Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

2010 La Plata County Fair

Ashley and I entered the County Fair this year. She put in two kinds of peppers she had grown as well as some Apple-Spice Bread. I entered some basil I had grown and mint as well as my Rootbeer Float Cookies and some photographs.

It really is fun!

My First Place Cookies!

Ashley's 2nd Place Bread

Ashley's prizes.

Sis and her awards.

Mom's prizes.
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Home School Field Trip

Animas Forks Field Trip

The first field trip of the year!  We could not have ordered a more beautiful fall day!  The trees above Silverton are beginning to color - the aspens were bright yellow, with gold speckled on the hillside.

First stop - Silverton's Visitors Center (bathrooms, of course!)

Welcome to Animas Forks!
Located 12 miles above Silverton, the road takes 45 minutes to travel.

These old buildings have been made structurally sound so that visitors can see inside the cabins of early miners. 

Now, that's a gorgeous view from your window.

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Here we are!  The Lee's, Palmer's, Beach's, and Quisenberry's.
And Grandfriend Marilyn, too.

Ruthie and Ashley

Miss Somer Joy's first fieldtrip.

Uh, Jack - watch that hole!
(okay, we staged the picture!)

This cabin featured an indoor toilet!

We played the Thankful Game while walking through the buildings.
Heat, toilets, bedrooms - just to name a few.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

  Those who know me, even a little, know that my athletic prowess is often in question.  Chewing up and walking has proven to be a challenge on many occassions.  But that never stops me from trying!

Recently, Ashley and I dropped Chris at soccer practice and decided to tackle a hike.  Off we went!  Up Animas Mountain.  It was a gorgeous day.  And we had so much fun!

Views of Durango


After the hike, we headed to the shores of the Animas to cool off a bit!

A  hearty laugh from my daughter - after I
dropped her shoe in the river!

Simple Pleasures

Time for a Picnic!
Lemon Reservoir

It was a beautiful day and in the air was a hint of fall - a coolness in the warm breeze
that brough the promise of a season of change.

Sometimes the greatest days include the simplest activities.

Happy 12th Birthday Ashley!

Ashley Ruth Wilson Beach
July 24, 1998
Tulsa, Oklahoma

She is our angel.  Our unexpected gift from God. 
Our "pressed down and running over" blessing. 
Miraculous.  Mesmerizing.  Marvelous.
Precious.  Pink.  Pumpkin.  Perwinkle

Breakfast began with gifts.

and Spencer and Chris. 


We had friends over for cake and hot dogs.

We went to a soccer game and birthday party broke out!

and a bonfire, too!

singing "Happy Birthday to you!"

Friends Ruthie and Liberty.

You are such a blessing.  You are a marvelous, amazing younh woman of God and His plans for you are so incredible you cannot even begin to fathom them.

Thank you for all the smiles and laughter you bring to our life.


Summer 2010 - the One that Got Away!

I got way behind in summer postings!  So, I will start with the Fourth of July!  It was a glorious weekend!  We began in Bayfield at a great parade.  Sunday we were at church, then the Durango parade and then fireworks.    Happy Birthday, America!

Miss Madison - my Faithful Friend.

Miss Jenn - painting faces and loving kids!

Kayle - doing the Red-White-Blue Nails! 

Ashley and Miss Somer Joy - our newest Little Friend.
Chris, Larry and David

Miss Grace and Josie

Jack and Kale

The Saunders Tribe

the riverKids rode, walked, scooted and handed out candy

Miss Violet

Here we  go!