouse.  I need to get a couple trellises for them.  The one on the right is ready to bloom and will bloom again in the fall.  The one on the left will bloom during the summer months.

I know for all of you fancy landscapers out there, this probably doesn't look like much, but for us it is:)  I'm glad to have it done and hoping, hoping, hoping I can keep the deer out of all of them.  We just scared off three this morning!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where Do You Sleep?

Kids fall asleep in funny places.

It was pretty quiet and I hadn't saw Tanner around for awhile, so I figured I better find out where he was.  I checked outside first as I though he had probably made an escape.  I didn't see him anywhere and finally found him on the nursery floor!  He knew where to go when it was time for a nap :)

A month and a half ago I was babysitting one night while Mom and Dad were gone.  The other kids were all in bed, but Morgan was going to stay awake until they got home!  So she fell asleep sitting next to me at the counter.

A few days later Morgan fell asleep "reading" on the couch.

 This one dates back to last October.  I think Dad was reading a story and she was falling asleep.

She woke up soon after :)