White Christmas…

January 2, 2009 at 9:16 am (Uncategorized)

Well we had our White Christmas this year.  It was a balmy 30 degrees and snowing pretty good when we left Kalispell.  It was a fun trip. We built a snow man that came in at about    1picture-0160 feet tall and built a small sled run for the kids that turned out to be more of a Wannabe’s snowboarding run.  Eric, Susan, Russell, Kaden, Tye, Adam and I all went snowboarding on the last day that we were there. While we spent alot of time on out butts it was a fun time.  I loved the snow and the cold really didn’t bother me as much as Mandy thought it would.  It ranged from -5 to 35 while we were there and I enjoyed it every minute of it. I can’t thank Mark and Debbe enough for making this trip everything it was.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!


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October 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Dark Side.

Dark Side.



Halloween time,   New post.  what do people have planned.   actually i dont care much,  this post was more for a place to put these  new photoshop tricks i am learning 🙂    but if i do some REALLY bad ones of the family it might get them back on this site!!!

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Kaden’s Lego Video

October 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm (Uncategorized)

Kaden and I were talking the other night and decided to make a lego video. I thought you all may enjoy it. It is a little violent so be prepared… We all know how 9 year old boys think….

Kaden’s second video

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In an attempt to revive things I am going to try putting up a quote everyday and try and get peoples feelings on them. Lets start here….

September 26, 2008 at 9:09 am (Uncategorized)

“Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.”

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Where is Everyone?

August 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm (Uncategorized)

Okay…I am sorry I didn’t start on this earlier, but this is a bigger chore than I had anticipated.  I hope everyone will TRY to come…

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Williams Wedding plans???

May 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

So William and  Melody are getting married. So we thought we’d give them some ideas for a “REAL Montana wedding”.  So lets have fun here.


Williams Proposal-

I had her go on a scavenger hunt ! I started it off by giving her a clue in an envelope. Each new place she went she got something and she got another clue. Her first stop was her favorite Starbucks. Then Massage envy. Then she went home where i had a new phone waiting for her (hers sucked and was broken). Then She had to go to tempe town late where I was waiting for her by the pattleboats. They were frikin closed because they close at dark lol. but no matter it was still fun ) . We walked until I could find the prettiest place on the little walkway there next to all the lake lights and then I got down on one knee. )

She bounced up and down for a second be she managed to say yes haha. As we walked by strangers she informed them that we were engaged. Some said congratulations, while others completely avoided us as if we were asking for money. Were not sure yet as to the date. We decided we would make a decision by thrusday of when and where. ) I think we are still on track for a Montana wedding though.


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Kevin’s Gold Mine Adventures Part 1

April 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm (Uncategorized)


Many of you may have recieved this in an email from Debbe. I thought I’d throw this up on the Blog for your reading pleasure so we can post comments to Kevin as well


I thought I would write and tell you some of the stories Kevin has told us so far on his Alaskan Adventure. He doesn’t have Internet but is keeping a daily journal that he will upload when/if he ever gets back to town.


It was definitely cold when he arrived in Fairbanks. Mind you, he had no warm clothes with him. He was under the impression that Donny would take him to WalMart to get clothes.  Not so much!! Luckily we had bought him 2 “Under Armour” shirts right before he left. So he got off the plane with tennis shoes and a sweatshirt hoody.  Donny assured him that he had “stuff” at the mine.

They spent the next day or so in Fairbanks hauling lumber that Donny had processed at the mine. They were waiting for the ice bridge to freeze again so they could get the trucks across the river. When they could finally leave town Kevin was driving a big rig. He has never done that before. He told Donny he didn’t even know how to shift one of them. Donny told him he’d learn! He had him drive in a circle a few times and then they left! The ice bridge was barely able to support them. They were in water! And then they crossed a small lake that wasn’t completely frozen!

A nice surprise awaited them at camp. NO POWER! The generator had broken. I’m not sure of all the details. They must have had some power at the cook house so that’s where they slept at first.

When they were fixing the generator Kevin got a taste of Donny’s “no fear” policy. They were working with diesel, gas, starting fluid, etc and Donny lit up a cigarette! Kind of freaked Kevin out!  Then he had to don a rubber suit of some kind and climb down the well. I guess it had frozen and he had to break the ice and fix the pump. Oh, Donny did give him some boots… but no coat…  Yesterday  one of the Bombadier snow cats needed a new ski. They jacked it up, but they were doing it on a sheet of ice. Once it was up Donny told Kevin to get under and put the pin in. Kevin said he wasn’t very comfortable climbing under something held up by flimsy jacks sitting on a sheet of ice. (DUH!) But Donny called him a name that hurt his ego and he climbed under to salvage his manhood. Sure enough, the jacks slipped and the thing came down on him. He wasn’t hurt badly. Just bruised and little cut on his back.  When they finally got him out he was very verbal in telling Donny he wasn’t going to be doing that again.

Right now they are logging. The ground is still a solid sheet of ice. The plane can’t even get in. But they can’t get out now as the ice bridge won’t hold them. They are stuck! I get the impression that Donny isn’t real safety conscious. There is one other guy there named Josh. He has been there before. He and Kev are doing the chokers while Donny pulls the logs out. He has a tendency to take off before the boys are out of the way. This is not stuff a mother wants to know!!!

Food and water…. Let’s just say we girls would not be happy! The only food they have right now is what they can shoot. Right now they have a moose carcass hanging up. Donny uses a saws all to hack off the head and limbs and then whacks off some meat to go cook up. Kevin says it really weird. But Donny doesn’t clean anything up so the wolves are coming in to get the “pieces”. I’m not entirely sure why, but something happened to the food supply. All they have is the meat, nothing else right now. Kevin said they found some salmon in the freezer last night but he refused to eat it. He said he didn’t know how long the freezer might have been down and was afraid it was bad. This could be because of what he found out about the water….

Coming from Montana where the well water is heavenly he had no thought to check his water… UNTIL… he was sitting there and looked in his glass and saw little creatures swimming around. NO JOKE! He totally freaked out! Donny told him that they just used whiskey to kill any parasite that might get into your system. Kevin began doing science experiments to see what killed the little buggers. He is hoping that he doesn’t have parasites in his system now. He is boiling and filtering all his water now.

They are sleeping in the trailer now, but there isn’t enough power to run the heaters. He is using the little heat packs you put in your boots to sleep on to get warm.

He does get cell coverage in a few spots. Last night he found one that was only 2 miles from camp.

You might wonder if he is having fun… He loves it!! He sounds happier that he’s been in a very long time. The 12 hour days are good for him.  He is excited by everything.  Below is an email he was able to send. If you can drop him a line at Kevinrussell@gmail.com. He would love to hear from everyone. He can retrieve them from his phone I think.


Still alive much to my surprise really, I am working with a crazy old man. I have a blog/journal with  lots of pictures that  I have been keeping updated nightly. But weather conditions have made it impossible to get close to town.  I will send it out asap. I only have a few of your emails in my phone and hope it sends out. If you do get this, I am doing well! Sore, cold, sick, blistered, bruised…


This is the most welcomed misery I can think of.  Most might think that statement does not make sense, but seeing what you can accomplish at the end of a 12 hours day is worth every ounce of discomfort.


I miss home, but know that I will appreciate it that much more when I am there after this adventure.


Write me when you can!

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Post-Dancing Apache… Post

March 25, 2008 at 9:37 am (Uncategorized)


Well, lack of food wasn’t an issue.

I’ll post a bunch of photos as soon as I pull them together.

The best parts of the trip

  1. Watching Sariah delight in the great outdoors
  2. Laying on those bouncy lounge chairs next to Cristina and just relaxing
  3. Going on a snipe hunt with the kids.

The worst parts of the trip:

  1. Trying to find the DA for the first time… at night
  2. Trying to convince Don that I really could not handle another plate of enchiladas
  3. Going home


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    Dancing Apache Post

    March 11, 2008 at 10:09 am (Uncategorized)

    Per Debbe I am starting this post on Dancing Apache, She asked me to list some of the things that have already been arranged:

    1. Regarding food: We were going to have potluck style eating arrangements but concerns about family fights and subsequent witholding of food has led us to scrap these plans. Easter eggs will be hidden throughout the property and will be the main source of sustenance for the weekend.
    2. Regarding Drinks: There is a creek.
    3. Regarding Restrooms: There is a creek.
    4. Regarding washing clothes and dishes: There is a creek
    5.  Regarding Security: Hugh Jass will patrol the grounds nightly in a Lycra bodysuit. It is expected this will ward off any person, animal, mosquitoes, etc…
    6. Regarding Games: We have planned out several games including “Mock the old people (35+ years of age)“, “Guess my prescription (compliments of Susan)” and, “Wheel of Forum (which common usage term will we redefine next?)”

    I think that’s it. Anything else Debbe?

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    What is Funny?

    March 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm (Uncategorized)


    What is funny?

    What is funny to one person is not necessarily funny to another.  I have been on a stand up comedian kick lately. Now I have always enjoyed a good stand up act but lately I have been obessed with it.  Like Ryan I always have wanted to try my hand at doing stand up but am not sure that it would be something that I could live through. 2 years of drama and starring in our Church roadshow was not enough to get me over my stage fright. Not to mention what if I am not as funny as I think I am. I have my moments but is it enough?  Some of my favorite comedians lately have been Demetri Martin, Sarah Silverman and George Carlin.  Mandy and I went to see Sarah Silverman in Vegas and I thought it was hilarious but I am sure Mandy while she enjoyed it didn’t think it was as funny as I did.  So that makes me wonder. What is it that makes something SOOO funny to one person but not too funny to another? Is it an issue of peoples standards? Or is it a level of sophistication. Some people think they are above the level of humor that includes profanity or toilet humor. I personally find just as much humor in poop jokes as the jokes about era specific jokes about Sigmond Freud.


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