Sunday, September 20, 2009

McCall Camping Trip

Back in August, we went on a camping trip with Shaun's parents and siblings. It was a lot of fun for everyone. We took the camp trailer and stayed at Ponderosa State Park. Family members were our neighbors at adjoining sites.

On the first day Monica led us on a hike to Blue Lake. It was a nice hike, but I will not be repeating it. The kids did great, but I was worn out by the end. Shaun carried Weston on his shoulders for most of the hike. Once, we got there we had lunch, fished and explored a little bit.

Weston sporting his hiking attire.
Hiking into Blue Lake
Weston and Rylee were always up to something
The boys fishing at Blue Lake
The kids at Blue Lake
The kids had fun swimming and playing in the sand. Hunter is not included in anymore pictures because he was always off doing other activities like golfing, baseball, fishing or football. I hardly saw him the whole trip.

Weston and I hanging out in Payette Lake

Ashlyn and Kamryn playing in the sand
Weston could have played in the sand all day

Ashlyn's favorite activity was picking huckleberries. We came home with a lot of them! Weston keeps asking when we can go camping again. Hunter thought golfing with deer on the course was pretty cool.

On the same weekend Shaun and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. For this special occasion, I went to the thrift store in Mccall and bought him a wedding cake topper. I do not think he was impressed.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ashlyn is 10 years old!

Where has the time gone. My baby girl is turning 10 today. I do not know how to do the cool collage of pictures (Britta you will have to let me know how). There are quite a few pics, but the girl is 10!

Ashlyn was born on August 28th a little after 1:00am. She was almost 2 weeks late. Shaun took me golfing and I went into labor as soon as we got there. Of course, we could not leave because he was winning. So, his dad drove me around in the golf cart. Good times. I do not have that many appropriate pictures of her birth because the photographer got too up close and personal. Thanks mom!
Ashlyn on her blessing day with her dad.
Ashlyn on her 1st birthday
Ashlyn has always loved animals. Here she is with Grandma Roedel's dog India. Ashlyn is 2
Poor Hunter, he had no idea what he was in for.
Ashlyn age 3
Ashyln on her 4th birthday
She is always up to something
First day of kindergarten, age 5
Ashlyn age 6
Ashlyn at her Baptism, age 8
She is quite the fisherman
She is a great big sister
She is finding things that she enjoys
She loves taking pictures of herself
Happy 10th Birthday Ashlyn!

We love you Ashlyn! You bring so much personality into our home. We are in for a fun ride the next few years, hopefully we will enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Finally Caught Up

I am finally caught up on my blog. Hopefully I will not get that behind again. So have fun scrolling down and catching up with our lives.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weston is 3 years old!

Our baby boy turned 3 on July 5th. He is such a sweet boy when he is asleep.


Weston was very excited for his train cake. He told everyone about it.

Hunter thought he needed to help blow the candles out

Weston with his cousin Xavier.

If you asked Weston what he wanted for his birthday, he would tell you fireworks. Good thing his birthday is one day after the 4th of July. His Grandma Roedel gave him fireworks.

Weston is a very active child. He is always into something or beating someone up. He is a happy boy and loves to do what ever his brother Hunter is doing. He has recently started going to nursery and is really enjoying it. He loves playing with Hunter's Geo Trax train set this keeps him entertained. My kitchen has been turned into a train depot. We love Weston very much even though at the end of the day we are worn out. Happy Birthday "W".


4th of July

We decided to break the tradition of going to the parade and go boating instead. Weston has been waiting to go out on the big boat, so this was his chance. Shaun's parents, Sydney, Taylor and Trevor went with us. We had a lot of fun. Ashlyn and Taylor tried to water ski but the skies were too big for them. Next time we will throw in smaller ones. Weston also rode on the tube with his dad. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of it and he would not do it again. He said it was too bumpy.

Weston relaxing in his pink tube
The boys fighting over who gets to pull the boat in...
You can see who won
Taylor and Ashlyn jumped out of the boat, so we took off without them. They did not find it funny.
Weston and Grandma Mills enjoying the boat ride.

A trip to Owyhee would not be complete if we did not fish. The started biting as soon as the line hit the water.


After the boating trip, we went to my parents and enjoyed a BBQ and fireworks. We were so tired that we did not take any pictures. The only one that Shaun took was from his phone.

Cat Girl

Just a random picture of Ashlyn asleep with her cats...

Alaska Fishing Trip

Shaun took a week long vacation to fish in Alaska again this year. This year he went earlier in the year to fish for king salmon. Even though it was very exhausting, it was a good trip.

Trying to hold up two salmon while in pain from his broken ribs.

Reeling one in
Bald Eagles were everywhere

Thanks Dean for taking great pictures! Until next year.

Rodeo Time

Every year Michelle Steele puts on a Rodeo out at her home. This year we decided to give it a try. We will not miss this event again! Michelle did a great job putting this on. Some of the things she had going were; a petting zoo, pony rides, horse back riding, barrel racing, cow riding, calf roping and the kids favorite sno cones.

Ashlyn and Hunter both enjoyed riding the horses. Ashlyn also got involved in one of the races in the big arena.

Weston enjoyed the pony rides but he spent most of his time on the slide or eating sno cones.




Thanks Michelle for a great time!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Graduate

Hunter has officially graduated from kindergarten and is off to 1st grade. Hunter had a great year and has made many accomplishments. His teacher says that he has really matured and become a social butterfly. Hunter makes friends where ever he goes. I never have to worry about him feeling left out. As some of you know, Hunter has a speech and hearing problem. I was very worried about him going to school and being around others that did not understand this. His teacher said he has come a long way and no one really notices that he has these problems. We were very happy that he had Mrs. Godsill as a teacher this year. She was a great help to him. This was also Ashlyn's teacher and Uncle Trevor's teacher 20 some years ago. We are hoping that she sticks around to have Weston, but I am sure she will want to retire after having him.

A few things that I remember Hunter doing at the first of the year are; no longer wanting to be called "Huntie", not wanting me to walk home with him and I was not allowed to hold his hand. He is a big kid now and not my baby boy. How sad. Hunter almost made it through kindergarten without losing any teeth. But few weeks ago he let me know that one was lose and his dad pulled it out. If you look closely you can see the small space, even though the other tooth is quickly coming up.

Hunter also started his baseball season this week. For the last two years, he was coached by his uncle and dad. We decided to move him up a league to coach pitch. He no longer can "trash talk" Uncle Trevor. He is doing well, even though I worry about him being in a league with kids that are older then him. He has a coach that is very patient with him and he is getting to know the kids on his team.