Sunday, August 31, 2008

My Pool...from H, E, Double hockey sticks!!!

So, my wonderful friend who lives up in Vida is moving! She is so excited and offered to sell us her pool for dirt cheap so we jumped on the chance. This isn't just any pool it is a 15'x30', $4000 dollar above ground pool and it is so fun. I was so excited...UNTIL...we started reading the instructions. It started with the fact that the ground has to be level in the entire area with in 1 inch. We have about 1000 moles out here and if you have seen our yard you know this was a challenge that lasted a FULL day and half...but Seth did it!!!

Then the 2 hours we planned to take down turned into about 8 hours, then put up took another day and more than once the whole project almost ended in the river!! But now the frame is up and we have another problem. Rain...Crappy Rain....and the liner doesn't match up and we have a lot of patching, stretching and have to find 4-6 other people to help us in our misery!!!

I just needed to vent I am sure this is worth it...

Look how much bigger the pool is than the truck...I will be able to swim laps in my pool! The brown grass area is going to be a brick paver pathway to the pool steps, the brown sand area will hopefully be framed in railroad ties and filled in with some easy on the feet pea gravel...these will be future projects for now.

Nala is very curious about what is happening outside her window...she has been hearing lots of yelling and frustration lately...

These are the steps we will install, once we get the pool liner installed. The big black thing, we will eventually hide is the filter for the pool and I don't have a picture of them but we also have solar panals to heat the pool!!

A special thanks to Dad Ruhnow and Mike for all their help!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Photo's From the buggie Show - OR State Fair

I just put these pictures on the computer so...I thought I would put them here. These are of Gabe's Cassie and her family. They go to the Oregon State Fair each year to show their ginormous horses and in this show the horses are all dressed up pretty with ribbons braided in the mane and hooked up to a cute old buggie. It was fun!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Just look at these handsome eagle scouts...and that one cute soon to be eagle scout! They are so adorable!
Congratulations Josh the newest eagle scout in the family. What a lot of hard work goes into that! So proud of you Joshua!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Oregon State Fair

Saturday the 22nd, headed to the State Fair to see Gabe and Cassie. We got to see Cassie's family show there horse and buggies. It was pretty fun. It was fun seeing Gabe, we haven't gotten to see him much and I think Seth misses that...We took off from the fair and I dropped the boys to see "A Dark Knight" the IMAX experience, while I ran some errands.
It's funny Seth had seen it 3 times already and when it got out he said "It just wasn't as good the 4th time." So...moral of the story, only see it 3 times in the theater. Wait till it goes to video to see it the 4th time...(Hee Hee) I love that movie!!

It's Official

My little brother is finally getting married...I can't believe that he is old enough but apparently they keep growing up even when you aren't paying attention!!
Charity is great and I am so excited to have her as apart of the family. She brings out the best in my favorite middle brother!! I have never seen him like he is around her I can't even explain it. They will be great together, I am sure of it!

California - Family Reunion

August 16 my cousin Megan Schoepke got married in the Oakland temple. Slowly one by one all of the kids decided to go. It was so much fun!! I can't even remember the last time the entire family was together. Tammy came up from San Diego and even Charity, Matt's...Friend??? (Who will soon be family...I am sure!) Mom and Dad were able to get a couple of 2 bedroom hotel suites across the hall from each other. Dad used his Marriott points so we didn't even have to pay for it....YIPPEE!!

It was so much fun...we invented a new game called "Thong ball" it began as "Flip Flop Football" but that was a mouthful to say....we divided the teams into Ben, Garret Schoepke, and I against Tammy, Josh and Rachel. (We dominated...of course!!) Basically this was tackle football in the swimming pool with a flip flop sandal instead of a ball. It was a felt like we were kids again...there weren't even any injuries except Josh elbowed me in the nose and it hurt for days, but no blood so it didn't count!!!

We initiated Charity to the family by kicking Matt out of the hotel room and playing 10 fingers. She is great and continues to be attracted to Matt after spending a weekend with the whole clan...if she can survive that I vote "She's a Keeper!"

The last night JOSH came in and slept in the middle of Tammy and I on the King bed. It was so fun...I love that guy. He has spent the summer working for me at the Regional Sports Center and I am really going to miss him.

So...the trip went great, I feel so lucky to have such wonderful parents and siblings. Sometimes it feels like we are so spread out and busy that we don't see each other nearly enough!!

Monday, August 11, 2008


We are going to the fair on Tuesday...because Seth has 3 pictures hanging in the photography exhibit...and I can't wait to get my hands on some cotton candy!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Going to the State Fair...

We got the results today! Seth's photo Humble Beginnings (the barn) will be exhibited at the Oregon State Fair!! I am so EXCITED!!! So...if you find yourself in Salem at the State Fair make sure that you go to the Photo exibit and look at it!!!

My bum!


There is a new study about women and how they feel about their bums, the results were pretty interesting:

30% of women think their bum is too fat.......

10% of women think their bum is too skinny......

The remaining 60% say they don't care, they love him, he's a good man, and they wouldn't trade him for the world.



Sunday, August 3, 2008

Photography Contests

This year I decided that I would enter some of Seth's photographs in the Lane County Fair and the Oregon State Fair Contests. I was told that wildlife and unusual pictures are the ones to enter so...I submitted these three photographs (there was a limit of 3 pictures per photographer) and we should get the State Fair judging results in the mail this week! I am so excited, I picked the sprinkler one because I love it and it is really unusual. These barn one is my favorite and am blowing it up and hanging it above my bed. The bird one is just awesome. The bird sat in the middle of the road for a few minutes while Seth inched forward...he was not moving an inch. I know you can't get the story across in a picture but it was funny to me and so I entered it. Hope that you enjoy the picture and wish Seth lots of luck!!!