25 January 2011

Trip to Gram Terry's Farm

In the middle of October the kids and I had the chance to go to Washington with some friends. I thought the kids would hate the long drive but they did AMAZING! Nothing that fruit snacks and apple juice can't fix. :)
While in Washington we had fun playing on the farm. Zeke learned about the bull. He now says, "da bull da bull da bull" whenever he looks out the back window. It's funny because he'd say it and then if we'd take him out back to see the bull he'd laugh hysterically. Rosalee was really excited to help do the farm chores every morning. As soon as she'd see someone get boots and a jacket she'd run over and start putting her own boots on. Her job became feeding the birds. I'm not sure how, or why, but the white peacocks are all known as "eekeys" now. It was really cute watching her spread the bird food out and talk to the birds about whatever was on her mind.
The boys kept themselves busy with psychotic things like riding untrained, green horses and going skydiving. Part of me would like to skydive one day and the sane, normal part says NO WAY!

The reason we go to head to Washington was Shawn was taking his horse to be boarded there. He was nice enough to take everyone and anyone who asked for a ride around the pasture. The kids LOVED it! My extended family even came out and got to ride Mayzee. The best was when David was trying to get her to move and she backed all the way up the hill. David wants to be a cowboy SO bad! There's potential... we've got it in the works.

The kids were so so so happy!! Alyssa kept asking for more turns and Rosalee just laughed like she always does.
One morning Rosalee informed me that it was her turn to take the pictures. The following are some of her best. Most of the ones she took cut off half of the person's face so I was happy that there were a few that look nice.

One sunny (but cold) day we went for a trail ride down in the Orting valley. I got the ride the pony Junebug who stands A LOT shorter than the other horses. Surprisingly though she can really move and keep up with the rest when she feels she's being left behind. I wouldn't have minded except that her trot is SO bouncy and my feet weren't in the stir-ups properly. (Oh yes, I am that short!) By the end of the ride I would have promised you that I had a bruise on my bum.

Later that day we had an early birthday party for Rosalee. Even though it was 3 weeks before she birthday I thought this would be the only time my parents would get to be with her near her birthday. Rosalee told me that she wanted a pink kitty cake so I did my best to fulfill her wish.

As you can see by the HUGE smile on her face she LOVED it!!! I used Hostess cake snowballs for the cheeks. They only had green ones (being close to Halloween) so the cat got to be very colorful. The whiskers are black licorice strips and the ears are broken graham crackers.

She's pointing to the eyes and ears on the cat.

I used some candy hearts for the nose and mouth and milk duds for the eyes. I am NOT artistic in the least so I was really shocked and pleased with how the cake turned out.

Then I decided it would be funny to put cake on people... as you can see, I lost. The poor cake, it never saw it comin'.
But everyone, especially Zeke, loved the cake. I thought Rosalee would object to eating her kitty cake but she had no problems with digging right in!

Nothing beats eating sugar on sugar in your underwear!
Rosalee was SO tired from a busy day that she passed out asleep. My mom put her in bed and then I realized that she was still in her underwear. So I sent my mom with pajamas to put her in. Then AFTER she came back downstairs she asked me, "Is she suppose to sleep in underwear or a pull-up?" I told her a pull-up and she said, "Oh..." She stirred when my mom put the pajamas on her so I was nervous to try and take them off and put her pull-up on. My mom told she to "not worry" because she "would handle it". The next morning this is what I saw-

Superhero Rosalee!
My mom just slipped the pull-up on over her pajamas so if she did have an accident it would at least keep the bed dry. I had to try SO hard to keep from laughing out loud! As soon as Rosalee woke up enough she asked me, "Mom!? Why is my panties on weird?" and I fixed the issue.
We spent the rest of the time hanging out and having fun on the farm. My mom got out her camera and took some pictures of the kids. I love Zeke's outfit! It fits right at home on the farm.


I will never get enough of those eyes! Rosalee and I call them his "lady killer blues".