November 2014

November 1-

Nittie, Casey & I in the grass-by Kaylin Hull

Nittie, Casey & Heidi in the grass-by Kaylin Hull (The H is to let me know this is my picture since that is my letter.)

This picture was the inspiration for her drawing.

This picture was the inspiration for her drawing.

Tonight the kids decided to build a fort and sleep in it.

This fort had several stories. They wanted to sleep on the chair seats but we told them that wouldn't work. Kaylin got the front porch to sleep on.

This fort had several stories. They wanted to sleep on the chair seats but we told them that wouldn’t work. Kaylin got the front porch to sleep on.

So they built a lean to for Kolby on the couch.

They built a lean to for Kolby on the couch. (I think he got the better end of the deal.)

Bryant go to sleep inside. (with the Tintin books)

Bryant go to sleep inside. (with the Tintin books)

2nd-We had Matt & Amy over for the afternoon/evening today. The kids ended up getting a kite stuck in the tree so Chester & Matt worked to get it down for quite a while. It was pretty funny watching them. They just kept switching places on the ladder. It was like they thought maybe they might have grown in the few minutes while off the ladder, so they would get up there again and reach and try to get it down. It provided Amy & I some entertainment while making dinner.

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6th-Chester took the kids to the park to fly kites so I took advantage of the time and ran up to Goodwill to look for some clothes that will actually fit me right. I found lots of things to try on as you can see by the picture. I should have take a picture of my small pile that I ended up bringing home with me. Not a very good percentage but overall I was thrilled to come home with a bag of clothes that fit right and they all cost less than $50. I think I bought 13 things in all, including a step stool for Kolby. Pretty good I’d say. It was fun to have time just to look and try things on and not be in a hurry. Sorry the kids got rained out on their kite trip but I think they still had fun.

My cartload of to try on stuff. Poor person having to put stuff back that didn't work. I felt so bad for them I ended up putting 1/2 of it back myself.

My cartload of to try on stuff. Poor person having to put stuff back that didn’t work. I felt so bad for them I ended up putting 1/2 of it back myself.

A quote I read today that I need to remember more often. It's so easy for me to get in productivity mode and forget that my kids need me to connect with them. (And no I don't just mean with a paddle.)

A quote I read today that I need to remember more often. It’s so easy for me to get in productivity mode and forget that my kids need me to connect with them. (And no, I don’t just mean with a paddle.)

11th-Today I was out running and saw this tree in our neighbor’s yard. It was so red it looked like it was on fire. So PRETTY!

Absolutely Amazing!

Absolutely Amazing!

13th-Today during school I was ready a Bible story to the kids about when God told Abraham to leave Harran and go to Canan. I stopped and asked the kids, “What if God said to Daddy, ‘Chester, take your family and leave your country and all your family and the friends you know.’ Would we be ready to do that if that is what the Lord wanted us to do?” Bryant gets this grin on his face and said, “Oh yeah, I know what country I’d move to.” I asked him what country that would be. “Colorado, definitely!” I told him that Colorado is actually still in the country we live in so that wouldn’t count. Another country would be like Africa, Europe, Canada, Brazil, China or Mexico. He quickly responded, “Mexico! That’s where I’d go so I could go snorkeling.” I told him if he wanted to go snorkeling he should go to the Bahamas or somewhere like that. Again he excitedly responded, “Bahamas, that’s definitely where I’d go so I could go dirt bike racing.” Pretty sure he is thinking of the Baja 1000 race, which happens to be in Mexico, not the Bahamas. Anyway I got pretty tickled at his willingness to leave our country if God wanted him to but with no concept that God might want him to go to a certain spot.

15th-Today was a busy day. We dropped the kids off at Sherry Martin’s house at 8:15 am. and then headed to O-Hill for our BRMRG training. Today we had a Simulated Search and Rescue. We had dispatch and all that we had to communicate with. Chester and I ended up being on a tracking team which was very interesting but way to tedious for me. The most interesting thing I learned about tracking was when you find a footprint you can see if there is any plants in the print. If so look under the leaves and see if there is any bruising from being stepped on. If the bruise is still green it is a fresh track but if it is starting to brown where it is bruised that is an older print. Anyway after a few hours of searching we did find our victim. We had to load her on the litter and haul her back up to base. Not sure how far we had to haul her but it was a good little ways. It took 6 of us to carry her out to the trail where we could use the big wheel and then roll her up the trail. That took 7 people to operate the litter on the big wheel. Quite a workout! When we finished up there we went and picked the kids up and then headed back into town where we grabbed Taco Bell for lunch. Then headed to the library where the boys had each entered a Lego creation in a contest they were having. The library had a few Lego crafts for the kids and then they had an awards ceremony. Cooper and Bryant were so proud to both win a ribbon and a lego kit. Good Job guys! Proud of you! After the awards ceremony they played the Lego Movie so we watched that. As we were walking out of the library we saw an air balloon flying over. So neat to watch, looks very peaceful. We made a quick stop at Dollar Tree and then headed to Walmart. When we pulled out on 29 we saw the air balloon again, but this time it didn’t seem so pleasant and peaceful. They were getting VERY LOW! The basket was below the power lines. Problem was they were in the dead center of 29. Their basket would land on the median but wow! It looked like a major problem. We pulled off trying to see how we could help but all the sudden they were able to get up in the air and fly away. We headed to Walmart and Chester was fixing to run in when we saw it across 29 barely clearing the trees. Then all the sudden it came floating over 29 and barely cleared Brown’s Auto. We were sure they were going to touch down on top of the building. We decided to race over there to check it out. Once again they were able to get a little altitude and cleared the building but then they headed for the Double Tree parking lot and almost set it down but started going back up again and took it through a few trees. It looked scary! They got untangled from the trees and went sailing off. We headed down 29 to try to see where they would land. We guessed wrong and by the time we got to them they had already landed in someone’s field. Not sure what was going wrong but they had definitely been having trouble! We watched them pack up the balloon before heading home.

By the time I thought to take a picture they had already gained altitude. They had been down below the power lines.

By the time I thought to take a picture they had already gained altitude. They had been down below the power lines.

Trying to clear the trees across 29 from Walmart.

Trying to clear the trees across 29 from Walmart.

Heading towards Brown's Auto.

Heading towards Brown’s Auto.

Near touch down on top of the building!

Near touch down on top of the building!

Finally landed. Glad they didn't get caught in the towers in the background.

Finally landed. Glad they didn’t get caught in the towers in the background.

To finish off our exciting day we had Russell & Emily, Phillip & Rhonda, Wes & Kelsey, and Jeremy & Joni over for the guys to practice some music for Sunday. Enjoyed the evening visiting!

Tip of the day: Hiccup Cure by Kolby. Learned from his siblings.

 

16th-Today was all-day. Chester & the boys all went over early. I had to run by Walmart on my way to meeting. While Kaylin & I were there we ran into Amy & Allison getting medicine for Lydia. Her heart was messing up again so they had to stay home today to take care of her. I offered to swing by and pick their kids up on my way to meeting. I figured the kids would miss being with all their friends and would enjoy not sitting at home all day. Amy called Matt and he said it would be fine so we went and picked up the boys. We were late when we got there so had to try to quietly rearrange so I could fit all the kids near me. Not used to having 8 kids to tend to. :-) We had a very enjoyable day. We ended up not having dinner there since it was a smaller group and we weren’t sure how many would stay. Patrick and Jana made it out and I was able to help Jana out a bit. First time I had gotten to hold any of her three cuties! So fun to hold a little baby! Amazing how big my kids are! Kaylin was pretty excited because she got to hold Quinn and Makenzie for a bit. Later she came and asked if she could hold the “girl in the pink onesie”, Audrey, so she could have held all three. She didn’t want to leave one out. So cute!

Kaylin & Quinn Marie

Kaylin & Quinn Marie

Now it's Makenzie's turn to be held.

Now it’s Makenzie’s turn to be held.

Kaylin & Madi were playing Peek-A-Boo with Quinn.

Kaylin & Madi were playing Peek-A-Boo with Quinn.

Kaylin couldn't miss getting a chance to hold Audrey Kate before the day was done!

Kaylin couldn’t miss getting a chance to hold Audrey Kate before the day was done!

We finally headed homewards around dinnertime but had to drop the Hunt kids off at their house on the way. We visited with Matt and Amy for a bit then headed home to fix us waffles for dinner. Very enjoyable day!

17th-This evening we sat around and sang some songs while all the guys in the family serenaded us!

19th-This week we are studying Panda Bears so we made panda masks. I thought they were so cute! Good job Kaylin & Bryant! Now we just need to go see some at the D.C. Zoo.

Paper plate masks

Paper plate masks

20th-This evening we went to the Air and Space Museum in D.C. for one of their lecture series. We got to see the IMAX Straight Up: Helicopters In Action and then listen to Sergei Sikorsky, the son of Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the practical helicopter, talk. It was so fascinating. I had no idea the helicopter is as young as it is. Imagine your dad inventing a helicopter. He had some fun stories that he shared with us. So glad we were able to go up there, even though it meant a late night getting home.

One of the first helicopters.

Mr. Igor Sikorsky trying out one of the first helicopters.

Sergei Sikorsky, son of Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the practical helicopter.

Sergei Sikorsky, son of Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the practical helicopter.

22nd- BIVY Night (See separate post)

24-25th The weather was nice so I took advantage of it of and got my cabinets primed and 1 coat of paint put on. The cabinets are for my sewing room. I’m trying to get them painted so they will be ready to hang when Dad and Mom come out. Looking forward to being able to arrange my sewing stuff in an orderly fashion. It has been a mess for a year plus since my shelf system broke in the middle of the night while Brian and Casey were out here. :-) Has been very low on my priority list until recently and now I’m trying hard to get projects finished up around here.

26th-Today we got our first snow of this winter season. (I know it isn’t technically winter yet but you get the idea.)

Watching the snow fall.

Watching the snow fall.

Bundled up and ready to play.

Bundled up and ready to play.

27th-We had Bobby & Laura and Eric and Jeannine’s family over for Turkey day today! We all split up making our turkey dinner, so it was real simple. They came over around lunch time and spent the rest of the day together. We had a very yummy dinner around 3:00. After lunch Chester & I showed pictures of our BRMRG training and BIVY night and then Laura showed us her pictures and told us all about her and Shana’s trip to DisneyWorld in Florida. Sounded like they had a blast! So funny! We had turkey sandwiches and pie around 8:00. The boys and Eric played instruments for a while. We cleaned up and visited some more before everyone left around 11:00-11:30. I really enjoyed the day. Very relaxing and fun to catch up on each other’s lives. I completely forgot to take any pictures though. Oops! Thanks for these pictures Laura!

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30th-Last night Kolby had a fever and didn’t feel the greatest so today I stayed home with him. Chester went to a men’s meeting. Laura took the other 3 kids to the meeting hall for a while to visit and play with the other ladies and kids then she took them to Monticello. The weather was beautiful, 60*, and they were having a free day! A perfect time to visit! The kids had a blast. Here are a couple pictures Laura share with me. The boys will have to do a blog post about Monticello.

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While everyone was gone Kolby and I headed out to the front porch to paint. I painted on my sewing room cabinets and Kolby painted some card board. He had a blast painting. He was felt fine all day so not sure what his deal was last night. Oh well! I was nice to get a coat of paint on my cabinets. And I’m very thankful he feels good!

My Painting Buddy!

My Painting Buddy!

 

 


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