Sunday, December 31, 2006

Arizona Family Picture

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Top row: Kenneth, Lindsay, Blake, Ryan, Shiloh, Brandi, Mark, Brooke, Livi, Matthew

Bottom row: Darrell, Mullin, Christian, Aiden, Lincoln, Jacob, Teela

Mullins' Christmas Breakfast

Pin It Now! Mullin and Lincoln were jazzed about spending the day with their cousins!! Breakfast was delicious. My first attempt at Monkey Bread was okay, but it just wasn't Grandma T's!!

I loved holding the twins--they are smiling now. So sweet!!

The passing of the presents! It was a house full, but all in all everyone behaved so well.

The cousins all played Pin The Nose on Rudolph.

Though we had a great time we missed our Tender Tennessee Christmas! Thank you so much to all of you who sent us Christmas cards. We really enjoyed looking at all of your pictures!

Our First Desert Christmas

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Mullin and Lincoln were very excited about all of their Star Wars gifts!

Shiloh went nuts over her new Care Bear, Heartsong. She also seemed to like her new books. I had such fun picking them out. I think her favorite was the baby stroller, though. She pushes it all around the house and even gives her babies turns.

Mark is trying to give a Napoleon pose since he got Napoleon chapstick.

I will have to pose with my new stuff later. I was not going to pose without makeup

Wind Cave

Pin It Now! After simply having a wonderful Christmas time, my mom, Darrell, Mullin and I decided to hike Wind Cave trail located on Scar Face Mountain. It is a strenuous 3.2 mile trek round trip. I couldn't believe Mullin made it to the top! (Especially since he was sick, though I didn't know it at the time.) After about an hour, we reached the top, Wind Cave, and boy we needed some rest!! Mullin complained that he didn't feel very good, but I just owed it to the fact that we had just hiked up a mountain. Shortly after we had begun our descent, Mullin took a little tumble and proceeded to cry the rest of the way down. I diagnosed it as embarrassment and tiredness, but I was definitely mistaken. I took his temp when we got home, and it read over 103 degrees. This marked the beginning of our post holiday blues...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Shiloh's First Dress Up

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Mullin's First Hunt

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Grandpa D. took Mullin dove hunting this week. Of course Mullin wasn't able to shoot, but he had a blast retrieving the birds and picking up shells.

Looking at the dead birds in the front yard was pretty gross. I don't think I could be a hunter myself, but I sure have enjoyed eating Darrell's Elk meat that is stocked in the freezer. I love to cook it--there is hardly any fat, no hormones or antibiotics, and it just tastes so good! When we move out, I guess it will be back to good ole' ground beef. :(

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Our Trip to Flagstaff

Pin It Now! We went on our very first family vacation over Thanksgiving weekend. Here we are, all packed and ready to go!

Most people think of Arizona as one big, hot, dry, barren desert, and where we live that is true. What some may not know is that there are lots of green places, too, even areas where it gets really cold! Flagstaff is one of those places, and it's way up in the mountains where pine trees and evergreens abound.
We took the 31/2 hour scenic route on the way up, and it was just breathtaking.

Friday evening after dinner (it was nice not having to cook, but taking 3 kids out to eat all weekend was a lot of work!) we went to the Lowell Observatory. That's the place where Pluto was discovered. We all got to gaze at an exploding star many light years away through an amazingly powerful telescope. It was really neat and worth the long wait in line where we had to stand outside in the freezing cold. What a great field trip for the boys since we are already studying astronomy this year. I think it is so sad that places like this don't give God all the glory.

The earth and the heavens are amazing to study, and I am so glad that I can just sit back and marvel at God's creation instead of wondering where it all came from or how it all began. I get teary sometimes just reading my child's science book. Probably weird but true.

This is a lookout on the way to the Observatory. It was so neat looking down at the town below.

The same lookout during the day

Saturday morning we took the kids to a museum. They enjoyed it for about 10 minutes. After looking at real dinosaur bones, viewing sloth poop, and touching meteorites they were pretty much done. Fortunately there was a nature trail right outside. Of course, the boys loved it!!

Mullin climbed every rock he could find.

Pretending to find some shelter for the night.
Poor Shiloh couldn't wear shoes due to her blistered heel. We had to carry that heavy little princess everywhere we went!

Linclon cracks me up-- he loved striking all sorts of hiking poses!
Daddy, Mommy and Shiloh

Our last night there, we went to a charming little restaurant in an old hotel. With a cozy fire in the background the atmosphere was so perfect, and the food delicious.

All in all we had a fun time, but it was a lot of work. Sleeping in the same room with the kids wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I had my sleeping pills, my fan, and earplugs to help me cope. The very loud train whistles would wake the kids up all throughout the night, too.
I am glad, though, that we went. Good memories made!!


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