Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Still alive.

Yes, we are still alive. We have been so busy! It's crazy that something that sleeps so much can take so much of your time.
As some evidence of how busy we've been... I made chicken noodle soup last night and when I was doing the dishes I found the cut up chicken that was supposed to go in the soup. I didn't even notice it was missing when I was eating it. Klave didn't mention it either, bless his heart.

Klave's parents have a sheep ranch, so each year we go down for lambing season. This year about 500 sheep will lamb within a months time. We went down to "help" for a few days and then we blessed Lucy there on sunday. Weiser is about half way to our house from where my family lives, so they all came too. That was my Dad, Mom, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 4 spouses, and 8 kids. Klave's parents were so nice to put them all up. We all had a blast. Here are a few pictures,

Nadine and Naomi and cousin Mason on the tractor with Grandpa Chandler

Amanda taking the kids for a ride
Klave's getting ready to feed the sheep. He really did the most work of all of us. This is what he really wants to be doing for a living, doesn't it just look natural to him?

Friday night we had a weiner roast it was best to keep us all out of the house, we were all so filthy

I was surprised at the courage of my siblings. My city slicker brother, Dan a lawyer from Seattle jumped in and helped with castrating 8 of their horses. Liz a return lamber of 3 years now helped pull a lamb out of the ewe and drove the tractor! My nephew Brayden 8yrs old milked a sheep and drank it's milk! Everybody was out there helping grab the lambs as soon as they dropped to the ground. It is so much fun but you do get really dirty. It's like the Weiser version of Fear Factor. Dan taking the new baby lamb to the shed.
Aunt Maycee and Nora
Brayden drinking the fresh squeezed sheeps milk.
Dan living up to Brayden's example.Nora checking the sheep with Grandpa Chandler. Aunt Liz and Carter feeding the lambs.

The day we got back from Weiser it was Cinco de Mayo. I had been planning for like two weeks to make paper mache pinatas with the girls and then have some friends over for tacos and family home evening and pinata fun. The time just crept away and things didn't go quite as planned. We ended up grabbing some food from Taco Bell. Here are some pictures of our pinata fun...

Ok it wasn't really a pinata, just a brown bag from Safeway, still it worked pretty good and since it was their first pinata the girls didn't know the difference. I wonder if they ever use brown bags for pinata's in Mexico?

Now here are some random things.
Thank goodness for blogs, having one really reminds me to take pictures. I got the camera out the other sunday to get some pics of the girls and Nadine wanted to help me, here's one she took, not bad for a three yr old. She also loves to take pictures of her dolls, but I usually delete those ones.

These girls are so much fun. Everyday they just make me smile so much. Even though somedays I think I'm going to go crazy keeping up with them, I just can't help but smile at all the funny things they do. Each night even though I could probably fall asleep standing up by the time it's time for sleep, I crawl into bed but I really don't fall asleep for quite a while because I just think about how much I love them and what I can do better and I almost always feel guilty that I haven't shown them enough love.

Every family home evening Nadine and Naomi want to sing the princess song for both the opening and closing songs. The princess song is just randomly singing the names of all the princesses and pretty girls they know. We got the last go round on video....

Nora has a real love/hate relationship with animals that I don't understand but it is so funny to watch. She loves to touch them but once she does she freaks out. Here's a video...

I also keep forgetting to write down all the funny things they say, but one that I remember at the moment was around Easter time when I had a bunch of those Robin egg malt ball candies. I found one that was really tiny and I said, "Look Nadine a little baby one." She took it and looked at it for a minute and said, "She wants her mommy!" Pretty clever huh?


Holly said...


I don't know how you could ever feel guilty for not showing these girls enough love or being the best mom ever! I admire you and Clave and the great parents you are! It looks like you have been busy busy, but having a blast too. Loved the videos of the girls too. SO stinkin' cute!! Oh and I laughed like crazy, when I read about you leaving the chicken out of the soup! :)

Marcy M Miller said...

I'm glad you guys are still alive. I'm glad you posted new pictures of the baby, she is so cute! I don't know how you take care of 4 little girls- you are amazing! Glad you had fun in Weiser.

Kelly O. said...

Mandy, I can't believe you still have that yellow and blue fleece sweater! That makes me miss you so much!! You look gorgeous and of course you're the perfect mom! It looks like life is still an adventure... a FUN adventure as it always is with you! I just wish you didn't live so far away!

sarakorbi said...

I loved reading your "catch up!" Can we go with you next lambing season, sounds like an experience! My dad has cows, but my 2 eldest sisters raised lambs for the fair (me and my twin did pigs) but that's all the lamb experience that I have and this sounds like fun! Sign me up! You guys could do "excursions" and chrage money! :) haha! Thanks for coming for dinner and helping Stephen put up our new picnic table! He felt bad that it took so long, but he really apprecitaed Klave's help. Thanks again! See ya laters!

Michael & Annie Beckstead said...

Man, you guys have the funniest and cutest little girls...