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What a catchy new phrase! And I decided to steal it & make it our own family lifestyle. Isn’t it true though? We should focus on what we are grateful for all year, not just during the holiday season. Maybe we need to switch on some feel good tunes & light a few candles in August to get us in the mood to be gushy & thankful. I do that anyways in August (the music & candles) but they call me gushy all year round. What can I do? This year was our first Thanksgiving away from family. We missed everyone in Texas, but we were so grateful to be included in the Greenfield’s celebration.  Mrs. Greenfield outdid herself on the meal. Trip even ate pickled asparagus! Yes his pee stuck for the next week. The guys shot their guns till it was too dark & cold to feel their trigger fingers. The big girls got to go on a “horsie” ride (which was really a mule ride 😉 )The big log cabin was roaring with Christmas tunes & a fire in the stove. The kids enjoyed having their buddies to play with. Elizabeth & I enjoyed that they were all so entertained that we could knit our hearts out! Over all it was a great time. We are blessed to have found heart friends so quickly here in CO. Divine clickage is the terms Elizabeth uses & I love that. It describes our type of bond perfectly-when  you meet some one & hit it off instantly. Thanks Greenfield’s, for sharing your family with us! Some how these are the only pics I got that day. But I made half of a scarf!

Joss was spotting ducks as she was riding Lacoda the mule.

Jeremiah's sweet sister, tending to the little cowgirls

Skiing Crested Butte in November!

Keri and I dropped off the kids with our friends Jeremiah and Elizabeth on Friday and headed for Crested Butte! It was a blast. We’ll put up more pictures later, but for now here is a quick little video I put together. It is a little choppy, I used my point and shoot!

Duck hunter in training

Joss and Trip are really into ducks and duck calls. Check out this funny video of Joss telling Keri about duck calls in the Cabela’s Waterfowl Catalog.

The Mountains…

The mountains seemed to be stretching even higher than their normal stature yesterday. It’s such a neat opportunity to live close to such a phenomenon. I’m slowly learning they all have their own personalities and subtleties in their formations.  The Black Canyon and the hills surrounding it are constant and unchanging. They never change, but they are no less awe inspiring by their sameness from day to day, simply because you know the depth that lies behind them. The San Juan’s are moody and volatile-always grabbing my attention. One moment they are sunny and stately with their jagged edges alight in the morning sun. The next time I pass through the living room and glance out the glass doors they are dark and brooding. A storm will roll through, seemingly out of nowhere turning the mountains angry and threatening. It’s fury passes and the clouds clear; it takes my breath away to see the amount of snow that graces the towering tops. Moody mountains. But I don’t mind. Sometimes I feel as moody as they are-except they get to tout it from the heights and I tame my inner spirit. I wouldn’t mind being a mountain.

Home made play dough

Saturday I was about to go nuts with the early darkness and got the bug to do something hands on with the little ones. So, home made playdough became the challenge for the night. With ingredients we had on hand, we whipped up a batch of gooey fun. Joss loved making it and Trip loved playing with it. So, it was a hit!

So excited to use her favorite color, bright blue.

Simple ingredients.

Is this really going to turn out like playdough?! It looks like mash potatoes.

The fun begins.

Mom, I can't help you. I'm very busy working.

Easter colored playdough

Trip says, "do I eat this or play with it?"

Successful playtime with home made playdough!

Saturday Fun

Saturday morning Luke headed out to our friend’s the Greenfield’s place to hunt with Jeremiah. The night before Elizabeth & I had been at MOPS night out and thought it might be fun to hang out and do breakfast. So we headed over at about 9 am. We were met with bacon & home made doughnuts on the fryer, 2 happy boys, one happy dog, 8 dead ducks and a day of fun. We had a great breakfast and lots of coffee. Then the guys and kids decided to hit a few balls. I asked Elizabeth if she would be brave enough to try to teach me to knit-and I’m so glad I did. What a great new hobby. Joss has a new purple scarf in the works just in time for our next round of snow. Then as we were loading up everyone ended up on the trampoline for some good rowdy fun. We had a great time and the weather was beautiful.

The kids hitting balls

Jumping Joss

Trip mid-air

Loving the baby toss

Sweet Sarah

An attempt at a group photo: Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, James & Joss

How many kids can I hold at once? (Joss, Trip & Rachel)

Jossi and the “Prying Mantis”

Friday morning there to greet us on the back porch was a praying mantis shivering in the wind. Joss was so intrigued.  She wanted touch it and name it. So I thought, I’d better get this on film-this could be good. And she didn’t disappoint. She is so creative and expressive, but you have to catch her in natural element-it can’t be forced. She’s grown out of her knack for performing on cue.  For some reason she decided that she needed to wear this hat, so she could be “dressed up extra cute.” So here is a little dose of Jossi for the day and a snippet of Trip too.