Saturday, November 21, 2015

Her Idea of Heaven

This morning we started helping out at our local animal shelter, Responsible Pet Care. The work may have been hard, and sometimes quite yucky, but she did all of it without a single complaint because she loves every single one of those fur-babies!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Surveyor in Training

Yesterday our youngest son did a job shadow with Matt Burke of Riverside Survey in Bolsters Mills. He brought home a copy of the deed that he was working from, and a map of the plot points that he had helped to locate. He's quite proud of his work! It was a great day, and he is hopeful that he will be able to help again in the future!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Good morning!

My oldest step-daughter shared this amazing photo! She's developing quite the eye for photography. We have lots of colorful skies over our way, but for a good photo you need to wait for the right moment - those dramatic clouds and that fog hanging down low over the trees made it the perfect time for this shot!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As easy as...

Well, pie would have been good, but we decided to make a cake with our apples instead...

Here's the wicked easy recipe:
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
Mix together and then add:
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 medium apples (peeled, cored and cut in chunks)
Blend all ingredients well. It seems too dry at first, but keep mixing and it will come together. Pour batter into a greased 9x9" pan, and bake in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for around an hour.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

3rd Annual Turkey Trot

The girls decided to take it easy this morning, but Amber and I had a great run together with our friends!

Friday, November 13, 2015


This is my favorite part of cold weather and long evenings - snuggling in front of the fire...
I think Amber might agree.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Training Begins NOW

This afternoon they participated in a Parkour/street-running class and then Open Gym at this new facility that offers 'American Ninja Warrior' type obstacles (salmon ladder, warped wall, climbing, flipping, tricks, etc.) and training in Westbrook. They had a great time, or as my younger son told me, "It was the BEST time ever!"