Last summer while my brother, Steve, was home from North Dakota we had family pictures taken here in Oakley (I know, I'm slow about getting these pictures posted). It had been eons since our last family photo (literally, I think I was in high school the last time). We had plans to go up Birch Creek for an awesome outdoor back drop, but the rain changed our plan. However, they still turned out great! Family pictures are priceless to me--love my family.
The whole crew: Jason, Melanie, Steven, Suzanne, Brent, Landon, Mom, Brody, Lauren, Dad, and Nathan!
Photographer Amy Nielson. Thanks Amy for another great job!
Let me explain. Living in the "country", you often hear people say they "smell money" when they smell stinky manure, or passing by a smelly feedlot, or dairy. Delish, I know! (I still can't figure out if they're referring to the potential money to be made from the cows, or all the money going "through" the cows as they hay turns into manure!)
Anyway, the past couple of years each fall we head down to Spanish Fork, Utah for a big "show cattle" sale where the smell of manure was abundant. Brent has recently gotten into raising, and selling show steers, and heifers. WE don't show the cattle, he just sells them to people who travel around to cattle shows to show their animals (yeah, kinda like a dog show, but with cattle). The first time I saw the hoopla that occurs at a cattle show, I about died. Seriously, people really wash, and blow-dry and put moose, and hair spray in a cow's hair, only to have it poop all over it self, 2 minutes later?! Hilarious! I'm still trying to understand. I guess there's money to be made, so I better be nicer about it! I'm learning, slowly. . .
The hi-light of the weekend for me, was I got to meet up with one of my best friends from high school, Jen, who happens to live in Spanish Fork. We had a blast reminiscing about the old days, and her kids, Kya, and Brennon are dolls!
Kya was dying to "ride a cow", so Brent let her sit on the heifer's back.
They were eager to help Brent lead to cow back to the trailer. So cute!
It ended up being a fun weekend with lots of good times.
We had a super fun Halloween weekend with the family. We went to my parent's house with my sister and her family.
Such a cute little jack-o-lantern baby!
My dad put together a "Halloween Land" for the kids. He was careful not to call it a "haunted house" because he knew that would freak out my sister's triplets. When we first got to their house he met us at the door with a bowl of "pig's eyeballs." (eye gumballs). Nate, Landy, and Lauren wouldn't have anything to do with eating a pig's eyeball, even after we told them it was really gum, and after watching each one of us harmlessly pop one into our mouths. They're hilarious!
Then we went into the kitchen where my dad made magic witch's brew drinks. We each got to choose the color of our drink. My sister and I were his assistants. We held up a blanket so the kids couldn't see my dad adding food coloring to the Sprite. He let out his secret at the end.
Jason and Nate showing their witch's brew.
Brody, of course, didn't understand what was going on, but could sense the excitement and was all hyped- up!
Then, my dad had set up a little haunted house upstairs in the master bathroom/ bedroom. When the kids asked what the sign said above the door, his reply was, "Welcome little children!" Nate was still scared to enter, and his poor little legs were literally trembling. After he went through it the first time, he was okay with it, and went through about 20 more times!
Lauren, Landon, and Nate were completely worn out after the fun weekend.
And so was the littlest one.
Cutest monkey ever. We chose a monkey costume for Brody this year. After all, he probably thinks monkey is his name, as we often call him "monkey."
Being a monkey isn't all it's cracked up to be. He was done with the monkey business.
When I'm trying to get Brody to sleep, singing to him usually does the trick. He loves it, and snuggles right in and goes to sleep. I ran out of new songs to sing, and got tired of singing the same ones over and over again, so I made one up just for Brody. It's super corny, but Brody loves it (and he even still loves me after having to hear me sing)! It goes to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine." (Still working on a 2nd verse).
A few weeks ago, we went to visit Grandma, and Grandpa for the weekend. They will be leaving for Arizona for the winter soon, so we decided to go and spend some time with them.
Grandma was telling Brody secrets! Every time my mom would whisper in his ear, this cute smile would spread across his face!
Playing peak-a-boo with Grandpa. Can you see the anticipation on Brody's face?
The weather was perfect, so we went out in the yard to enjoy it. Brody was laying down in the grass playing, and when I went to pick him up I felt something wet, and slimy under his arm. I thought, "How did spit-up get under there?" So I looked, and lo and behold it was a disgusting earthworm hanging out of his armpit! It surprised me, and I screamed (just a little). Grandma rescued Brody from the earthworm, and pulled it out of his shirt. Ew yuck!
While we did clean-up in the kitchen, Brody entertained himself in . . . the laundry basket! He's such a good, easy-going, HAPPY baby.
Best pals! They are so cute together. This morning Brody was rolling around the living room floor, so Brent got down on the floor and was rolling around with him. They ended up face-to-face, and let me tell ya, they are two peas in a pod! It's so fun watching them play together. I think Brody has his daddy wrapped around his little finger.