Sunday, September 30, 2007


Kevin won tickets by answering a radio station question, of course it was automotive. We hurried up to Lagoon before the season closed. Sara's brother Jake and Elise (his girl friend) came with us. We left the kids with Sara's parents and prepared for rain. We had a great time and the rain did not hinder us. We had fun standing in line waiting as Jake challenged us to name the seven dwarfs. Jake and Sara were successful but Elise sure gave us a new list of seven dwarfs: Dumpy, Gropey, Sleezey, Crappy, Droopy, Creepy and Doc... The faster she said it the worse it got and the funnier it got. Good thing Doc was there! Maybe she was dizzy from the previous rides.
Kevin had fun educating everyone on all the guns and ammo from pioneer village and it was hard to pry him away.
We also bumped into Sara's niece, nephew and brother-in-law before we left and we made sure they went on the log ride with us just in case they weren't wet enough from the rain.


Kevin went to start the jeep to warm it up to go home and it was parked on a downhill slope. It cranked and cranked and cranked and it wouldn't start. He thought that was weird because it normally starts right up. So he tried again and it let out a HUGE backfire. Kevin even saw the flash and started the jeep right after. Meanwhile, Sara, kids and her parents were inside and heard a huge BOOM and came running wondering if it was his pistol. Fortunately the jeep started up before they reached the door relieving that panic. As Sara came to the door she saw Kevin and her Dad looking under the side of the jeep at the blown up muffler we had just purchased last month. Kevin had only heard of mufflers being blown out and never thought he would get to see one. Clearly, he was wrong.

Princess Smile

Samantha said she gave her prettiest princess smile for this picture. We have noticed we have to make her laugh to get a real smile but we figure retakes would turn out the same. She does have a "pretty princess smile". We think it is a very cute kindergarten picture.

Monday, September 10, 2007


This is our gimpy puppy. For a long time Kevin has desperately wanted a dog and Sara has said he could have one when she was ready. Taking care of babies and puppies don't mix well with Sara. The baby is over one now and the thought processes of a dog turned in Sara's head. Then all the sudden Fender was at the house and he was definitely a keeper. We made some phone calls to people in town and he was ours. Immediately after we obtained ownership, we took him to Kevin's family reunion and the dog insisted on jumping out of the truck after tying him up on both sides with a collar. He had squeezed out of the collar and Kevin only had time to slow down to 50 mph. He broke his leg and has healed pretty nice over the last few weeks. We'll see if he recovers from the limp.

Fortunately Justin and Rachel (cousins and renters) love the dog too and so he is owned and loved by all of us.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Peanut KayDee

KayDee is our little munchkin and she has been our peanut since birth. She is very cordinated and can climb almost anything her little legs can get up. She loves pockets and can always find one, it is usually the one that starts at the neck of the shirt. Sara has found many items down her clothes using her "pocket" theory (she's smart enough to know that onesies make better pockets than t-shirts). Recently she has been folding her arms for prayers and has said many words like up, cheese, and bellybutton, among others.

"My name is Derrick"

It never fails, Derrick constantly introduces himself to EVERYONE. Sara always calls him a play by play boy because he tells you as it comes. There is nothing but bluntness and that is the sweet part. He goes from telling people "That's my Dad" to "Samantha, you looks so pretty" and "I love you Mom" to "KayDee's our peanut".
Derrick rides his bike without training wheels (a new development since May). He also makes sure we know which trucks are getting dirty when we go off-roading. When the rodeo was going, Sara couldn't figure out why he was talking about all the cows on the radio. Finally she figured it out and asked if he was talking about the rodeo and Derrick gave a shy grin and said yes. He is very good with his bow and has broken his arrows from being used so much. Sara had to take away the pencils he found to replace them.

Our 5 year old Samantha

This is our Samantha. She started school and loves it. She has been very good and stayed on green for discipline and we are very proud of her. She also knows all the letters they have talked about so far and she comes home and tells us she knows the one for the next day. She'll whisper in our ears "I know the letter of the day tomorrow... it's 'I'." Sam rides on the bus home from school and the bus driver gives them spray bottles to cool off. The older girls sitting next to her always come off the bus drenched.

Flash Flood, Too close for comfort

We had the exciting flash food on August 1, 2007. Sara had called Kevin and told him the river was extremely high and Kevin said it should be fine. Rachel (our cousin and renter) came over and wanted to take pictures of the river down by the bridge since that was safer. We walked down to the bridge, waving at some fire trucks as they went past.

Rachel was taking video and Sara saw water coming into the yard of the first house by the bridge and she yelled at Rachel to run, and so the running began. Sara wanted to knock on the door of the house since the people didn't know it was flooding. Rachel said she would do it and Rachel was surrounded by water in seconds and had to wade in thigh deep water to get out (the camera was her motivating factor to jump the fence).

As we pulled out to the road, we looked back at the bridge and happened to see Kevin attempt to cross the bridge. He was right in the middle of it with water up to the floor board. He backed out and was stuck on the other side. We are lucky the bridge didn't take him down or our Bronco. (He has a strong mental note from his wife to NEVER do that again!) The flood subsided and three homes were flooded and our pasture flooded almost to the fence next to our driveway. We were blessed.
We took pictures of the rodeo grounds, the bridge without water anymore, our yard, and that white car that landed several feet higher than it's origin.
Derrick continues to pray everyday for every meal that "those big muddy waters won't come back". Good thing too.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Kevin and Sara Laub Family

It has almost been seven years for us now and look what we have accomplished! Three kids, a house and lots of "classic" trucks (the trucks are no surprise). We really feel blessed and happy.

The best part of this picture is the hair line of the baby and Kevin. Unfortunately Kevin is not very fond of it but Sara thinks it is adorable. Thank goodness Kevin has more hair than this picture reveals or he would really be upset. It has been one year since this picture so it is definitely time to update.