Monday, September 20, 2010


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yates Cidar Mill

The Cidar Press

The Petting Zoo

Drinking our fresh apple cidar and eating cinnamon sugar donuts.

We had so much fun at the Yates Cidar Mill. Denton and Julia got to ride ponnies. We watched them make fudge and then enjoyed some. We ate donuts and drank apple cidar on a covered picnic table while it rained down. We also went on a nature walk and fed the goats in the petting zoo.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Denton's First Day of School

Denton did fantastic on his first day of school.
He was super excited and jumped out of bed, got dressed,
and waited excitedly for time to go catch the bus.
I was way more nervous!
Being the overprotective mom that I am, I waited to see
Denton get on the bus, then I hoped in the car and raced his
bus to the school so I could make sure he got off the bus
and to his class ok. Surprisingly, there was no one there
to great the children as they got off the bus and show them
where their class is.
Two little scared brothers tapped my leg and said they didn't know
where to go. I recognized them as kids that got on at Denton's bus stop.
We helped them find their classes, but I was sure glad I was overprotective
for Denton. I didn't want him to be scared or lost on his first day.
He came home on the bus by himeself though. He had a huge smile
on his face and he told me all about how much he loved school.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Car Wreck

Denton was very excited to be in the back of the police car.

This is the lovely field we ended up in.

My father-in-law pointed out that I didn't post pictures/story of our little car wreck incident back on August 13th (Friday the 13th).
We were going on a little one night camping trip and we were on a long straight road in the middle of nowhere, 2 hours north of our house.
We were admiring all of the huge, old barns. Brandon looked back at the road after staring at a barn and he saw a car stopped in the middle of the road in front of us, waiting to turn left.
He slammed on the brakes, and we skidded for about 50 feet before hitting into the back right side of the black car you see on the side of the road. Brandon told the police officer that he had been looking at the barn and not paying attention. The police officer said since Brandon had told the truth, he wouldn't give him a ticket. No one in our van was hurt, just a little shaken up. A 88 year old grandma in the other car had a huge goose egg on her head, but hadn't even realized she hit her head on anything. She had to go to the hospital.
The rest of the day was long and exausting. The police officer took us into town. From there, the closest place to rent a car was 45 minutes away and we had no way to get there. There were no buses, taxies, trains, planes or anything else to get us out of town. Finally, Brandon called the guy who towed our van and he was kind enough to leave his daugher-in-law's birthday party and give Brandon a lift to the car rental place. Brandon took the boys with him and Julia and I wandered around Mayberry for 2 hours until Brandon came back with a rental. Then, we had to go to the wrecking yard and get all of our camping stuff out of the van. We were so happy when we finally got home.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Duty Calls...

I guess we can no longer use the excuse that it's summer, or we're new, to get off easy. I feel the full weight of responsibility on my shoulders. When did I turn into an adult? Denton is starting school next Tuesday and I'm having a little bit of a hard time with it, not because I don't think he will do great and it will be very good for him, but because it's an end to him being my side-kick all day. I've joined a group of moms to do a preschool for Julia. October will be my month to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have also received a new church calling to be the 1st counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. I know I will learn and gain far more than I can give. I'm just feeling like a small child trying to clop around in her mom's shoes. I know Heavenly Father can help me be who and what I need to be and I'm excited to see how things work out, because they always do :-)