Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve in the Snow.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Decorating Christmas tree

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My 30th

Well I broke the twenties and left em behind. The girls and I made a  birthday cake and they decorated it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jessica's Dance Studio

For Jessica's birthday this year, I sent her away to a hotel. Then my Dad and I spent about 8 hours remodeling our storage shed into a dance studio. It has insulation, new laminate flooring, electricity, 6 x 7 foot mirror, internet (well that is still in progress, dumb wifi), heater. So now she can perfect her skills in private without kids (and a husband) staring.

Late Holloween Photos

Leah was really excited about being Cleopatra this year. They learned about her in school and she was thrilled when party city had the full costume. Ruth got whatever we could find around the house.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ruth's Door

Oh Ruth. You sweet little...booger. Ruth has created this little game for herself, which she thinks is quite funny. Jessica's car has automatic locks, but we lost the remote. So you have to use a key to get in the driver door then hit the button  to unlock all the other doors. Well Ruth, for several months now, ihas been big enough to reach the lock on her door. So when we go to the store and I move to get her out of the car she quickly kicks the lock and I have to walk back to my door and unlock all the doors. Though her orneriness (I don't know where she gets it) keeps her going and she quickly locks the door. My humor turns to frustration and I have to reach in through my door and hit the lock where my hand is bombarded by kicking feet. I have to move swiftly to unlock the door amidst flying size 2s and get the door open. She giggles but has a very serious look on her face. Anyway, she loves this little battle we have. I don't know if she does the same for Jessica or if she saves this little game just for her dad. 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ruth beating me up

Using my iphone, Leah shot some video of Ruth beating me up with the swing.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Leah washes hands

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sick and Tired

Well we are on our third day of our family vacation. And like a vacation, we are getting a break from work, school, responsibilities and good health. OK so we are all home sick. And though it is not a vacation we are getting those breaks.

Tuesday, Ruth started getting sick. Then Jessica and Leah on wednesday and me on thursday. Fevers, sore throats, tender skin and achy muscles. All so much fun. So the house is a wreck and the TV has received excessive use. But come end of this weekend we should all be OK to return to our normal lives. And bid a farewell to this awful vacation.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ruth singing

Ruth singing Gumby from Gabe Sprenger on Vimeo.

I was trying to get Ruth to sing what she knows of the Gumby song. She's so cute.

Monday, August 31, 2009


This last weekend Christie and I took the girls (Leah, Ruth, Noel and Sydney) to Idaho for Grandma Longs 80th birthday party. We left Friday afternoon and trekked the 6 hours to Nampa.

It was a nice weekend. The party was fun and everyone was there (minus Gerry). The girls had fun playing with cousins and we had a good time catching up with the family we dont get to see very often.

On sunday morning We took the girls to Raging Rapids, Idahos huge water park. Ruth stayed with Charlie because she was not feeling very good. But Christie, Noel Sydney, Leah, and I enjoyed a few hours of Idaho sun and Fun.

We headed back Sunday night. I was a fun, busy weekend. That will take a few days to recover from.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Saint Helens

On Monday (Aug 24 09) Adam and I hiked to the top of Mount Saint Helens. It was a lot of fun, but quiet challenging. I have been walking with the girls several times a week this summer to try and get ready for the trek, but this hike kicked me in the tail. It took us five hours to hike the five miles and 5000 feet of elevation, and 3 hours to come down. It was an amazing day, clear and warm. Awesome. One mountain down man more to go. Check out the photos and videos on our flickr page.

St. Helens Photos on Flickr


Saturday, August 15, 2009

We participated in our first race today. It was a 3k for race for
courage. It was to raise money for the guy at work whose son died of
cancer last month and whose wife is going through it as well. There
were four hundred participents. It was fun.

Leah is ready for school. We got ALL her school supplies early this
year. Phew! And we were able to find a backpack that wasn't a hundred
pounds. Last year we went late and found a few left over supplies. She
is so excited to get back to school and in the third grade!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Leah made cupcakes for us tonight. She went crazy with the frosting.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Ruth is being very cute right now. She came back from my parents and they borrowed our car seat. The car seat was in the living room floor. She had to sit in it and be buckled. She whined so I tried to unbuckle her but she squealed so I left her buckled. Now she is requesting her blanky, binky, and stuffie. So now her and I are watching food network. Me on the couch and her cuddling her bedtime gear , buckled in her car seat. Too cute.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Fair

The Girls and I went to the fair this last weekend with Christie and her kids. It was a fun day of rides, food and screaming. Screaming? Yes, terror, horror and even some blood. After standing in line for half an hour to enter the fair, we thought we would go see some animals before the rides were open. There was this exotic animal exhibit in on of the buildings,. I had a back entrance near us that led us down a 30 foot dark corridor to the wonder of lions, snakes and even sharks. We were excited, but only made a few steps in. Ruth and I headed first down the door when we heard screaming. We turned around Leah, Noel and Sydney were screaming, panic in their eyes as they tore their way through the exit. When I made it our Leah was scraped and bruised, Noel stood searching for a safe haven in the open fair and Sydeny was held deep in Christies arms. An over inthusiastic fair worker rushed over and they explained to him and to me that when they entered the dark hall a Goblin of shear terrror peaked his head out of a neighboring haunted house exit and stared at the girls. After several calls, visits with TWO fair directors, a trip to first aid, and two free ride passes (est value: $60) The fair people finally released us to enjoy the rest of the day. I mean released, they did not want us to leave upset and I assume, ready to sue. But the rides opened and the horror was soon forgotten. The girls, however, would have no discussion of taking another look in the dark room. Wild animals or not. That dark creature of the night would be no doubt lurking in the shadows. Awaiting a nice little morsel, at least that is what was written in the eyes of these three girls.

But to see some of the fun and excitement enjoyed on the rides of the Clark County Fair 2009. Stop by our flickr page. Iphone photos and videos.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summer Fun

We have been enjoying the summer heat for the last month. The girls love the water. Well Ruth does as long ad it doesn't touch her face or head. But Leah just dives on in and does come out until dragged. We have been going for walks almost every day. Leah rides her bike and becoming much more comfortable on it. Ruth sits in the jogging stroller and talks the entire time, pointing out every thing she sees. She has a blast. The girls are also having fun with the new kitten, prince. Ruth is learing to be nice a gentle to the kitten and Leah is learning the responsibility of having a kitten, like changing the litter box and feeding him. I thinks Ruth loves having her big sister home during the summer to. She is gonna have a hard time when Leah goes back to school in the 'third grade'! There is plenty of summer left and we are looking foreword to camping, more swimming and maybe a trip to Idaho.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


The new addition to the family. Little Prince. So now we have two adults, two kids, and two pets....(and four stick bugs).

Monday, June 22, 2009

An empty nest

Well the girls are down in California with Jessicas parents. We met them in Roseburg last thursday and handed them over for eleven days. The church down in sacramento has a vacation bible school that Leah has been going to for the last few years. This is the first time we have had Ruth this far away for this long. It will be nice to relax and get things done around the house.

Anyway, dats da news.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Some photos of Ruth

Went out last night as the sun was going down and took some pics of Ruth and Rosie.

Leahs New Do

Leah was so excited this weekend. We finally went and got her summer haircut. Her and Ruth are going to california for a few weeks and she wanted a haircut that would keep her cool. She looks pretty cute.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Back from Paradise

Well we returned last weekend from California. We stayed with Jessica's parents out side sacramento where it was 102 degrees. Jessica's sister's wedding was at the house and it was beautiful. Then we left the kids and headed to our paradise on the central coast. We lived in los osos a few times and we love to return. We had also wished we could have afforded to stay, but it is not a place that is easy to be freelance.

Anyway we had fun and here are some pics.

Here are some photos at and nears Jessicas Dads house, the photos above are of Los Osos.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

629 miles

Well, we are heading down to California tomorrow. Jessica's sister Kristin is getting married. The girls are very excited. Well Leah is, Ruth just knows she is getting ignored as we get everything ready. We are going to be down there for a week. The wedding is at Jessica's Dad's house in Plymouth, about 40 miles outside Sacramento. He built a big house, but it is on 50 acres that has no public power or water, so I am excited to see his setup. We have seen pictures but only Leah has been to the house. It is gloomy here in the NW and should be 90 degrees down there, so that will be exciting. Bring on the shorts, white legs!

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Mom from Gabe Sprenger on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Episode ONE!

Finally we have the first Leah Show Episode! Check it out on Leah's web site!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Leah Fishing

Leah is on spring break this week and is having fun. I came home for lunch and took her and Ruth out to lunch. It was fun. Monday my Dad and Mom took the girls fishing. They all caught fish! Leah was so proud that she caught the biggest fish. You can also see her sporting her new glasses. She also has to wear an eye patch a few hours everyday at night to help her from getting a lazy eye. It irritates her, but Jessica and I making pirate references irritates her even more. So we are going to stop that. Anyway, she is going to stay at Grandma and Grandpa Copas's tonight and she is excited. Oh and the fish wasnt really THAT big. But I wanted to tell a good fishing story on this april fools day. But the fish was big, so they say.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Well not much going on lately. I had worked some overtime on a new commercial campaign for Spam. Kinda fun claymation that should be out this june. So anyway, I was able to take a friday off. Jessica and I spent the weekend taking everything out of our bedroom, paint the walls and tear out the carpet. We new we had hardwood floors under the carpet but had no idea how they were going to look. Well they were not bad. There is a dark stain in one part, but a rug can cover that until we are ready to redo the floors. But it was nice to do something on the house and made the room look really nice. Leah was irritated cause all the stuff in our room was shoved into hers. She had enough room to walk from the door to here bed, but barely. Ruth had to be patient while Jessica and I worked. She was pretty good and watched alot of cartoons. Mostly she stould by the gate at our bedroom door and whined. But she was a good girl. Leah has spring break next week and she is excited. We dont have any plans. We are all looking foreword to warmer weather so we can enjoy more time outside when it isnt 40 degrees and windy. Anyway, there you go.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Girls Funny Faces

New Photos of the girls