Saturday, August 16

Backyard Project - New Planting Area

Weeks back, I start in on a new backyard project. I am going to change this:
Into a new walled garden or flower area, so the massive root system of that bush and I are going to have a little showdown. Smart money is on the MountainMan >:)

I dug around the root system with a shovel and then needed to borrow Ron's pic to get really aggressive!

The pic made quick work of it but yeah I got sweaty

In the process of leveling out the ground

With the ground leveled, I forced some manual labor on the kids :)

And started to lay the wall.

Had to borrow Ron's saw and buy a diamond blade to cut some bricks for the wall edges and also the rounded corner. Also had to lay sprinklers, put in 3 new heads.

Then filled the area with about 5 inches of new soil and compost mixture, and put a construction adhesive under the capstones and now we are ready to plant some vegetables or flowers!


Take me out to the ball game!

Last night we hit the Rockies game, compliments of work. Great seats and free food! Great weather and great company! I love going to the games but not really for the games, just for the whole experience of the ballpark, the friends, the energy, the fun!

Friday, August 15

Lot's o Babbitt's

Finally getting around to posting the pictures from our trip to Burley ID (by way of Boise) for the Babbitt reunion. The order of these pictures is a bit messed up, but I'm not going to worry about that right now.

Mom and I at Dad's grave.

Me n my 98 year old grandma, she is super sweet and I miss her a lot. She canned about 35 jars of jam to be auctioned off at the reunion, I bought 5 jars :) no, I couldn't bring them home on the plane, but I bought them anyway and left them with my sisters. I LOVE homemade jam!!! I should learn to make it, and can peaches!

Always holding her hand as we sat together during much of the reunion.

Grandma Givens - when I hear the word grandma, my first thoughts go to her and this place.

Lots of hugs were exchanged this day, and some tears.

Sitting with grandma and my favorite aunt Wendy

Uncle Milton (my dad's oldest brother) and Uncle Vern (the next oldest brother)

Uncle Alan doing the kids auction

I love this dear woman, I need to spend so much more time with her.

Aunt Wendy put together picture boards of lots of family pictures.

The flight from Denver to Boise with Shanna

Grandma Givens, the adoption into the Givens family occurred when my mom met Kay (pictured later) at college and Kay had never had a sister so they became best friends and Kay brought my mom (always known as Cricket back then) home with her and BAM! the rest is history as they say, from then on, she was family and so were we. Grandma even has a cross-stitch hanging on her wall showing the full extended families and the grandkids and so forth and right there on the wall just like any other family you will see "the Babbitt's" it doesn't get any more offical than that! We are Givens'

Having lunch at Bodacious Pig BBQ in Eagle

Shanna's BBQ nachos were awesome!

Playin the pool with the family

I was a force to be reckoned with in splashing the nieces and nephews 

These two little guys are just TONS of fun

Brayden dropping Mason into the pool while I do a handstand :)

Crystal, me, Mom (love the yellow :)

Donuts and silliness

Ellie, Uncle Randy (my favorite uncle who laughs all the time, super funny, love him tons) his new fiance (Darlenne died just over a year ago and that was very sad she was a sweetie) Wendy and Uncle Gene who probably looks most like Dad. I didn't get individual pictures with some of these folks and that makes me feel sad, i was too busy talking and enjoying the fact that I was seeing these people again after so long, but I wish I had gotten more and better pictures. 

Meeting cousins that I never knew

Aunt Wendy, LOVE her, so many of the Babbitt clan love to laugh, I love this and Wendy and Randy are two of the best!

Aunt Ilene on the left in the colors, she is a riot

Aunt Lori on the left in the blue (married to Alan) says to my family when we first arrive. 
"You know, your dad had a crush on me when he was a little boy."
Everyone laughs, my kids look at me with smiles, I am a little embarrassed but I have to admit that to the best of my recollection this was probably true. 
And I respond and say, "Yeah true, but now it's the other way around isn't it." 
She laughs, a bit embarrassed and we all laugh even harder. It was pretty funny. 

Is it just me or does that river look WAY TOO green?

I should have taken way more pictures of the nieces and nephews (this is Paris)

One of my all time favorite pictures of Grandpa and Grandma Givens. I rode those same motorcycles a lot growing up in Idaho.

This was Great Grandma Givens' home. I remember as a very young boy going to this house. My memories of this are as faded and antiqued as this picture but they are real, they are mine, and they are special to me. It wasn't long before they tore it down after great grandma died and grandma and grandpa givens built a new home in it's place, and this new home is the house that grandma Givens still lives in (during the summer - in the winter she goes to AZ)

Great Grandma Givens, I never met her husband, he had already past away.

What a cute couple!

Grandpa was very handy, he built a plane in the garage, I helped him a couple times.

Uncle Kim and Aunt Kay (the one who brought us into the Givens clan by adopting my mom). Love the yellow dress :)

Feeding grandma's chickens. As a boy we would kill chickens each year at grandma's. Probably about 50 or so and everyone would be stocked up on chicken for a little while. I would LOVE to have a home with some land some day so that I could have chickens and horses!

Gathering eggs.

Isn't my grandma just adorable!!!

Easter picture that I took a picture of from my mom's photo album.

These pictures were taken shortly after dad died.

Growing up on 30 acres means laser tag on dark nights with friends. (Vaughn, one of my very best friends, me, Andy, Jason, Lance (Vaughn's younger brother), Todd (my younger brother).

Kennedi and Andra - we all did some country swing danging this night, wish I had more pictures of that, danced with both of these girls and my older sister Corinna who couldn't stop laughing. It was tons of fun.