Saturday, October 24, 2009



Wow, I love October! Not because it holds my birthday but because it is Fall! Fall is so beautiful! I love all the seasons but Fall is my favorite. The colors,
the cool air,
the smells,
warm blankets,

Drew celebrated his 9th birthday with a very rich ice cream cake!
We were joined for dessert by Linn and Big Jim, what a treat!
Yes, cowboy boots from the Stumps to complete his outfit!

Check out the size difference between Big Jim and Drew!!

Transformers from Lorissa and Vince!

His dad took him out to lunch and then to pick out a skate board and helmet from us and his grandparents. Of course he had to try it out first thing!!
My Birthday!!

Of course October is Rebekah's birthday too!
While we celebrate her short life it always comes with just a touch of sadness, knowing she would be 12 this year and wondering just what she would be like.
Flowers to celebrate her life from Lorissa and Vince.

Most of all,
I am thankful that God brought this little guy into our lives to give us a reason to celebrate in October once again. We love you Drew!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Field Trip to Silverton

Our homeschool group took a trip to Silverton, Colorado, a mining town 50 miles north of Durango on the road to Ouray, to visit the museum and cemeteries there. James was our docent and made up a good scavenger hunt just for us. We learned a lot! Do you know what a Tommy Knocker is? We do!!! We learned that they tried lots of different drills to get the silver out of the mines. But most of all we learned that mining was a very dangerous and underpaid job.

Did you know that they had potty cars in the mines?
Miners waiting in line!
The Palmer family in the mineral room.
We took a walk through the Cemetery as well to see what we could find. Here is a body (Kayla) ready to be buried!! We did a scavenger hunt up here as well. This was a huge cemetery and we scattered all over it hunting for unique tombstones.

Some of our group.

Some beautiful scenery!

The drive home was made very interesting by some great kids!
The Three Stooges - Adam (above), Steven & KC (below).