Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Chris and I will have a busy day, but we couldn't ask for a better family to spend it with!! We spent last night at Chris' Aunt Jan's house and had a great dinner there. Jan's poor dog Rocky was pushed, pulled, and ridden by the kids!!
Chris loves Jan's fireplace!

Today, we have lunch at my mom's and dinner and Chris' mom's. We love spending time with family. We're so blessed and this is a great day to remember that!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fall Photo-shoot

Chris' brother, Dalton loves to take pictures, and he has become quite good!! Allison wanted me to try to take a good picture of her and Elijah for their Christmas card. I, of course, enlisted the help of Dalton. So, we all headed off to the trails at the college to see what we could come up with! Elijah and his 'Diego' (He thinks Dalton looks like Diego from Dora the Explorer!! So cute!)

This is one of everyone's faves! (Great job Dalt!!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Eli's First War-Head

I'm a big fan of sour candy and when I was younger I loved war heads. (For those of you who don't know, war heads are hard candy with a super-sour coating) When Elijah found a war head and asked if he could have one what did I do? Exactly what any good aunt would do.....grabbed the camera THEN told him he could eat it!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We Miss HIm!

Chris is coming home today! I'll be happy to have him home with me, and Emma will be happy to have her cuddle buddy back!

Cheyenne to Sundance, Wyoming

Devils Tower
All who have seen the gigantic stump-like formation, known as Devils Tower, rising some 1,200 feet above the Belle Fourche River, will understand why it inspired the imagination of the Indians. They called it Mateo Tepee, meaning Grizzly Bear Lodge, and had several legends regarding its origin. According to the Kiowas, who at one time are reputed to have lived in the region, their tribe once camped on a stream where there were many bears. One day seven little girls were playing at a distance from the village and were chased by some bears. The girls ran toward the village and when the bears were about to catch them, they jumped to a low rock about three feet in height. One of them prayed to the rock, "Rock, take pity on us--Rock, save us." The rock heard them and began to elongate itself upwards, pushing the children higher and higher out of reach of the bears, When the bears jumped at them they scratched the rock, broke their claws and fell back upon the ground. The rock continued to push the children upward into the sky while the bears jumped at them, The children are still in the sky, seven little stars in a group (the pleiades). According to the legend the marks of the bears' claws may be seen on the side of the rock.

Wyoming's National Monument - this is the image that is on Wyoming's License Plates

Vore Buffalo Jump - Sundance, Wyoming

Between 1500 and 1800, the ancestors of Plains Indian tribes killed and butchered as many as 20,000 bison by driving them into this large sinkhole.

Scouts took days to carefully herd the scattered bison into a large group near the jump site. Other tribe members were positioned along 'drive lines' to funnel the herd toward the 'jump.' When all was in place, the bison were stampeded over the jump. This impressive diorama was in the free museum in the Sundance Courthouse. Which by the way is "free admission"

There is excavation work being done at the site. They've found thick layers of butchered bone extending to 20 feet below the current ground surface in the bottom of the sinkhole! This poster shows the layers of bones inside the hole. Amazing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Early Birthday Celebration

Chris leaves tomorrow for Wyoming again. His birthday is Saturday, so he probably won't make it home. Sooo we celebrated early with his family yesterday.

We forgot to get candles and Dalton was 18 a couple weeks ago, sooo Chris got to be 81!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Better Late Than Never!!

Well, it's a bit late, but here's Elijah's Halloween pictures.....He was Paul Stanley from KISS

Helped Aunt Lexi put on her Dalmation make-up

He had a small problem keeping his pants up all night!