Monday, October 29, 2012

Roll It!

Loreli's new phrase is "roll it", but it comes out "wolit", one word.  She likes to play "patty cake" because you "roll it", and we had burritos for dinner and she loved that those were rolled as well.  This morning she saw her play-dough and wanted to play "wolit". 
 Here she is with her wolit
And here she is in the process of wolit.  It is a very versatile word. 

I was sitting at the computer doing homework and she was yelling at me because she needed help wolit.
-"Shea, Wolit!!!!!"
excuse me?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Helpful Big Sister

Holy Zucchini!

While we were in Star Valley our friends watered our sad little garden. Why was it so sad? Well, we are lame gardeners and didn't fertilize like we should have before planting and even though the plants got big, nothing grew other than zucchini. Lame! So after we returned from SV we found a HUGE zucchini! Seriously this thing was as long as my femur.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Loreli's Good Times

Loreli loved being in Star Valley.  There was tons for her to do. 

Trying to asphyxiate with her cousins

 She loved going for rides on the 4-wheeler.  If she couldn't get someone to take her, she would just go into the barn and sit on it by herself.

She helped to feed the cat, and would then torment it as it tried to eat.  She was quite deservedly scratched a few times. 
 And she Loved hanging out with Bridger and Trinity.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Loving Siblings

 During our visit in Star Valley there were plenty of opportunities to capture precious moments between Loreli and Jack. Loreli loves Jack and he is beginning to get excited every time she comes around. Loreli is getting really good at sharing toys, talking quietly, giving hugs, and making her brother giggle...she's on her way to becoming the best big sister ever!

Concerned that Jack wasn't smiling at the camera.

One day the sprinkler was running and Loreli wanted to go play in it. She had no idea the water was freezing and after figuring this out she decided to take a little rest on the porch.

Jack did a little tummy time on Loreli's chest...

She wasn't a fan.

Squishy cheeks!

Look at that cute face...he loves her!

 One cold morning we went to check on Shea's hard work (which we will document later with before and after photos) and we got these pictures! I think these are the first pictures I have taken with my two kids since Jack was born!

Take one
Take two

Take three


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Swamp People Days

I am sort of at a loss to know how to even begin explaining how our family reunions work and why one might be designated as "swamp people days"; however I will try.  Lets start by explaining that my older sister missed her calling in life.  She should have been a party planner instead of a baby carrier/food stirrer.  She inherited all of the enthusiasm that was supposed to be portioned out amongst 7 different children.  This combined with a recent fascination with the show "Swamp People" naturally lead to the outcome of a major party a'la de swamp. This is one of the reasons there has not been a post in  a while; we were in Wyoming getting in touch with our backwoods selves and as everyone knows, they don't have computers or the internet in Wyoming. 
 Swamp fruit anyone? (It's just an amazing caramel apple with white chocolate dyed green. Delish)

 First activity, making personalized trucker hats.
 Take a box of foam front-mesh backed hats, some freezer paper to make stencils, cloth markers and paints and oooh-boy, I gauronteee.

The next day started out with some very nice family pictures up in the hills that will not be viewed at this time because of sheer clash of class (say that 5 times fast) might cause visual and mental catastrophe.  
But once that frilly, sissy stuff was done with, it was into costume an on with the activities.
 And yikes, were there ever costumes.

 yes, the belly is costume

 Everyone needed temp tattoos to make it all feel right.
 The first activity, I should say competition because there were teams and points and winners and such, was shooting alligators that were hanging from a rope on a pulley system.  Like at the carnival, the gators would go back and forth and you tried to shoot as many in your team's color as you could in 10 seconds, or until you used all your 20 shots, which ever came first.
 Sad to say, the childless wonders won this one.

 The next event was a water based obstacle course.  Run to the canoe, get in, launch, and then paddle around the pond collecting rubber snakes, a bottle of moonshine from the still, a floating pool-toy gator and three gators that took the bait (a cinder block tied to a rope, which is actually very difficult to hoist out of the muddy bottom of a pond into a narrow canoe), and getting back to the shore and out of the boat in 3 minutes.  
 Off to a good start here

 Starting to have problems fetching the snakes
 A good effort but they did not get back within the time limit = dead.

 Remember how I said pulling a cinder block into a canoe was a little difficult?  Yeah, it throws the entire balance of the boat off and if the others in the boat aren't playing along...gator food
 gator food
 Redneck bidet
Since half of the participants were already soaking wet, the next event matched Swamp People with the Polar Bear Club.  Wyoming had already had two weeks of hard frost in the mornings, so an above ground pool has little protection from frigidity, making it an excellent addition for a good time.  There were dozens of little cards with pictures of gators, snakes, catfish, empty hooks and gators with torn hides that were all worth different points thrown into the pool.  Your task, go git um!

 KyleJo here using true redneck fashion and jumping in still wearing his trucker hat.  Very good form.

Team 2's turn
 It's about here that you think, "wait, what am I doing and why?"
 By this point everything is numb so what the heck

 The yungins needed to participate as well, so they "helped" decorate cupcakes, which is yungin' for eat straight sprinkles and frosting off of a cupcake.
 No one "helps" better than our Loreli.
 Here's what was in mind though

 Good times, although I never found where to get some dam bait. 

Stay tuned for some pretty "swampalicious" videos.