Monday, July 14, 2008


We had a fun camping trip this weekend. Jacob took us up to Lagunitas campground on the border of the Cruces Basin Wilderness, where it was just beautiful. The kids had a great time roasting mallows. Keiger could definitely win that contest where you stuff a bunch of marshmallows in your mouth. We took a really nice hike through the meadows, and Sage was totally entertained by collecting wildflowers. She sure says some funny things. The other morning, Keiger was throwing a little fuss while I was making breakfast, and Sage said, “Honestly, Keiger! What are you crying about?” Later that night in the tent, she turns to Keiger and says, “Quit your whining!”
On a more sobering note, we had a little accident with one of our chickens while we were camping. We came home to a note on our front door from our neighbor saying that our chickens had gotten out of the yard, and a dog from down the street had eaten one. Sage is dealing with the loss fairly well. I asked her if she was doing ok, and she mumbled, “Yes.” Then I asked her if she needed a hug, and she came right over to snuggle. Then we were munching on pie a bit later and I asked her if she wanted a second bite. At first she said no, but then she said she wanted a second bite to remind her of the second chicken we lost. Poor girl! She has also changed the name of the remaining chicken from Dotey to Chick-Chick, because she “liked that one best.”
The other day, Keiger insisted on wearing this get-up before he would head into the backyard. And last night (I’m laughing as I write this), we were in Sage’s room ready for family prayer when Keiger comes booking down the hallway wearing Sage’s silver sparkle shoes and a shiny black purse draped over his shoulder. I do worry about that kid sometimes.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Hot and no rain yet! We’re ready for it! We had a great 4th of July weekend. The Munns and the Lloyds came up to visit from Albuquerque, and we went up to the festivities at Taos Ski Valley. They had a mini parade and some other crazy non-traditional stuff that’s fun for here. Sage and Isaac did get to ride horses, which was such a special treat. Sage has been into horses lately. In fact, we had just watched “Flicka” that morning. Anyway, can you guess what the name of the horse Sage got to ride was? Fancy. Is that too perfect, or what? Sage and Fancy had a ball. Anyway, we had a nice dinner and were able to watch the fireworks from the driveway again. Somehow we crammed everybody into the house. Hopefully, everyone was comfortable. And we checked out some popular sites the next day. My kids were beat. They’ve taken great naps today! It was so much fun to see old friends again and catch up. I think we’ll try to convince Beth and Chance to just move next door to us up here. Chance could handle the commute, couldn’t he? It’s crazy to think that pretty much anywhere we go, we will most likely know someone from Moscow. Pretty neat.