Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mom & Dad are home!

Also posted these pics to facebook. Here they are again anyway....

Fresh of the plane at DIA, then later that night.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Family Food Storage

Alright. We've finally re-done our food storage room. It is now somewhat organized....

...and is even cataloged in a handy-dandy database (courtesy of a rudimentary knowledge of databases in general and Microsoft -- erk! -- Access).

The pictures don't always do it justice...here's a short video narrated by Sharon.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April Snow

We had a late-season snow storm over the weekend (don't have an official total). It turned out to be a heavy wet snow, so I couldn't abide not talking some pictures of it all. It was snowing quite heavily when I took the pics, so I had to duck for cover either in the doorway of the house or in the garage, standing back far enough to not get the camera wet. No pics of our house as I'd have to cross the street and didn't want to take the camera out into the wet mess.

This pic is of the tree down the street:

Stepped onto the pack patio to take this one at the height of one of the heavier bouts of snow:

Played around with the zoom and got a few good shots (once I looked at the photos at 100%. I've cropped these so that the good stuff (close-up of the snow) could be seen.

Sophie absolutely loves playing the snow and had a wonderful time running around in it. Oscar, on the other hand -- the softie -- didn't care for it too much and was anxious to get back into the nice warm house after a minute or so.

Sophie, trying to catch a snow flake on her tongue.

I love the snow! In my opinion, we had an entirely too mild a winter and not anywhere near enough precipitation for my liking. At least we got a couple of good storms in before the end of the season.

The forecast for the rest of the week is calling for 70 degree temps. The streets are already mostly dry. By tomorrow, the snow will be all but melted. *sigh* It was good while it lasted.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Night at the Museum

Jake's 4th grade class went on an over-night field trip to the Colorado History Museum.

There were several classes in which the students could get a feel for life in the 1800s. They had the chance to try roping "cattle", bore holes into rock to plant dynamite (mining), and pan for gold.

Jake practices boring

Pans for gold (we actually found a few "flecks")

They also had the chance to try the school experience as if they were students in 1899. The 'teacher', Ms. Webster, was great and the kids loved it.

(Embedded youtube video)

At about 12:30, the activities ended and we went downstairs to set up camp and sleep. After getting Jake's sleeping bag set up, I went around to check on some of the other kids and ensure that they were all okay. When I returned, less than 5 minutes later, Jake was out.

The next morning, I opened my eyes to find Jacob lying and staring right at me. Our morning boy was certainly more bright-eyed and bushy tailed than me!

Jacob and his teacher, Ms. Sorensen

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fam at the Zoo

Sure, we saw lots of ani-mules, but everyone can see them....here are some pics of the fam....

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Lion Sleeps tonight

Cameron recently found his Halloween costume from two years ago. He turned his costume into pajamas (pyjamas for our fam down-under).

The first night we saw him wearing 'em, he was fast asleep and we managed to get a few snapshots...notice that he also wears the paw-print hand mittens.

Monday, January 26, 2009

It's official!

Yesterday, Sharon was sustained as the new Relief Society president in our ward. Before the actual releases and new callings were announced, the previous RS prez who sits behind us during sacrament meeting, shoved the binder (anyone who has been in an LDS presidency knows about the dreaded 'binder') under the pew to her so that no one but her saw it. Very subtle! Throughout the course of the three hour block, she picked up, if I caught it correctly, three more binders. Fun!

Throughout the course of the day people stopped her in the hallway, offering either congratulations or condolences!

Anyway, as a result of this, it several organizations were reorganized (there were presidency changes to RS, YW, and Primary...I'm sure it'll make for an interesting transition in the weeks that follow). We all met in the RS room after church to set everyone apart and, with all of our families there to look on or participate in ordinances, we filled the room.

We, her loving family, will miss her! We'll see you again in two to three years, Sweetie!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Three Kings Day!

Today, January 6th, is Three Kings Day. To the uninitiated, this is the traditional day in which the magi arrived to honor the baby Jesus. The three kings -- Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar -- arrive on horse, camel and elephant, bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye 2008, you were a good year

Went to a rise with a lookout to the south west (off Smokey Hill Road) to watch the sunset on December 31.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Deschamps Family.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Oscar joins us

Oscar is a two year old Boston Terrier. He's older and has some history which is making him a bit stubborn at times. Still, he's very lovable!

He "burrows" under under his blanket and to keep himself cozy and warm; last night he got hot and -- in his sleep -- rolled over kicked off blanket of his lower half, two legs poking up into the air while the rest remained hidden. Cute!

-- update --
Alright. Allow me to clarify. Oscar is not a pure breed Boston Terrier, but rather a BT mixed with sheep/cattle dog...it makes him a bit bigger than your typical BT, but no less adorable.

Friday, November 21, 2008


....and introducing the newest member of our family:

This pic of Sophie was taken (on a phone; not the best quality) last night at the Denver Dumb Friends League. She's a seven month old Australian Kelpie and we can tell -- even from the limited time we spent with her -- that she's pretty smart. It didn't take long for every one of us to fall in love with her.

This afternoon, we're picking her up to bring her home. Needless to say, we're all very excited.

We'll no doubt, be posting additional pictures in the immediate future.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween 2008

Vamp-boy Nate
(by the end of the night, much of his makeup had come off).

Jake, pizza delivery guy --again!

Cam as Pumkin

Nate carving his pumpkin

Cam trying to suppress a his disgust while disemboweling his pumpkin.

Cam and his proud creation.

Jake and his completed pumpkin.