Monday, December 31, 2012

Snowmobiling Austin's Peak and Jule's Bowl

Day number 2: unloading to ride Austin's Peak. We stayed at a house in Dubois because we changed locations at the last minute since there was more snow here than in the Snowies!

The Tetons from the top of Austin's Peak


Jule's Bowl

Mom checking out the view

Grant Walter


Hahaa, Jake! There was actually a pile of us stuck in this spot ;)

Mom and Dad

So pretty! But... so stuck!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Snowmobiling Lava Mountain near Togwotee Pass, WY

There's the Wyoming border! Getting closer...

The first day we rode Lava Mountain and got acclimated ;)


Grant must have been trying some tricks here - looks like he backed himself out of it ;)

Just chillin' on the hillside
Dad, Darrell, Jake, Grant


What a gorgeous day!

Grant and Jake


Ha! Jake, that tree is a little too big for traction ;) Nice try, tho!

Top of Lava
Mom, Dad, Darrell, Jake, Loren, Grant

We all took turns making supper - must have been uncle Darrell's night!

The boys playing foos ball
Grant, Loren, Jake

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day at Darrell and Suzette's

Christmas day at the farm started out with the usual vintage snowmobile ride ;)
Olivia, Glenn, Mom, Darrell and Dad

Jake, Glenn, Cody and Olivia

Heather, Ruby and Gramma Rosie chatting

Olivia, Cody, Louise (Justine's dog), Me and Grant hanging out before lunch

Ella perfecting her gift opening skills while Dad, Leidy and Darrell watch ;)

The cousin picture!
Me, Heather, Ruby, Justine, Danna, Ella, Olivia
Front: Jake and Cody

Gramma Rosie with some of her grandkids and her great-grandkids!

Gramma Rosie and 4 of her kids
Uncle Glenn, Dad, Uncle Darrell and Aunt Renee

And at the end of the night Uncle Darrell, Mom and Ella went out to feed the horses!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve at the Schnells

Next up: we celebrated Christmas with the Schnells on Christmas Eve in Clotho! Mom Marla playing Santa ;)

Molly's pumped to open gifts!

Grant being his usual self

Come on Clark, what's in there??

Didn't we take a family photo this year?!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas at the Stanleys

We celebrated Christmas with Mom, Dad and the Stanleys on Sunday night. Here's Grant chilling with Ruby before supper ;) Dad was flying in from Philly and was scheduled to arrive so he could join the party but his flights, etc kept getting delayed :(

Leidy was at the Christmas party!

Ella opened a LOT of presents this night. Mostly because she was in charge of (or made herself in charge of ;) opening EVERYONE's presents ;)

New food processor for the Stanleys!

Ella loving Mom's new family calendar ;)

New winter running gear - getting Ella's approval after she had me put the headband over the top of the hat ;)

Ha! Mom and Grant sporting their new Christmas garb ;)  Yes, those are Zubaz!

Dad made it! So then Ella had to help him open his gifts - but at this point she was way past her bedtime and a little goofy ;)
Let the Christmas festivities continue!!  ....

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Making Soy Candles!

I attempted making candles for the first time! It was super easy. The supplies needed were:
- Soy wax flakes
- Wicks
- Essential oils
- Containers - I had asked friends/family to save any empty candle jars so I could refill them. A handy tip I found for getting leftover wax out of glass candle containers is to put them in the freezer and then chip it out with a knife - it usually comes out in one chunk! Slick!
- Double boiler - I don't have one of these so I just used a pan with water in it and then put the wax in a glass Pyrex container over it (see pic).

So, all you do is boil the water in the 'double boiler' to melt the wax. Then add some essential oils to your liking, put a touch of wax on the bottom of the wick and put it in place in the jar - let it cool so it stays in place. Then fill up the jars!

Here are the jars cooling! You can see some are already turning white. I used a clothespin to hold the wick up so it stayed straight. Once they are cool just snip off the extra wick and you're done!  I made cinnamon scented candles for Christmas gifts :)

Also this day there were some wild turkeys hanging out in the field behind our house - you can just see the black dots wayyy back there...

And then there was this little turkey hanging out in our front yard! ;)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ice Fest

Ice Fest this year ended up being a little bit of a rain/mud fest, but we still had a good time!

Ice climbers

Taking Leidy for a walk

Pulks in the rain!

Love this one ;) Our teepee hot tent village!  That's ours on the left, then Evan's, the Johnson's and Bryce Johnson's... all a little bit different and all handmade!

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