Pumpkin Carving


My parents thought it would be cute to put me in a pumpkin.


What were they thinking?!


Okay, this might not be so awful.


I will definitely not give you a smile, but at least I’m not crying right now.


Our Daddy pumpkin, Mommy pumpkin, and Lainey pumpkin.


Happy Halloween!

Laundry Time

I like to help Mommy with laundry.


I keep the laundry basket nice and clean.


I just haven’t figured out how to fold the clothes yet. Hopefully that happens soon!

The Pumpkin Patch

We spent a cold, but fun, day at Green Bluff in Spokane.


Mommy and I having fun together.


These were some very scary sheep with very scary voices. I was not a big fan of them.


Look at all of those pumpkins!


Family picture at the pumpkin patch.

I found the perfect pumpkin!


Grandma, Grandpa, and I trying to stay warm.


We met up with the Grunenfelder family toward the end of our visit.

WSU vs. Cal


Grandpa Jim and Grandma Shelly came all of the way from Illinois for some Cougar football!


The outcome of the game wasn’t what we wanted, but we still had a good time!


Gotta love our Cougs!

Winterizing the Sprinklers

This weekend I did some poking around and figured out how to get our in-ground sprinkler system ready for the winter. I’m recording the steps here so I can have instructions on hand next year…

1. Turn of all of the irrigation valves, located in the grass next to the sprinkler heads.

2. Shut off the system backflow pipe (next to the main water valve) by turning the two handles perpendicular to the pipe.

3. Using two five-gallon buckets, empty the contents of the sprinkler pipes by opening the two drain faucets and letting all of the water flow out. One faucet is located in the same cabinet as the main water valve, while the other has it’s own compartment in the downstairs bathroom. Note: this is a two person job! If you try open one drain at a time, the water pressure can play a trick on you and cause some minor flooding. Don’t ask me how I know… just believe me, okay?

4. Leave the drain faucets open through the winter. To catch any drips, a five-gallon bucket can be hung from the drain next to the main water valve, while a smaller cup fits nicely under the drain faucet in the bathroom.

Just remember to close the faucets again before firing up the sprinklers in the spring!

Furnace Update

It turns out that or furnace wasn’t broken after all. The technician had simply put it back together wrong! After spending a night warming ourselves with space heaters, the issue was finally resolved. It’s still looking like a good idea to start tucking away a few dollars each month in a “new furnace fund,” but at least we’re up and running for the foreseeable future.