December 13, 2011

Late Night with Daddy Pants (how Chase says Daddy Spence)

I was pulling my hair out the other day….it was a long day.  I didn’t feel good and the kids had worn me out.  Spence offered to take Ree up to the White Corrals with him to feed and Hayes offered to watch Chase so that I could relax and take a shower.  Only one problem.  Chase was not to be denied.  He does not want to be left behind when it comes to going anywhere on the ranch.  As Spence was leaving with Ree, Hayes distracted Chase with a TV show long enough for them to get out to the truck.  But my guilt-o-meter kicked in.  What the heck….my shower could wait and I really didn’t think going could make me feel any worse, so I snatched Chase up and ran to join Spence.  I’m really glad I did.  The kids had a great time and wouldn’t you know it, I actually felt better by the time we got home 4 hours later!


Ree had started getting attached to soft blankets.  I have tried to avoid having another blankie baby after the crazy addiction Hayes had with his “horsie” blanket, but she still finds ways to get around me.

She doesn’t really have a favorite, must-have blanket, but on this day, she really wanted to take this blanket with her into the cow pens.  I really didn’t want the blanket drug through the wet manure, so we compromised.



Sing a song of six pence, a pocket full of rye


After feeding all of the calves in the pens, Spence decided he needed to drive some of the calves he had turned out back closer to the waters.  Afterwards, he took the kids for rides.

Ree’s tennis shoes were covered in manure so I took them off while she climbed on the seats of the truck.  Luckily, we had our handy veggie tales blanket to wrap her toes in. :)


It was dark by the time Chase got his turn, but it only magnified his happy smile!


Good choice, Kellie.

December 11, 2011

Time for a pair of Wranglers

Spence is so so so so so so so proud of his little cowgirl.  She cries when he leaves without her. 


Daddy’s and their little girls (I’m not sure Spence has ever looked at me that way! :)



Sharing food with the cows

at feeder

All she could do was wave because her mouth completely full of grain

little wave with grain

How did we ever survive without a little girl?

November 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Hayes and I spent two wonderful weeks visiting Spence’s parents in England while they were on their mission.  I haven’t had the chance to chronicle our trip, so I’m going to start with some random posts of our trip. 

One day, Hayes and I split up from Jay and Trish and decided to take a boat ride on the Thames that ended at the Tower Bridge.  It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because when we arrived at Tower Bridge, they announced that in 30 minutes, a cruise liner was going to come through the Tower Bridge and dock next to the H.M.S. Belfast, a WWII cruiser that is permanently docked on the Thames between the London Bridge and Tower Bridge.   They said we were lucky to see them raise the bridge completely up to let a ship pass.  They usually just raise it a little to let small boats through.  When you see the pictures, you’ll see why they had to raise the bridge all the way.  It was an amazing sight!

A shot of Hayes on the little tour boat with the Tower Bridge in the background.  You can see a red bus crossing the bridge and people walk across also.

tower bridge with hayes

Here the bridge is opening up to let the cruise ship come in. (just bear with me here…even if I’m boring you to death!)  It was really neat to see.

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Finally here come the ship in the background on the left.

approaching ship 1

It doesn’t look that big as it approaches.

approaching ship 2

These pictures can’t really do it justice.  The ship was massive.

approaching ship 3

People on the ship were on top waving to all of us who were watching it come by.

closeup ship 1

This is the cool little tugboat that was anchored to the back of the Silver Cloud.  I’m guessing it was there to pull the ship backwards out of the Thames since it was too big to turn around.DSCN1167_3567

cool little tugboat

The whole trip was like a dream.  We saw so many amazing things it seemed surreal.

November 25, 2011

Happy Halloweenie!

Halloween is Chase’s all-time favorite holiday….other than all the other holidays! Smile  He wanted to be a smurf…even though he’s never seen a single smurf cartoon or the new smurf movie.  He got Jokey Smurf in a Happy Meal and that was all it took.  Ree by default was a mouse, since I still had two mice costumes from when Hayes and Chase were little.  And Hayes wanted to be a pick pocket.  You wouldn’t believe the arguments he and I had over what a pick pocket is supposed to look like.  I was thinking Oliver Twist and the only picture he had in his mind was from these modern youth novels he’s read about pick pockets.  You’ll see from the pictures that I won out in the end (ask Spence about my arguing skills…he won’t smileSmile).  We had a great night and Spence willingly and pleasantly joined us for all of the festivities.   Some definite brownie points for him. 






Oops…I forgot that my camera battery died and I took Chase’s pictures with my mom’s camera.   I’ll have to update this later.  Sorry Chase!

The Grandma’s did not disappoint this year with their “special” goody bags for the grandkids.  We didn’t really even need to go trick-or-treating after getting a bag from Grandmas Terry and Trish.  The kids had fun with the silly glasses from Grandma Trish’s goody bags!


We also decorated gourds (cheaper and easier than pumpkins) for Chase to take to school.  He was pretty proud and kept carrying them around the house. 


Until next year!  I’ve got a great idea for a toilet costume if I can talk any of my kids into wearing it!! Smile


As some of you may have heard, we had a little bit of a scare this month.  Chase fell and hit his head and needed to be flown to Phoenix to the hospital.  He ended up being fine from the head injury, but nearly died when they gave him a high dose shot of a painkiller in the helicopter.  It was an experience that I hope to NEVER repeat.  Thank you to all who called or came to the hospital and brought meals when we got home; we really appreciate it.

Chase’s classmates all made cards for him while he was gone.  They were super cute.  Here’s Chase posing in front of them after we taped them all to the refrigerator.















I think Hayes enjoyed them about as much as Chase.  He read every one of them to Chase.


We love you Chase.

A day at the Hinckson




Chase is a tenacious little thing.  Hayes and Parker had gone exploring down the wash. (they were long gone) Chase had gotten wobbly and wasn’t feeling well.  He couldn’t even really stand up.  So he started crawling down the sand wash.  We had to drag him back to the truck.  Who knows how far he would have gone?!?


I’ve got moves Ma

Hayes has names for all of his trampoline moves.  Some of them are pretty funny.  He MAKES me Smile take pictures while he tries them all out. 

The 360


The Happy New Year


The Judo Kick


Ree’s moves are sitting and standing.


High flying Eyes Closed Judo Kick


Kiss the Guns


Some of the best named tricks didn’t get in a photo…. like the 360 Monk Prayer, The Method, The Praying Mantis, and some others that Hayes will not admit to now.