Saturday, August 27, 2011

The end of August...Goodbye summer

School starts on Monday and it feels like it was just let out. During the second full week of August it is fair week. This year Spencer and Austin did sugarbeets again. We had quite a time picking out the best beets to enter in for the display. All of the kids had to get in on the action.
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After we took the beets home that they had selected they both accidentally broke the tap root off of their beets and we had to make a quick run to the beet field by our house to pick a few more. Spencer received a blue ribbon on his beets and his beet book and Austin received a red ribbon on his beets and a blue on his record book. Poor Austin broke the tap root on one of his beets when he was carrying them to turn them in. They have been working hard in the field and I am proud of them. They are learning to work together as a team.
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While the kids were in the field picking their sugar beets we noticed a lot of smoke not very far away from where we were. When we finished I took the kids to see what was on fire. One of our neighbors grain fields was. I asked on of them what happened and they said they didn't know maybe a cigarette. It looked to me like they lost about 1/3 of their field.
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This week Grandma Dalton came to visit. We had a fun time hanging out with her. She was a lot of help to me and Max loved all of the extra attention he got.
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A week ago we had our family pictures done. I don't have them back yet but I found it amusing that all of the kids fought over who got to hold Max for the picture. Every single one of them had to have their picture taken with Max. I am sure he will grow up knowing how loved he is. I just took this picture of the kids and they fought over who got to lay by Max...lol. Poor baby.
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I am so thankful for my children and for Tyler. Tyler's mom just emailed me the pictures that she took of him while he was in the hospital. They are difficult for me to look at, but I also know that it was a miracle that he is alive and not paralyzed. I am so thankful for him and the good husband that he is.

This last picture I climbed up on our antenna tower to take. It was very frustrating because Ethan and Brigham kept lifting their feet up. Finally I gave up. When I was looking over the picture I saw that Spencer had his shirt lifted up. I asked him "Why did you leave your shirt like that?" He said "I wanted my six pack abs to show up in the picture." LOL He is so funny, and such a nice kid.
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This is my second time editing this post because I keep thinking of more things to add. Today we went to Downata Hot Springs. It was a lot of fun. Since Tyler's accident things have changed for him. He has no desire to go on any of the water slides. He doesn't even want to go snowboarding ever again. I tease him that he has turned into an old man. He was so much help to me today, I am so thankful for him. He held Max in the pool and played with him, Max giggled and laughed and had a good time. Max is so special to all of us. I am so thankful that we decided to have him.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A watch battery and a lego!

A watch battery and a Lego are what I found in Max's poopy diaper the other day! I knew that Brigham had fed him the lego because he had choked on it and Hailey tried to get it out of his mouth, unsucessfuly. I have caught Brigham trying to feed Max things a few times. I'm glad that sweet Max is okay though. He has been such a sweet easy going little guy. He is also not that big, which is weird to me since I usually have big ones..lol
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It has taken me awhile to prepare mentally to write about the next thing. Spencer's friend Dean broke his arm at our house a few weeks ago. They went for a ride in the mule (an ATV not an animal). Spencer got out of the mule to show Dean some of the sugar beets and he was teasing him that he was going to leave him. Well he was sitting in the passenger seat and he stepped on the gas and grabbed the steering wheel. He crashed the mule into a pole and somehow the way his arm was caught in the steering wheel broke it. It was so bad it was obvious that it was broken by the way that the bones were poking. I sort of panicked. When I first saw his arm I said "Oh that looks terrible." I must have forgotten all that they taught in first aid, because I now recall them saying that you never tell them how bad it looks. When they made it back to the house he was laying on the floor in the garage and I picked him up loaded him into the car. I said to him we have two choices I can take you home and your mom can take you to the ER or I can take you and we can call your mom. He said "I just want to get to the hospital." We called his mom and dad on the way there. Fortunately his dad is a police officer and works close to the hospital. I was worried that they wouldn't be able to give him anything for the pain without his parents being there. His dad finally made it and I went home and took care of his other siblings so that his mom could be there without worry. I swear we have the worst luck at our house. Dean is a really nice kid and fortunately his parents still let him come over to our house. We did come up with a new rule though. The kids can't give friends rides on the mule or 4 wheelers.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

July in a nutshell

A couple of Sundays ago, I was so proud of myself I had the kids all ready to go to church and it wasn't even noon yet and church starts at one. As I began to prepare a dinner in the crock pot I noticed that it was rather quiet in the house. I looked around and asked "where is Brigham?" I was informed that he and Ethan went outside. I went to find them so that hopefully their church clothes didn't get dirty. Ethan came in the house and Brigham followed behind. Brigham looked up at me with one of his sweet smiles and said "I run through the sprinklers!" he was completely soaked. I frantically peeled off his soaking wet church clothes and threw them into the dryer on high. They were dry just in time put them on as we left :)
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We had our Marchant family reunion at the beginning of July. It was fun and interesting. We went to a place called Crystal Hot Springs. It was kind of a run down place and our camp site was right next to a pond. When we first arrived the outhouse didn't even have toilet paper. The worst part though was that there was a train track right next to the camp ground and trains went by almost every hour during the night. It even woke up Max when they went by. Les, Becca, Brandon and I all went up and put pennies and other various coins on the train tracks. I tried sandwiching some pennies together and double stacked a couple of nickles. I loved finding the coins after the trains passed. The kids really enjoyed catching tadpoles in the pond. My niece Cassie brought a container so that all of the tadpoles my kids caught could live with cassie :D Brigham still had his cast on and my sweet sister Leslie bought a cast cover so that he would be able to swim. He loved getting in the water and Leslie was such a help to me. I am so grateful for her.
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Tyler was unable to come with us and I missed having him there. He has been helping build a new shop. The other day as I pulled into the driveway I looked over in time to see him standing on the backhoe scoop up in the air working on the shop doors. I thought about taking a picture and posting to my facebook what you shouldn't do after breaking your back 9 months ago, but I really should post what a miracle that Tyler can do this. I really know that miracles happen in our lives every day and if you really pay attention that you will see the hand of God in your life.
Here is a picture of Tyler standing on the backhoe scoop.
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Here is a close up picture of how handsome he is!
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