Monday, October 31, 2011

Home schooling

It's Field Trip Time!!!

First they went to the Math & Science center where they could tour 100+ exhibits. They really enjoyed this!

I don't have pictures of the Enstrom's candy shop... We went there next & watched them make their wonderful toffee.:)

One of the fun things about homeschooling is getting to see what your children think...
Here is an example:
With Shane you never know what to expect...

He is very good at just going ahead with his work, following directions,etc.  When I scored this page I had my warm fuzzies for the day.:)
Look he even has the right brand name on the mower.:)
Little Sierra can hold her head & chest up like she is really big stuff!

Right after they pic was taken her head got too heavy & the weight of it dropping flipped her over on her back!

Attention everyone!!!!!! Wednesday is the big day, Ashlyn will be 5 years old.:) She has been counting down the days & reminds us daily that her birthday is right around the corner.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin cookies...

Okay this really is totally random... Today as I was mixing up bread dough I was thinking of what else I could bake for my family & with it being fall pumpkin roll came to mind. Never fail when ever I think of making something with pumpkin this memory comes back.
 My sister Waneta & I were only 3 years apart & as we entered our teen years we finally became best friends.:) Now every once in a GREAT while we would get a baking itch. The kitchen would become a disaster zone [humm I wonder where Mom hid while we were doing this] we would not use common sense & just bake one batch of something, clean up the kitchen & be done. Oh no, we would bake several things & be totally sick of baking when we finally got it all cleaned up again.
 Back to pumpkin, as I remember this happened one day when Mom was not at home. But Waneta was old enough to drive... [Wonder why she wasn't at work?] Okay we decide we are going to bake pumpkin cookies, problem # 1 we couldn't find any pumpkin. Now this was not so unusual, Mom was not big on keeping a lot of unnecessary things on hand. She had a very small kitchen & very little room to store those kind of things. Okay so now we have to run to town before we can start, town meant the little town of Townville [If you are from SC think Donalds] [If you are from CO think... smaller then Olathe] Okay we get to the "Red & White", we thoroughly check all four of their shelves & they had the nerve to think this is a seasonal item & no pumpkin was to to be found! All right back out to the car we drive about 5 miles in the other direction to an other little hole in the wall store. There we again walked up & down the isles several times [never asking the owner for help in locating the item we were looking for][Dad would stop in there daily to "chew the fat" with the owner & he informed Dad that his 2 daughters were in there that morning. Took inventory of the store & left with no purchases :)] nope no canned pumpkin here either! Okay by now "Brukers" is open & we knew they would have it.This was a bent & dent store that always had anything you don't use all 12 months of the year.:) Sure enough they had cases of the canned pumpkin we needed.:) Back home we go, all goes well we got all the cookies baked. Now we look at the icing recipe... Humm what on earth is this? 10x sugar???????? Mom had some cookbooks that were meant for experienced cooks only & this was one of those. If I remember right it was some vague directions like, oleo, milk & 10x sugar to desired consistency. Okay the only thing we new x in math stood for was times, so we put 10 times what??? Now let me tell you we even called the big sister & asked her for advice on what 10x sugar is. Nope she'd never heard of it either. We finally decided to put in 10 times as much sugar as milk.:) But one of us wisely remember that you use powdered sugar for icing not granulated. It turned out fine, we iced our cookies & when Mom came home we told her about the weird recipe. She HOWLED with laughter!!! Then she explained to her 16 & 13 year old daughters that 10x sugar is a term used for powdered sugar.:) I have NEVER forgotten what 10x sugar means since that.:)
 Isn't it funny how silly things just never leave your memory?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's a beautiful time of the year

The weather is really great right now. We have cool nights & pleasantly warm days. The leaves are a brilliant yellow & some are falling fast. [Well if you have trees they are.;)]
 We took a ride up to Ouray on Saturday, wow it is just gorgeous up there. Sometime Dale & I are going to leave the children with their "favorite" Aunt & Uncle and we are going to spend the night in Ouray.:)
 After we got up to Ouray those snow covered mountains called us to come closer... So we drove on up to where we could actually feel the snow.:)

Beautiful isn't it?!?!

Of course they had to see how easily they could make snow balls with the snow.:)

Sierra was safely tucked in a blanket & was in no mood to join the troops on the wall.:)

We took the children to the park in Delta earlier in the week...

Note worthy for the evening was the fact that Sierra slept the whole time in her car seat!
She does not enjoy her car seat & this was a milestone for her.:)

Now I really need to feature Sierra's "nanny" [so named by Shane]

Briana is a wonderful help to me! She can take care of Sierra better then any of the other children. The nanny title came about one day when Shane told Briana that Sierra wants her real mom not her nanny.:)

Of course the rest of the siblings love to spend time with Sierra too...

Is this classic goofy Miller's or what?

I love the way my nephews enjoy holding Sierra too.:) Sean does really well with her. His patience with getting her to settle down amazes me.

Oh and I must tuck this picture in here...
Brit celebrated her 22nd birthday last week & I was honored to make her cake!

I forgot to get Sky to pose with his cake, there was one for him too. I feel so honored that they prefer these choc. layer cakes to bakery made birthday cakes!
Still not sure if she will end up sucking her thumb or not... She tries to get it in her mouth when she is half asleep but usually just gets mad at herself because she can't get it to do what it should.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dale pointed out the fact that we have no pictures of Sierra with her mom... Well that's because her mom is always the one behind the camera.:)

She does have a mother...
But her mom has terrible trouble with blinking as soon as the camera flashes.:(

Nope, I am not glaring at the photographer, just getting ready to blink again.:(

Drifting off to sleep... She is 3 weeks old now!

I think its time to feature Sierra's other sister... But Ashlyn is the one that is always encouraging me to take pictures of her.:)

A whole lot of silliness going on!

Popcorn! So much fun to watch.:)