Friday, November 14, 2014

Snow Day

It has been snowing most of yesterday and today. Not accumulating a lot but about 4 inches. Because of the much more mild temperatures I took Luke out to just run and experience the snow. He didn't play in it when we brought the cattle home, but today he jumped in it, threw snowballs and ran around. He even helped me get water to Sassy since she is still in the barn with her hurt leg. Luke was having fun and I had to coerce him into the house with the promise of helping me make a fire.
 






 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bringing Cows Home

We needed to bring the cows home and we were looking at a couple of days to do so. It was beautiful weather last week and we could see that it was going to change so we needed to get them home. We knew we were going to short handed Saturday since I had Relief Society Super Saturday and Luke was still sick, Chris would not bring Lukie out in weather all day. So we had to bring them home on Tuesday. At first we were not too worried cause the weather didn't look too bad, but sometime Saturday evening they changed the forecast. The were forecasting an Artic blast and we would go from 50 degrees to mid-teens with a north wind. So in a nut shell, it was going to be horrible.
 
 Tuesday morning we woke up and it was howling outside and so cold. We bundled up the best we could and headed out. It was bitterly cold and we knew it would be colder up at the cabin. But as we were driving we said a little pray and asked that the sun would break through and warm up the earth and that we would be protected from the wind. 
 
 
When we arrived into the valley, we could see that the cloud coverage was breaking up and that there was no wind. Our prayers had been answered. We worked for an hour getting things set up and had our first bunch of cows out rather quickly, and as they were driving the trailer down the hill, John hit a rock with one of the tire and it instantly blew. All of the weight from the cows and the cold, the tire had no chance of not rupturing. So the journey begins... We always have issues.
 
So while John got the tire fixed and the cows unloaded we came back up and finished sorting out the calves from the rest of the herd. The weather was still bitterly cold but we did what we could to stay warm.
 
Chuck and Chris sorting the calves

Lukie and Aunt Meagan all bundled up. I need to get him some snow pants and boots.


Looking for the small little beasts.
 
 As Chris and Chuck got finished, we received word that John was on his way back even though the mechanic said he should replace another tire that was damaged when he hit the rock, but he figured that the calves would be lighter and he wouldn't have an issue. Well he was wrong. The tire lost its tread as Chuck was driving down. Luckily he was able to deliver the load and meet the mechanic at Hilltop to fix the other tire. 

With all of the issues, at least our view was gorgeous.
What do you do when you are waiting for the truck and trailer, you get snuggles with Grandpa and take pictures of the crew.
 




Unfortunately, depending how you look at the situation Chris had to drive down to SLC for a delivery, so we headed for home. While the Chuck, Meagan, John and Cheryl worked through the night bringing them home. Chris went to SLC and Luke and I warmed up by building a fire and enjoying the warmth of the house.
Chris made it home around 11:30 and that was about the time the cow crew made their final delivery. It was a long cold day for everyone. Started the morning at 8 am and finished at midnight. Meagan said that when they were loading the last of the cows the temps were -9. Brrrrr...

PS. According to the weather stations. Our area broke or shattered the record lows. The record was 13 in 1950 and we got down to 2. Yeah, old man winter bullied his way through.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Last Day to Play at the Park until Spring

I took Lucas to the park for the last time this year. I took him to the Civitan park which is our favorite. It has swings, a smaller play land and a huge play land. We tried going to a different park just to shake it up a bit but it was not even close to as good as this one. We had a great time.
Little did I know that he was coming down with a cold. When we got home he had a slight fever that turned out to be a nasty one on Friday. But I was glad I was able to enjoy some time with him at the great outdoors.
 
 
 



Maybe this picture is a hint to him not feeling well.

 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

We got to take Lucas trick or treating for the first time. We actually took him to the church for trunk or treat.
We prepped him all of October to the point he knew that he would get dressed up and go around saying trick or treat and he would get candy. He even picked out his own costume, which I loved. He chose Mickey Mouse.
  When we went around to the different cars he knew exactly what to say. He would look up the person with the bowl and say "trick or treat" in his cute little voice, they then would give him the candy, and Luke would immediately respond with a thank you. I love how he knows when to use plea end thank you. We have a very polite boy.
After he went around we headed back to the car to help Dada pass out candy and to see the rest of the kids in their costumes.
  After the church we headed over to Bishop Stucki's and then over to Grandpa John and Grandma Cheryl's house. There they gave him a little gray "sassy" and we stayed to eat pizza with them.
It was a very fun Halloween and we are excited to start the holiday season.
 
We sure missed going over to see Great-Grandma Avery. For the past two years we have taken Lucas in his costume to show grandma and she was always so proud to show him off to the other residents. We really are missing her as we start this holiday season.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Family Home Evening

    Monday evening for family home evening we decided to carve pumpkins and get ready for Halloween. Lucas was so excited since we had cheated already with terracotta pumpkins we bought at the store and have had them lit up ever since. Now we get to design one ourselves. We picked out a kitty cat design since he loves them and when he saw the design he cried out Toot Toot. So it was easy to pick.
      I carved while Chris stood and watched with Lukie. He didn't like the feeling of the pumpkin guts and wouldn't touch the it.  But the whole process didn't take as long as I thought it would and we were done within the hour. It was a fun little project and Luke was so happy when he got to put the candle in it and light it up.
 


This is all he would do with the pumpkin. No touching the yucky guts.



He is proud of our creation

Lights out. Oh how it glowed.

 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Salt Lake City Family Trip

What a great weekend we had with our family members celebrating something very special. Chuck and Meagan were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City temple. What a huge milestone for these two. We couldn't be more proud of them. We tease them that this is their 3rd marriage and most people marry different people, not the same person over and over again. (The were married by a judge in Boise, then held a ceremony in Idaho Falls and now married in the temple) But we were so lucky to witness the love they have for each other.
 
We started off the weekend at the Jazz preseason game against the Phoenix Suns, which we lost by the way, but it was a good tough game to the very end. We had quite the group with us. 11 of us in all. It was a group you would not expect to be together, but it was a fun group. Grandma Bird and Betty stayed behind and watched Luke, though we thought he would have love to be at the game. So it was Darwin, Mark, Kylee, Sophia (Ky's friend), Chuck, Meagan, Ben Bird, Jared Bird and his mission companion (Stephen) and finally Chris and myself.
 
 


 


 
The following morning we all had breakfast together including John and Cheryl. Then we occupied our morning with trivial stuff getting ready for the sealing session later that day. Chris and I ran to the store to get him a hair cut and Lukie some snacks while Kylee watched him while we were in the temple. I couldn't believe how fast the morning went. Before we knew it, we were all loaded up and headed to the Lord's house.

Chuck and Meagan were sealed in the Salt Lake City temple in Sealing room 7, ( I make note of that because the sealer said someone should) at 2pm. Sealer Brother Swinton (I can't remember his name for sure, but it was close to this) but he was able to explain what the sealing ordinance meant and make it more personal and easier to understand. It brought back a lot of memories of when Chris and I knelt across from each other at the alter. I love having these memories come back to me, its almost like renewing our covenants with each other.

Following the sealing we all met outside and took some pictures. I was lucky enough to have been asked and am please on how well they turned out, its probably because everyone was beaming from witnessing Meagan and Chuck united for all time.
 
 

Chris and Mark was asked to be the witnesses.

The happy couple.








Aren't they a good looking couple. Their baby girl will be gorgeous. Can't wait to meet her in a few weeks.




We didn't have anyone to take a picture of the group so we all could be in it, so Ben and Jared took turns.
They are the sweetest return missionaries around. Whomever marries these two will be luck girls.


Everyone was having a fantastic day and this picture proves it.







Our handsome newly returned missionaries. Love these two.



 
After the temple we headed back to the hotel and picked up Kylee and Luke and headed over to eat Korean. This was the first time many have had Korean and they all seemed to have liked it, including Grandma Bird.
 

 
After dinner and much needed nap, we headed to the pool. Here we just sat around and enjoyed watching Lukie play with everyone. He needed an activity that required some physical movement. He was couped up in the hotel most of the day, so he really needed to swim. And spend time with Grandpa John and Grandma Cheryl.
 
 



Love this picture. The love and adore each other.







Made him walk and fold his arms as he walked from the pool to the spa tub.



Sunday morning we all got up and ready to attend "Music and Spoken Word" in the old tabernacle. Since I had Luke we were not able to go to the tabernacle but instead got to watch it on the big screen in the visitor center. We even got to meet a member of the choir. She came over to thank us for being there and shook the hands of all the children. Before the Spoken Word started the kids were restless but as soon as it started Lucas and everyone settled down and listened very quietly. It was perfect.
 
 
Following performance, I took Lucas to see the Christus.  Where I talked to him about the nail prints in his hands and feet. As I was telling him that he was hurt to help us, Lucas got very reverent, like he understood what I was telling him.  I was a very proud momma.
 
 
                       

 
We met up with everyone and walked the temple grounds were I was able to show Luke the temple and get more great pictures.

                        
 



 


One of my favorite things is seeing my baby boy on top of his da da's shoulders


 
My Family is Eternal



Lukie pointing to the temple.
I love that he knows what a temple is an that it is important to us.


Da Da showing Lukie the angel Moroni
 



After the temple we headed back to the hotel and packed up and headed out but before we split our ways. Grandma and Grandpa McKay and Uncle Mark to Boise and the rest of us to Idaho Falls, we stopped and had one last meal together.
 
Like I said, this last weekend was really special. We got to spend a lot of time with our family but we got to see a new family begin as an eternal family. Nothing could have been better, well the only thing that could have made it better is if everyone of Chris' family members could have been with us.