Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Weekend with Uncle Earwig and the Gang

On Saturday we had a mini family reunion at Alan's house. Eric, Dillon's uncle from California, was passing through with his wife and grand kids on their two week RV trip through the western states. Almost everyone was there - we were only missing Mark and his wife, Kathleen, Sasha, and JD and his fiancé, Lauri.

Alan deemed it necessary early on to buy some "toys" for the occasion. He bought a pool for the little kids and a "go cart" for the big kids - I thought it looked more like a dune-buggy. Both were well used, but the pool quickly became worth its weight in gold. Those kids (all 11 of them) spent 90% of the time in that thing. They had a ball!

Alan and Eric took the go cart out for a ride. They looked so cute together in that thing. They also looked like they were headed for trouble. I didn't get any pictures, so if you did, email it to me please. Anyway, they headed out and were gone for awhile when an ATV rolled up with a kid driving and Alan on the back. Alan hopped off, grabbed a rope and hopped back on and off they went. Alan and Eric came back a little later with the go cart covered in mud. Alan didn't want to talk about the details of the event.

Then it was time for food! Mmmmmm. Good stuff. Many helped out to make it a great meal! It's not like great food isn't a usual at Ani's house, but it was still a great treat.

We ate and visited. It was great to catch up with everyone.

I was enamored by David's kittens. I spent almost the entire day thinking there was just one very fast, bi-polar kitten (one was a lot more friendly than the other), but there were actually two that looked almost exactly alike.

After dinner, we were in much need of David's famous chocolate chip cookies. He couldn't bake them fast enough. A couple of dozen would come out of the oven and then be gone before the next batch even went in the oven. They are extraordinary. I have been told that Carol has a lot of credit in mentoring young David on his baking skills.

Dillon waited anxiously for those cookies to be ready.

There was a lot of fun to be had that day.

And little Anthony slept through the entire thing. Amazing!

A great time was had by all...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Stevie Wonder Rippin' Up Sesame Street

On April 28, 1973, Stevie Wonder tore up Sesame Street. Check out this clip of Stevie playing a smoking version of Superstitious. Here's Stevie playing his own Sesame Street jam! Sweet!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our lives!

For us, we got a special treat for Father's Day weekend. Dillon's dad came up from Pheonix to visit. Dillon, Nolan, Heather and I spent a lot of time hanging out together with Dad. It was a nice weekend.

One night we stayed in a watched The Pink Panther and ordered pizza. Funny movie!

The next night we went out and played. First we went bowling. Dillon set us up on the high tech scoring system.

Then Nolan showed us how it was done.

Dad showed us some tricks of his own.

After bowling, we satisfied our need for speed.

It wasn't quite enough for Nolan though; he went out and bought the game for his Game Cube afterwards.

Dad left earily morning on Monday. It was a great weekend! Thanks for coming up, Dad!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Much Needed Get-Away

Last weekend we went to visit Dillon's mom in Weiser. We had some trouble getting there - we missed our flight and had to wait 6 hours for the next one, but once we did, it was great.

Mom picked us up Friday, late afternoon at the airport in a nice, 2007 Toyota Camry (rental - nice car!) and we headed for the country. I was very anxious to see Max (the dog) the whole way home. It was nice to visit and catch up with Mom in that hour and a half too. When we arrived, both the dogs were barking at the unfamiliar car and I rolled down the window and called their names, which made them more crazy. Max was happy to see me too. He wined and wiggled his butt like crazy for the first few minutes I was there petting him.

I totally missed any baby goats this year. The 10 kids were all teenagers and wreaked of attitude. There was one that was my favorite - partially because he was the only one that would willingly let me pet him. He was also really cute. He had attitude in a good way - feisty little bugger.

Star was super sweet. I think she missed me. She was sooooooo cuddly and cute. She didn't once turn her sassy rump to me - I hate it when she does that. We had a nice visit.

The chickens were sparse, but fun to see.

There were two chicks there that aren't alive anymore. Stupid cats!

Speaking of cats... there were still lots and they were cute.

Not much has changed on Almosta Farm, which is good, and it was so nice to be there. The weather was really nice. It's crazy how humid it is there though... I guess I should say, it's crazy how dry it is here to make Idaho seem humid.

On Friday we ate dinner and watched movies. Mom joined one of those DVD clubs, so her place is like the freaking video store... minus all the good movies.... HA HA! Just kidding Mom (sorry, I couldn't resist.) We watched Dreamer, which I thought was a great show and then we started watching Zoro II, which was a terrible show. It wasn't worth missing sleep watching so we went to bed.

On Saturday we hung out with the animals, visited and went to Ontario. Mom bought a new camera. It rocks! That's what she took those videos of the animals with. We went out to eat together and had a great time relaxing and visiting.

On Sunday we went to see my dad and his wife in Boise. It was nice to see them. We visited some more and tried out Mom's new camera more.

Early Monday morning Mom took us back to the airport. It was a great visit - although entirely too short. We had a great time and need to go back very soon. I hope Mom will hitch a ride down here with Eric when he passed through.

Thanks for the great trip Mom, we love you!