October 31, 2008
One of the common traits that Donovan exhibits is the propensity to walk forward while looking in any other direction but forward. Maybe he is easily distraction, multi-tasking, has extreme concentration on a previous thoughts (ideas, whatever). Regardless, the result is the same, that he walks without looking where he is going. Today he didn't see the cutting board that had been extended for use in the cooking work space. As you can see, above his left eye, he didn't see the cutting board and walked right into it.
We felt bad for him but we were not quite sure what to do. Band-aids don't work so good over the eye and stitches seemed a bit extreme. So he just got to sit with a cold compress (ice in a wash cloth) over his eye to control the swelling and stop the bleeding.
It wouldn't be so bad except that this is the third head injury in as many days! Yesterday he was walking and tripped, smacking his head on the sidewalk! And the day before he did something else! When I want my boys to get their heads in the game this isn't what I had in mind! It has to be something of a miracle that any children ever make it to be adults...!
October 30, 2008
Michelle didn't have any objections so off we go! The boys are always eager to help chop the wood, create kindling, get matches and start the flames! It didn't take long before the fire was roaring and the hasty dinner items were brought out to the picnic table. We thought it would be great to let the kids start learning how to cook their own food so each boy (except Aleky) got a roasting stick and a hot dog and did their best (with coaching of course). Apparently it worked because they actually ate their dinner!
Every so often I hit that moment when I realize that my boys are growing up way too fast. There is always work to be done, something pressing that needs immediate attention, but that also includes my boys. They need my immediate attention and tonight I realized that I needed to spend some time with them. These are the memories that will last and will build our family bonds. We had a great time together and have one more Jones Family Memory.
October 27, 2008
Rhyme (as seen in the photo)
Ghost (not pictured)
We took a casual stroll in our backyard (the park) and stopped at the playground. We wanted the kids to burn of some pent up energy. But we couldn't leave with out letting Aleky swing. He was having such a good time that we took this short video.
October 26, 2008
October 25, 2008
We chose the Musketeer theme this year. The only problem is that we have 4 boys and only 3 Musketeers! So we headed up the line of royalty and came up with the King himself as the 4th person. With Aleky at the head of the line (as King Louie) we headed to the party.
October 24, 2008
October 23, 2008
October 22, 2008
David has the opportunity to go on a school field trip to "Pumpkin Land." To this day I have no idea where that special place is but David brought home a perfect little pumpkin. He was pretty excited to show it to me and he explained very carefully that he picked the pumpkin out all by himself. From the moment he got home from school (just before 4 pm) until we actually started carving his jack-o-lantern around 7 pm, he was asking us about every 15 minutes if he could start cutting his pumpkin. (Michelle had already acquired the family pumpkin last week.)
Michelle, along with Donovan and Michael, began the work on the family pumpkin while David work solo on his special pumpkin. Michelle and the boys finished their jack-o-lantern first but David persevered all by himself and ended up with a remarkable jack-o-lantern of his own.
The weather was very nice, unseasonably warm (last year we started in a snow storm). But it was still chilly at 7,000 feet (above sea level) so we had the fires burning. The tent footprint had to be shoveled free of snow before we could set up camp. Mom and Dad Petersen along with Jared, Uncle Daryl and Gabriel got camp set up on Friday afternoon.
Uncle Daryl had a couple of hiccups to getting started on the deer hunt...1) he left on tent pole on his garage floor while packing (Jared had to create a new pole of of the nearby timbers); 2) he also forgot the smoke stack prop (again, a prop was fashioned from the nearby timbers); 3) Gabriel forgot to completely assemble his gun, leaving the bolt safely separate from the rifle (he borrowed Mom's gun for the first morning hunt). You couldn't help but chuckle to yourself at each hiccup. :)
We were up bright and early on Saturday morning, waking at 5:30 am so as to have time to prepare our gear, eat breakfast and make it to our starting point before the sun rose. Everything went like clock-work.
We were on site as the light began to glow for our first sunrise. We hiked into the mountain bowl, whispering only when necessary, watching every tree and scanning all the open hill side. But for all our stealth we didn't see any sign of life! That all changed when we reached the top of the bowl; on every rim surrounding "our" bowl were hunters positioned, identifiable by the hunter orange vests and hats, orange dots on the horizon. There were at least a dozen hunters "glassing" us as we hiked along the bowl.
Obviously that wasn't conducive to our successful deer hunt so we headed out of the bowl to more remote sections of the mountains, scaring a couple of doe as we went. Just over the ridge we encountered more hunters, so we adjusted our course and heading. Running into more hunters at every turn we plunged ourselves into the bottom of the ravine, taking care to climb down without scratching our guns or slipping on the rocks and causing ourselves any harm. We found our way past all the hunters but only saw a few more does running through the trees.
With no bucks in sight we headed back to camp to have lunch. The evening hunt found us heading in the opposite direction, to escape the onslaught of hunters on their 4-wheelers. We hiked over the top of the mountain only to discover 4-wheeler trails and full convoys of 4-wheelers coming over the ridge in our direction! It was no use...we were defeated. There was no sign of any male deer and we were completely surrounded by orange clad hunters! We humbly bowed our heads and headed back to camp.
Uncle Daryl and Gabe headed home Saturday afternoon to retrieve the missing bolt and to pick up Reed so that he could have a good camping/hunting experience. It was fun to have him join our group.
Sunday is a day of rest so we didn't go hunting. But with the snow still on the ground we had to forage for firewood. This was easily accomplished with the chainsaws, splitting mauls and hatchets. Everyone had to have a swing with the axe at least once.
Kyle woke up feeling under the weather and was forced back to bed for the duration of the morning. We did get the opportunity to witness Kyle receiving a blessing and to feel of the Spirit there in the tops of the mountains. After a lazy morning and some friendly conversation it was time to enjoy the beautiful world that our Heavenly Father has created for us. Mom was determined to take some of the beautiful world home with her and she went in search of perfect rocks for her rock garden. One rock she was looking for was on the side of the mountain; the family was not able to find it (a rock identified from last years hunt) she had to settle for a substitute rock.
As we drove around admiring the beauty and trying to figure out the best spot to go hunting on Monday we ran into some minor vehicular difficulties...the jeep stop going forward! But the able bodied Jared was under the hood in a flash and had the repairs quickly in order and we were off and driving once again. We wouldn't stop until we were on top of the world!
After completing our whirlwind tour of the mountain range, literally climbing straight over the top of the mountains, we headed back to camp for a much anticipated Sunday dinner of Elk roast and potatoes, carrots and onions. Of course, after a good Sunday meal no one is much in the mood for anything but relaxing. Reed and Kyle faithfully prepared the kindling for starting the morning fires.
Monday morning we were back at it but our enthusiasm was waning. Could there be any possibility of success? After hunting all morning we came to the sad conclusion that the deer were not to be found in this part of the mountain range. The early snow had driven many deer to lower grounds, the earlier hunters had been too successful and we had nothing to show for our efforts but some pictures and some memories. It was a beautiful camp out but a very unsuccessful hunting expedition.
October 13, 2008
Once the excitement of the work wears off Michelle is there to finish the job. She managed to get almost 11 boxes of grape juice. At one time that seemed like a lot but now it doesn't seem like it's that much anymore. Our family is growing, not just more mouths but bigger appetites too! So I hope we have enough juice to make it through the coming year (we ran out this year!).
I have to say that Michelle is the most amazing woman I know. And the more she does the more she plans to do. Truly her abilities continue to grow and her ability to do is increasing!
She was blessed in Logan, UT so drove up there on Sunday morning. Their church didn't start until 1:00 pm so we had time to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and then drive there and still be in time for church to start. It started to snow on the way and we had some moments of concern as we started sliding on the highway near Kaysville. But the snow was short-lived and we made it okay.
Just about everyone in the family was there so it was cozy accommodations. The lunch after Sacrament meeting was a pot-luck lunch and was very tasty. We spent several hours there to visit with everyone before we headed home. It makes for a long day sitting in the car for a couple of hours (each way) plus church. Our boys were excited to stretch their legs when we got home.
Baby blessings are so wonderful. I'm excited to be a part of a family that has had many baby blessings.
Our first stop was the train ride around (part of) the park. We almost had the entire train to ourselves but a few last second riders did jump on board.
You can't believe the speed of that high powered train! But even with the intensity of speed that almost accompanied the ride it was fun to see the zoo from a different perspective.
These goffer holes we in with the nocturnal animals. But these animals seemed very awake during this day.Donovan spends some time admiring the bats hanging upside down. There were a lot but the picture doesn't show it.
I supposed we each have our own way of enjoying the zoo experience.
We we're very fortunate to be able to join Aunt Janeil and her 3 children (Katie, Anna and Troy) for this trip to the zoo. Here Katie, David and Donovan head out to see the birds in a somewhat dried-up pond. Michael follows along but was just doing his own thing, checking out the animals.
Aunt Janeil is trying to point out the baby money to the kids.
Michael was mesmorized by the big gorilla that was hanging out by the display window.
Let's listen in on the scientific explorations of these youth:
All good things must come to an end...Aunt Janeil and her kids had to leave early and we were left to ourselves (almost literally) to explore the zoo.
We thought that paying special attention to this cougar would be important over (BYU's) homecoming weekend.
And the llamas didn't seem phased by the cooler weather even though the elephant and the rhino were no where to be found.
And the boys favorite stop was the giraffe. I'm not sure why but that was the one stop, besides the carosel and the train, that they wanted to see in the entire zoo.