Sunday, October 8, 2017


The kids came with me when we did volleyball pictures up at the mine yard. We got to go into the buildings this year - very cool. Ave showed off her muscles while picking up an old super-heavy wrench!
How cool is all this stuff?
My 3 beautiful kiddos! Ave wore a dress that Callie got her this summer. I swear Callie is the only one who can buy summer dresses for her (that she'll wear!)
A random pic of Mom and I. We have a knack for wearing the same shirts all the time!
Kyle and Callie graciously accompanied me to watch one of my absolute favorite bands, Kings of Leon, in concert. It was at the Gorge - a couple hours past Spokane. The venue was amazing. The concert was amazing. The company was amazing. I loved everything about it!
This was our first view of the stage. Amazing! It was a perfect weather night too.
You know how I love selfies...but sometimes you have to get one. Thanks guys! I'm excited for Kelsie and Joe to see them in a couple weeks!
On our way back to Missoula we snapped this cool picture for the kids. I can't imagine what a terribly difficult time the firefighters had in Montana this summer.
First day of school. The older two are way past the "dressing up" stage. Teague wore a nice plaid shirt though. I can't believe I have a 5th, 3rd, and 1st grader already!
Kyle and Leena joined me for the movie! IT has always been one of my favorite books in the entire world, and I was quite pleased with the movie. Stephen King knows how to write kids. I loved IT.
We came back from the movie to find these monkeys actually helping out! They did a nice job cleaning Grandma's car.
Teague got down into those wheel wells!
They really are pretty great kids.
My harvest at the end of the year. They were some tiny carrots, but plentiful and tasty! The purple potatoes were so good too. We made some good hash with these fixings! I love my little garden.
Teague somehow stuck his ice cream cone in Ave's hair. I don't know how he does it.
Uncle Kevin, Grandma, and Grandpa Barsness swung by Butte for a couple days. We had a really nice visit. Kevin is always fun with the kids. He was giving them different missions to do in the pool. They stayed at the Copper King, and the kids love to swim there!
Ave's favorite part of school is being around Korin all the time again! Korin's Mom sent me this photo from Korin's birthday party. Looks like they were having fun!
Happy 37th Birthday Kyle! He ages like a fine wine...I don't drink wine, but I heard it gets better with age!
Teague had some beautiful blue frosting teeth after his slice of cake. Looking good!
Ave has been awfully cuddly with her Dad's almost like she's trying to annoy him! Ha Ha!
My friend Savannah took this picture at one of the Butte High games. I love it!
These two don't mind watching Carter play football in the morning...because there are donuts to be had! Carter's team (coached by Kyle), has been doing great. 5-1. They are a nice group of kids too. No trash talk, no bullying, just good kids.
Teague loves when we get the Halloween decorations out. His buddy Skeli always makes him smile! Grandma Burgman got him this last year. He's upgraded from the green and orange plastic guys.
Carter man still snuggles with me, especially if he wants something! I'll take it though.
Ave and Daddy yet again! This is her idea of a back massage. He liked it though!
Teague is not a morning kid. Ha Ha Ha! This was last Friday. At least he's always good at school!
Avers had such a good time doing her map of the USA that she asked for a world map. This one is a bit more intricate. Should take us a while!
We saw some Halloween craft projects in one of Mom's magazines. We decided to try it. Her butternut squash ghost turned out absolutely adorable!
I did the three on the left. She did the three on the right. We had a good time. They turned out pretty cute!
Lastly, Teague made a new book the other day (with the help of his editor, Avery.) It's called The Bermuda Triangle. It contains his theories - 1. King Arthur dropped Excalibur in the water, which created a magnetic beam that ruins navigation. 2. There is a mosasaurus that still lives there. It's tail makes huge waves that sink ships. He has the best imagination. He knew Papa would love his book because Papa loves a good mystery.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The game/Kalispell

Burgman family picture 2017! I don't think this is the best one, but it was the one I had on my phone. We are always happy to see Carl and Jenny. I think they had a lot of fun with Mom and Dad, especially at Yellowstone. We had a great game night too! Hope your trip back went well, and that no tornadoes head your way! 
Baby Hawkins really loved the sandbox while he was here, although this face doesn't show it!
The second annual Burgman/Boyle game was a success...and our Butte High alumni team came back for the win. The highlight was watching Landon and Carter score! The Central players were super nice about giving them a chance. We are so grateful to so many people for making Aug. 10th a busy, bearable day for us. It's good to be distracted.
Lando is quite a player. The boys went to a two hour basketball camp earlier that day to benefit the Alex Thatcher Memorial Scholarship. A lot of terrible things have happened to good families. It sucks. At least there are some positive things happening.
My big boy! His baseball coach took this picture for Butte Sports. I love it!
This might be my favorite pic of the whole night. Kyle, Carter, and Landon, with Lando talking strategy.
Our two youngest players.
Teague really likes to give a toast. This is super cute. They really love each other.
My girl got her face painted at the game!
Burgmans/Boyles/Thatchers - these families are wonderful.
The game was Thursday. Friday we went up to Kalispell to visit Aunt Diane (who also came down for the basketball game.) For the first time in years, Erica and Kelsie got to go too! The little boys immediately dove into her pool at she and Art's new house. It has a beautiful back yard.
We decided to try Whitefish Lake that night. It was the best time to go! It was still hot, but the beach and dock were almost empty.
Kelsie was the first one in the water!
Me, Jord, and Teague chilling. Teague probably stayed in the water the most. He absolutely loved it. He even went out to the dock with me. I had to swim him on my back for about ten feet. He got up and danced proudly!
Landon is a good swimmer. He jumped off the dock with us a bunch!
Hawkins was quite fascinated with the seagulls.
Linky Lou walking the wall right when we got there. As usual, my pics are out of order.
Kelsie and some of her little buddies.
Good try Ave!
Hawkins has a habit of falling asleep before we do something fun! Luckily he wakes up in a great mood.
Kyle jumping off the dock! Ave got a great action shot from the beach!
The Boo on the beach.
Kyle and Teague being mermen! Kyle enjoyed the water but definitely needs some water shoes next year!
Hawkins having a little snack with Grandma and Diane before he tried out the water.
Random action photo.
Ave showing Hawkins his Mom out on the dock!
Link had been asking Kelsie to go to a beach for awhile. His happy face right here shows he liked it!
Hawkins and Lincoln started playing all of a sudden and didn't want to leave!
Swamp creatures! Aaaagh! Ha ha ha ha!
Six little cousins. I love summer.
The big boys went away from the beach to throw some rocks.
Good skipping form Carter.
Link showing me he's a mud monster! The sun looked so pretty going down in the smoky skies.
Two beautiful girls with their aunties.
I think I could sell this to a magazine.
Two happy little dudes.
Lincoln asked Kelsie to bury him. He loved it and made everyone do it twice.
She had some helpers.
Time to dance the dirt off. We had a great time at the beach!
Kyle, the kids, and I spent the first night at Dana's house. We got to meet her new baby Bella. Her big sisters and brother absolutely adore her (as you can tell by Maddie's face!) Their dog LaLa loved being pet by my kids.
They have a little apartment above their garage that we stayed in. Maddie made this sign for us. It made me laugh!
In the morning, the kids checked out the 11 chickens. They got to collect fresh eggs too. Jason said they get 8-10 eggs everyday!
They got to pet their nice pony, Peppermint. He's super gentle and like them petting him.
We went to the pool for the day. My kids always love the lazy river there. Jord got to hang out with baby Bella.
Hawkins helped himself to Jada's pretzel. Luckily she's super sweet and helped him.
Teague loved that they had dipping dots.
Mom and Teagie Pie in the river. His favorite people to go with in the lazy river are always Mom and Diane.
It made me laugh that Erica was holding Hawkins like this. Turns out, he had a bad diaper and needed a change!
Teague and his river friends!
Link dancing from towel to towel because the ground was lava!
Bella's 10 minute frog nap!
Dana and I with our big girls! I just realized I have no pictures of Kyle, Jason, Kolt, or Carter. They were there too I swear!
Every once in awhile, I catch a genuine Linky smile. I love it!
Hawkins bringing Erica some pretend food from the kiddie pool fountain.
Erica and her little blondie.
A very silly little boy.
Erica making Bella smile big. She is adorable!
Lincoln loved this baby.
He was fascinated by her little toes.
Maddie doing an impressive dive.
Jada doing a straddle jump.
Lando with the cannonball.
Jord's impressive form.
Our four girlies. So cute! They get along great too. Avery loves seeing them.
Boy picture! There's Kolt and Carter!
All together! We had such a great time! Erica and Kelsie headed to Havre after this to cut their trip home in half. Love you sisters! Miss you already.
Art cuddling their new puppy Lily. She is absolutely adorable, an Australian Shepherd/Cocker Spaniel mix. She and Jordan were good pals.
Teague and Kolt got along swimmingly. They were talking about Pokémon together here.
We will have to get another puppy eventually. We all loved little Lily, especially Carterman. Thanks to Diane and Art for spoiling us as usual. We are always happy when it's Kalispell trip time.