Tuesday, August 31, 2010


A little background. My dad is into hunting dogs.  He has about 5 German Shorthair dogs.  He is very particular about the breeding of his dogs.  They all go back to some kind of dog champion on both sides of the dog.  He is also particular about who he sells his dogs to.  So it was supposed to be a big compliment when he offered to give Preston one of his puppies.  That was 3 years ago. Around the the 4th of July this year, our dog got out of her kennel and ran away.  She was gone for 3 days.  We found her wandering the streets and put her back in her kennel.  Okay, so lets bring you back pretty close to the present.  A week ago, I sent Kayson out to let the dog out and give her water.  He came running back in all out of breath.  he brought me some pretty surprising news.  PUPPIES! Sprinkles our dog had had puppies. (Yes her name is Sprinkles.  Kayson named her) I had no idea she was pregnant. Six cute little brown puppies.  Apparently she must of had a pretty fun 4th of July.  Here are the puppies a week old.
Not a very good picture, but still really cute. 
Here's mama Sprinkles. I am not a dog lover, but this seriously is the best dog.  She is a great hunter (from what I hear from Preston), she fetches, is really good with our kids (never jumps up on them), doesn't bark or howl, and goes to her kennel when called.  She is a really mild dog.  I have to admit I kind of like her.
So here's my little plea.  These cute little puppies are a week old now, and in 5 more weeks will be needing a new home.  I can't have 7 dogs. If you want a puppy or know someone who does, they're yours.  I'm sure with a mom like they have, they will be good dogs. Come on, look how cute they are.

So enough of the promoting.  On to everyday life.  Along with school starting, soccer started too.  Kayson and Peyton are playing soccer.  This is the first year we've put them in it.  I don't know why we waited.  They are naturals.  It is so fun to watch them.
Here are a couple of pictures of Kayson playing in his first game.  I couldn't find the camera in time for Peyton's first game, so next game I'll get some pictures to share.
The BIG Project
I have been wanting grass in our backyard so bad.  And it looks like my wish might actually come true.  These are some pretty boring pictures, but I have to show our work.  Not too long ago, all this dirt used to have huge weeds in it.  They were so big and so thick that we had all my nephews and nieces come over and play night games in them.  All they had to do was duck in the weeds and they were gone.  Preston has been working so hard trying to get it ready for the sod.  My dad came over and used his tractor to help smooth out any bumps. 
That little thing in the ground in the back is the trampoline.  We decided to bury it while we were doing all the other work.  Just a little advice for those thinking about it.  Harder than it looks.  Our sod comes a week from tomorrow.  We will be pushing it to get everything done on time.  Any prayers are appreciated.
While helping, my dad decided to give Tyson and they neighbor kids a ride around in the bucket of the tractor.  They loved it.
Hopefully next weeks post will be some pictures of the new grass.

Monday, August 16, 2010

After party party

I forgot to post a few pictures.  About 5 minutes after we got home from the birthday party, we had a little rain storm. It only lasted 5 minutes, but it poured.  We live in the middle of a hill, so we had a lot of water running past our house.  The boys were letting their toys float down the water until the water got too full and fast and swept their toys away.  Then they just decided that it would be fun to lay down in it.  Pretty gross, but I let them do it anyway.  They had fun.
Tyson's pants got so wet and heavy that they were starting to fall down.

Happy Birthday Kayson!

Sunday was Kayson's 7th birthday.  I can't believe that I have a kid that old.  It makes me sad that he's growing up so fast.  But on the other hand, I have 4 kids and if they all stayed little I think I would go crazy.  I'm already border line crazy as it is.  Since it's his birthday, I thought I'd brag and give a few little highlights on his life.  He was born on August 15th 2003 by C-section after 31 hours of labor.  He learned how to crawl at 11 months.  A little slow, but learned how to walk the next month.  He learned all the names and sounds of the alphabet at the age of two after watching "The letter factory" only 3 times.  At the age of 3, he taught himself how to read.  At age 4 he had gone fishing enough times with his dad and grandpa that he knew how to cast an open-faced reel all by himself.  At age 5, Kayson learned how to ride a two-wheeler.  At age six, Kayson finished top of his class in Kindergarten.  He also got interested in math and started to learn his times tables. At age 7, Kayson is the big helper around the house.  Every morning when his baby sister wakes up, he runs into her room, gets her out of her crib, brings her down to her mom, and then makes her a bottle.  He also changes the laundry from the washer to the dryer for his mom.  That is just a few little highlights of his life.  Kayson you are amazing.  We love you so much.  Happy Birthday!
I just noticed that these are a little out of order.  Here's the birthday boy with his brothers with all of his gifts.  He really was a lot happier than he looks.
Kate loved watching Kayson open his presents
On Sunday we had all the extended family over that lived in town and had cake and ice cream. 
Kate liked the balloons we had all over the house.
We were all beat from all the fun, especially Dad. 
Birthday party # 2
Today we had another birthday party.  Sunday was for family, and Monday was for friends.  I was a little frazzled trying to get everything ready and I forgot my camera.  Lucky for me, my sister-in-law Jennifer came and saved the day.  She came first thing in the morning and helped bake, decorate and babysit for me.  She was a life saver.  Thanks Jen!
We played pin the baseball on the catcher's glove.  I don't know what it is, but Kayson really likes this game, so every birthday we make a new poster and something to pin on it.  Last year we played pin the eye patch on the pirate.  I'm glad he's not that picky about what the picture looks like because his mom isn't that great of an artist.

I think the party turned out really well.  The kids all seemed like they had a good time.  We had a pinata, ate more cake and ice cream, and each of the kids left with a bag of party favors and a whole bunch of candy.  I was a good day for everyone.