Friday, August 29, 2008

Fish Pond

This is our new fish pond we made last week. Kensley's hermit crab Little Girly died Wednesday night and she was quite upset. Poor thing has had to deal with death alot more than I think kids should. She has had several pets(and in her opinion that even means caterpillars)die. We can't always avoid her finding out, so it has just become a hard reality. She is very mature so she handles it well, but she is also very sensitive. When Little Girly died you would have thought this was a pet that actually communicated with us. We all had to say what we were going to miss about Little Girly and talk about how she will be remembered.

So Thursday when she got out of preschool her Daddy had a surprise for her. She loves fish, and we have had several of these fish ponds, but just never big enough for the fish to survive. He took my unlucky pot(whole other blog within itself, lets just say my front porch must be cursed, it doesn't want me to have anything on it) and transformed it into a fish pond for the kids.

We got five koa fish which are named: Darby, Little Quack, Lulu, Luke, and Sarah. The kids enjoy looking out on the deck each morning to check on them, and also feeding them. As you can see in one of the pictures Kensley is giving Klayton a lesson on how much food to feed them. We had another disaster when she was littler because she dumped the whole bag of food in the water. Those poor fish went to fishy heaven also. Wish our new ones luck, hopefully the pot likes fish better than plants!

(Kensley telling him just a little bit.)

(Darby being feed)

Don't you love the shirt I found Kensley online. It says "My mom is blogging this". She wore it to preschool and the teachers thought it was so precious. I found Klay one too, I'll post that picture when he wears his.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jet's Started Test

Over the weekend Jet had his first set of field trials. The trials were in Bruins, AR a little town that couldn't even be found on the GPS. We went on Friday and Saturday to watch him.

(Matt and Jack before water retrieve)

(Jack retrieved his duck, and passed the trial)

(Jet getting ready for his water retrieve)

He was the youngest dog in the whole competion, and he did excellent. He has been at school for five months now, and he is way ahead of the game. His trainer Matt of Grassy Lake Retrievers took Jet and three other dogs. He took Maddie, which is his personal dog and her puppies Jack and Sage. Sage is also Matt's dog. Both Jack and Sage are a year and a half, they did awesome as well.

Jet, Jack, and Sage where the only ones doing trials, Maddie has already recieved all of hers. They each did a started test on Saturday and Sunday. The three passed with flying colors and made Matt very happy.

(Matt was telling Kensley how to get Maddie to fetch)

(Kensley giving the orders)

(Maddie was really good with Kensley, since she is an older dog and has trained for a long time)

For the first started test they must do a land retrieve and water retrieve, they get a score of five points if they pass both. Jet passed on Saturday and Sunday, so he got a score 10.

(Jet at the land retrieves)
This is Boo, she is the oldest living dog with the most UKC points. She is 11 1/2 and has over 4,600 points!! To say she is just a grand champion is an understatement. Her and her owner have the sweetest bond, and I just fell in love with her. She is so loyal, and now she can't really hunt anymore because of her age and health, but she still comes to these field trails.

Boo would fetch treats from her nose and show everyone a few tricks. I gave her my strawberry ice cream for little treat because she just kept watching everyone eat theirs with these sad eyes. How can you resist a dog like this?

Kensley was so proud of Jet getting a trophy as she calls it. Matt's dog Maddie has gotten several ribbons and after she trained with him one day she came home talking aobut all the trophys Maddie has. In her eyes Jet is a super cool dog now because he got a trophy!

We all had a good time hanging out and watching the dogs. We were a little unprepared for it all though, being it was our first time to go. (Thanks Matt! Ha,ha!) We got so mudddy and the kids absolutely loved it, escpecially Klay. He was the nastiest kid riding home Saturday night. I didn't know if we needed to strap him to the hood or not. He had dirt everywhere dirt could be!! Also he found a new favorite drink while at the trials. RED COKE!!

(Klayton finding the tresure)

(Aww, this is good!! You guys have been holding out on me!! Ha,ha!)

We didn't bring an ice chest, just Matt and all he had was Coke and water. Well Klay wanted some "Red Coke", as he called it. We thought what the heck give him one, let him live a little, its just for the day. They had been up early and we all needed some caffeine. I think Klay's total of "Red Coke" by the end of the night was 3 1/2! Klay will never forget going to field trials and his first taste of liquid heaven.

(Kensley with her "trophy" and Klay with the "Red Coke"

(I think the perfect caption would be Klay saying "Yes coke please!")
We were so worn down when we got home. My feet and ankles started swelling for the first time after this weekend. I was all up for some R&R on Sunday, so I didn't have to walk around with cankles for the next three months.

(The three dogs with their started ribbons)

Memphis Zoo

Last Friday we took the kids to the Memphis Zoo for the day. We had to be out of town for Jet's field trials and Memphis was the closest town to stay. We decided to leave early Friday so the kids could enjoy the day at the zoo. We have been meaning to plan a trip to the zoo for a while. Klay had only been to the zoo when he was six months old, so I was way over due.

(I loved Klay's face in the picture, it just makes me want to kiss those sweet little cheeks.)
We all loved how nice and big the zoo was. Such a change from our local one. The first thing we say were the lions, which helped to really pump up the kids. Kensley said her favorite was the girl lion and Klay said his was the boy lion. This trend followed through the whole day, with every animal we came too.

This orangutan kept playing with us, he would turn his back when I would lift the camera up. Luckily I snapped a shot of him. Kensley got so tickled by this!

We loved the giraffes, I'm always amazed by their size.

I think this one looks like Melman from Madagascar! He was the sheepish one! Ha,ha!

By far the Polar Bear exhibit was the kids favorite. They even wanted to leave after seeing them because they were ready to go swim. I have to say a cold pool did sound tempting.

This bear would do the same trick each time the kids stood in front of him. He had a pattern he swam in, and each time they would jump when he came around and looked at them.

This was the tortoise we nicknamed Mzee. I think it said he was hundred something years old.

I don't know what Miss Sassy was thinking at the time, but you can tell she was giving us a look over something.

Very creepy, extra large snake. We didn't so much like that exhibit. Kensley said she was sick to her stomach when we left them. I was even scared with them behind glass! That is one pet I can promise I will never let the kids have!

We had a great time and the weather was so nice. The kids were even up for taking pictures together that day, so you know they had to be having a good time.

P.S. Cabe wasn't so impressed with the rest of Memphis. I teased him about being uncultured and from a little town in Arkansas, he would have know what it was like if he ever got out in the real world. Ha! We stayed in a every nice hotel however, but the one thing he promised the kids, they did not have, a POOL!! I joked before we got to the hotel and said Memphis didn't have swimming pools in their hotels, I wasn't being serious. But I guess they really don't!! We will know next time to prepare the kids, as that is their favorite part of traveling.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Kensley and Mommy First Day Pics

Every year when me and my sisters would start school my parents had us hold up our first day sign. Since I was carrying on the tradition with Kensley, I thought I would share a comparison on the two of us.

(Cabe laughed at how cheesy I was with my elephant backpack. But you can tell I was so proud, my sister said she even remembers that backpack. I think Kensley and I both have a thing for bags!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Let Me Hold You Longer

I wanted to share a great book. I got it for Klay two Christmas' ago at the Christian book store because I thought it was one of the sweetest books from a mother to her son. It doesn't just apply to sons but to anyone who has ever loved a child.

Let Me Hold You Longer by: Karen Kingsbury

I remember getting it and nearly crying in the store as I read it. Today as I was reading it to the kids I thought again on how wonderful this is. Since school has just started and we have been celebrating another first with one of our children. I thought it kind of funny as I read this book about all your lasts.

The author's letter in the front of the book recalls how she came to write it. She remembers her son jumping in her lap and thinking he was getting so big she may not be able to hold him much longer. Then she realized any day it could be his last, and she wanted to hold him a little longer. As a mom I know I have documented every first my children have done. First bath, first tooth, first word. So many scrapbook pages filled with their firsts. But when is the last time for things. I don't remember feeding the kids their last bottle, or changing Kensley's last diaper, or the last night they slept in their bassinet.

It is a very heartwarming story and I know we love to read it. The kids like to see the little boy grow up and hear about what he is doing. And I love it because it reminds me that lasts will come and to cherish them as much as firsts. If I could just hold them a little longer!!

Go Broncos!!

Over the weekend Cabe went to Denver, Colorado to help move in a friend of his and watch the Broncos game. His friends brother was drafted this year to the Denver Broncos and so they traveled there to take him his furniture. Cabe didn't get everything loaded and on the road until around 8:30 Thursday night. They had to go to Fayettville to pick up more furniture, but couldn't get it till the morning, so they just had to stop there for the night. Cabe got to Denver around 11:30 Friday night. He had such a long trip there and was ready for some rest when I talked to him. His attitude was much better Saturday morning after only a few hours of sleep, because of his excitement.

(Kyle, Peyton, and the couple that are Peytons big fans)

Him and his friend got tickets to the game, and also passes to go to the locker room. They met a couple that had become big fans and friends of Peyton while there and were invited to ride in a limo to the game. Cabe was on cloud 9 all night, they got pulled right up to the gates and went in to meet the players. It was so cute every time I talked to him, I could tell his excitement was growing. He would call and tell me something cool they were doing, or who they meet. I was pumped for him that he got that experience to go there.

Cabe has always wanted to go to Colorado skiing, but has never been. He loved it there, and was very impressed with the town. They got Peyton all moved in and enjoyed the game. Which by the way, the Broncos defeated the Cowboys! Go Broncos!!

(Game ticket and locker room pass)

Cabe is planning his next trip back, but he will NEVER drive again! I think the long car ride did it in for him and Kyle both. They had a blast while there but the drive he said was so boring and you could see nothing for miles but farm land. He sent me emails along the way home, they were just random road side attractions, it was funny. He said it gave him and Kyle something to do since there was nothing around.

Daddy made it back from Denver early Monday morning. He left at around 8:30 their time and got home around 3:45 our time. He was so tired when he came in, and I had just fallen asleep right before he came in. He had text me on the way to let me know he was okay and where he was on the road. I fell asleep while texting, but I was so relieved when he came home. It worries me so bad for him to be on the road late at night and for such long periods of time. Kensley woke up when he got in bed and was all ready to see her surprise.

He brought us back lots of goodies!! We love getting surprises! Kensley got a cheerleading uniform signed by the Broncos cheerleaders, pom poms, and a signed poster of all the cheerleaders. Klay got a football jersey that Peyton signed, and also a game ball from the Broncos that was signed. He also got a football toothbrush that he is all about. That kid has to have the cleanest teeth, I know he brushes his teeth 10 times a day. No joke! Cabe brought jackets and sweatshirts back for me. I was so pumped, that is all I wear in the winter. I love to have big sweatshirts to lounge around in.

Now we can support Peyton and the Broncos with all our gear. I will have to put Hillis on the back of our sweatshirts so everyone knows who we are supporting. I think Klay and Kensley would love to go out to Colorado sometime to see a game, I just don't know if they are old enough right now. Cabe kept saying how he would have loved for Klay to be about 10 and they would have had the best time. Isn't that any little boys dream, to go to an NFL game and get the meet the players.

The kids have not taken off their uniforms since they got them. Kensley came straight home from school yesterday and changed into her cheerleading outfit. She absolutely loves it! Also Klay is really big into football now. He always tells us he is a football boy, ever since a couple of weekends ago when him and Cabe went out and played ball. I think he grew an instant passion for the game. We couldn't be more thrilled, we are all ready to go watch his games one day! He usually wears his Razorback jersey everyday, and I mean that. He wakes up every morning and picks out his jersey for the day. Now he has another new favorite!