Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Puppies- Three Weeks Now!

Molly's puppies reached three weeks old at the beginning of this week. (Monday or Tuesday, I can't remember.) About a week ago, their eyes started opening, and they can hear a little bit. They are all  fat, healthy, strong, and extremely cute.

Happy Birthday, Butler!

Butler turned 10 years old on November eighth, and the next day, Saturday, we had an oil fondue at the meeting room to celebrate. In case you don't know what a fondue is, it's where you heat pots of oil and fry different kinds of food in it. We had family from California and Saskatchewan visiting (Aunt Knittery's daughters, granddaughter, and sister, plus a few husbands) so we invited them all as well as our relatives here, which include Grandma & Grandpa on my dads side, Uncle Charles, and Aunt Knittery & Uncle B.

I had been babysitting earlier Saturday morning, and since I got off work at 2:30, we had to rush to leave on time because it takes 35 minutes to get to meeting, and we need time to set up once we get there. My dad picked me up and we went straight home, finished packing all the food into the van and left for the meeting room. By this time, it was around 3:30, so we got to the meeting room just after four o'clock. We were planning on serving dinner at five, so we had to hurry getting everything put together and set up. We managed, though.

We took two of these chests full of food and other stuff for the fondue.

This is a baby gift from Aunt Knittery's eldest daughter, Aunt Carmen, for my mom and Pixie. She's made one for almost every baby my mom has had, including Ricka and Loulou. Isn't it gorgeous? She always does such a good job.

Grandma brought a salad that was soooooo good. It had feta cheese and crumbled bacon in it. Yum!
We had all kinds of food to cook. Sweet potato, broccoli, cream cheese, all different kinds of meat and seafood, and lots of other veggies. Eggplant, zucchini, jalapenos, onion, mushrooms, we had everything!

It was delicious, but we ended up having a lot of leftovers. That's all right though, because in a family as big as ours, extra food never hurts to have around. We can always make a stir-fry or something out of leftover food.

Aunt Knittery brought a fruit platter, and I experimented cooking different kinds of fruit in the oil. I fried a banana slice (it was really good) cooked an orange piece, and then battered and cooked mango and cream cheese together. It was delicious! Most people just took my word for it, but it really was good. :)

After everyone was filled with greasy unhealthied food, we visited and cleaned up after dinner.

Aunt Knittery's granddaughter, little Lilac is adorable. When she first arrived Saturday, she was really shy and steered clear of all the other kids. She clung to her mom and stared at us, because she had only ever met us once before. By the end of the birthday dinner, she was running and playing along with the rest of them.

After the dishes were washed, we felt that we weren't being unhealthy enough, so we all got ready for cake:


My mom made this cake in one day, and as we found out, it's really good. She's famous for her cake decorating. (not internationally or anything, just in the meeting :)

Then, we sat down to watch Butler open his presents.

He got some really neat ones, too! He received a complete set of Little House in the Big Woods, and he's been instructed to start with Farmer Boy. I had a few of those books, but never a whole set. I really like them.

 He also got a card game where you throw burritos, a Viking board game, and a neat flashlight. I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting, but they were all awesome and he loves them. Thanks, everybody!

We've celebrated birthdays with a fondue before, and it's always a good way to do it. It was really nice being able to visit with everyone, and just in general everyone had a great time.

Happy birthday, Butler! It's hard to believe you're already ten!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Pixie Progress- Two Months Old!

Its hard to believe that our little Pixie is already two months old. On September fourth she joined our family, and I can still remember that day. School had just started the day before, and she was born very early in the morning. Before Pixie was born, us kids told mama and daddy that they couldn't tell us the name or gender until we visited the baby at the hospital. We went to school like normal, and had to wait the whole school day in suspense! After school, we changed into either a blue or pink shirt, depending on if we thought it was a girl or boy, and drove off to meet our little sister. We were so excited!

 That was exactly two months ago. :)
She's getting cuter by the day, and we love every minute with her. Okay, we don't love the fussy moments so much, but she's cute no matter what she does.

                      She smiles and coos a lot now. It's super cute!

                                 She's "talking "

Saturday, November 2, 2019


This Monday, Molly had puppies! We started out with eight, but a few died because they were weak, and now we have five strong fat puppies. They are purebred English Shepherds, which is a breed similar to the Border Collie.
They are doing well, and so is Molly. She's a good mother, and takes care of her puppies really well for a first time mama.

 Proud mama

         Five healthy puppies!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Saturday, we celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family.

We have a tradition of going chestnut picking as a family.
Every year, our family meets up at Redwood Park and gathers wild chestnuts to roast later. After that we usually go somewhere for a very large brunch.

Some pictures from a previous year:


                                 Butler                    Emma

First, we got up reeeeally early (6:45 -7:00) and got everything we needed (gloves, jackets, boots, brothers, good attitudes) and set off for Redwood Park. We got there just as everybody else (Aunt Lynn and her kids, Aunt Grace & Uncle D and their children, plus Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Charles) was getting out of their cars, so after hugs and greetings and more hugs, we set off on the five minute-ish walk through the forest...

                             Redwood Park

... to a field with chestnut trees lining the edges of it.

   It was really pretty outside!  All the trees were different shades of orange, red, yellow, and beautiful combinations of those colors.

                                          This is Aunt Grace's youngest

 I borrowed my dad's phone which has a good camera, to document our Thanksgiving tradition this year, and took probably close to a hundred pictures. They were good ones too! (mostly)

                            Mushrooms growing in the bushes

                            The chestnuts were really pretty. I love the  color brown they are. Gorgeous!

We set to work cracking the prickly shells open and collecting the smooth brown chestnuts inside, racing (well, I was racing, I don't know if anyone else was) to see who could get the most in his or her bag.
                             Helping grandpa

                             Look at that smile!

Usually it's the kids who do most of the chestnut gathering, but the adults do a lot of it too :)
It was really nice to see all my cousins again, because we don't get to very often. We especially don't see Aunt Grace & Uncle D's kids much, since they live in Seattle.

                             Searching for chestnuts

We wrapped up the chestnut collecting, and then the whole family drove to Ricky's country restaurant to have a humongous brunch.
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We had to use a separate room! The food was delicious. I got my food last of everyone, but since I worked up a huge appetite from watching everyone eat, I enjoyed my food more than I would have normally. We finished eating, and visited a little until some of our food had digested and we could move again.
Aunt Lynn had invited everyone over to her house, so later that night we all gathered there and enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner, and visited until the parents decided it was time to go home. (the kids had no say in this, we would have stayed all night long if we had the power)

                      Cousin picture!

Thanksgiving this year was really busy and fun, and everyone had a great time, even though it was a long day and we were all tired at the end. It was worth it :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Meet Pixie

This post is a month late, but we finally came up with a nickname for Baby #9.
 I took these photos today, so this is what she currently looks like
look at that face!

This one was taken a couple of weeks ago. She's so adorable couldn't choose just one photo for her..
In conclusion, the baby now has a nickname for this site. Welcome to the blog, Pixie!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


October 2017  
                   The crisp night air is fading,
giving way to golden light.
It’s filtering through the treetops,
looking green, and gold, and bright.
The sky’s a canvas painted orange,
with streaks of pink and blue,
The birds are chirping sweetly now,
of a day brand-new.

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God made the morning lovely,
just by telling it to be,
He made it only with a word,
He made it just for me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Little Sister

I'm sure most of you have heard by now that my mom had the Baby. :) She was born on September 4, and both mama and baby are healthy and doing well. At some point, my parents are going to post an announcement post with all the official stuff like birth weight, time, and the name, but I've been given permission to post about her. Yay!
She's super cute and she makes these little noises when she's awake that are too cute! Her eyes are adorable when they're open (which is not often, because she's usually eating, sleeping, or both:) . We can't decide which sibling she looks the most like, because different things about her point to different sibling's features or characteristics.

Here she is! She's already a couple days old in this picture

Oops! I forgot to say what her name is! I guess that will have to wait...

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Back to School!

September third was the first day of school for us kids. This is my second year of highschool, and it's PC's first! We are the two teenagers in the family, and always getting teased about  eating all the food in the house. ☺

Apart from PC and me who are going to highschool, there are five kids who are going to elementary school. QB's going into kindergarten this year, and he's really excited about it. He is really smart and I think he is going to have a lot of fun this year.

Speaking of having fun, I should probably be ending this post soon, so I can finish up my homework for Monday. Ick.
Happy Fall!

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Waiting Game

 My mom's expecting Baby Number Nine at the end of August, and every last one of us can barely wait to meet the newest addition to our family. We've all taken sides, predicted and voted over if we want the baby to be a boy or a girl, but in the end it doesn't really matter. All babies are unique in their own ways, and we can't wait to meet this one! 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Summer Afternoon

I’m sitting on a picnic bench, listening to a bird. 
The faintest sound of traffic is very faintly heard. 
It’s almost time for dinner, my stomach tells me clearly,
Although it seems like morning still, it’s really not that early.
There’s nothing else to do inside, for I’ve done all my chores,
So I am free to go and play, as long as I’m outdoors.
The dinner bell is ringing loud, the bird has flown away,
I have to go to dinner now, 
It’s been a happy day.

This is a poem I wrote a couple years back, on a quiet Sunday afternoon after meeting. I just thought I'd share it here for you. I have a couple other poems that I've written, 
so I might post them here sometime when I remember. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Snapshots of Summer

Summer this year has been really beautiful. Here are a few pictures that will show you our summer so far...

We've had this swing for a couple of years now. It is really nice to be able to sit outside on the swing and listen to the birds and other nature sounds in the shade of the trees.

Working hard inside 

         I didn't realize until later that Loulou didn't have shoes on when I took this picture. :)

By the driveway, my mom has a rose garden with a rosebush for each of us kids, plus one for her and my dad. It looks really pretty in the spring and summer! This is a picture of my rose in full bloom.

The swing is also a good place to go relax and read a book when all the chores are done.

Peanut butter and jelly "sushi" rolls, with watermelon 'fish' chunks. It was really cute and really good!

This is a picture of our driveway in late afternoon. As it gets closer to sunset, the trees look even more beautiful with the sun slanting onto them. So pretty!

QB's LEGO house, complete with a full kitchen and a grand piano.
Five minutes after this picture was taken, it got dropped on the floor, and they used this picture to rebuild it.

Posing for a picture
(More likely he just wanted extra food :)

           Ricka, Butler, QB, Loulou, and Hal made sandwiches and had a little picnic in our front yard.  

Like I said earlier, summer so far has been beautiful. Us kids have a decent amount of chores and responsibilities to take care of, but we have even more free time to relax and enjoy summer while it lasts. How's your summer going? Enjoy!