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Crowd of Kittens

One day when I  was at school mom and dad had a big suprise for me when I got home. It was a beautiful black,white and brown cat. I had a hard time finding a perfect name for her. Then it came to  the perfect name. I named  her Katyana.


I thought of that name because we had a dog named Katya. My brother wanted a cat too. So one of my moms friends said they had a boy cat and asked if we want it. So we  went to the house to see him. My brother wanted him so we got him. We put him with Katyana. My dad and my brother agreed on a name. The name was Black Jack.


We would play with them every day. But every day Katyana was getting fatter. One day mom was holding Katyana and she felt some thing moving in Katyanas belly! One day my mom was gone and Katyana had 5 babys. Black Jack wasnt sure what they were but he was nice to them. I made a little box for them.


After a couple of weeks later  Katyana moved them into my moms sewing box because there box was to little.


After a couple weeks they started to open there eyes. My mom didnt want them in the box any more so we put  them in a kennel with no gate. Then me and my brother thought of some names  a black and white one we named Oreo.  We then changed it to Vegas because she was getting some brown fur. A gray one my brother named Smokey.  A black and brown kitten with brown spots we named Ninja and a black kitten with a little bit of brown named Jet because all he did was run all over the place.

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There was a solid black kitten we named Pip Squeak because it is the smallest.  I had to bring Pip into the house two times a day to feed her milk and wet food because she was so small and mom said she was not growing like the other kittens.


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We put Jet and Ninja up on the computer to see if anyone would be want them for free.  A good family in our town took Jet and they love him.  Jet was the only boy of all the kittens.  His new owner is in my class! Someone wanted Ninja but only for a barn cat so my mom didn’t want to get rid of her yet.


We still have 4 of the kittens and I don’t want to get rid of any of them!  They are 3 months old and some day they will be as strong as there parents.  Pip is the only one that runs away when we go see them but I think she still likes me.  Vegas loves to help my mom feed the dogs.  She always tries to jump in the dog food but my mom just gives her some dog food and she gets out.  I want to keep them all because they are little cute rascals.

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Turning 8 is Great!

Being 8 is great!  When you are 8 you have alot of responsibilities.  And people trust you to do the rite thing. Why is it so special to be eight? Because you get Baptized! Why is getting baptized so special?  Because you are member of the chuch . So I am greatfull . Because Heavenly Father created me and even you. So if you need help or comfort he will be there for you.

On my birthday week our volleyball girls  were playing in Casper in the championship tournament . And in a surprising way me and my mom were going  to watch. I was excited. Then we stayed at a hotel. At the hotel  there was an indoor pool and hot tub. We only went in the hot tub because the water in the pool was freezing but once in a while I would  stick my foot in the water but when we had to go I started splashing my feet in it. I have a crazy imagination so I imagined there was a shark in the pool. At first it creeped me out then we left and I felt a little bit better.

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hot tub

My mom said to take a quick shower so I did and  then she said get dressed quick too so we do not miss any thing at the tournament. We went shopping for my birthday and I bought a new art kit because I love to make things.  We made it to the game and we did not miss any thing. And we won 1st place. I was proud of the girl’s because they tried their best.  I even drew a picture of a trophy for the team and my mom said I was not even watching the game.  I was!  I was also missing my dad so I made a picture for him to!

Birthday Art Set


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My mom took me to dinner with some friends from our town and they sang happy birthday to me and brought me an angel food cake covered with cherry sauce and whipped cream.Birthday Cake

It was sooooo good.  We drove back home that nite because I wanted to be with my dad and my brother on Sunday my birthday.

For my birthday I got a mood ring from my mom, a blue watch from  my brother, new spurs from my daddy, lego friends from my aunt and uncle, a sewing machine from my  She-Sha and  a cuddle up it from my other grandma! My dad even made me a deer skull and painted it pink so it would match my room.  I love it! skull present

My mom also made me an angel food cake birthday cake with raspberries and whipped cream because I loved the one I got in Casper so much.  I just ate a plain piece of cake because I don’t like raspberries!


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I really like being 8.  It is the best thing in the world.  So if you are 7, I bet you can’t wait to turn eight!

The Spirit of Christmas

I love Christmas!  Do you? What do you like best about Christmas? The presents, Santa, cookies and milk, candy in yore stocking or Christmas Break. I like all of them.

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I had a tough Christmas Break because I was sick  and I  had a red eye.  On the other and my Christmas Break wasn’t ALL bad, some of it was ALOT of fun!

The things that I did that was fun was riding my mom’s boogie board that she bought in Hawaii down my street at night,  and my dads skim board was even funner than that! In the snow I stood on it and pretended I was surfing on a wave down the street.  I didn’t make it far, but my dad said I made it really far. After sledding we ate chocolate pudding pie.

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Bodee Boogie Board

I’m grateful fore my presents and every thing else and my favorite present that I  got was my Rainbow Dash Equestria girl doll. And I like her because she is cool and colorful. My friend has the Fluttershy Equestria girl and Princess Celestia Equestria girl and we play with them a lot.

But the magic is not in the presents but in His presence.

Even though we like the presents the true meaning  of Christmas  is about Jesus’s birthday.  We always celebrate his birthday. It is about giving to other people.  We got lots of goodies from people in our town and I really liked eating them.  Especially the fudge that fudge is good!  I even used my rodeo money that I saved so I could buy my brother a Christmas present.  I bought him Monster’s University toys because he likes monsters and I like the toy that says “awwww THNAP.”  You should watch that movie and see him he is funny.BodeeDakota

 I hope next year we can make a plate of goodies for someone.  And I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas HO HO HO!

*Dakota has learned how to use the spell check on her blog.  Words that do not get underlined in red, do not get spell checked ;).

Surviving the Winter

For surviving the winter you have to chop a trillion pieces of wood . But me and my cousin Zoie and my brother Bodee we did it the medium  way. The medium way is laying it on a tree stump and then we jump on it to break the wood if the wood is hard.  And if it is easy we only have to stomp on it. My dad uses a chainsaw and we have a wood splitter.  I am the one that gets to make the wood splitter work.  It can be a boring job sometimes so I take lots of breaks.  In our house we only use wood to keep warm in our wood stove.  We don’t even use our electricity because it gets so expensive.  It was hard work to get all of that wood but it will be really cold soon so I am glad we are done with that!

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In the  barn our dog’s are like pup-sicles so we try to keep them warm. And every time we come to feed them my mom and dad have to get a ski pole and stab there water because there water is like an icicle. Some time’s we have  to dump out there water and give them new water. We once got heat lamps for the dog’s and they worked.  Ikaika likes to lay next to the heat lamps because it is super warm.  He likes the heat lamps over his warm dog house.  My dads dog Jed doesn’t like to be in his dog house either.  He lays on top of it next to the heat lamp.  I don’t think he will ever be cold since he is always running back and forth and back and forth.

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We have two horses one girl is a Buckskin Paint the other girl is a Dapple Gray . The Buckskin Paint is named Shawnee and the Dapple Gray is named Bly. We built stalls and one time I was jumping on the trampolean with Braydee and Lanston and the wind picked up our stalls and made it crash onto our upper nebers fence.  We screamed so loud we could of probably broke glass since we screamed so loud.  We have to build them a new place to get out of the snow and rain since the stalls were recked.  Dad says that if they have a place to get out of the wether they will be warm this winter.


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We have a cat her name is Katyana. For some reason when I am about to come in  she is always  at the door. Once my mom was grocery shopping and she came in with a perfect box that was a perfect  cat house. We colored it after it was done it looked crazy. Then we put it in the garage. And once when I went in to check on her she was in the little box I made for her.  When she runs up to me I pick her up and feel her body.  It is toasty warm but her ears are always cold.


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Girls Can “Rough-It” Too!

DakotaCamping is fun .   It is fun because I chopped all of the wood we used and one came up and hit me in the cheek.  It felt like a tooth getting yanked even when  it was not even loose . My dad wanted a different camping spot but I said ” NO!” and then we went to mine .


chopping wood1And we also had to bild a fire pit and Jeremi made a seat fore me and my brother to sit on.  We had to find rely big rocks to make the fire pit .  They about smashed my fingers.  At night I would get a stick and lite it on fire and it would smoke ALOT!.


fire DakotaAlmost every morning my mom and dad  would take turns hunting. I was bord and when I was bord I would take turns chopping wood.  The only thing we cooked on the fire was Hot Dog’s.  We didn’t bring Marshmellow’s and I said “NOOOOOOOO!” and I was so mad I wanted to PUNCH something!

When we where leaving to go home we saw a small looking buck in the trees. He was a 3 by 3 and it was my mom’s first buck with a bow. She had a lung shot  I new because my dad told me “If there is bubels in the blood it is a lung shot.”  My dad taught my brother and me to track the deer by following the blood.



After all of that we had a pinic in a park that was BUTEFUL!    We were finally heading home .    CAMPER’S OUT!!


The Freezing Night

Did you know that it snows in Wyoming in October?  At the bon fire in our town it was pouring snow and my hands were FREEZZZING. I spray painted my name on the rode but it was getting washed away becus  of the snow.

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When they lit the fire  it stopped snowing.   My family was warm really warm.  It was snowing so hard that I coold not see anything.  In fact my dads cowboy hat was coverd with snow. The snow looked like dip-n-dots ice cream. They were little mini snow balls.

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My grate Aunt and Uncle were there  and they were really fun.  At the park there was so much snow that I made a snowball. The whole reason we were there was becus it was HOMECOMING!  The football team was suppose to play but they were not able to becus the rodes were closed.  I would not want to play football in the snow and I am glad Rodeos are in the summer becus I would not like to goat tie in the snow . Did you know once I had to goat tie in the RAIN?!?!? And I was drenched with water!  I know that there will be a lot more cold nights but I have never been this freezing in October.

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You Don’t Pick Horses, They Pick You

I have gotten to ride a lot of horses and they were all pretty and some of them were handsom.  I got to ride a very fast horse that dous barrels and poles.  Her name is Hot Rod and she even walks fast.  My friend Tricia says she is a “hot horse” and hard to handle.  When she gallops I am in mid-air.  I did not like to ride her for that long. Tricia put me on a different horse to ride instead named Blackie.

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Blackie is a good horse but when you whip her too much she will buck.  I have learned that the easy way becus I saw someone ELSE get bucked off of her.  I rode her and I did not whip her so I did not get bucked off.  I rode her and I did a walk and a trot on her.


Rain is a good horse.  She is a Palamino and my friend Kallie uses her for goat tying.  She is awesome, sometimes slow, but still awesome.  She galloped with me once but usually she just walks.  Rain will let anyone ride her becus she is really sweet.

I also rode other horses named Essence, Little Man and Cree.  They are really nice and easy to ride but none of them are like my favorite horse, Shawnee becus she loves me and listens to me the best.

My mom pict Shawnee but she pict me!  She pict me becus I love her!  Evory time we visit her I always give her grass and pet her all over.  She was not even broken before my dad started braking her in June.  She is 4 years old and has never been ridden before my dad broke her.  This is a picture of the first time I ever rode her.  It was only 6 weeks after we started working her.  The first time I rode her my boots fell off and I rode with my socks.  She stepped on my boots but lucley I got new ones from Boot City.  That saddle was to big it was my dads.

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I love to brush Shawnee and my dad is teching me how to saddle up a horse.  Shawnee lets me do anything with her.  When she got her horseshoes she was good most of the time.  My mom let me give her love while she was getting her horseshoes so she woodnt go crazy.  She calmed down when I was with her and didn’t go crazy.

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Brushing Shawnee


Shawnee is still my moms horse but she loves me a little bit more.  I hope that I can do barrels, goat tying and poles with her whenever I am able to ride her by myself at a lope.  Whenever I cluck to her she would trot and when I kiss to her she lopes.  And when I say whoa she stops emedietly.  Once when I said whoa I about went over the saddle horn becus she was loping and stopped so fast.

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Now we have her at our house and I have only rode her once and my dad walked her so she can get used to her new home.  I can look outside and see our horses eating or running or playing or licking their salt lick.  It is a pretty view.  I am glad I get to see her every day becus I only saw her Saturdays or Fridays.  I can pet her whenever I want.  I can play with her whenever I want.  I just have to be careful of the shocking wire becus my dad says it will hurt BAD.  He already got shocked by it so he would know.  I made up this song just thinking of my horses.  “I looked out the window and what did I see?  Two little horses staring at me!”

Bly is our other horse.  I don’t ride her because she is my dad’s horse and she did not pick me!  My Aunt Karen says that next summer I can get my own baby colt. And I made a poem about the baby horse too.  “Boy or girl, I don’t care, I like horses everywhere.”

Then my mom can have her horse back.  MAYBE!