Grandkids Across the Road

While the grandkids were still here we made an excursion Across the Road. I hadn’t wanted to take three dogs and the two kids on my own because of the part where we have to walk on Meridian Road. There isn’t a lot of traffic but the cars are fast and there isn’t much of a shoulder to walk on. I didn’t want to pull the wagon where Kason was riding and hang onto three leashes, all the while trying to get the dogs off the pavement when cars came. (The dogs want to stay on the pavement because they have learned that when they walk off the pavement they are apt to pick up puncture vine burrs in their feet.) By the way, Rusty shared some photos of this in his blog.

DSC_1553             The wagon worked well for Kasen and had the added benefit of taking all the necessary things like water bottles and the doll.IMG_7838

IMG_7836            Meryl and I traded off with the wagon, but part of the point of this walk was for Kirby, wearing her black and pink Nikes, to run with Aunt Meryl.DSC_1561





IMG_7864 Eventually Aunt Meryl tired and needed a ride.DSC_1588                 Time to go home. Kirby started to pout because she wanted Sawyer’s leash.IMG_7867                  I let her take Rusty and all was OK.






Grandkids and the Gravel Pile

DSC_1233          What better place to entertain an 18-month old than a gravel pile with tractors?      DSC_1227               These trucks and tractors have been in the garage for 25+ yearsDSC_1213             Hose off the spiders and they’re as good as new.DSC_1209

DSC_1232                Watching kids can be exhausting. Notice what Ginny is looking at–that’s her ball right next to Dan.DSC_1240           Kasen found the ball-thrower.DSC_1291              That kept Ginny entertained even though Kasen wasn’t able to throw the ball very well. DSC_1252                  See Rusty’s blog for more photos.DSC_1238


Fun at Home Depot

On every first Saturday Home Depot has a Kids’ Workshop and Katie has been taking Kirby to the workshops in Texas. Dan was the designated adult for this one.IMG_7767                 The kids have aprons and they get badges for all the projects they complete.IMG_7777              This month’s project was a wooden car. Dan started the nails for Kirby and she finished the pounding.IMG_7779                There are kids lined up all along the “tables” made of boards and buckets.IMG_7784                     Katie said that Kirby often likes the painting part more than the building part. IMG_7787                                                 Pink was not one of the colors that was offered but we all know what you get when you mix red and white.

IMG_7791                                              Kirby was through enough to want to paint the bottom of the car too.IMG_7793                This activity goes on all morning. While we waited for the paint on Kirby’s car to dry we walked around the garden part of the store and looked at flowers.IMG_7794                                                 Kirby came back for her badge.IMG_7796                                                 Then it was time to put the wheels and the stickers on the car.IMG_7799                        Project finished!

More Fun in the Barn

I hope you’re not tired of grandkid photos yet. The last ones were here.IMG_7735                  While Katie was still working on the barn during her visit…DSC_1401                                                                …I supervised Kirby…

DSC_1413                                                          …and Kasen.DSC_1434                     I think that Uncle Chris was a lot more fun than me.DSC_1435


DSC_1442                Notice the dog ball in Kirby’s left hand and two dogs waiting for it.IMG_7742                 Back to the wagon.IMG_7743                    On this day I didn’t need to put the carseat in it for Kasen to fall asleep. IMG_7745

DSC_1427                Someone else was worn out too.

Fun in the Barn

In this post  Katie and Meryl cleaned out the barn. You get used to how cluttered things are and the forget what the space looks like when its cleaned out. Now while Katie was continuing to work the barn made a great place to watch the kids–especially since that week it was so hot.IMG_7657-2         There was plenty of room to run.IMG_7662            Plenty of room to chase bubbles.IMG_7666

IMG_7676           Plenty of room for drawing with chalk. Notice who is just outside the barn door painting. The kids didn’t know that and I kept them distracted inside. IMG_7664              Someone else needed entertaining too. IMG_7681                     I taught Kirby about hopscotch.IMG_7686



IMG_7691              Aunt Meryl came to the barn to play. While all the names of all the other aunts are are pronounced “aunt” like the 6-legged ant, Kirby says Aunt Meryl with the “au” part as in Australia. We have no idea why because no one else says it that way.IMG_7701                  I hid balls under the rubber tubs and then Kasen just started pushing them around the barn.

IMG_7699              Naptime.

Kids in the Barn

The grandkids went home earlier in the week but I still want to share photos from their time here. Katie’s visit was for almost three weeks and she agreed to spend some of the time painting the barn if she got help with the kids (that’s me).IMG_7592                     I had planned to have the prep work done ahead of time, but I didn’t to that so Katie spent the first day  power-washing. IMG_7597           Uncle Chris gives the best shoulder rides. IMG_7600                     The kids got plenty of exercise outside and definitely needed naps each day.IMG_7602               Before I got into the routine of putting Kasen down for his nap the carseat seemed to  be an easy way to get him to sleep. One lap with the carseat in the wagon and he was out.IMG_7606              Then it was time to go to the house with Kirby to work on a project. IMG_7607             She helped to warp the rigid heddle loom with a project in her favorite color.IMG_7615           Back to the barn after nap time.IMG_7614          Katie admitted that she got carried away with the power washer on the inside of the barn. It looked great because she and Meryl (DIL) moved all the clutter out of the alleyway. (I still have to figure out where to put all that stuff that was moved.)IMG_7618             The puddles were irresistible for Kasen.IMG_7627



IMG_7631                  I asked for this green wagon for Christmas because I knew that I could use it during lambing season. It sure came in handy during this time with the kids here.  I found that I could even drag the wheelbarrow and the wagon at the same time. IMG_7637


Cutest Grandkids Ever

The Texas family has gone home. I need to get back to my regular work. But I also want to share some of these Cute Grandkid photos. After all, this blog is really mostly a scrapbook for myself as well as being partly about my business of weaving and raising sheep. When there are so many photos and I get behind then it’s harder to start. Too many photos. This one or that one? Delete? Edit? Share?

I made the hard decision and chose some of my favorites from one of the first days the kids were here. Kirby had gone on an overnight trip with the other grandma and I went with Katie and 17-month-old Kasen to San Francisco for an informal brunch following Katie’s friend’s wedding the previous day. We stayed about as long as Kasen could last and then took him to the beach.



DSC_1358                  I love the expressions on this kid’s face.





Later that day…


IMG_7575             The hay feeders are a little high for Kirby to reach without the hay falling all over her.


IMG_7584                 Kirby told me she was making a nest for the other chickens.