Wednesday, August 31, 2011


A classmate of Nicole's hosted a mother-daughter MaryKay make-up party last week.

I don't know that I'm ready for a child of mine to wear make-up. Nicole is in the Junior high now, but she's my baby. She suggested maybe just mascara to start with. Baby steps. I might be able to handle baby steps.

The party was fun. The mom's got to play with the make-up also.

Nicole discovered just how tricky eye liner can be.

She's beautiful with or without make-up of course, but we sure had fun makin' ourselves purty!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pool Time, Part Two

Phil is such a good host to people who invite themselves over. Following the pool fun, we all hit his apartment for ice cream cones. Yippee! 'Cept my kids don't like cones, so a bowl for them, please. Thank you very much.

Doesn't Phil dish up a beautiful cone? Notice Jeff has grown taller than Glenn. Not really, but a boy can dream!
Morgan takes his "goodbyes" very seriously. Not only a hug for Sam, but an I-can-pick-you-up kinda hug.And, much to Ellea's delight, Andie finally warmed up to her. That girl is a tough nut to crack!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pool Time

Morgan's Godfather, Phil Kaufman is such a great guy. He's a great guy in so many ways, not the least of which is his willingness to have us invite ourselves to come hang out in his pool. Well, not his pool per se, but the pool where he lives that he's welcome to use. Thankfully, the owner of the pool is cool with us invading at will also.
Phil and the President (Morgan) and Vice President (cousin, Sam) of the Phil Kaufman Fan Club. Membership is by invitation only, so don't get your hopes up.

Ellea and her favorite thing--small children. Ellea expended a lot of energy trying to get Andie to like her. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get Andie to like much, but Ellea didn't let that deter her.

Phil and his brother, Jeff, impressed us with their diving skills. This is Jeff mid-somersault.

Phil may look like he's raising his hand to ask about the water temperature (cold), but really he's just diving into this inner tube.

The boys took to jumping off the diving board and trying to catch the football midair. I got some great pictures (a lot of near misses), but this is my favorite.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Square Bales

I owe my brother a great big debt of gratitude for hauling and stacking the hay for my horse when I was a kid. Oh, sure, I tagged along. But I did nothing--and I mean nothing of any real assitance. My mom did a lot of work too (thanks, Mom!), but Tony did all the stacking. He was a remarkably good sport about it, since it was for his rotten little sister's horse. I had no real understanding of how generous that was of him until I helped Glenn stack hay. Again, Glenn does 90% (or more) of the work. Still I whine. Not too much, because it's all for my four-legged friends, but just a little self-pity.

Our little cowboy and his trusty sidekick. Really, Zip is my sidekick, but I was busy unloading the hay.

It's hard to find a good hay hand. I got me one.

The hay bus. How funny is this? Our friends who we got the hay from (Glenn only does big round bales now), have these two old school buses that were converted as hay haulers years ago. Nice, eh? Only in redneck America will you see a yellow school bus hauling hay. Perhaps only in Keuterville, Idaho. Redneck America. Keuterville, Idaho. Same, same.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Idaho County Fair, Last Day (Finally!)

Day four of the fair started out with a parade in downtown Cottonwood. You should see this parade. It lasted all of about 10 minutes. I chuckled the first time I ever saw it. If you sit in a three block section, you get to see the parade twice. They turn around and come back up the street. Only in small-town-America! For such a small parade, the kids still made a pretty good haul on candy. Yeah, candy!!

After the parade and a yummy burger from the Lion's Club stand (we had one every day--we love those burgers!), it was time for the sale. The prices were up from last year. Ellea got $2.90/lb and Nicole got $3.10/lb. At 250-280 pounds, that's some pretty good money! Too bad the real pig farmers don't make that much--we'd all be in the pig business! The beef and sheep kids make similar money. It's a good deal. The buyers are all very supportive. Our girls' money goes into savings and a small portion goes into their pocket to reward their hard work.

Ellea had a hard time saying goodbye to her pig which struck me as odd since she was a tad scared of and not all that fond of her pig. She said it was because her pig trusted her and she was sending it away to be killed. That girl has such a big heart. It's hard to be soft-hearted and raise animals for meat.

It was a good day. We were all exhausted from a busy week, but did we go home? Of course not! It was time for the after-party!! We hung out with some other crazies who had their campers there (and lived within a 10 mile radius). We had burgers together and chatted the night away. We considered going home to sleep in our own comfy beds, but the evening got away from us and so we slept in not-so-comfy, but close-by beds.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Idaho County Fair, Day Three

Friday of the fair was Quality day. Quality classes are judged entirely on the animal--how well it meets the industry standard for meat production. It makes little difference how clean the animal is, how well trained it is, or how well you show it. It should be much less stressful than the previous day's Fitting and Showing, but Ellea gets stressed anyway. She was worried the pigs would fight. They didn't. She did fine. It was all good. Blue ribbons all around today. That's more like it.

More pigs.

More Bottle calves. she wasn't a fan of the bath.

And a visit from some of the Kaufman's. Glenn's sister Dori came up from Lewiston with their foreign exchange student from Belgium, her daughter-in-law, Jen and Jen's two kiddos, Sam and Andie. Andie sat with me approximately 2.2 minutes. She looks happy in this picture, don't you think?

And, day three was Glenn's and my 16th wedding anniversary. No pictures of us, sorry. We were too busy being romantic. A kiss in the cattle pen. A burger at lunch. Chinese for dinner. I swoon at the memory..... Luckily I enjoy the fair *almost* as much as Glenn does, so it's all good. He claims we'll do something special soon. We'll see. (The clock is ticking, dear.)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

School Is In Session

Sadly, yesterday was the first day back to school for our kiddos. First grade, 5th grade and 7th grade. How did this happen?! Once upon a time, when I had three small children at home, I dreamed of the day when I would send my children away for someone else to discipline, feed and just generally deal with. I remember hearing another mom with school-age children lamenting the start of school and thinking, "Wait, am I a bad mom? I don't think I'd be sad for school to start. . . ."

Fast-forward about 5 years and I totally feel her pain. As much as I despise their bickering, tattling and general goal to drive me mad, I don't want to send them out the door from 7:30 am to 3:40 pm. They're my kids, and I want them with me.

Not badly enough that'd I'd home school, or anything. I'm not that crazy. I just needed to whine a little. I'm all better now--thank you.

After dropping them off at school, I went and had coffee with friends. Except that I don't drink coffee. It doesn't sound the same to say, I went and had cocoa with friends who drank coffee. Really, it's all about the company anyway.

p.s. They had a great day at school and we had a celebratory first-day-of school dinner out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Idaho County Fair, Day Two

Fitting and Showing day! Fitting and Showing is judged on how well the youth shows their animal to the judge and how clean and well-behaved the animal is.

The girls did great. I was disappointed that the judge thought they deserved red ribbons. They maybe didn't deserve to come back for the Grand Champion class, but they definitely deserved blue ribbons. Needless to say, I wasn't a fan of this year's pig judge.
Showing pigs is like herding cats. It's just organized chaos!
Ellea trying to keep her pig off the fence. Glenn is in the background. He spends all day being a "board man." He helps move the animals from their pens to the show ring and back again and uses a handy-dandy board to to push the pigs where they need to go and to break up fights. Ellea likes having him in the ring with her.

And, another miracle! Nicole's bottle calf actually followed her around the show ring without being dragged against her will!! A week before this, she could hardly get her to walk more than two steps! She got to the fair and was a different animal! She earned herself a blue ribbon. I liked the beef judge just fine!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Idaho County Fair, Day One, part two

So, after a very brief break at home that involved packing our clothes and loading the pigs (not a very restful break), it was back to the fairgrounds.

We were concerned that Nicole's pig was going to weigh 300 pounds, but it wasn't. Only 282. Ellea's was 255. The minimum is 220. We made weight! It's all good after that! (If you don't make weight, you don't get to sell your animal at the fair. That's a major loss in profits. More on that on day four.....)

The pigs went directly to the wash pens. They did not pass Go. They did not collect $200.

We went directly to the scone booth. Around these parts, a Fair Scone is not a dry, doughy-type of scone that some people rave about. No, this is a fried piece of deliciousness. I should've taken a picture of said-scone, but I was too busy eating it. So here is a picture stolen from the internet.

And everyone lived happily ever after.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Idaho County Fair, Day One

Our Fair odyssey started out last Wednesday. The dog show started at 9:30 am and lasted until four. It was a looong day! I was grateful we had the camper down there so we could spend some time appreciating it's air conditioning!

Nicole did very well with our Schnauzer, Zip. It's quite miraculous how well-behaved he can be. In any other venue, he'd be barking and carrying on. He comes to the Idaho County Fair dog show, and he barely makes a noise. God is good!

Here they are doing the Three Minute Down (third to the right). He did great, except he saw me at one point and got up. I felt bad. I need to hide better next time.

The end of the day. These girls are smiling because not only did they have fun, they're also grateful that it's over! This is Nicole's friend, Chaye, who talked her into taking dog 4-H with her (Nicole took a two year break from it). I think they may do it again next year.

Morgan had a great day also. He was especially tickled that his Godmother, Donna (Glenn's sis), came to watch.

He and Zoey did very well together. Here he is with the Judge getting ready to do the "Figure 8." He's leaning over to give Zoey a kiss first. He kissed her every chance he got. I asked him why and said because he was so happy with her! Alrighty then. I'd say she deserves a few more kisses!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Wow! What a week. We've been away from home almost 24/7 since Wednesday morning! We took our camper to the fairgrounds because we wouldn't want to miss a minute of the fair happenings! We happen to live about 7 miles from the fairgrounds which are located in beautiful Cottonwood, Idaho. So it makes perfect sense to camp there!

Anyway, two dogs, two pigs, one bottle calf, one wedding anniversary and lots of junk food later, we're home! More to come soon!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Head Stands

Ellea asked Glenn the other night, "Dad, can you do a headstand?" I chuckled and said, "Yeah, Glenn, do a headstand." He said no. Then he watched Ellea attempting to do one and couldn't resist giving her some pointers. That lead to a demonstration, of course.....

What a good sport he is. It would've given me a headache.

By George, I think she's got it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

County Fair, Here we Come

We are currently in the throes of the County Fair. As you read these, we are cleaning stalls, showing animals, eating loads of junk food and running around with friends. Wait. My kids are doing all that. I'm reading a book, sitting in the bleachers and eating loads of junk food.

The night before the fair I was taking pictures for record books, printing pictures, giving Zip a haircut, doing laundry and cursing Glenn for going to bed early (sorry, honey!).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Haying Season

Haying season is finally over. Well, except for needing to haul 400 round bales out of the field, it's over. Okay, it's not really over, but it's getting closer. You have to celebrate the little victories. Haying has to be one of my least favorite times of year around these parts. No, not because I'm particularly involved or kept busy every waking moment. Because that is the state my hubby is in along with a full-time job, so we rarely see him.

There are hay bales in this picture, but mostly I wanted to share the beauty of where we call home. Purty, isn't it?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Freak Out

Nicole came back to my mom's house from a walk to the park in Grangeville. She told me she hurt her toe.

"I'll show it to you, but don't freak out, mom. It's reallly bad."

Really. Hmm. Is it hamburger, or a bloody pulp? Exactly how does she expect me to freak out? Am I supposed to cry or scream, or perhaps just faint?

It wasn't all that bad, but it looked like it hurt. She ripped a nice flap on the tip of her big toe. I was rather impressed she was keeping her composure so well. I was not, however, inspired to freak out. Maybe next time.

I took a photo of said-toe the next day specifically for blogging purposes, but it was a tad on the icky side, so I thought I'd spare you. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Camping for the Dogs

Our dog, Zoey, is the best camping companion. She's not a big fan of driving in cars, so that part isn't so fun, but once we get there, she's a doll. She comes immediately when you call her, she doesn't wander off too far. She doesn't bark. She's friendly to everyone, but she's not particularly loyal. She'll sit or lay by anyone who'll have her. I think she'd go home with just about anyone. Luckily, she came home with us this time.In short, she's just a fabulous dog. Sadly, our Schnauzer, Zip, rarely gets invited on camping trips because he barks at everything. Other than that, he's great too. Oh, and he has been known to nip at people he doesn't know. Other than that he's terrific. Really.

Zoey was such a trooper on the beach. She'd find a sliver of shade and sleep the day away with no complaining. Sometimes the shade was in short supply, so Ellea fashioned this shelter for her by draping her beach towel between a chair and a small shovel. Zoey must've appreciated the gesture, because she stayed put for a couple hours! What a great dog! She might look a little funny, but we sure like her!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ka-bobs on the Barbie

We set up the barbecue for dinner the last night of camping.

It got a little crazy for a minute.

But the resultant shish-ka-bobs were pretty yummy, so it was all good!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The River Runs Through It

My family loves camping on the Selway. We spend every day on the river.

We spend a lot of time in these tubes. There's a couple mile stretch of river that we float down. It has one bigger rapid (nothing too crazy) and a bunch of very small ones. It's a good time.

A couple years ago a couple people bought these pontoon rafts and tried them out on the river. Now there are several in the group that have them. I tried one out for the first time. It was fun, but not as easy as it looks to make it go where I wanted it to! I was exhausted. I'm sure I could get better with practice, but floating in a tube is still more relaxing!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Morgan and His Girls

That Morgan. He's quite the ladies' man! As I mentioned the other day, he is smitten with little Elise, but he's also terribly fond of another Selway girl, Jessie! They're mostly inseparable when we're camping. Playing on the beach, playing at camp, watching movies, eating other people's food. It's a great set up. It's a good thing that Morgan has two older sisters who've indoctrinated him in the finer points of Barbies and dolls. He can play alongside a girl quite happily.

The movie on night one was a Barbie selection. No complaints from Morgan. Smart boy. Him, two girls and a movie in a darkened camper. Not sure how many more years we can let this go on un-chaperoned......

Friday, August 12, 2011

Idaho Vandals

This Selway group is made up of predominantly die-hard Idaho Vandal fans. A lot of Idaho Alumni, actually. We have lots of fun meals together on the annual August trip and on hors d'oeurve night, we also had "Vandal night" this year. Everyone was encouraged to wear their Vandal gear and a rare group photo was snapped. Sadly, Glenn and I forgot to bring Vandal gear of our own, but our kids had theirs. We've trained them well! Very anti-BSU (Boise State--our arch-rivals) around our house!

Morgan's in the front row between his two favorite girls. Nicole is on the far left and Ellea is two to the right from her. (Photo courtesy Mike Uhling.)

Go Vandals!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pouting Skills

Nicole showed off her wicked pouting skills on the first night of our Selway Trip. She wanted me to go sit in the camper and read a book while she did the same. I'm all for some good book reading and I read a lot while we're camping, but it was our first night there. I didn't want to look completely anti-social! So the answer was no. She didn't like that answer.

Boy, can she stick that lip out. What a pro! I tried to match her skill. . . . .

I like her technique much better. I may have to work on that in the mirror. Or not.

I may not be as talented at the pout, but at least I can keep a straight face!! Kinda.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Those Pesky Bugs

Our Selway trip was one big ball o' fun. Until the sun went down and the bugs joined our party. They must've been tiny, 'cause I never actually saw any bugs, but boy, did I feel them! The only time they didn't bother me was by the campfire which was nice. I came away without any noticable bug bites, but poor Nicole was covered with them!
This is Nicole and Chaye's method of avoiding the bugs! I'd rather just sit close to the fire.

Hors d'oeuvre, Anyone?

Last weekend was our yearly August Selway trip with a group fondly known as the "Yeehaw Gang." Don't ask me where the name comes from. Not sure. Except that they are known to whoop it up on occasion! There is a huge grassy area along the river that someone reserves every year. It's already reserved for the first week in August next year. We'll also go over Labor Day weekend. It's fun. Lots of beach time, visiting, floating the river, book reading, eating, sitting by the fire, eating. The first night we were there just happened to be hors d'oevre night. Lots of yummy, high fat foods to graze on. They also got out the blender (a VitaMix to be exact!) and spread the cheer with yummy alcoholic drinks for the adults and smoothies for the kids. It's all about roughing it.

There was music playing and a few people started dancing. Not to be left out, Morgan danced with his favorite little girl, Elise.

Morgan has a soft spot for Elise. A couple years ago on this Selway trip, he announced out the blue that he was going to marry her someday. That was a tad shocking. Don't know where he got that idea, but he's stuck with it ever since. Poor boy, only gets to see his fiancee a couple times a year since Elise lives in Richland, Washington, but that doesn't seem deter him.

I love this picture (thanks, Leah--I stole it from Facebook!). Smiling into each other's eyes, they sure seem to like each other! They were dancing awfully close here. His "father-in-law" didn't like it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sperm Whales

You might want to keep your options open for the last two weekends in August. Sandpoint will be hosting an interesting production.
A classmate at my 20th reunion alerted me to this. I tried to Google it to find out what it might be about. No luck. Her thought was perhaps it is a musical about Sperm Whales. I'm hoping. I may never know. If anyone out there attends, please keep me posted.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sandpoint City Beach

Sandpoint has an awesome beach. The park takes up 18 acres and was donated to the city by Pacific Railroad (thanks, Google!). The final reunion event was a picnic at the beach and kids were invited. Nicole was especially excited to see this floating dock. You can't see her very well, but that's her jumping off the dock in the picture.
This is new. There was not a statue of liberty in Sandpoint when I was a kid. Not sure why there is now. It was placed at the end of a long concrete dock in memory of someone. She must've had a soft spot for old lady liberty. It was good because the odds of us taking our kids to see the real deal are pretty slim. At least they've seen the Sandpoint replica. So, if you ever make it to Sandpoint, don't miss out on the beach. Visiting the lady in green is optional.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cabin in the Woods

Amy, from yesterday's horse post, has a beautiful "hunting cabin" about 20 minutes from Sandpoint. We stayed in it last time we were there. It was perfect for this visit because mom volunteered to come hang out with the kids while we went to the reunion events. God bless that woman.

It's really not a cabin so much as a beautiful two-story home. Amy's daughter calls it a bungalow. They own it in partnership with a couple uncles and Amy's hubby Devon happens to build houses, so this is what he built. . . Two stories. Two decks. Too nice.

The view from the upper-story deck.

It's got a propane generator and three bedrooms. It's beautifully appointed. I think I might move in. I do take issue with the mosquitoes, however. I wish Amy would do something about the mosquitoes.