Tuesday, September 21, 2010


This kid decided to turn 13 this year. Time sure does fly. He got the Leven Thumps book series, rain poncho and rain pants for camping, BYU sweatshirt, money, walkie talkies and a Westlake hat.
Kenzie wanted to wear the hat too. She sure is a cute fan.

Haydens awesome cake. Chocolate cake with a yummy filling and vanilla frosting. It was super yummy. We are so proud of Hayden. He is a sweet kid and will help out at any time without complaint. He love you buddy.

Cortlyn's birthday is only 5 days later. So we get to have LOTS of yummy cakes. She wanted a doll for her birthday. She got one and loves it. She also got some shoes, a fashion set that she can color and design, Junie B Jones books and a set of crayons and markers with a BIG sketch pad.

Cortlyn had vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. She told me just how she wanted it. A round cake on the bottom and cupcakes on the top. She loved it. Did I mention that she turned 8. I can't believe she will be getting baptized. I am sure getting OLD. All my kids are growing up. Awe the days when you could sit around the house and play dolls, color in a book and play play dough and trucks. No not anymore. We have dance and violin and ball games that we have to go to now. BUT I wouldn't change it to anything. We really love Cortlyn she is a spark in this family and brings on a lot of drama. She is not afraid to show anyone anything. She just digs right in with no fear. We love you Corty.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thats one BIG elk

Brad had the opportunity to go hunt an elk on some private property over Labor Day weekend. Well he shot one. It was huge. They score them and it came in as a 400, with a 6 inch caliper on the antlers. This elk was enormous. As you can see from this picture the four wheeler was off the ground while they were loading it on to the trailer. Plus they rolled 2 four wheelers just trying to get it off the mountain. They think it weighted in over 1500 pounds. We received over 250 pounds of meat.
As you can see it was a nice looking elk. Yes Hayden and Ty were able to go with him. They had a blast. Ty was a trooper and he is ready to go hunting again. He asks Brad at least once a week when it is his turn to shoot a deer. While they were gutting the elk Brad told Ty to move because he was sitting at the end where all the guts were going and he was getting a little on him. He just said no I OK. So he sat there watching the whole time getting messy and telling the guys to cut off his head. Gross I know.

You can see just how big this thing really is. Brad it standing up he is not lifting the head up. The antlers are all proportionate which makes it an even nicer elk.

This is the place where the boys went. So beautiful. They had a great time. I hope you had a chance to locate Ty in all his camo gear. He blends in really well. Its kind of like finding a Where's Waldo. He was excited to get to wear his new hunting clothes. He is definitely his dads boy.