Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Day of School

Matthew:  1st Grade Mrs. Ludwig   

Ashlie:  Kindergarten  Mrs. Bayles

Brandon:  Preschool Mon & Wed    Miss Patti & Miss Patti

First Day of school was a success. Sorry not the best pictures, but we take what we can get! 

Cottle Family Reunion (Meadow Lake 2010)

This year we had such a fun reunion with my dad's side of the family. We met up at Meadow Lake in Columbia Falls MT. We stayed in some condos for the week and had such a fun time together.  We swam everyday, played golf, had a talent show, went to a play, ate lots of good food, stayed up late playing games, and of course had fun getting to see each other again. It had been 5 years for me, so it was so fun to see everyone all grown up! Can't wait for the next one.
Here is Matthew playing with my cousin holly.  Everynight after dinner, he and his cousing would make it a game and attack her, it would go on for  at least an hour, but they loved it.

Here we are at Flat Head Lake lake.  It was a lot of fun, but a little cold since it was glacier water. The kids had a great time swimming and playing in the sand

And we had a good time just sitting and talking, and of course eating

This day we headed up to to the slide. The kids had a blast!!

I love this picture of my Grandpa

This day we headed over to the maze and played some mini golf, got lost in the maze, rode on the go karts, and got soaked in the bumper boats

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday

4 years old: August 1, 2010

Height: 38.4 in (11%)
Weight: 32.0 (15%)

4 Favorite things you love:

Kitty (You still carry kitty EVERYWHERE)
Riding your bike
Doing flips and summersaults ANYWHERE you can, you are constantly jumping and flipping off of anywhere that you can

B you are such a joy in our lives, even though you have a very stong stubborn personality you are the cutest little guy at the same time. We love you so much!!



Brandons 4th Birthday was a sucess!  We ended up having 2 parties on here in Bayfiled with his cousins and family from Jeff's side, and then 1 in Montana with my side of the family. My dad made balloons for all of the kids, we had a pinata, and more cake and candy. It was so much fun to be with all of our families to help B celebrate his birthday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A few more camping pictures

Just a few more pictures from our camping trip.  It is so funny to see all of the blankets and things laying our to dry. It was a pretty funny sight.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Camping at Vallecito lake

 While they were here visiting we decided to go camping for 3 days. We had a lot of fun but prior to camping we have not had rain for months and the three days that we decided to camp it rained and rained and rained some more.  So we had to get  a little creative in the tents.
 This is a little hike we did on our last day of camping. It was really pretty.

We did some canoing
We ate icecream

We played games of baseball

We looked for lots and lots of bugs

So this is our tent.  Not a good time to find out that we need a new tent. We had to improvise a little for all of the rain we got.  Mind you this tent is almost 9 years old, it was leaking pretty good.

This is our beatiful sight before it started raining

We did some fishing and swimming

This is basically what our sight looked like the rest of the time.  I call it space camp. We had to buy a really big tarp to go over the top and then we used space blankets for the sides and puuled each of our vans on the sides to block the rain from coming in.

 Also not to leave out the first night we were there, we had a little visitor in our campground at about 1 in the morning. Jeff was no there that night, so I was in my tent alone with the kids and Becky was in her tent alone with her kids, and I awoke to a loud bang in the garbage can. Which  by the way was really close to our sight. Then i started to hear some growling, man that Bear was mad. I was SOOOOO freaked out, i could hardley move, I don't think my heart has ever beated so hard.  I was praying and prayin that the bear would not come over to our tent, but after the garbage can, I heard him come over to our campground and he started playing with our chairs we left out under the canopy. Lets just say that was a little to close for my comfort. To hear him growling feet away form our tent without jeff there was more bear than I need to hear.  Needless to say he wandered down the road, but it took me at least 2 hours to fall back asleep. The funny part was that Becky didn't even hear a thing. Good thing though because I have never been so scared. All in all it was a very fun trip even though it rained the whole time.