Thursday, November 2, 2017

4H Awards Banquet

 In September we had the annual 4H Awards Banquet.

 Jack carried the 4H flag for the opening ceremonies.

 He received a gold medal for his companion animals record book.

 He also won a special award--the Small Animal Award!

 They even mentioned Boris when they were giving Jack his award!


 All of the members from our club who earned medals this year

 Jack with his certificate

We even got a picture of all four of us together!

4H Fall Fun Festival

 Monday night was the fall party at our 4H club.  Jack and his friend had the idea to make an escape room in one of the empty chicken pens, so they got there early to set up.

 Alice liked playing with Mittens, who lives in the chicken pens.

 Ready for visitors!

 The kids were on the planning committee, so they got an early hayride so they could plan the haunted hayride they were planning for later in the evening.

 Watching the first person attempt to escape!

 Alice brought a pumpkin craft.

 There was face painting...

...and lots of games, too!  It was a great evening!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Neville Xerxes & Seamus Xavier

Last Monday night Jay texted me that we should come home from 4H as soon as we could.  When we got home, these two little guys were waiting for us!  They were part of a litter that was up for adoption at our vet's office and we had been looking at their picture for a week.

As you can see, they're settling in well!
These little kittens are so sweet and cuddly and already do so many things that remind me of Boris.  They're not a replacement for him at all, though.  We still miss him so much, but these guys are a happy distraction!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Boris Henri

(You know how in obituaries for old people they always have a picture of the person as a younger professional?  Here's Bobe's.)

We've been without our Boris for one week today.  He fought cancer for the last two months and while we hated to see him sick, we're thankful for all the time we had with him.  We're still adjusting, and it's going to take a while.  He was my constant companion through many nights of med school, residency, rural rotations, deployments, wakeful babies, and random bathroom breaks (when he always expected to receive a treat for accompanying you in the night).  We miss him so much.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The First Day of School

 I'm a little slow (as usual!), but we had our first day of school on August 23.

 Obligatory back to school pictures!

 And of course we had to take pictures with Boris, too.

 We also started back with our artist study/tea time on the first day.  Until we get to October, we'll be doing a different artist each week.  We started with the Lascaux Cave Paintings.

The kids made their own cave drawings!

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Solar Eclipse

 We scaled back our original eclipse plans, but we still had a great time!  We had planned to drive up to Joplin, which was supposed to have about 95% coverage, but their forecast looked cloudier than ours, so we decided to stay put.  We picked up some snacks at the grocery store this morning.

 We went to a local park with friends where we would have a nice open view.

 We picked up some glasses at Lowe's a few weeks ago and they were on the approved lists, so hopefully we will still have our vision intact tomorrow!

 We took our colander and could see all the tiny crescents.

 You could see them in the tree shadows, too!

 Eclipse selfie!

I love this picture my friend Leah took!  We were around 90% of totality and it was really cool to see!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Fourth of July

 Since it's been more than a month, I figured it was time to get pictures up from the Fourth of July!  We started the day with a parade in our neighborhood.

 All of the kids decorated their bikes and scooters.

 There was also a big water balloon fight at one homes in the neighborhood.

 And that was followed up with some pool time!

 In the evening we went to Jay's sister's house for some fireworks.

 Silly string!

 This is probably my favorite shot of the night.  They look like they're in an action movie!  Ha!

 This was one of Jack's favorites.

 The remains...We had a great time!