We snowmobiled into Antone Cabin this weekend. It is up in the Centennial Valley between Dillon and Monida. This is our second year doing this. Last year we were able to drive our truck all the way into the cabin. This year we had to snowmobile in about 12-15 miles. It took us about 2 1/2 hr. to ride in and then about 1 1/2 hr. to ride back to the truck. We had a fantastic time Friday and Saturday. Layne built a nice sled to put all of our stuff on and pulled it behind his snowmobile. We tubed and snowmobiled and cross country skied.
This is a picture from the top of the tubing hill. The cabin is on the far left right at the tree line. The Snowcrest Mountain range is in the back. This is part of the area that Layne clears trails in the summer time. He uses the cabin in the summer if it is available when he comes through.
This is looking up at the top of the tubing hill. And the bottom picture is looking straight down the hill. The snow was about 3 feet deep, so it took a few runs on the tubs and for dad to take a turn to get a really good run going. It was a awesome weekend!!!! Thanks Layne for all you do!!
When we built our house 8 years ago i never finished the bar like i wanted to. I also never put in good supports for the raised counter top, so for the past couple of year the counter top has been breaking off. Layne and I each took an end and pushed down on it and it came right off. So after 3 hours of scraping sub floor glue off the top of the wall and off the back of the counter we were ready to re due the bar. I have wanted the bead board for a long time, so we put that on the wall. I wanted the groves to look darker than the rest, so I took a darker stain and did each grove and then a natural stain on top. It gave it just enough to see the groves a little better. I was very excited and I'm sure that this detailed account is very very exciting for you also :) It sure changed the look of the house!! Happy Thanksgiving
I know that Halloween was a month ago, but I had to share our family picture because Layne NEVER, EVER dresses up. We have a good friend Kurt Steadman that layne decided that he had to go to the ward party as. He is a contractor/lawyer. Everything that Layne has on is exactly how kurt dresses in the summer/fall. It was great!! The kids had a great time at school and at the ward party. Better late than never :)
Wes and Cooper both lost teeth the same evening. Wes has always pulled out his own teeth. He is one tough kid. Coop's tooth was really bothering him, so he had me pull it. It was my first time ever pulling a tooth. He did great just standing there. He was so excited to be able to put it under his pillow. Being a kid is great :)
Randy did a great job with cross country this year. Here are a couple of pictures.
The band plays at the home meets, so Randy played in the band, ran his race, then played again. Nothing like mutitasking as a freshman
He also lettered and received the JV athlete of the year award. The coach would really like him to run again next year, but he said that he would have to see. It really got in the way of archery and FFA.
I wanted to share some information that I just learned the past two days. First is that once your drivers licence has expired you only have 90 days to renew it, not 5 months. Second, your licence is then no longer valid, neither is the driving or written test you took when you were 16. Third you have to pay $40 to retake the tests and sit in the DMV for half your day to try to accomplish the task of taking just the written test, which has questions on it that require much thinking and consideration, because who really knows how far your headlights are supposed shine?? 350' on high beam and 100 or 200' on low beam. Really-you just turn them on and they work great. It then becomes lunch time, so you are given a Learners Permit and told to come back tomorrow for the driving test. You are also told that you should have a licenced driver with you at all times.
Another important piece of information is that when you register you vehicle, it is smart to put the little sticker on your licence plate when you get it. When you take in your proof of registration and insurance to the DMV lady she will inform you that it should have been on your vehicle last October, not this October when it expires. Another piece of info is to have a nice DMV lady(which seldom happens) remind you durring your driving test that you should drive with 2 hands on the wheel, not 1 like you have done since you completed you last drivers test almost 20 years ago. The final thing that you need to know from this experience is that you can renew you licence 6 months BEFORE it expires.
Randy decided last fall the he was going to raise a steer to show at the fair. Well he raised the biggest steer at the fair this year. "Buster" weighed in at 1525 lbs. Buster was a gentle giant. Randy had worked very hard with him in halter breaking him, teaching him to lead, and giving him his weekly bath and brushing. I was so proud to watch how well randy handled Buster in the ring. He was so excited for his first year of steers. We were excited for him when he won Grand Champion Showman in steer for the Junior Division. That win takes him into the Round Robin.
He showed his lamb in the Open class because he was already selling buster at the sale. He took 1st place in showmanship for lamb in the Junior Division, so because he won both Steer and Lamb, Wes got to also join in the round robin. Randy really has a lot of skill and natural ability in working with his animals.
This is Randy receiving the Over All Grand Champion Showman in the Round Robin Junior Division. Way to go Randy!! Dang you are cute, if I may say so!! Love- Mom
Wes is a great showman!! He has fun and enjoys being at the fair. He took 3rd place in showmanship with his lamb, and got to show in the Round Robin.
Wes is drying one of the ewes for Randy
This is Wes in the Round Robin. He had to show a steer, horse, lamb, and pig. They take the top two showman from each group and they compete against each other for the overall showman. Randy won in two divisions, so that made it so Wes got to move up with his lamb into the Round Robin. It was great to watch both the boys compete in this!!
It is hard to believe that my Wes is 12 and a Decon. Ice cream with candles is the new thing at our house. All Wes wanted for his birthday was a Ripstik and the priesthood. To bad I didn't think of taking a picture of Wes and dad after he recieved the priesthood. I better still do that. :)
I am so proud of Wes and the fine young man that he has grown into. I love to watch him pass the sacrament and see how much reverence and respect that he has for the ordinance that he is performing. I love you Wes!!! - L0ve , Mom
So I am a month behind, but no big deal right!! Erin did a great job at the fair. This is her first year in 4-H and She really enjoyed it. She raised a rabbit and a lamb to take to the fair. She got a blue ribbon on her rabbit and a purple ribbon on her lamb.
She also received Grand Champion Showman for the super starters. We were really excited for her. She is definitely a natural
It helps in the sale ring to be a girl, have a bling belt, and a flower in your hair. She got a great price for her lamb!! Great job Erin :)
When we got down to the fair grounds for weigh-in , I realized that we didn't bring anything for Cooper to show this year. One of the girls in our 4-H club had brought this little lamb down as a companion animal and said that Coop could show it. The lamb weighed in at 25 lbs, and was put in the open class. Cooper spend the next day washing and working with the lamb (that he named Handsome). That evening he was in the first class and did awesome!!
The lamb next to Coopers is the size that all the other lambs were in Coopers class. Their weight was about 110 lbs :) It was soooo much fun to watch coop show his lamb. All summer long he helps the older kids work and walk their lambs, so it was great to have something that he could show that was defiantly more his size.
Cooper is talking with the judge about his lamb. The judge asked him what his lamb ate and Coops reply was- lot of stuff :) The judge was fantastic!!! After he judged the lambs that were all the same size, he then talked about what a great job cooper did and that his lamb was perfect. He then let Coop pick any color of ribbon that he wanted. It was awesome!!!!