Baby Brielle!

Brielle Susan is here!! Born July 9th, 6 lbs 12 oz and 18 inches long. We love her so much all ready. She is so stinking cute, I can hardly stand it. Here, enjoy oodles of pictures of her.

Here is Jade and baby Bri


Here is Jade, Naomi and Bri. That was one excited big sister. After we all had a turn holding Bri, Naomi went to everyone and said “She is just too cute, huh?”. Yes, yes she is.Image

Me and the girls.Image

Haley and BriImageImageImageImage

Riley had never seen a baby before! Kidding, of course.Image

Awwwwwwwww! Such an adorable sad face. ImageImageImage

Proud Grandma!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

And the cute family.Image

We are so excited that she came to join us, and early even! Welcome to the world cute girl.


The Whirlwind Week o’ Fun

The week o’ fun is the best week of the summer! It all started on pretend father’s day. We did it a Sunday early because everyone was here! Especially the father, that is kind of important. Monday they did stuff but I stayed home and finished up some things for the baby shower we were having. Then Tuesday we went bowling!

Paityn getting ready to bowl

Abby celebrating

Naomi getting her pizza on

Pictures of people bowling are actually mostly awkward. And funny.

Go Taige!

Carson’s turn! Haley is super excited for Carson to have a turn.

Nice form! This is the least awkward bowling-in-motion picture. No offense Mom but, usually you are the most awkward of us all, so good job!

I did this every time I did something good. Yay for me!

I am fairly certain Haley closed her eyes on purpose.

Miss Paityn in the air.

There we were, having a great time when all of the sudden over the speakers comes 5..4…3..2..1 and all the lights go out, black lights and disco balls turn on and the music goes up. It was time for thunder alley! Obviously it also turned into a dance party. We danced….

And danced…

And danced…

And danced!!

Even Haley’s fingers danced. We just couldn’t stop!

Go Taige!

Later that evening we had a baby shower for Heather! It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

The food table

The craft table. We made flower clips for the baby. She is going to be one stylish lady. We also used sharpies to color on diapers. I was a bit concerned with this one because every time I thought of making an example, I didn’t know what to put on it. I was afraid other people would have the same problem. Nope! It was a hit. Especially with the younger kids. Once you get going you get a lot of ideas so we all ended up making a bunch.


Making cute flowers

Jade and Leissa filling up their ice cream sundays

Cute pregnant lady

Yummy food!

Korby and Leissa

Then we opened presents. I just love Naomi’s face in this picture, so cute!

All the siblings. I seriously can’t remember the last picture we have of all of us. Or the last time we were all in one place even.

Crazy kids.

Awkward family photo time! I have said awkward way too many times in this post. I guess that is what you get when the family is all together.

All the girls

Apparently, when I hear “make a crazy face” that means stick all your limbs out to look as lurpy as possible.

I love that we all look crazy but then there is Naomi, just as adorable as can be.

Cute Amee

I’m not sure why, but I like this picture. Haha

Wednesday we had a picnic at the park by my house! Appa and Buster became great friends. Poor Bust got smothered by 80 pounds of fluff. He was a great sport.

Sadly, my camera died after only a few pictures. But as you can see, the ones I did get are adorable.

We also went out on the boats. Unfortunately when we went for our second lake session with the other half, they wouldn’t let us. It was 7:30 exactly and there is a sign that says last check out time is 7:30 but they wouldn’t let us. BOOOO for cranky old men. Way to make young children cry.

When we got back to the house Abby wanted to make some of the flower clips like we made at the shower. We busted out the craft supplies and got our craft on. Abby was loving it, a lady after my own heart.

Thursday was Fountain Green day. Soon after we arrived all the children piled in the truck to go feed the bucks. Whatever on earth that means. Also, I have many pictures of Abby making this face hahaha

After they got back we had a lovely BBQ. We also did another craft of beaded geckos. Always a good time making geckos. Then we headed down to feed the lambs.

A little bling, a little cowgirl. That is the best of both worlds.

Taige and Carson with a cute little lamb.

Abby with a lamb

A model..oops I mean Taige with a lamb.

Taige and Ty. That Ty is one well behaved dog. Riley was jealous.

I don’t know who this baby was, but she was cracking me up. Her eyes were huge and she looked very concerned. Or terrified.

Paityn on a horse!

Watching the fun! Obviously we joked with Heather about getting on the horse.

Naomi feeding a lamb.

Abby was a natural with the horse.

Carson feeding a lamb.

Taigey feeding a lamb

Naomi on a horse.

Oh, this girl. Walking with such purpose.

And climbing fences.

Naomi on a horse again.

Carson on a horse.

Jade feeding a lamb.

The horse, I can’t remember his name. Shasta maybe?

Abby’s first time on a horse. She told me. I kinda can’t believe it.

Taige modeling in the field.

ME! That’s me feeding a lamb! What kind of dork wears sandals to a farm?!

Lambs are actually kinda weird looking when you really get up close.

Back in the saddle. It alway surprises me that Mom is not terrified of horses.

Jade on a horse.

Carosn in a field.

Leissa and a horse.

Obviously, Mom did not pass her enjoyment of horses to Leissa. But she was on it, one step above me.

Riley was too cool to ride the horse or feed the lambs. I think he was just scared.

Buster, watching over the place.

Me, Riley and kids.

Connells and kids.

All the grandkids. I may be alone on this, but I think it’s pretty funny that once the new baby comes the grandkid setup will be the same as the kid setup. Girl, boy, girl, girl, girl, girl.

The Lee’s headed out of town Friday morning. Boo. Riley also left Friday morning to Arizona for work. Boo again. It was our first nights apart in our whole marriage. Obviously, I went to stay with Mom. We had a fun filled weekend. The dogs played and played. I jumped on the tramp with Mavis. We went to a baby shower. We also whent to the parade of homes!! Yay! Love the parade of homes. I had my first Winco experience and I loved it! And there was loads of talk of crafts. 

I have no idea what Mavis was doing but she was doing it for a good five minutes.

Appa dug a Mavis sized whole in the backyard. I caught him and he looked super guilty. Because he was.

This is the closest to a focussed picture of Willow I have ever taken! That girl does not hold still. But she is surprisingly cuddly which I took advantage of because Appa is not.

This is the present Mom made for the baby shower. We were dying, it was so stinking cute. I gave her a bow-tie and matching binki clip. It was pretty cute too.

Sunday morning Riley flew home. That was real fathers day so we had a BBQ at his parents house. Then Monday we had another birthday party. Tuesday, we got to relax!! We loved every second (minus the mean boat guy) of our crazy whirlwind week o’ fun! Can’t wait till next year.

Scottish Festival

We finally made it back! You see, our first year of marriage we stumbled upon the Scottish Festival. We have been trying to make it back every year since then but just never did. Until now that is! We first watched some traditional highland games. Weight over bar and caber toss to be exact. We missed this last time so we were super happy to see it this time.

For the wight over bar, the literally toss weight over a bar. A “bale” of hay and a pitch fork. There is something absolutely hilarious to me about grown men in kilts (skirts), t-shirts, and soccer socks. I can handle the whole traditional outfit. But just the kilt? Cracks me up. 

My favorite picture of the day. I believe all the men in blue shirts are over 50. They are still tough suckers.


Then we heard some bagpipes. Riley’s favorite.

Just for fun I stuck my head in this thing and Riley took a picture. Turns out, it’s from the Mcfarland clan which is from my ancestry. What are the odds!?

This sign was killing me. They were all over the place and I laughed every time.

The caber toss! I think they said these weighted about 100 lbs.

Closing ceremony

After the closing ceremony there was a concert. If you don’t go to the whole Scottish festival, I highly recommend you go to the concert. (it costs less then the whole festival, don’t worry) First we saw the Dunmore Lasses. They were lovely. 

Then we saw Molly’s Revenge. They were also lovely even though I didn’t take a picture. These other two bands kept talking about the Wicked Tinkers (the closing act) and everyone was going crazy. Riley and I thought “What are we missing?”. Well when it was time for the Wicked Tinkers to play, this happened.

We were just innocently sitting on the grass and bam! A girl turned to us and said “Have you guys been to this before?” “No.” “You probably want to stand up, it gets a little crazy.” At first I was bugged but after seeing these crazy people, I am fairly certain I would have been trampled so I am glad she informed us newbies. We were sitting right in front, so we ended up standing right up against the stage.  There was a guy on bagpipes, old man on drums, hairy man on other drum and C.J, the token young guy, on the didgeridoo. I’m not even kidding. Every once in a while C.J. would make a face into the crowd and girls would squeal. It was the most bizarre and awesome thing we have seen lately. Their music was actually really pretty good. And they were very entertaining too. 

This is C.J. yes, yes he got that close to me. My life is complete. And yes, he is in a leather jacket and a kilt. 

It was a fun, funny and bizarre evening. We already have it marked on our phones for next year. Feel free to join us.