Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas with the Bitterroot Burkharts

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring.... not even Benjamin!
He actually went directly to bed when asked and had not moved a muscle when we checked in on him. He wanted Christmas to come as quickly as possible!
Because Ben had started a Lego project on Christmas Eve, he went directly back to finish it before waking us up! We were pleasantly surprised to hear him at 9:30am!
He had a rather unorthodox stocking technique. I don't know how you like to go about it, but he aimed for speed and efficiency when emptying his sock!
The Cuddy tradition holds that everything is opened on Christmas Eve; crossing your fingers that you are on Santa's "Good List" for Christmas morning loot. Therefore, Ben got to open Grammie and Papa Cuddy gifts the night before. As you can see, we had to twist his arm.
He was pretty much shaking from that much excitement.

He is, both, a superhero AND a Lego building machine!

Wrapping paper was flying all over the place!

It is hard to photograph the blur of excitement. It was like watching a pack of wolves on a fresh kill after a famine!

Christmas day was a super fun adventure! Thank you, friends and family, for all of the thoughtful gifts and for your love and support throughout the year! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Can't we get just one good one?!?

It is high time we get our Christmas card photos submitted. You would think, in this digital age, that we could get just ONE good one? Really, I don't really have terribly high expectations here. By "good one" I mean one where we are both smiling with our eyes open.
Not sticking our tongues out.
No eye-patch shadows, no reaching for the left breast, and again, eyes open.
We did have to stop for a kiss though.
I was tempted to use this one. I don't remember what was being said here, but it must have been pretty good.

I am sure I was licking my lips in preparation for more kissing. The comb-over needed some re-working, too.

Fussing with the mop.
He was teasing me about my primping, but we all recognize this pose as being in-character for David, no?

None of these made the final cut for our family Christmas card this year, but we sure appreciate Dylan's efforts to take our picture. It was great to have the family together for an evening of laughs and Christmas chaos. We are looking forward to more silliness and many carols around the piano this holiday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello Winter!

 It's here!
Yes, Jack Frost, we see you! We see the snow won't be staying up in the mountains any longer.

How could we miss it!

This morning we woke up to a snow plow ushering in the season.

However, inside the house, it is a balmy desert where camels pose like the sphinx of Egypt.
Just don't try to saddle up, Benjamin. Santa is watching, you know.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween!

What did the ghost give the monkeys to eat?
Ben still loves to dress up. There were lots of possible costume options tried out all week leading up to Halloween night. No, this is not what Ben was for Halloween.We were waiting excitedly to see what he would pull out of his costume tub for the big day. 
He decided to be a shark for the Pre-Kindergarten Halloween party.
Mom was a butterfly for the Pre-K party.
Then, on Halloween, Benjamin came out of his room dressed in his skeleton costume. However, he got a very serious look on his face and informed me, that the shark was going to eat him.
Ben was a shark who ate a skeleton. As he explained to everyone, "There are bones inside of me because I ate a whole person"!
The GSK Halloween party was really fun!

It was a "spooky party"!

Our little shark earned his teeth there, by playing the "Trick-Or-Treat Bingo" game.

When it was time for real "Trick-Or-Treat", Benjamin got to see many of his school friends.

Our little downtown really gets in the spirit!

This other small shark crossed our path as we made our way down memory lane!
We hope you had an equally spooky time this Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It Was Such a Beautiful Autumn Day!

It was a perfect day for going on a little explore! A perfect day for ...
..."Follow the Leader"!
...for petting a snake!
...for visiting a secret fort!
...for crunching leaves under foot!
...for singing to the river!
These are the nature treasures the kids found, brought together, and left for those who follow.
I hope you find them, or some of your own.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Go, Chicken, Go!

Our Chicken Man came to the last Farmer's Market of the year, to cheer on the Evergreen Kids Corner Cooperative Preschool CHICKEN! Today was Chicken Bingo Raffle Day!

There were a lot of supporters there, crafting, coloring and waiting for the big event.
Meet Rosa Parks, the EKC Fundraiser chicken.
Drum roll, please.... here comes the CHICKEN!
All of the raffle tickets sold were randomly assigned numbers. Then the chicken was let loose on numbered grid squares.

We waited for the chicken to .... GO. (Nope... those are just leaves that had blown onto the grid)

"Go, chicken, go!"
We all waited....

.... and Mikaela clapped and cheered for the winner! Congratulations to Elizabeth!
Thank you, friends and family, for supporting our wonderful school by buying chicken tickets!
We truly believe in the power of our little school to change the world, one wee-person at a time.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Benjamin's First School Field Trip

Evergreen Kids Corner took a school field trip to Homestead Organic Farm!

They watched the baby chickens get fed. They followed the big chickens, and the waddling ducks, around the apple orchard. They petted the nice farm dogs. 
The kids walked out to see the turkeys, and in rushed the goats!
It was very exciting and the goats were happy to see everyone! There was a goat the kids all called "Unicorn" because he only had one horn. There was one, with a beard, who looked like he stepped off a page of a "Three Billy Goats Gruff" storybook.
Ben made friends with every goat who came his way.

Laura was our tour guide. An expert organic farmer, she was very nice and very knowledgeable. She and Henry showed us around the greenhouse, where they had just picked food for a fundraiser they were catering that night.
The kids helped harvest potatoes!

Ben bagged them and then helped pull his weight in spuds!
The sunflowers were sooooo tall!
Ben took time to smell all of the pretty flowers. Thank you to Miss Dulce and Miss Amy for setting up such a great field trip! These are lucky little kids, to go to such a great school!