Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday stroll

The Valley of the Giants is an amazing place that isn't too far from where we live. It's really only about 45 miles but with the drive is about an hour and a half to get there. I'd wanted to go for a couple years when I'd heard about it. Larry ands I wanted to take the kids for a short day hike this weekend but we still has so much stuff to get done around the house we just couldn't. So Larry thought we could do a little nature walk Sunday after church. So we went for it. It worked out great that our bishop and his family wanted to come too since they had been there before. It's really hard to find! There are literally no signs. They like it to be a secret I guess, and your on logging roads for a long time. It was so beautiful! It's a smallish redwood forest. The trail is pretty easy. Ruth did it no problem. It was a beautiful day to enjoy our Heavenly Father's creations! I'm so grateful for this beautiful earth! Also for my amazing family!

New fence= life skills

We have needed a new fence on this side of our yard since we moved in 11 years ago.  We've patched it and made it work long enough. Our neighbor approached us to go in half on one. We priced it and it was still too much so we priced doing it ourself. .. so our very nice neighbor paid 80% and we did all the labor. Larry worked building fence before his mission  (a few years ago). So we got it done and the kids learned a lot about digging holes, making it straight, mixing cement. ... they even helped put the slats in! It looks so nice! 

Setting the pool up!

The kids were so excited yesterday when Larry set the pool up! The get in a son as the hose is in. I guess that way they are numb when it's full. .. they played in it for hours! They got in right after they ate lunch and stayed in until I made them get out for dinner. Bbbrrrrrrrr! So ready for summer!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Another mowing kid!

All our kids look forward to their tien to learn how to mow the grass. After the first year they cry and fight about it being their turn!  Makes me crazy but so glad to have one more join the ranks!

Friday, April 21, 2017


I made the girls Easter dresses this year. I let Amelia pick the fabric. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. It was so nice to have nice enough weather to have an egg hunt out side. Plus the ONLY benifit to late church was I could get them all to eat breakfast, get dressed and totally ready for church before they even got to find their Easter baskets  (making for cutter pictures ). Plus we even had time for our last Easter devotional. We had done the whole series that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put on about the Prince of Peace. It was a lovely way to focus on him all week but especially the morning of before they got to just eat candy. Hayden did our resurrection garden this year. We made them at activity days with all the 8 to 11 year old girls from church. It turned out lovely. I love Easter, it fills my heart with peace,hope, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, repentance,  and so much more. I love our Savior and all he's done for me and my family every day. He LIVES. I know He lives!


Ethan took Diana Nye to prom. They had a group dinner here at our house before the dance  then came back for dessert and games. They had a great time and the girls looked so beautiful. I'm so glad that there are such amazing, sweet, fun, good girls for Ethan to go out with. It's really wierd because it seems like only last year I went to my prom. ...guess what it was actually 20. WHAT! That seems like crazy talk. I'm so glad they had fun.

New glasses

Ruth got new glasses! She looks beautiful as always. And she loves them.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Great Wolf lodge

The other part of our mini vacation we did with our Holiday Bazaar earnings was going to the Great Wolf Lodge. Ruth was only 2 the last time we went so she didn't even remember it. We had so much fun! The big kids played till the place closed down. I took Ruth to do a few other fun things while they kept swimming. We all crashed as soon as we were back to the room. We really had a blast and it even better because we got to take our "6th" kid Jocie Dunmire. We love her and she makes us all have more fun.

Monday, March 20, 2017

18th anniversary

Larry and I went to the beach this weekend to celebrate our 18th anniversary. It was so relaxing and so quiet!  Larry got to blow a glass ball for our Christmas tree. He's wanted to do it for a few years. We also went to Ripleys Believe it or Not,the Wax Work Meuseum,  and the under water sea garden. Larry had never been to them either. We decided that they are definitely NOT worth taking the kids. We had dinner at our favorite place "Fathoms" right at sunset. It was such a beautiful day Saturday. Sunday we went to church in Lincoln City and got to see one of our favorite missionaries that served in Monmouth. Elder Folkersen. A bunch of people from our ward were there too because it was Lincoln City's ward conference. The kids had a great time spending the weekend with their cousins at Sam and Jenniann's.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thrifty Thursday at Hoodoo

It was the first time we have taken all the kids skiing. On Thursdays they do a cheap day so we jumped on that. Hayden and Ruth took a half day lesson because it was their first time. I hadn't been since sixth grade so it was like starting over. But I remembered quickly. We all had so much fun and the kids want to make it a tradition. I'll be honest I was a little cranky when we got there because I'm afraid of heights, and I don't like going fast down hills  (on bikes,  tubes,or anything else really). And I just realized that NOW I had to do both.  (I knew that when we planned it but it was actually real NOW.) But once I got the hang of it it was ok. I had so much fun.  So glad we got to come. So glad we had great weather. And so glad we got to bring our honorary child Jocie Dunmire.