Sunday, May 31, 2009

Aleigha Teaching

Aleigha was eager to retell the Bible story she heard today in church and we felt this was so worth capturing!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Latest Crochet Creation

I made this purse for Aleigha and thought you all might like to see it. It was really fun to make and really easy. I came up with the pattern for the purse itself, but I found the pattern for the flower motiff on Lion Brand Yarns website. They have lots of free crochet and knit patterns. I am going to make Karissa one as well and I will post a picture of it when I am done. -Angie

Friday, May 29, 2009


The new supermarket near our house uses all the cutting edge grocery technology. There's an automatic mister in the produce section ... but just before it comes on, you hear the low rumble of distant thunder and an aroma like fresh rain fills that corner of the store.

As you approach the dairy case, you hear cows softly lowing and you can smell freshly cut hay.

Down the canned vegetable aisle you can hear a hoe overturning the dirt and smell a good, earthy loam as you gaze at the corn and carrots and beans.

Down the bread aisle you get the aroma of freshly baked bread and can hear the sounds of a bakery hard at work.

I don't buy toilet paper there anymore.


[adapted from Charlie's Chuckles and Net 153s Smile A Day by Mark Raymond]

This comes from marks musings email. His blog at


A Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest met at the town's annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.


"This baked ham is really delicious," the priest teased the rabbi. "You really ought to try it. I know it's against your religion, but I can't understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don't know what you're missing. You just haven't lived until you've tried Mrs. Hall's prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?"


The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, "At your wedding."


[forwarded by Laurie Bowman]

This comes from Mikey’s funnies at





Thursday, May 28, 2009

Brendan is 3!!!

Brendan celebrated his 3rd birthday yesterday! He wanted me to make him a teddy bear cake, so I thought I would give it a try. When he saw it he said "Mom why is there PINK on my cake?" He did like it though as you can tell by his smile. For his b-day he wanted biscuits and gravy for breakfast, tacos for lunch, and tater tot casserole for dinner. We also went to the park, and to the co-op to see all the fish, rabbits, lizards, hamsters, rats, and mice. Grandma Ward helped top his day by calling him to say happy birthday! -Angie

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Jacob worked Saturday so we had a regular school day, but he was off on both Sunday and Monday. Sunday morning we went to church and then came home for lunch afterwards. Then Jacob worked on getting the coordinates ready for us to go geo caching ( He didn’t tell us where we were going. So we all piled into the suburban and headed off. We drove along hwy 97 towards Chiloquin which is right along Klamath Lake, and the view is gorgeous!!!! Austin spotted 8 bald eagles soaring above a mountain ridge. We ended up at Collier State Park which has a really neat old logging museum. We visited their gift shop and walked along the trails looking at all the old logging equipment. They also have a bunch of old homesteading cabins and we went around to them looking in all the windows. The park is along a beautiful little creek where we were able to see two Canada geese with their three little goslings. Then we walked across a little foot bridge where the kids had fun throwing rocks and sticks into the water. Right before we were going to leave Jacob found two big trout swimming up stream so we got to watch them for awhile. We also spotted a little snake that tried to squirm between Aleigha’s feet to which she did a little dance while screamingJ. We found our first cache there at the logging museum and then our next one across the hwy at the day use area of the park. We took a break there and let the kids play on the swings, then set off again to find more caches.

On Monday we had heard that there was going to be a parade so we decide we should probably get there around 8:30 since it started at 9:30. We decided we would pick up doughnuts and eat them while we waited for the parade to start. When we got there Jacob dropped us off so we could go grab a seat and he would run over to the store and get the doughnuts. We were surprised to see that there weren’t very many people there yet, but thrilled we could sit pretty much anywhere we wanted. We found a great spot in the sun since apparently we are not the smartest and had worn shorts. I brought Ethan cheerios to munch on which he thought was wonderful until he discovered what everyone else was eating then he wanted nothing to do with the cheerios. He also managed to dump a glass full of milk in my lap so that I looked like I had wet myself.  Then he threw a fit because I wouldn’t let him down to run around on the street which still had cars driving by. By the time the parade started the streets were still quite empty though we heard people saying it was a good turn out. The kids had a great time watching all the floats go by and then 20min. after the parade had started it was over. We headed back home and grabbed some pb&jelly sandwiches to take with us and headed off again to the Tulle Lake national wildlife refuge to do some more geo caching and see some of the birds before they headed off for the summer. We stopped at a couple of caches on the way one of which was at camp Tulle Lake, an old POW camp we had never noticed before, though we had driven right past it.  Our next stop was the visitors center where we ate our lunch at one of their  picnic tables. The visitors center had a bunch of great displays our personal favorite was a bald eagle (stuffed of course) made to look like it had just attacked a goose and was eating it (I know that sounds gross but you should have seen it, it really was very cool). We then hiked up to an old stone look out that had been built by some of the POW’s from the before mentioned camp. The view from here was amazing. We then took the auto tour around the marshes and got to see hundreds of white pelicans, thousands (I am not exaggerating) of red winged black birds, as well as Canada geese, ducks, grebes, and many others that I don’t know what they were. We also saw a raccoon that was trying to cross the road but got scared when he saw us and turned and ran back. When we finished there we  did some more caching and then headed home to have a bbq.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ice cream Sunday

See how their mother taught them to eat...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ethan Is One!!!

Today is Ethan's first birthday! He loves his rubber duckie cake!!!-Angie

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pool Fun

I am sure this will embarrass the kids when they are older but is sure cute for now!

Birthday party

Sunday was the combined birthday party for Aleigha, Brendan, Ethan and cousins Emily, Thomas and aunt Katie. Everyone had a great time watching a million kids run around in a blur energized by cake. There were probably 60 plus people and we had Chicken, potato salad, pasta salad, and chips. Praise the Lord for the wonderful day and loving family and friends.-Jacob

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mothers day

Well the day started whn I woke Austin & Karissa to make mom a special breakfast. Eggs with chese, Bacon, Toast, Cottage, and OJ. Mom pretended to be a sleep so she could be surprised. Lunch I orchestrated ahead of time (with some help from Austin since I worked all day) Tyler and Aleigha made an ellagant meal fit for queen (PB&J). Aleigha came up with the idea to use a cookie cutter to make mom's sandwhich a heart :) . dinner was not as special but it is one of Angie's favorites. Pizza and rootbeer floats. We got her a ton of snapdraggons to plant (she loves those too). Angie, hope you had a special day and know how great of a mom you are!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aleigha is 5!!!!

Yesterday was Aleigha's 5Th Birthday! She will not have her birthday party until the 17th but we still did somethings to make her day special. For breakfast she wanted to have eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast, and orange juice. Then she wanted to take a bubble bath with her new Strawberry Shortcake bubble bath, then put on lotion, get her nails painted, have her hair done, and put on lip gloss (she is such a girl). Some good friends of ours called and sang her happy birthday, which she was thrilled about. We had to go to an app. and when we came home she helped me bake her cake. For lunch she wanted to have toasted cheese sandwiches and watermelon. Jacob came home on his lunch break and brought her a bouquet of flowers. She was so excited about that!!!! While Jacob was still home for lunch we did the cake and ice cream. After that she wanted to go to the park and then the library. For dinner we picked up pizza and had more cake and ice cream. Her Grandpa and Grandma Parmer called and sang her Happy Birthday. Then we watched a movie we rented My little ponies (Jacob and Austin were very excited about that).
I can't believe she is already 5 years old! Time flies by so fast. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEIGHA!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What a great combination. broccoli, bannana, potato, and pie. yummmm!

Finally another post

Ok So I know it has been forever since I have posted anything SORRY!!!! Lots of things have happened since my last post. For instance in my last post I mentioned that Ethan had gotten his first tooth. Well now he has 4 and 2 more on the way. Also he took his first steps two days after I wrote that post and now he is toddling around like crazy and getting into absolutely everything. He can also say bath, ball, and bye-bye, as well as mama and dada.
Jacob has been really busy at work setting up the new store which is supposed to open very soon. It is looking really great inside!
We are getting close to the end of our school year YEA!! Only 34 more days! Karissa has her 3rd grade test coming up on the 19th. When I went to order our books for next year I discovered that they are changing the 4th grade program for next year so if I want all the younger kids’ 4th grade school books to coincide with my teachers manuals I already have I have to buy them all this year. So with all my teachers manuals for 7th grade and the kids books for next year + fourth grade for Tyler, Aleigha, Brendan, and Ethan my total came to $635.50 (No I did not type that wrong). Crazy huh! They really need to come out with vouchers for homeschoolers!!!!
We have gotten alot of work done out in our front yard, and our grass we planted is starting to grow!! It will be great having it look nice out front instead of just dirt weeds and rocks.
Well I had better go find out what all my kiddos are up to. I will try and post things more frequently in the future, (no promises. -Angie