Quick Note to Friends and Family:

I use this blog to highlight some of the bigger things in our life - holidays, adventures, cute photos, etc. So, it may be a few weeks in between updates. If you want details about the day to day stuff, be sure to check out my 365 blog. (link should be on the sidebar) I update it every Friday.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Riding Horses

Kaitlyn got to spend most of one Sunday with Wyatt, riding horses. She loves horses and is becoming quite the horsewoman. She can even ride by herself - when she's feeling daring, in a wide open field, and Wyatt has made sure the horse is feeling very calm.

Ty got to go for a couple short rides while they were saddling up, before they went to the neighbor's arena.

Monday, September 21, 2009

State Fair

It was a long week for us, with Sam working late every night. In fact, I don't think we saw much of him for the past 2 weeks. So we took advantage of some rare family time and went to the State Fair. It was the final day, which means we got in for less $$ and the crowds weren't as large. But most of the animals were gone, which the kids didn't seem to mind or notice. They were just so excited to be there and see everything. I'm serious - happy kids the entire time. So nice!

First thing we saw was the big loader - made Ty's day right off. Kaitlyn then spotted the jewelry booths and had a great time browsing. We let her pick out a new pair of ear rings before we left.

We saw all the animals. Kaitlyn had to have her photo taken with almost every one.

And we let them go on a pony ride. Big hit.

We detoured past the river. Kaitlyn loved the geese.

And the kids had a blast at the FFA interactive farm thing. Here is Katy milking the cow.

And Ty "driving the tractor"

and even more fun was that they got to "buy" a treat with the "money" they made working on the farm. Couldn't have come at a better time either - the kids were due for a snack. Ty had a bit of a hard time walking and chewing though.

And of course if there is a race car, Sam needs a photo with it.

All in all a great morning at the fair. They can't wait to go back next year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What time is it Mr. Wolf?

This is a game that Sam and Ty learned at swimming lessons this year and the kids love playing it at home. The "wolf" stands apart from the others and they ask him "what time is it Mr Wolf?" If the wolf tells them a time (1:00, etc) then they take that many steps forward. If the wolf says "lunchtime" then they run and he tries to catch them.
It's pretty funny to watch Ty be the wolf. The only time he knows (or the only one he likes to say) is "two 'clock." And when he says lunchtime he starts running before he says it.


Baby Xzavier was blessed the other day (9/6). I spent part of the day playing photographer for Colette. Does this make me designated family photographer? I'm flattered, and happy to do it. But pretty critical of myself. And if so, how am I going to get better before the next big event? Better practice! I need to learn more about lighting and shadows, and lots more about editing.