30 November 2008


Bob, Matt and Darren
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

29 November 2008

additional halloween pics

matt insists I put up a picture of him as Onslow (Keeping Up Appearances). For those who've never seen it I've also attached a picture of the real Onslow.

Gideon likes boxes

27 November 2008

Do you want to go on a quick turkey hunting trip?

9 hours and 10 miles (on foot) later.....

We didn't get Matt in a picture but he did a lot of the plucking with Jamey. I just joined in for the fun and less feathery stuff.

26 November 2008

Museum Field Trip

As you know we've been studying California History. This last week we went to the original Lakeport courthouse which is now a museum. Uncle Don came along to help me keep track of children and the Auch's joined us for fun. We saw fish baskets, fish nets, traps, a tule boat, a rabbit skin blanket, storage baskets, Indian money, spears, and arrow heads. /We also saw early American settler items like guns, clothes, phonagraphs, dishes, books, blankets, shoes, billiard tables, and pianos. We got to sit in the original courtroom at the judges seat, with all the record books behind us. I am describing all of this because I forgot to take pictures. :)

The pictures below are Uncle Don treating us to pizza where I finally remembered to snap a few. Titus adores Uncle Don and follows him everywhere. Uncle Don teases him by walking away and hiding when Titus isn't looking. They are great pals.

I love the picture of Mikey Auch giving Jana the death stare. In the picture of Kelly and Sam, they are haggling over Sam's pay to clean up Jana's poop in the high chair. They agreed on $2.

24 November 2008

We love Grama Betty

In honor of Grama Betty, who we adore. And its not even her birthday.

15 November 2008

Acorn Squirrel Stew

It's not actually squirrel, but who would know. The ingredients are roasted pork loin, stock acorns, and some savory spices. It was pretty good.

Everybody liked it. :)

14 November 2008

Acorn Harvesting

We are studying the Native American part of California History. Today we collected and pounded and "leached" acorns. We used abalone shells (the ones from our camping trip in Hendy woods - thanks to Dan and Leo) as our bowls.

Working together, everybody took turns gathering, pounding, and picking out the nuts.

Elijah looking at his stash.

Sam smashing the acorn. If you look hard you can see it on the deck.

Joe picking out the meat.

Silas guarding the acorn meat from the dogs and Titus.

I'm not sure what Luke is doing but he looks happy.

Here's mom leaching acorns.

12 November 2008

Happy Halloween!

Piggy, Pooh, and Onslo from Keeping up Appearances. Matt needs to gain a little weight to perfect the Onslo look but I think he did well with the hairy legs and boots, and sleeveless shirt.

Elijah as the dark knight.

Samuel and Silas getting candy.

Samuel showing off his facepaint.

Luke knocks over some bottles for candy.

Silas shows off his bare feet. We got to the party and he realized he wasn't wearing shoes. So we called Jen and asked her to bring a spare pair as she was on her way over. While Silas waited Sam pushed him around in the stroller. The two of them got loads of extra candy because people thought Silas was an invalid boy in a stroller and thought Sam was such a loving brother to push him around. They may do that again next year.

Me as a cowgirl I rustled up in my closet.

Luke with face paint.

Buzz Light Year on the Way!

Josiah got the most comments for his Clifford costume. (The head to the costume is hanging down Joe's back). Thanks Sam Wyatt!