Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Silver Gate Swings

The Silver Gate Swings
by Robert Louis Stevenson & Me

How do you like to go up in a swing,
up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 
ever a child could do!

Up in the air and over the grass,
Till I can see so wide,
River and tree and moose and all,
Over the mountain pass...

Till I look up to the glacier white,
Down on the buffalo brown,
Up in the air I go high as a kite,
Up in the air and down!

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Weekend

This Saturday we drove up the Beartooth Highway and on to the town of Red Lodge.  On the way, we stopped at "The Top of the World", a small tourist trap and gas station.  You might say there was a little bit of snow.

 Charissa thought she had died and gone to heaven.  This girl LOVES snow!  I think she's in the right place!

"Um, my foot seems to be a little stuck."

 Springtime in the Beartooths!

 Like I said, there was a little bit of snow.

(it really wasn't that cold - this just looked so ironic I had to take a pic)

 So pretty :-)

 The Beartooth Range was formed by glaciers.  Rather than being jagged like you'd imagine bear teeth, the mountains are primarily high plateaus and look like tall mountains with the tops cut off.  The range we live in, the Absaroka Mountains, are volcanic and very different from the Beartooths.  (Just thought I'd throw in a little geology lesson.  There will be a quiz...um...later, maybe.)

The "Beartooth"

 This guy was snowboarding by kite power.  I'd never seen this before.  Looked like fun!

 This picture is for my brother-in-law, Michael, who walked 350 feet today with leg braces.  I am so proud of him!  If you look right under the ledge of rock at the top, there is a teensy speck - a man.  We watched him ski down the entire avalanche chute.  I know you'll be out there again, Michael!

 Once we were in Red Lodge, we walked around town.  With all the snow up in the mountains, Red Lodge was about 75 degrees and a bunch of people were at the pool.
Brandt was quite charming in his sunhat.

We ate lunch here.  That was some goooood pizza!

Charissa wanted to ride T-Bone.  Since I am a professional bull rider on the weekends, I showed her how it's done.

On our way back, we stopped at one of the overlooks and Doug decided to drive through a snowdrift.  It, um, didn't turn out so well.

Unfortunately, our shovel handle broke off, so Doug had to use the handle-less scoop. 

We're actually thankful we found this out now rather than actual winter when we're stuck in a huge drift in the middle of Yellowstone Park surrounded by vicious buffalo and hungry wolves.

Praise the Lord for broken shovels!

And a good opportunity to build a snowman in June!

 In other news, Brandt has decided that walking is pretty cool.  
It's his favorite mobilization method, now.

 Random question: is this rhubarb?  It's EVERYWHERE, so if it is, I might need to find some strawberries and make a pie.  Good thing we have the rhubarb cookbook from our church!

Okay, my blueberry bread is finally done, so I'm going to turn in :-)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

One-year-olds aren't necessarily known for their patience.  Poor Brandt is particularly lacking in it.  After eating, he will usually give the sign for "finished" and then promptly start screaming, squalling and carrying on like the flood waters are coming and he will surely die while confined in his little high chair. 

Last night I couldn't help it...I let him sit and snapped pictures, giggling the whole time.  I'm so mean (hehehe).


 He takes a break to feed sister the stray pieces of rice off his tray.

 But then remembers the torture he's going through.

I promise, he was eventually removed, bathed, given a chocolate chip cookie, had his teeth brushed and then rocked to sleep.  I'm not always this mean.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Little Home Tour

This is for those of you who have asked for a peek inside.  Since I shoved things in hidden corners have unpacked now, here is a little tour of our home :-)  Welcome, welcome and don't walk to far in the backyard, Mama Moose wouldn't appreciate it...and consequently neither would you.  I was a chicken and asked Doug to take the outside pictures.  Mama Moose is BIG, man!

Where we enter

The ugly side I didn't want to post but then didn't want to leave it out.

 Living Room

 Looking Up


 Dining Room

Master Bedroom

 Kid's Room

Bathroom (between the bedrooms)

 Laundry (bathroom is to the left & basement door is behind me)

Loft/Doug's Study

If you look to the far left you can see the door to our storage.
The basement is open on one side, right under our porch.

 (turn a 180* and this is what you see)

These pics are taken while standing in front of the door.
The porch is one story up, like an observation deck.
Window seen is the dining room's.

 Window is the living room's.

See the grill in the above pic?  My back is to it here.  
The door you see there is the main entrance.  
The gate goes to the church parking lot, highway and hopefully not bison.

View from the porch


 to the right,

 to the left.

And there you have it!