Thursday, October 27, 2011


Last night was my son's last soccer game. He earned the nickname "Wheels" by his coach. It is very fitting.

As with most of the kids his age, the funnest part of watching him play is his facial expressions. Let me share a few of those with you. Most of the time the tongue is either out, or it's making a bump on his cheek. 


The kid takes the game of soccer very seriously, and he plays with conviction and passion.

And is so humble when he scores. 

He's polite on the field and never pushes and shoves.

He's always willing to help when others are in the wrong spot on the field.

He celebrates with his teammates and gives kuddos when they score.

He's always ready to defend his goal.

He supports his teammates on and off the field.

He never gives up. 

He's just a fun guy to have on any team.

And I don't think I even have to say anything about his impeccable style sense.

Yep. That kid sure does love his soccer.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Soccer Field Beauty

Yesterday started with the most amazing sunrise! It was all the beautiful colors of fall on fire. I didn't have a chance to take a picture, but one of my Facebook friends did.

(photo by Bre Earl)

That alone made my day, but God wasn't done yet. Not even close!  Levi had a soccer game last night and about 10 minutes in the most amazing rainbow appeared.  It was so vibrant, and just a little ways to the left was a faint double rainbow. Absolutely glorious! I did have my camera for that. Here are a few of the pictures I was able to take.

This one is actually my favorite and was taken with my phone.

Then, just when I thought I'd seen all the beauty I could handle in one day, a gorgeous purple and pink sunset ended the day. I woke up still in awe thinking about it this morning.

Thank God for his countless incredible blessings!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apples and Pumpkins

Have you ever been to Green Bluff Farms? It's north of Spokane, WA.  We visited on Sunday for the first time and had a blast! There are over 40 growers that are all part of Green Bluff Growers.  This time of year they have their Apple Festival going on each weekend. A word of warning if you decide to visit; get there early! We got there after 12:00 and the traffic and parking situation was horrendous! Next time I'm going to plan a whole long day since we were only able to visit three spots. Bummer!

Here's a rundown of some of the things we did in the short amount of time we were there.

On our way through the parking lot at the Harvest House we saw this. CJ said "I've never seen horse hooves that big before! Wow!!!"

This little guy was there. Just nine weeks old. How adorable is he?! You could bottle feed him for the bargain price of just $20. We did NOT bottle feed the baby zebra.

The boys got hungry so they had a fun little snack at this fun little seating area.

He's a Deer man! I have no idea what's up with that expression.

After we were done at the Harvest House we were summoned across the road to Green Bluff United Methodist Church by the heavenly smell of baking apples. They had a sign out front bragging about their apple dumplings. So, we ordered up three and ate them while we enjoyed old country tunes and hymns played on the banjo and sung by an elderly gentlemen who I can only assume was a member of the church. It was absolutely delightful!

Apple dumpling covered in vanilla cream sauce. YUMMY!

After we finished at the church we headed to Knapp's. What a wonderful farm! There were pumpkins, gourds, and apples everywhere!

 Delicious apples!
(photo courtesy of spokanekelly on flickr since I forgot to take a picture of apples) 

They had "punkin chunkin" where they launch a pumpkin over a 1/4 mile from their homemade canon. Pretty impressive!

The boys really enjoyed their hay bale maze, and according to their website they also have a corn maze. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to experience that. =o(

We did have time for this though!

And this. I think my mom should be a bit more nervous!

After all of those fun activities it was time to go pick our pumpkins. I only gave the boys one rule for picking their pumpkin. They had to be able to pick it up themselves. "Is it off the ground mom?"

Photo op!

"Here's a good one!"

"Oh wait! That one is nice too!"

The one that Mr. Stripes finally settled on.

As usual, the oldest kid has to do all the work while the youngest is just along for the ride.

What a gorgeous place for a farm! Check out that view in the background.

Finally some help from the little guy.

While we were waiting in line to pay for our pumpkins I thought it would be nice to get a nice picture of the both of them in front of the red barn. If you ever doubted that a photographer's hardest subjects are their own children, here's the proof! Not one normal shot, and as you can see once again... always the youngest. 

So that was our fun afternoon at Green Bluff Growers. I will definitely be going there at least once next year. We had such a great time!

I hope you all are enjoying the lovely fall weather and beautiful colors that have finally arrived on the Palouse.

Remember your blessings!