Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christmas in September

Every week we mow our neighbors lawn.  She is 83 and lives on an acre.  Part of the land is left alone to grow wild, but the rest still takes a while to mow the whole thing.  I usually mow it while Tyler is at work, but the first time we split the job.  Madison wanted to hang out with daddy.

This kid loves cheese...almost as much as she loves milk.

She also likes to grate the cheese.  Don't bother offering to help her as the answer is "no!"

Taking a break from our walk.

Playing with some bubbles on the porch.

Doesn't this remind you of Star Trek?

We have been getting some rain recently.  It is also starting to feel like autum outside.

 Tyler invited Bryan Green over for dinner to hang out.  Then he invited my sisters over so we could have a sing along party while Bryan played the guitar.  Kendra and Tyler use it pal out singing when we lived in Provo.  

Madison really wanted to be Bryan's friend.  She kept giving him stuff as he was playing.

Gillian and I sat on the other couch and hung out while everyone was singing.

A glimpse of what singing jams are like.

We canned about 40 quarts of peaches this year...they taste better than last years peaches.

We babysat a couples two kids while they were at the Ogden temple dedication.  Tyler seemed to disappear while on babysitting duty.

 I caught him in the other room thinking of a chess strategy against Jacob. 

Tyler likes to talk about how he would love to learn the violin and if he started now he could still play for 30 years.  I found someone selling one in Midway on Facebook.  Their original offer was $80, then the next week they tried to sell it for $65.  Not thinking about Christmas, I sent Tyler a text to see if he would be interested in it for $65.  Then I followed up wanting to know if it was worth it if it wasn't a great violin...maybe it would loose it's tune quickly or wasn't that good of a violin.  I decided to go over to ask Lois what she thought.  Lois thought it was a steal for that price.  I negotiated the price down to $50 and said I would buy it thinking of Christmas.  Upon asking Tyler if he was still itnerested in it even with the possibility of it not being very good he decided to search it otu on Facebook.  (He knows that I like looking for Facebook deals here in Midway.)  He found the post, including my conversation to buy it.  No point in waiting a couple of months to give it to him, so he has it now.  Merry Christmas in September.

Our neighbor Lois taught Tyler a few things right after we bought the violin.

Hanging out at the library.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Deer, Tea And Ward Parties

This past week we have had a herd of deer hanging out in our backyard.  There are five total, and we have had all five at the same time.

It's been cold in our house--in the 60's.  Madison wouldn't take the hat off.  

She found her green kitchen chair in the garage and wanted it back on the table.  I wasn't sure she would sit in it again, but we spend lots of time in it these days.

It seems that there is always hair in her face.

Madison loves her baby!  "Baby" is her favorite word these days.  She loves to feed her baby and give her drinks from her tea set.  She will even read to her baby.

We have lots of tea parties at our place.

Just hanging out for a few hours in the back.  Can you see both of them?

Our brownies for the ward party...unfortunately they fell on our sticky floor minutes before leaving.  I guess we will have to eat the whole pan now.

 Madison thinks it is the opportune time to push the chair to the counters and search for left over potty treats (I usually give her 1/3 to 1/2 of a starburst when she goes potty in the toilet) when someone else is in the bathroom.  Maybe she thinks she deserves a treat when anyone goes potty.

We went to our ward party.  They had 5-6 bounce houses for the kids and lots of other things for kids to do.  It was Tyler's turn to take Madison down the slide since I went down the slide with Madison at the last party,

Baby goats to pet.  I thought they were so cute!

Most poeple who looked at Madison commented on her beautiful eyes...We hear that where ever we go.

It's not really a ward party until there are pony rides for the kids!

This was the backyard.  You can't see it, but they had an awesome water feature and a bon fire going.