Sunday, September 18, 2011

Recent Autumn and Cedar

We went on a family blueberry picking mission last Sunday. We got enough for Amy to bake a pie. Autumn was about as close to nirvana as I've ever seen her. As her eyes rolled back in her head she would just whisper to herself "mmmm, booberry pie." It was so good we had it for breakfast the next day.

Cedar is really digging the solid food thing.

A couple nice bucks from a recent hunting trip.

My parents requested more pics of Autumn and Cedar together to make it easier to pick their most current screen saver picture. Happy to oblige.


Autumn got her first real 2-wheeler last week. We had been planning to get her a bike for Christmas this year but when this bike came available locally we couldn't resist. It's a Kazam balance bike. The idea is kids roll around on it using their feet to propel themselves and as they learn to balance they begin putting their feet up on a small platform and coasting around. It's the new training wheels. Supposedly they graduate from this right to a pedal bike. Autumn is having a great time and we already see tons of progress. She may wear an oval track around the couch though as I think the sunny day in the pics is the last we are going to see for a long time.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Linguistic Challenge

I know what she's saying but I know how to speak "Autumn." Anyone out there want to give it a guess?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I Was Attacked By A Bear

Well, at least my message was. Sally, does this qualify as ironic? That's my garbage can, proudly displaying a "Keep Alaska's Bears Wild, Handle Your Garbage Responsibly" bumper sticker. The night before trash pick-up, early evening but dark and the garage door was left open for just a few minutes. I don't know if I should be amused or ashamed.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ridicu-list #1 Trigger Assist

The Cabelas catalog is full of widgets and doo-dads aimed at hunters. It's a testament to the power of marketing that some of these things actually sell. So mining from the wealth of "must-haves" from "The World's Foremost Outfitter" I will attempt to bring you regular installments of the Ridicu-list.

From Cabelas: "Even, consistent trigger pull is critical to good marksmanship. Enjoy trigger-pull reductions of 50% or more, greatly improving accuracy. Made of durable, corrosion-resistant aluminum, this is an affordable alternative to expensive gunsmith trigger jobs. Easily removed for use on multiple firearms."

Yes folks, it's a trigger that pulls the trigger. Kind of like the lever that pulls the lever that flushes the toilet. So when that trophy buck is in your scope, don't trust your finger to pull the trigger on your rifle, you need to pull the trigger that pulls the trigger instead. I wonder if you can mount two on your gun so you could have a trigger that pulls the trigger that pulls the trigger! Forty-four customers gave it 4.6 stars so it must be a pretty sweet trigger. Hey! Pull my finger, er, I mean trigger.

Next on the Ridicu-list: "The butt-out"

Friday, September 9, 2011

Autumn and Cedar Update

Don't worry, I'll get back to the hunting posts soon, but wanted to get a few recent pics of Autumn and Cedar out. Cedar is growing fast, even these pics seem "old" to me and Amy. She is pretty much mobile. She's not really crawling but still manages to get where she wants with a modified army crawl/arm pull. Her signature move is called "the Superman"where she arches on her belly. I didn't know backs could bend like that. She's working on solid foods. We ditched feeding her with a spoon and just put stuff on her tray and let her have at it, she's happier with that arrangement. She has four top teeth and two bottom ones. She does not sleep through the night yet and neither do we. Autumn is becoming a great big sister. She gives Cedar lots of kisses and squeezes. She's also becoming quite the little helper. She helps with housework such as loading the dishwasher, sweeping, laundry, and being a "gopher." She even helps me grind venison. She can go down the slide at the pool all by herself. She loves to sing and astounds me sometimes with the songs she knows such as the raindrops and kittens song from Sound of Music. She's great at cutting paper with scissors, not so great yet at picking up all the little shards. She can talk a streak and Amy and I can actually understand 1/2 of it. Fun times.