Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Festivites

Where do I begin?? It always seems like I am always playing blog catch up, but at least I am blogging, right??? Right!

The Dude built a cute little red shed in our backyard. Now there is more space in our one car garge for the car.

The chickens are alive and well, they enjoy getting to roam free in the backyard. I believe this is Winnie, and don't tell the other hens, Winnie is the best looking one.

My almost baren garden, sigh.

We reaped a lot of produce this year. We canned several bottles of pickles! I left the carrots and parsnips in the ground. I also planted some garlic to come up in the spring, fingers crossed!!

Family came to visit. Love!
This guy caught the biggest fish he has ever fished for when we went dam fishing the weekend he came up. If you see him, ask him, he'd love to tell you all about it.

I bottled my Mom's homemade apple pie filling. The Dude was very pleased with this idea.

We tried our lot at hunting.

There were no deer on this mountain, or the surrounding mountains, we checked!

We did end up seeing some deer on another hunt we had, but alas we have yet to fill those tags.

No deer to fill our freezer, but I'll settle for this breathtaking view of the sun coming up over the Tetons any day!

I made homemade Russian Pelmeni, it was fantastic! The Dude said it was the best he has ever had, and he served a mission in Russia for 2 years. He knows how to score brownie points.
 I will post the recipe I promise.

We had our annual family pumpkin party.

My niece giving my older brother the stink eye cause he talked to Grandma.

The Old Man with...is it Gonzo or the Count??

My younger and ever so proud, and should be, paramedic brother. 

My sister-in-law has some serious skills people.

The Dude is a loyal Ninja Turtles fan, ask to see his lunchbox collection.

My younger brother thought I needed some sunshine in my life. It was kind of a cloudy day that day.

For my 30th birthday we sat in the nose bleeds to watch Garth Brooks in concert.

And when I say nose bleeds, I mean nose bleeds.


Now that I am caught up I should be right on schedule for a Thanksgiving blog post......

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Those Great Mountain Faces

Last week we went on an amazing trip back to South Dakota with my parents. It has been my Dad's bucket list for years to go to the Dakotas. In the 5 days we were there we saw, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse Monument, The Minuteman Missile Museum, Ellsworth Air & Space Museum, the Badlands, Deadwood, Sturgis and just breathtaking scenery!
The Dude and I were just along for ride as my Dad navigated where he wanted to go and what he wanted to see. It was a very fun trip!

Our first stop was the Badlands, it was immediately HOT once you got out of the car.

There's a good looking guy!

This missile display is the main thing the Dude wanted to see and learn about. Very fascinating stuff, they were scattered all over SD during the cold war.

This was amazing to see! The night show was very neat. 
On the way to get here we took some back roads, I think that was one of the prettiest drives I have ever been on!
Four very amazing Presidents. They did so much to help shape this great country.

My Dad loved these pig tail bridges on the Iron Mountain road. He liked them so much we went on this road not just once, but three times. It was fascinating every time.

These tunnels were exciting to squeeze through.

On the Needles highway, the Dude was thrilled and nervous to watch this big truck with a camper shell squeeze through the smallest tunnel on the trip.

Begging burros in Custer State Park, Dad was not impressed.....

Those black dots are Buffalo. Dad loved the rolling hills in the park.

Here you can kind of see the Buffalo better.

Devil's Tower

This was a very unique monument, it was the first monument Pres. Theodore Roosevelt set aside for the country. It is a random rock formation with nothing else of its kind around it. You should definitely read up on it!

I promised it moved....slightly.

While in Deadwood we went to where Wild Bill Hickok was shot. The town of Deadwood is set back in the hills, very pretty area! But main street was like a mini Vegas with casinos, saloons, and people smoking everywhere!

We drove through Custer State Park again and saw a herd of Rocky Mountain Sheep, just the the Dams and their new offspring.

If I remember right, this was called a Chapel in the Hills. It is a replica of a stave church that was built in Norway in 1150.

Off the freeway on the way to Sturgis from Rapid City we found this Veteran Cemetery. It was neat to get out and pay our respects to those who served our country.

They had some big planes at the Ellsworth Air & Space Museum!

In downtown Rapid City you can go on a walking tour of the Presidents, here Dad is comparing his boot size to Pres. Lincoln's. Lincoln's were bigger.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Today is my wonderful Mother's birthday. I wish I was better at expressing in words how I feel about my Mom. She is truly amazing, and deserves some beautiful written description about her. She is hard working, caring, makes sure everyone is happy, always willing to help, lover of Reed's Dairy ice cream, loves her family unconditionally, and is beautiful inside and out.
I love you, Mom!! 
I hope you have a wonderful birthday and that this following year treats you well and is full of laughter and adventure!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Road Trip With The Parents

Right after the trip to California with The Dude's family, I went on a road trip to St. George with my parents. We stayed at my in-laws new home down there, went out to eat, visited friends and family, watch movies, went to the temple, stayed out of the heat, went to a desert garden and my Mom and I went to Tuacahn to see the play Beauty and the Beast. It was awesome!!! Sometimes it is nice to be able to get away and go on a trip with your parents all by yourself, I highly recommend it.

The St. George Temple...I just noticed...Dad's eyes are closed. He he he.

Rainbows over red rocks are beautiful.

These two are the BEST!

We are novice selfie takers.