Sunday, December 28, 2008

Let it SNOW!!

Okay! S0, it is an understatement to say,
"We had a white Christmas this year!"

At one point it snowed 2 feet in a day where we live. The thing about it that was astounding was that it never really stopped. It kept dumping on us. We had over 4 feet total snow in our front yard after a couple of weeks. We just ran our four wheeler into the ground plowing with it. Our neighbor kept the road clear so we could get out of our private road. We even had Tyler's brother shovel our roof after many homes and businesses collapsed from the weight of so much snow. 

This is a wreath on our back porch after the first day of snowfall.
This is our yard, man does it look beautiful. We love it up here.
The kids love to have a sledding hill and a snow playground right out the front door.
Here is Tyler's truck after the second day of snowfall.
This is when Tyler first attempted to shovel the roof.
This is the size of the bank out our front door. You can see the size of it compared to the kids.
Here is our neighbor, Quinn, with Noah and Ella. They love all the snow.
Ice from the roof easily touched the snow banks.
Here is Ella at the local sledding hill. She was so deep in snow she stood there yelling for us to help her because she could not move through the deep snow to get up to the hill where it was packed down more.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve 2009

Oh, Christmas Tree!
Here is our Christmas Tree we got in the woods north of Coeur d'Alene. I like to keep it all silver and white so that it looks Celestial. My kids LOVED decorating it this year!

This is our "'Jesus Stocking."
It is the only sock still up after Santa came and took down the family ones to stuff and place next to the gifts he brought. In Mikin's family it was a tradition to give one thing to the Savior for the coming year and write it on a piece of paper and put it in the sock. Nobody would read it until the next Christmas Eve and you could only share if you wanted to. It is a personal thing and it really got us to focus on the Savior more.

Brazilian Nativity
To remind Tyler of his mission.

Sweets for Santa...Cookies and milk left by the fireplace.
Kiah wanted to leave him a thank-you note for the gifts he left as well. Too Cute!
Mikin said Santa always took one bite out of each cookie and a drank half of the milk.
Tyler said that at his house he ate it ALL GONE! hehehe...

This year we went to Grandpa and Grandpa Morton's for the Christmas Eve festivities.
We had dinner and it was really delicious. We did the Jesus Stocking with all of them for their first times. We also got Grandpa to read the Nativity story from the scriptures, it was nice. The kids then got to open gifts from them. Here are some pictures of that.
Noah, Kiah, Ella, Jennifer, Asa, Duane
Perfect for Kiah! The sing-a-long DVD to High School Musical!
Noah loves his Cabela's hunting camp!
Ella could not bust into her Cabbage patch fast enough!
Now, that has to be the sweetest picture ever!
Asa just loved the paper, the box, and what? There is a toy as well? Awesome!

Morton Tradition...... Gatten Tradition....... 
Which do we do?????
In Tyler's family they each got to open a present on Christmas Eve. It was always a box of cold cereal that they really liked. 
in Mikin's family they sometimes got one present on Christmas Eve. It was always pajamas.
So, we decided to carry on both traditions for our kids.

Here are Kiah, Noah, and Ella with their first gifts.
Here are Tyler, Asa, Ella, Noah and Kiah with their second gifts.
(Even Asa got a little travel container of Cheerios!)
Kiah is pumped to have SUGAR cereal!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


So, yes we joined the gigantic group of followers to see the movie we anticipated since the fast and engaging reading of the series of four books... At least the movie only kept us away form our mothering duties for a few of hours; unlike the book which left us up late and ignoring our children and husbands during the day. To finish the last book I actually went outside and sat in the car to read by the overhead light in the dark just so nobody could interrupt or distract me. It was a good flick, but nothing compared to the imaginative pictures and events of the book in my head.

Liz, Brynne, Angie-D, Jean, Mikin, Angie-B

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Everywhere we go
Everybody knows
Asa really glows
When his DIMPLES show.
And when he sees his dad
He pretends to be mad;
Until he picks him up, 
Then is DIMPLES are plump.
Asa shows them off
To anyone who stops.
That is one of reasons
His momma likes to squeeze him;
It is really simple,

This is our whole Family...

I think that Tyler and I can both say that we look at our little family and really feel blessed. This holiday of Thanksgiving is certainly when I think of family. My family I was blessed to come into this world and be raised with; the family my dear husband was raised with; and, of course, OUR FAMILY, and our 4 perfect children - smart and healthy and happy... most of the time, ha! :-) Also, our adopted family of friends we are so blessed to have. W do love love you ALL - near and far. You do know this.

Smiles for Miles...

We can say this is the happiest baby and most content of the four. Either that or we finally figured out how to do this parenting thing. At least the baby part. But, he just came happy, and boy do we love that he slept 7 hours at night from birth and 8-9 hours since 2 weeks old. It has been nice to not be sleep deprived. Especially with 3 older kids and their needs. We love this guy in our family. He is so fun and he cracks us all up.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Angie!

The girls got to go to dinner and shopping while the dads cut up deer and had the kiddos. We went shopping and to dinner at Red Robbin. It was a lot of fun, and we love Angie! 
From left to right:
Shannon Pluid, Angie Gatten, Mikin, Jean Gatten, Brynne Erickson
Angie and Mikin and Brynne being silly.
Mikin showing Brynne the pants she wants to fit into someday! Ha! Size ZERO!

Montana Masacre....

So this is the hunt in Montana......they draw for out of state tags and of course somehow they almost always get to go. They know how to play the system and apply as a group, do the bonus point game, and all of this weird lingo that only avid hunters understand. Anyway, it is always two mule deer... one buck and one doe each. So that is 12 total for the six boys.  Here is Tyler's big and wide Buck.

Here is the buck my dad, Steve Gatten, got. His was the biggest, which is good because he probably put in the most sweat equity getting ready and planning thes trip.
Here is a Picture of the massive harvest of deer...and this is just the bucks. From left to right:
Brett Gatten, Jon Erickson, Tyler Morton, Steve Gatten, Tom Gatten, and a friend without a buck tag, Rick Caudle.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cousin Kisses

Cade, Ella and Asa showing the love of cousins. How fun to have them all so close in age and distance. The do crack us up sometimes.

Memorial Day St. Joe Raft Trip 2008

Okay, so here are the makings of a fun weekend where the weather is cold and the water is colder... and so the fire is the most precious thing. I know that it is a tradition, though, so we just do it and love it. Thanks to Papa's wall tent with a stove we all stay really warm through the night. Mikin got to sleep in the trailer this year with the new baby Asa. What will be her excuse for the next years to get to sleep in the trailer, ha!

Here is hitting Skookum Canyon!

Uncle Jon and Papa Steve Gatten. He is the Crew Chief. What he says goes. WHhen he says jump, you had better be asking how high! He keeps it all going smoothly and safely. He provides all of the rafting gear for us all to enjoy. He brings way too much food so we get to have and unlimited supply of Snickers bars. We love our Papa. He knows how to plan.

Around the Campfire with Great Grandma and Grandpa Lee.
They have our little Asa on his first campout.
Helen and Asa.
All smiles, as usual.

Great Grandpa Leo Lee has still got it in him to go chop some wood when the fire gets low.
Once a logger, always a logger. His handle on the CB radio will forever be remembered...
"Sliver Picker"

The kids rode in the back of the truck and watched the rafters...

And they caught some Mountain Goats up on this rock ledge... thanks to Uncle Tyler spotting them from the truck. Not every day that you see that.
Some of the cousins and friends in the camp.
Dinner is GOOD.
Ella loves to here Aunt Brynne play around the camp fire.
Noah LOVES the fire...and finding things to burn or melt.

Asa and Daddy.
Zoe is a regular at the campfire. She is jon and Brynne Erickson's dog. It gives Ella someone to play with.
Shawnte' and her dog, Koda.