Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Annual hollyhock picture

Here is the annual picture of the backside of our backyard. I've kept up with the weeds this year! The rose bush at the end is about to bloom. And the poppy's (in the middle on the left) are close to blooming too. I'm going to try to plant some pumpkins back here this year, I'm excited to try that.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

bike videos

I finally got some video of Jackson riding his bike. He is doing soo good on it too. Even from yesterday to today has been a big improvement!

He loves going off on this dirt path into the field.

After he crashed, he saw an ant and tried to pick it up, didn't even care that he crashed.

He is going so much faster today than yesterday, it's amazing.

Monday, May 16, 2011

more bike

He's been riding his bike everyday. I make him wear his helmet now everytime too. Which I think will be good, so he'll get used to it more and not mind wearing it as much in the bike trailer too.

Friday, May 13, 2011

new bike

We got Jackson the bike. I did some research and decided to get it. And so far, I think we did good. Jackson rode it around the sidewalk tonight and it was his idea to go off onto the dirt trail. He rode a lot and wanted to go more, but it was getting late so we had to come inside (that's why the pictures are a little blurry).

He had to stop to pick up some BB's along the way. The neighbor kids have shot them everywhere and Jackson likes to play with them. He rocks them in his arms and sings "bb baby".

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I signed up for the first annual Happy Girls Half marathon a few weeks ago. I haven't done my best at training, but oh well. I have a hard time keeping motivation when weather is so yucky outside. Now that it's a little warmer and nicer, it's been easier, but the race is sneaking up on me fast. I just hope they don't close down the finish line before I get there.

The race is May 29th and here is a really cool video of the course. I wanted to share just because of how much I like it. Happy Girls Half course video by Jim Sanco. ...and make sure you have sound turned on, that's my fav part I think.

at the ranch

Thanks to Princess of Shadows for the photoshop vintage actions.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

At the bike store

We went to the bike store to test out a bike for Jackson. He liked it a lot. He said he wanted to take it home. There are no pedals, chain, etc on this bike. It's meant for 2-5 year olds and is to teach them how to balance. There are several on the market, but this one is called a Haro Z10. The only thing is they are kind of expensive. .... so we'll see if we get one or not. They only had a pink one put together in the store, if we did get one it probably won't be pink.

Monday, May 9, 2011

branding calves

This weekend we went with a friend, to his sister's ranch. We watched them brand their calves. More pictures to come.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Family Picture

After church on Easter, we took a family picture. Just thought I'd share.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

watercolor paints

Here is Jackson trying out his watercolor paints for the first time. He had fun.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

summer is on it's way!

I always love the first use of the clothes line of the season. It means summer is on it's way. I don't set up the clothes line until we actually start getting nice weather. Since I don't have diapers to wash anymore, it's going to be hard to use it 100% in the summer. When I did have diapers to wash, hanging them on the clothes line was the best. The stains would come right out and since I had to wash them every other day I felt good about drying them outside instead of using so much electricity with the dryer (especially since they took forever to dry). In an odd way, I miss having diapers to wash and line dry. Here is an old post that I talked about using the line the whole summer with pictures.

Look what I made! Dan helped me... a lot. It's for our little chickies (more like teenager chickies now). We are going to move them outside and put them in with the adult hens and this will be a place they can hide if the big chickens are picking on them.

Here they are. I had to corner them to get a picture. They wouldn't listen when I told them to sit and stay in front of their new house.