Sunday, November 22, 2009

3 things I never want to do...

Tyler and I had the chance to attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival as it stopped in Spokane, Washington. We enjoyed the time together and over 3 hours of films varying in length. They showed many aspects of nature, human propelled adventure, and amazing feats of strength, empowerment, courage, and empathy. But, amidst all the films I came to realize three things I know I will never do....

1: Row across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

2: Base Jump

3: Race in a Mongolian Horse race

I did, however, come to realize that there are a lot of things I would love to do sometime while on this planet, and a lot of places I want to see. I am grateful for this Earth and all of the adventure and beauty it has to offer us! I hope for more chances to explore it and take it all in!

That is all...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hallo- WEEK!!

PARTY... in Our Basement!
This year we hosted a party for our adult friends. We decked out the basement, had a ton of good food, games, and fun. We celebrated Cameron Morton's birthday (it is on Halloween) early, and had prizes for the costume contest. It was a lot of fun with about 25 people coming... we had invited over 80, but MANY were sick or could not find sitters. We missed you all that could not make it, but so fun for those who could. Thanks, Shawnte', for all of your effort in helping to make this a fun party for Cameron, and friends!

Tyler (Pele' : the best soccer player ever!) Casey Fowler (Hulk) Tami Fowler(Smurfette) Shawnte' Morton (princess)
Pretty Witches
Megan Pluid , Mikin, Shannon Pluid
This shows off Tyler's brown skin so nicely!
He was anxious to clean off his tan...
Cameron Morton (Knight) Alora Morton (bat)
Mikin kissing this year's Halloween party good-bye!
Justin Pluid (NIC Wrestler) Tyler (Pele')
PARTY... at the Church!
We had the CDA 1st Ward Halloween Dinner and then Trunk-or-Treat...
The kids got a full bucket of candy in a matter of minutes.
Kiah (witch) Kaylee Clovis (Pirate) Ella (Mrs. Hook) Noah & Quinn Clovis (Ninjas)
Ella.... wanted an anchor on her cheek.
Kiah & Kaylee : Dark Divas
Asa : One Crazy Spider!
Mikin's Job : Pass out as much candy as possible, as fast as possible, from our trunk.
PARTY... in the Streets!
Kiah - Noah - Ella - Asa
Ella had me put warts on her face exactly where she told me to. "That way I will look like a really scary pirate," she stated. I still think she looked as sweet as can be!
Had a lot of fun making Kiah's witch eyes... love them!
After about an hour, Asa joined Dad in the car and proceeded to say "HI!!" to everyone he saw.
PARTY... at the Roy's!
After a couple of hours, our kids were finally done and we went to our good friend's house for pizza, movies, and good company. They always throw a great bash!

Mikin (facebook) Jen Roy, The Art Teacher... cannot remember her name!
Shannon Pluid, Megan Pluid, Shantanu Roy
Besties : Jerzie & Kiah
Gigglies : Ella & Markynn
So Long Halloween... until next year!
May our sugar highs be high and our sugar crashes make us sleep soundly!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Not Diggin' the Gooey Stuff!

Every year in our family we
carve pumpkins for Family Night
the Monday before

This year: Pumpkin Guts.... not a big hit.
Kiah... diggin' in with a fake smile...
Noah... with a slimy arm...
Ella... eeewwww!!!
Asa... loves anything he can do with his clothes off!
Mom's job... fishin' out the seeds to bake... yummm!!!!
We all love pumpkin seeds.
The kids drew on the faces.
All three even cut them themselves, except Noah had mom carve the legs on his spider.
The finished products... SPOOK-tacular!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

HaUnTeD MaZe...NOT!

Mutual Activity
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For Mutual we took all of the girls and boys ages 12 to 18 in both the Coeur d'Alene 1st and 2nd Wards to Post Falls to go to a corn field cut into a maze. A ton of kiddos! If you went through the whole thing with no wrong turns it is a 2.4 mile distance. It is really big. I made it through with the map, and that was even difficult. Made some wrong turns. The catch was that there were 3 other wards from Spokane there, and so it was slammed with youth. AND IT WAS POURING RAIN!!! Thanks to Ella's pink umbrella I stayed fairly dry. It looked like everyone had jumped in a lake. Well, when it was time to pile back into all of the cars, our priesthood leaders left and we realized there was one beehive missing still.... flash forward 25 minutes later.... we found her. She was "lost." Well, then we all started up our cars, except Marsha's car was dead. The girls turned the key to listen to music but did not start it. LUCKILY... I had jumper cables and got her up an running again. The very low visibility drive home was not fun and the girls were all freezing to death and soaked. Even though it was eventful and fun, I think next year we may opt out of this activity... just a hunch!

Some of the girls...
Mandy, Brittany, Taylor, MIKIN, Callie, Ale
A couple faithful leaders....
Mikin & Megan Anderson

(That is a glow stick in my mouth)
Caila and Mandy... these are two of my beehives, and my babysitters!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

We're Bluffing!

GREEN BLUFF, Washington
October 17, 2009
What a rare, cherished moment of family togetherness captured in time...
After the last of all the Fall soccer games....
We went to Green Bluff, to the Harvest House. This is one of many farms up there that have festivities for the harvest season. We prefer this farm, mainly for their homemade pumpkin donuts. YUMMY! Tyler's parents, Duane & Jennifer, went with us, as well as his sister, Natalie and her family. We also get the pumpkins we will carve for FHE the monday before Halloween there. We do have one rule when our kids each pick their own pumkin: ***You must be able to carry your own pumpkin*** So, this year, Noah pushed that rule to the limits. But he did it! He got that pumpkin...

Kiah and her pick of all the pumpkins.
This is actually not the one Ella ended up with. She got a "Cinderella" pumpkin, which was white. Kind of fun to get something different like that.
Asa managed to wrestle all of the pumpkins and hay bails until he snatched this baby up and held on for dear life!
Jayson and Natalie Frank's kids are still young enough to get the cheep way out of the deal.
Tiny Pumpkins = Tiny Price
It was VERY CROWDED when we arrived, as you can see in this photo. Luckily after eating there it started to rain a little and cleared out some of the crowd. After the kids played in the maze, went in the playland and bouncy houses, and ate kettle corn, chili, and donuts.... we were done. We had only one last stop before leaving.
Ella and Preston looked forward to this the entire time. I think she felt like a real princess. She loves animals (ones that do not bark, anyway) and we all loved watching her. Kiah and Noah opted out of this one. They are "getting kind of old for that now." Okay?!?
So long to Green Bluff... until next Autumn!

"Dalton Bluff"

A Huge THANK YOU to the Sampert's!
We went to go pick apples at their house in Dalton Gardens after soccer games a couple of Saturdays ago... It was a few hours of work, and a lot of FUN! Ron took the kids on the "tractor" ride with his fourwheeler and pulled them in the trailer to haul apples to their garage. We ended up picking about 100 bushels (heeping five gallon buckets) of beautiful apples. Then Carolyn let each of the kids pick a pumpkin from their garden. It was a chilly day, and nice to bundle up and help them out. In turn, we came away with A LOT of apples to dehydrate and make apple chips, make applesauce, and pie filling. It was a great day. My kids are still a little confused who they are... more grandparents? What do we call them? Kids are funny!
Kiah-Ella-Noah-Ron Sampert-Asa
Ron Sampert-Asa
Carolyn Sampert
Loads and Loads of APPLES
Tyler's comment on the day:
"Why do we have to go to Green Bluff next Saturday?
This is Dalton Bluff, with no crowds, and it was FREE!"

Impromptu Halloween Party!

This was a last minute party for the kids and some of their friends and cousins.
We were babysitting Cade & Jay Erickson, so we planned some Halloween activities. Then we invited the neighbors, Quinn & Kaylee Clovis. Then Kelsey & Heidi Edwards came for a play date... and there you have it: A PARTY!

First thing they all did was go to the dress up bins and get into costumes.
Then I made ghost and pumpkin french toast, with peaches and milk.
Then we played games and made Halloween Art.
Ella is pretty intense when it comes to artwork...
...a lot like someone else we know!
It was fun and nice to do something different than the usual routine.