Archive for December, 2013


I am not a holiday picture person so I didn’t take a lot of Christmas-y pictures this last week. I actually enjoyed not worrying about the camera. Even so, I have some fun pictures to share.

James and the kids built these model houses:

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I got pictures of our one snow day, and Baird’s first real experience with snow since it’s been 2 years since we had snow:

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James fixed our Suburban, in the wet and cold, within 24 hours of discovering a problem. Love that man! He even had the terrifying experience of having a bird fly UNDER the Suburban between him and what he was working on! It freaked him out!

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I found this amazing picture of Baird with a Zoob crown which James took. It’s a very typical look of his but so hard to capture on camera!

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Evolet loves her big siblings!

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I don’t know why I enjoy this picture of Evolet and me SO much, but I do! It’s a very typical angle for me to get to see!

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I tried and tried and TRIED to get a good picture of Evolet and Liesel but they were all blurry! Here’s some of the better ones.

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I can’t believe that James already has to go back to work tomorrow! It’s been a wonderful week off!

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Just Puppy Pictures

Still from the first couple of weeks:

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A fun series after the baby’s bath.


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These were just taken yesterday. She’s growing so fast!

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September Hunting Trip

Back a while, in September, we had a successful family hunting trip. We were road hunting as a family for the first time. It was windy and rainy and mostly we were looking to have a fun family drive in our big rig. We used to enjoy such rides often, until our growing family was so squished into our little car that we stopped driving around aimlessly as a form of a ‘date’ for James and me. We were hunting for grouse, porcupine, or bear. Before we left we studied up on porcupine sign, because James had never hunted it before. He also told me that grouse are ‘the chicken of the forest.’ When they are disturbed, they fly from the ground onto a branch and look at you. We’ve had chickens before, so that kind of behavior made perfect sense to me. We didn’t really expect to get anything hunting as a family, but we were hopeful.

Here we are driving away from the islands toward our beloved mountains:

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We drove and drove. James took us on a detour up a steep logging road. When we were coming back down the kids were terrified and even Baird yelled, “Me scared! Me die!” Everyone laughed about that for a long time.

As we were moseying along, I noticed a chubby bird flutter up to a branch and look at us. I asked James to back up to check it out, and sure enough it was a grouse! It sat there looking and James shot it, climbed into the wet bushes to retrieve it, gutted it, and skinned it. Baird was exceedingly proud!

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Once we got home, James cooked the grouse and a salmon that his dad had given us. We had a feast!

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What a man! Yes, he needed me to spot the game 😉 but after that he did all the work and fed our family a delicious meal!


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