Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jessie Clapping

Pumpkin Time!

Making Mrs. Potato Head pumpkins (using fake pumpkins).

At the "real" pumpkin patch. We had a hayride, straw-bale maze and a lot of fun!
Jessie wore her duck costume, but Jason said he thought she looked more like a chicken, so we just called her a "chuck". She didn't seem to mind - she slept through most of the activities. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Amy: The Early Years

Last Christmas I scanned all my parents slides onto the computer. I have finally started looking at them and putting together photo books, so I thought I would post a few that are "fallish" - basically my birthday and some of my other favorites.

1980, 2nd Birthday

1981, 3rd Birthday with Grandma Esther
3rd Birthday in Uniontown
Fall 1983 with Ian
Ian and Gabby (?)
Christmas Eve 1987 with the Hunter's
Summer 1981
1983 with Gram
Aunt Margie's Wedding - with cousins Kate and Tom & Great Uncle Father Dan
With cousin Joshua
1984 in Uniontown with Grandpa Jack, Ian, and cousins
Christmas 1987 with Grandpa Jack & Grandma Nette

Monday, October 12, 2009


This August marked a very important event: I was now officially a Montana resident and could buy hunting tags at the cheaper rate... Amy told me to start off slow with the hunting thing, so I did, and went out and bought 3 deer tags, 2 antelope tags, waterfowl license, upland game bird tag, and wolf tag. Somehow I lived to tell about it.

Antelope season started on October 11th - both tags were filled by 3pm.
Antelope summer sausage, jerky, and pepperoni sticks this Thanksgiving!

Jessie's Video

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Finally, after 5 years of heat and birdless borderlands I'm in a region where every creature worth chasing is within a 1 hour drive. Today I dusted off the duck call and brown camo coat to see if I could remember just how far to lead a green-head flying 20 yards out, left to right at 15mph...

With my trusty companion

I took a co-worker out with me too, and as he didn't have any decoys to contribute, I set him up with 1 bag of decoys on his back and another bag turned backwards carried on his front. When he turned sideways it was the funniest thing I'd ever seen, but no photo at 4 a.m. About a 20min walk through 6in of water.

Like riding a bike...
Open prairie with little elevation - haven't hunted ducks in something that looked like an open grassland but there was water, and ducks, everywhere.
Happy hunting

Emmett: "Twinkle Little Star"

Gracie Reciting 5 Shiny Apples

Friday, October 2, 2009

Jessie is 6 Months Old!

I love this age. Jessie is getting mobile, but not walking and she is very interested in everything, but not getting into trouble! :-)
What she's up to:
Eating solid food -she likes cantaloupe, pears, broccoli, potatoes, squash, carrots, bananas, avocados, and baby toast. I decided to make my own baby food this time (thanks Julie and Diane!). It's going great - Jason calls it "gourmet" baby food, but I'm having fun making it and she seems to like most everything so far.

Jessie is also rolling everywhere and getting into anything that is left within reach. This upsets Emmett quite a bit. When he finds her in a place he doesn't think she should be he yells at me to "pick her up!" and I assure him that it's okay for baby's to roll around and then when I'm not looking he rolls her back! (She usually cries.)

She just got her second tooth and had her well-baby check-up yesterday. Here's how she measured: 16 lbs, 5 oz (60th %tile); 28" long (100th %tile). Her height has been in the 77th %tile and , so I'm not sure if the nurse measured her correctly (if she really is 28", then she's grown 3" in two months!)