Monday, July 28, 2008

A little more Montana

I thought that since I am still keyed up from work that I'd share some more photos from vacation.
I let the kids loose with my camera while we were at Quinn's Restaurant and they had lots of fun taking pictures...

Here are our 3 oldest posing for their youngest sister.

"I'm crushing your head!"

Just how bad is the cellular service in Plains? Well, if you have T-mobile, you might just have to find the "spots" to talk where your phone won't drop a call.

"Dad, can you hear me now?"

We were surprised to see a helicopter out at the cabins. They were scooping water right out of the river just up the road from us.

Don't let those power lines fool you into thinking there is electricity at the cabins...unless you bring your generator to hook up to the lines you are using propane, baby!

This next one is just something Samantha found while out taking a walk.

It's the circle of life, kids.

We spent many fun hours at Twin Lakes because Jason found us a rope swing! He added some extra rope to it so the kids could swing easier.

...and me, too! Thanks Jason!!

The kids all got a shooting lesson thanks to Beau leaving us his rifle to use.

Here's Jason setting it up for the kids.

Jacob taking aim.

And finally, how can you call it camping without a campfire and SMORES!

Believe it or not, it's about 9 o'clock at night in this photo!

So that's it for tonight, folks. Hope you've enjoyed the second round of vacation pictures.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Facebook & Flair

I have a new's Facebook. Of course my oldest tells me that it's lame and is not as good as MySpace. I just have to say that if MySpace had FLAIR it would be the bomb! I just love the flair on Facebook. If you've seen Office Space, then you know what I'm talking about when I say Flair. Here are a couple examples of some flair boards...
So this is an open invitation to all my friends and family to join Facebook and get on my "flair" bandwagon. What are you waiting for? Go on, go sign up... then look me up.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where does the time go?

It's been a while since I posted. I have been really lazy ever since we got home from Montana. It's like I forgot how to do all the things I used to do.

2 weeks is a long time, but it didn't feel that long when we were there. We kept moving around from place to place. Here are some pictures from our 4th of July fireworks show we put on at Marcie and Keith's house.
Look how they are mesmerized by the fire. I'm not sure but I think that is a flaming pile of poo.

This one is a bit blurry, but here we are laying in the grass to get a better view.

Yay Sparklers!! I remember having these when I was a kid.

The kids had a great time. They got to light the fireworks themselves and I'm not sure but I think they enjoyed that part more than the fireworks show itself.

While we were at breakfast at Benji's (in Plains) we read on a place mat that cows outnumber people 3 to 1 in Montana. Of course those place mats haven't changed in the past couple years (that I've been going there) but there really are a lot of cows in Montana.

These lovely ladies are on the road we drive to get to the cabin.

They all stare at us when we drive past.

This sign had me laughing! I asked Jason if he thought they were also armed and dangerous.

Not only are there lots of cows, we also saw moose while we were there.

This is a cow moose. Another time when we were on the highway, some folks risked getting run over by getting out of their car and rushing across the road to get a closer look at a bull moose in a river. People really do some stupid things. Moose aren't friendly like Bullwinkle would have you believe. If the cars don't kill you, that bull moose just might!

I'm going to share some more pictures on my next post, so check back in a couple days to see them!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

We're here!

After 22 hours (20 hours of driving) we made it to Montana! I have to say that the trip up here was much better than I was thinking it would be. What saved us was having the topper on the pick-up and the platform with 3 inch foam on top. Once we got out of the triple digit temperatures the kids got in the back and stretched out. It gave us lots of space so we didn't have to feel like we were on top of each other. Here is a picture (that I merged from 2 pictures) of the kids when we first left home.

As you can see, there is only one of the 4 that is happy to be going on vacation! LOL!!

Jason and I were pretty tired when we got to Kalispell to Marcie and Keith's. We were all ready to be out of that truck. I was glad we were able to leave on Wednesday afternoon so that we had all of Thursday evening to get settled before the 4th of July festivities on Friday. Keith and Marcie were able to get us invited to a great party where we had great seats for a parade and great food and drinks catered by the hosts in Big Fork.

It's a wonderful town off of Flathead Lake. We boated over instead of driving! I love his sister and brother-in-law's boat.

Here in Montana, fireworks are legal for folks to buy, so we got some and had our own fireworks right in the backyard. The kids had so much fun lighting them. I didn't want to be near them when they went off, so I just watched.

This is just the first weekend...we've still got lots to see and do. More boating tomorrow and early next week we'll head to the cabin for a few days. From there on we plan to just play it by ear and do what sounds good. I'm just glad to be here and I LOVE this weather. It's about 40 degrees cooler here than back in Arizona.