Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Andrew Joseph

Well, here is an ode to Mikin's brother, AJ! He has always been a great brother and friend. He has been through many trials lately. One was an accident on a public bus in Portland which led to hip surgery and months of discomfort. He has had many personal battles and has been victorious. We are very proud of his determination and strength on his journey to recovery and well-being. He has been in Utah for awhile and we are excited for him to come back home to Coeur d'Alene. here are some random pics of him to show how fun and full of life he is. And, how handsome his auburn curls are! We are really love him and we are all so proud of him.

Friday, February 20, 2009

First Steps!

Asa started to take his first steps at the end of January 2009.
We finally got some pictures of it here the first week of February.
He really started to take off and not crawl hardly at all about a week before he turned one.

I love how he stepped on my foot. So cute.

Way to go, Asa!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ice Fishing

So, it is nice for Dad to take Kiah and Noah ice fishing a few times this month. They LOVE it. They generally get skunked, but had a couple good days. One day they caught 53 perch. Papa Gatten and Tyler filleted them all and we breaded them and cooked them up.
The kids said they tasted like chicken nuggets but better. Not fishy at all. Delicious. 
Here are some photos of a couple of the trips out there.

Noah with one on the line!
Ice cave on the shore of Twin Lake. That was fun with the cousins and friends.
Here is Wyatt Gatten, Sophia Gatten, Kiah Morton, Mason Davis, and Maddison Caudle.
All the kids climbed these ice waterfalls up on the cliffs. I guess Noah fell down one. But Kiah said it was okay because, "pretty much all the kids fell down a lot." Obviously there were no mothers with Papa Gatten, Tyler and Uncle Brett! Ha!
Beautiful sunset. Time to  pack up and head home...

Innocent until proven Guilty???

Well, I think that this last week I found I have some things I think we need to change in our judicial system. Well, long story really, really short: a "bad guy" stole Mikin's wallet out of her shopping cart in the Safeway parking lot while loading groceries. Then, 3 weeks later it was found in the car of that same "bad guy" along with many other things that I should not name as the case is still not finished. But she had to go and drive 8 hours down there Tuesday, appear in court to clear her name and testify against the guy in court, then collect possessions from evidence and drive 8 hours home that night, Sednesday. Mikin drove the whole time, but was so THANKFUL for her sister-in-law, Tami, for coming with her to keep her company and keep her awake! I was glad to have her there so people believed how terrible and upsetting it was on the stand for over an hour. Horrible. Advice to you all... HOLD ON TO YOUR PURSE!Here we were waiting for my turn to go down to the preliminary hearing. This was before really knew all that was going to happen and how bad it would be. And the best part... if they do not convict him there, then we get to prosecute him here in Kootenai County and do it all over again. Joy. At least I know what to expect next time.

This was right in the heart of Pocatello, Idaho.
I smiled for the pictures, but I think I told Tami,"That was AWFUL!!" about twenty-five times!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

We love you and how will we show thee??? A Giveaway!

What a perfect way for ME to show YOU my love.
The first 5 people to respond to this post will get something made by me, my choice, for you. (I know... a little scary, but maybe fun? Huh?)

This offer does have some restrictions. and limitations:
1- I make no guarentees that you will like what I make.
2- What I created will be just for you.
3- It'll be done by the end of March.
4- You have no clue what it is going to be. It may be a story, poetry, picture, but it will be something I will make and give or mail to you. Who knows...not you, or me! :)
The CATCH?? Oh, the catch is that you must copy this post and repost it on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who respond to yours. The first 5 people who leave a comment asking me something they want to know about me will then win a handmade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post of picture of it when you get it!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bath Time Babies

Rub-a-dub-dub; My two babies in the tub.
Ella with the fishing net catching all the toys. Asa with whatever he can get his hands on and fit in his mouth. That boy is a teething machine. Already getting all of his upper and lower molars. We call him our Shark. These two love the bath and cry when it is time to get out. Sometimes they take two or three in a day just to have playtime together. It is hard to believe these are my babies. They are getting big so fast!

Ella and Asa

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Noah's CRAZY science birthday party!!

Okay, so those of you who know our Noah, you know he LOVES science, engineering, taking things apart, watching "How it's made" and Discovery, and all of that kind of stuff. So, when we asked him what kind of party he wanted to have for his birthday he said, "A science party!" As his mother I was thinking more along the lines of Hotwheels, Superman, Pirate, Transformers, etc. What in the world do I do for a science party? Well, we first need the Mad Scientist, so we got these glasses for Noah and made his hair a bit crazy...I mean "cool."

Mikin had them color a bow tie and play pin the bow tie on the mad  scientist, then they got to pin it on themselves and wear it the duration of the party. They loved it. They learned that the reason scientists wear bow ties is so they do not get them burnt on a bunsin burner, chewed on by lab rats, dunked in the solution, or things like that. (That is what it said online, anyway!)

Here are the crazy kids:
Mason Davis, Max Owens, Noah Morton, Quinn Clovis, Jackson Gatten

Here is the cake I made of an exploding volcano!
The kids loved it and it tasted soooo good.
Taking a bite out of the cake after blowing out the candles. A Gatten family tradition.
I do not reallly know why we do this...??? But, it is fun!

I was shocked how attentive they all were. Anxious to see what was going to happen next. Tyler did about 7 tricks. We sent the kids home with some fun things to try at home, and I am sure their mothers loved it!

Noah is six years old and already excited for high school science lab.

Here is the one put in charge of the experiments... Dad.
He did a great job.
Almost too great! Ha!
Here is the one with baking soda and vinegar and food coloring.
This was a crowd favorite.
We have burns on the kitchen table to testify of how radical this one was... burning magnesium, the only metal that can ignite or something. I am not the scientist.
Parents told us for days how the boys went on and on about how cool scientists are.
Good thing, this could have easily gone the other way... risky party!
We love Noah and had fun making this a special day that he loved and will remember.