Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Bye Little Lou Winston

We lost our little puppy today. He was a great little dog and we will truly miss him and his barks to let us know someone was here that he didn't know or like. He was the best security dogs, no one could get by him.

We were not expecting to get a dog 3 years ago, but after the accident and Chris being penned up in the house, he needed a little companion dog to keep him company while I was at work. He was a fun little dog to have around the house and on the farm. Lucas adored him, though Lou would put up with him, he would rather stay away. He liked to keep his ears and tails from being pulled by a 1 & 2 year old little Lucas. What I will really miss is seeing him curled up on Bailee trying to keep warm and I am sure she didn't mind the little guy's body heat either.

As we were digging the place of his final rest, Luke kept telling Lou to wake up. He couldn't quite get the concept that he wasn't going to get up and play with him. Luke kept saying "Where Lou go?" We finally were able to bury him, Lucas got a little upset as we placed the dirt on top of Lou. We had to comfort him by telling him that he was up with Heavenly Father and Jesus, no sooner had we said that, Lucas said, "Love you Lou." That broke my heart. We love our Little Lou Winston and will miss him deeply. Keep warm with Conan, Bella, Maverick and Buddy, Little Lou. They will love you as much as we do.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elder Benjamin Franklin Montana Bird

Elder Benjamin Bird came home from his mission in Johannesburg South Africa mission. It was so good to see him and see how much he has grown. It is all the first time I have seen his sibling together at the same time since he left.

From the updates he would post on Facebook, he was a terrific missionary that loved the people and they equally loved him. It was fun to read his posts every week and read of the many experiences he was having with the people, the culture and the environment. He saw zebras and many other African animals while he was there.

Ben has always been a soft hearted person and I know he used that to his advantage. I can't wait to hear of his experiences from his own mouth and can't wait to have him visit us since he was out at our house a lot prior to him leaving.  We did point out that he isn't a picky eater anymore when we went to lunch with him at Plum Loco. He used to not like sour cream, and now he will eat anything. So there must be some really good dinner stories that he has yet to share.

We spent a good portion of the day with the Bird family and it felt good. It had been a very long time and we hope it won't take us that long to get together again.
 Britni Killeen (Zachary Killeen on his mom's head), Brianne, Ben, Belinda, Zeke Killeen (baby in carrier), Bridger and Brandon.
 
                                         Same as the picture before, but Ron is with his kids.

Random Posting of Lucas

So I have been trying different activities to keep Lucas entertained and here are the results.
 

One of our first activities was painting. He was pretty proud on how well he did.
He painted a while with a brush and then I showed him that he could use his fingers.
 He wasn't sure if he liked that or not.
 
I am not sure how he got paint on and around his mouth.
 Good thing they are non toxic
 
While I was making dinner, Chris decided to take a bath. He was getting out and draining the tub when Lucas decided that he should get in the tube. Clothes and all..


Sunday we spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the yard. It was a gorgeous day and why not take the opportunity to be outside while we can. Lucas found his kitty and just loves him. I am not sure the kitty feels the same for Lucas, but he is a good kitty for letting Lucas hold him.
  Spent some time in the playhouse. I need to spend some time in there and really clean it. I think he would really enjoy it if it had a little table and toys in there.

While he was in the house, he gave me the cutest smile, too bad the picture was blurry, but some of the best pictures are the ones that are blurry.
 He jumped on the trampoline and he actually jumped instead of just running around in circles. He is learning constantly and I love to see him experience new things. One of the great joys of being a parent.
 Last week we had to go to the dollar store for some decorations for the Relief Society activity and while we where there I bought Lucas a Mickey Mouse balloon. He loved that thing and was very disappointed when it deflated. So I used my creativity and made him a new one with ears and all.
 He loved this balloon as much if not more than the one I bought him at the store. Not bad drawing skills if I do say so myself.

 We randomly went into a party store just too see what was in there and we came across these cardboard cutouts. I had to appease the dad and get a picture of Lucas with Star Wars characters. He knew who they were. He kept saying "Staar Waarz".
He makes the cutest little football player.
 
While we were in the store, they had Halloween decorations and some of those decorations were large hairy spiders. Lets just say that Lucas didn't like those spiders. He would run down the aisles just to get away from them. Poor kid, he is just like his daddy. Terrified of Spiders.
 

 Our final activity turned out so cute and shows how big his feet are. We made little ghosts in the spirit of Halloween. I thought they were so cute. This is one that I will have to put in his baby book.

Our days are filled with different activities everyday, and I am so grateful that I am able to stay home with him and do them with him. I hope he knows that I love spending my time with him.
 

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Conference Fun at Avery Acres

 
It has been a long time since I posted about spending good quality time at the cabin. It has been at least 3 or 4 years. Sure, we have come up to check on the cows and to bring them home in the past, but it has been a long time since we planned to stay up there for the weekend. Our plans did change and we only got to spend a day up there. Which was ok. We still had fun. We invited the Andrus' to come up and listen to conference with us and then in between the sessions to play. So that is exactly what we did.
 
We arrived early Saturday morning enough to get breakfast underway before the first session started. Val and BT made yummy breakfast burritos and raspberry/sour cream pancakes. The kids scarfed it up quickly. And the parents enjoyed their food while we listened to conference. The kids became a little crazy toward the end of the 2nd half so I took them outside and we played in the yard.
 
These three are the cutest little stinkers and are waiting so patiently for breakfast.

Leah is weary of Lucas. She doesn't quite trust him and it makes me laugh to see her watch for him.
 When conference was finished, the rest of them came out and we decided to go for a ride. So we loaded up everyone and off we went for a ride around the parameters of the Avery land. It took us about an hour.
The Andrus' girls looked so cute in their little helmets. I think they were excited to go for a ride.

Aren't they the cutest little family.
I remember not so long ago, it was just Val, BT, Chris and I, and now we both have kids to occupy our time and hearts.

Our selfie on the quad.

Our view on top of the hill. I was so surprised that the colors were not deeper. It was just starting to change colors.

Not long into our journey, Lukie decided to fall asleep.
Of all places to fall a sleep. He must have liked snuggling up against me and listening to the hum of the quad as it was running us across the back country. He woke up just as we pulled up to the cabin. He missed the whole thing. But it made for a very happy baby.
After our quad ride, we fed everyone sandwiches and enjoyed the afternoon conference.  Kids got restless again about the 2nd hour, so I took them out again. We took them to the tire pile where they played for just a few seconds. They wanted to go to the leaning pine or what is left of the leaning pine.



 
We finally arrived to the leaning pine and thought it would be fun to take pictures and build a fort out of all the downed logs. The little ones helped me pick out the larger logs and they helped on the much smaller ones.


See Leah would always react to whatever or where ever Lucas was. It made me laugh. Hopefully as they get bigger they will become better friends. Lucas and Elizabeth on the other hand always get a long really well.

She is such and angel. Sure love this girl and all her cuteness.

This is actually what was left of a hug by these two.
 I wasn't quick enough on the trigger to snap the picture of the actual hug.

Leah was totally wanting her picture taken and was smiling, but at the last minute Lucas did something and she looked away. But it still turned out to be an adorable picture. She was a girl after my own heart. She wanted to hold my hand the whole time we were outside, which is huge. Usually, she is very shy around me.
 

Kids in their fort.
 I couldn't for the life of me get the kids to look at me at the same time.
 I always had at least one looking away, but that is normal right?
 
 After the fort, I was trying to come up with ideas to occupy them and remembered one of the things I loved when I was up in the mountains was to do a scavenger hunt. The kids loved it. I would tell them what I wanted and they each had to bring me one. They were running around the forest floor looking for whatever the object I called out.

Here is the loot from our scavenger hunt.

Our view around the leaning pine.


 
The time came when it was time to clean up and head out. We had a great time together as family friends and look forward to the next adventure.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Temple Night

Friday evening we spent our time at the temple with Meagan and Chuck. Meagan was able to go through the temple to get her endowments. They have been working really hard to get married in the temple and they are now even closer. At the end of the month they will actually be sealed for time and all eternity,but it was so fun to participate and see Meagan's testimony grow. They have a very busy next couple of months approaching with the temple ceremony and they welcoming their baby girl at the end of November.  But I am very grateful to them for letting us participate in this special event, I felt the spirit there and I know she felt the spirit as well, it was strong that night.
 



 
I am so grateful for the temple and my testimony of the covenants I made at the House of the Lord. I am so grateful that I have a husband that will go with me to the temple and that he is a worthy priesthood holder. I can't imagine my life without the gospel, nor do I want too. Life would be a lot harder. Its funny to think that people (not of my faith) thinks all our rules would be difficult to live by, but I think the opposite, it makes for a simpler life. I don't have to worry about the choices that are out there. I was raise with what my moral stance would and should be to live a happy healthy life and because I knew my decisions before hand, when they were placed before me, I didn't have to think. I knew what my decision was and that was my answer.
 
I am grateful for my parents and all of those who impacted my life to help me build a sturdy foundation of the gospel. It has grown deeper as I get older and even more so since Luke has come into our lives. I want to help him build a strong foundation to his testimony of the gospel and to our dear Savior and Father. Like it says in Helaman 5:12: "Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Chris, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth this mighty winds, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have NO power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they  cannot fall."
 
 I want him to know that it is through the Atonement that we can live happy lives and know that we can return to the presence of our Father and we will not fall. What a great promise.
The gospel makes me happy!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random Pictures of Fun

So, we always have an adventure. Luke is our little star in our family and always doing something cute, so we take a lot of pictures, but everyone already knows that.. Its not a secret..
Here are some random pictures that have taken place in September.
 
Cousin Britni Killeen gave Lucas some hand-me downs while we were in Boise last, and in the bag was this mask.
He had to wear it to dinner the other night. He makes a super cute super hero.
 
Tracie and her kids were able to make a quick trip down to Idaho Falls.
While she was there we all met up for lunch in the park. Lucas loved having his little cousins around him.
Preston and Lukie loved each other and were constantly running after each other. It was a great time.
 
 
I brought home two new kittens for Lucas. He loves cats and was so excited to have them.
Unfortunately the white kitty passed away but we still have the little orange one that he named Toot Toot.
And Lucas loves to tote him around.
 
 
We went over to Brent and Kathy Bird's house to spend time with the Alexander's before they headed home.
Kathy showed Luke her toy closet under the stairs and before we knew it, Caroline was down with him playing.
So glad we got to know them and that they showed a huge love for us and especially Lucas. They commented on how polite he was and Chris and I don't know where he got that from. Just kidding, we try to be polite and say Thank You and, and Please as often as we can. Though my favorite is we he says, "Sit down, pwetty pwease." Love this boy.
 
 
I put together the Legos for Luke and he came and told me that this is (left to right) Dada, Luke and Uncle Phuck.
 Yeah he says his F's sound instead of CH sound. So at the moment Uncle Chuck's name is a naughty word, and honestly Uncle Chuck thinks it is hilarious.
I thought it was so cute. The three little tractorteers.

For his birthday Chris and I along Granma and Papa Cornwell gave him legos.
 He loves playing with them and it is a daily occurrence to pick them up.
 As we clean them up, Luke sings " Cwean Up, cwean up."

I know I won't be able to keep everything he does in church and school but why not take a picture of it.
Sunday he brought this home and it melts my heart to have little pictures hang up on my fridge.
Works of art by Lucas. One proud momma.