She's beautiful with or without make-up of course, but we sure had fun makin' ourselves purty!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The pigs went directly to the wash pens. They did not pass Go. They did not collect $200.
And everyone lived happily ever after.
Monday, August 22, 2011
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.
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
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
By George, I think she's got it.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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
"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
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
Sunday, August 14, 2011
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.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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
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.)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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
This is Nicole and Chaye's method of avoiding the bugs! I'd rather just sit close to the fire.
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
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
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
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.