Three Little Monkeys

camping out

My kids think there’s nothing better than camping out in a tent in the basement.


Eye to Eye

We spent fall break in Canada with some friends.  Most of our time was spent in Banff, but we did make it to Calgary for an afternoon at the zoo.  We were very impressed with the Calgary zoo, it was one of the best I have been to.

Here are Ben and Dan, eye to eye with a big vulture.



I know, I’m a little late, but better late than never!

We enjoyed our first trunk – or – treat at the church in place of trick or treating.   Halloween is always fun – and this year I was smart and had Clark hide the kid’s candy  – and be in charge of rationing it, so I wouldn’t eat it all!


One of the great things about living in a new area is the opportunity to explore new trails.  We hiked at a few new places while my mom was here.  This trail wound up around a hill to the top of the knob.  We didn’t make it all the way up, but had a great time.

Ben tried to catch bugs for his collection and Jacob walked the whole way.

Grandma and the kids

Ben insisted that I photograph some of the bugs he found.


One of the best things about living in this part of the country is the abundance of U-Pick farms.  I am still learning where they all are and didn’t take full advantage of them this year, but I plan to do more in the future.  The kids and I took my mom who is visiting us for two weeks from the Last Frontier to a U-Pick blueberry farm.  I set Mom and all the kids up with buckets and put them to work.  Ben worked the entire time we were there and picked one whole bucket that weighed in at over 6 lbs.  (He transferred berries from the hat to his bucket)

Dan worked hard too.


Hannah, surrounded by blueberries.

Jacob helped too, although it took him a while to learn that only the ripe berries taste good.

Below, our bounty (totaling 24.5 lbs!)  I dehydrated a batch for my homemade granola cereal and froze the rest.

The Details

You saw the first day’s work here, three walls done.

I have to insert that my lifesaver in this project included this great paint and primer combo which covered the yucky walls in ONE coat.  A miracle if you ask me – I was dreading having to do it all once – let alone twice!

Great paint with the help of Mr. Power Roller made the job a snap! Well, almost a snap.

At the end of day 2 the walls were all done except some trim work around the doors.

The person that painted the goldenrod color liked it so much they painted the sides of the trim too, which meant I got to paint all the trim on day three.

Day three was probably the hardest day, I painted the trim around the doors, and the ceiling joint twice so by the time Clark was home from work my arms were jello.  He saved the day by painting the big orange beam across the middle of the ceiling for me.  At the end of the day it looked like this:

Such an improvement!

On day’s 4-7 I was lazy (tired and soar) and didn’t take any pictures.  On 4 and 5 Clark and I put down the laminate section of the floor.  He had to work the first day, so after helping me prep the floor and giving me a crash course on how to operate a table saw, I was on my own.  I worked all afternoon and then together we worked all evening until we’d finished half of the floor.

Day 5 included lots of Ibprofin for my aches and pains and finishing the laminate.

Days 6 and 7 were fabulous!  The carpet layers came did their thing and we were left with this:

Amazing, yes?

And after putting all our stuff back this is what it looks like:

Let me give you the tour

The art, science, summer school, play dough, coloring, creative area:

The dancing, running, sliding, jumping, twirling, fun area:

The Movie watching, Wii playing, Exercising Area:

The toy area:

And the ping pong/ future scrapbook area:

The plan for this area is to build a scrapbook nook against the left wall just like my old one:

That is one of our many winter projects.

So what do you think?  Isn’t this:

An improvement over this?

I sure think so!


Ok, so the basement is 95% done – just the base board remains to be painted and installed, and I finally have time to think about blogging again.  So, here’s the question.  Do you want to just see the finished product, or all the gory details in between?

Let me know and I’ll post tomorrow night.