Sunday, July 27, 2008

Campfires and Sunday lunch

A beautiful Montana sunset
Us 4 this morning
We were invited to Robert and Laura B.'s house for lunch. They live up Kelly Canyon and have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
All of us today.
Last night the kids wanted to have a campfire.
A backyard campfire
Justin in his tee pee that he made.
Jarin loved a campfire cooked hot dog.
Justin roasting a marshmallow

Saturday, July 26, 2008

As promised...a few pictures.

Mike got some paddling in too with the kayak
The ducks were scared of the canoe and kayak. Apparently they aren't as tame as the Seattle ducks we fed.
My view from the canoe perch
My water shoes held up well and proved to be priceless when pulling the boats ashore in shallow water.
Justin got some mowing time in with Grandpa's lawn mower.
An osprey on her nest. We banked here and switched boats as Carl wanted to try out the kayak. This bird couldn't have been more unhappy that we chose to stop close to her nest. She flapped her huge wings and squaked the whole time.
Grandpa's first stint with kayaking. He mastered it like a pro. Guess those years of canoeing have paid off!
The boys with the canoe. Jarin had only been in a canoe once before and he was so funny. He kept hanging on to the sides and he didn't like how it was "tippy". He kept saying "I've got a bad feeling about this!"
We saw several eagles. One flew right in front of the canoe. This one landed across the river from us, so I was able to get a good picture.
The beautiful cliffs (can you spot the orange kayaker?)
Canoeing and kayaking the Jefferson River

Carl & Inez's canoe with the kayak we rented
(Lewis and Clark?), it's Mike, the boys and Grandpa
The view from my perch in the kayak
This was such a blast, that if I lived here, I'd have to own one of these! They're not like the sea kayaks in that there is no rudder, so you're only source of direction is your paddle. After a few spins in the small rapids, I managed to get going straight.
Can you find the monkeys in the willow tree?

Justin has set up his indian camp in the back yard. Surprisingly enough, it's very sturdy.
The back yard view
Getting the canoe tied down and ready for floating
Rock climbing
Helping Grandpa pick up tree limbs from the storm they had the day before we got here
"We love Grandpa and Grandma's hot tub!"
Mike, relaxing on vacation
There are a few of these little critters roaming around the back yard. They seem to like the garden...hmmm...hope they don't eat all the lettuce. We call this one "Peter Rabbit".
Hangin' out at the SLC airport
Busy playing Nintendo DS
Hi JoEllyn, Wrena and Tara! Would've called you, but time between flights is short!
Wrena...I can see you over the mountains-ha!
What the boys do when waiting for G'ma and G'pa to pick us up

Friday, July 25, 2008

Greetings from Big Sky Country!

We made it up here on Wednesday and we've been enjoying a little R-n-R! We are headed out to kayak/canoe the rivers. Will post some pictures soon! Hope all you bloggers are doing well!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Click on over to Justin's Art blog to see his latest "out of this world" creations! Who say summer has to be boring? He's been enjoying his Legos!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I've been tagged, so here goes...

Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.* Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I am a packrat who is constantly going through stuff that needs to be thrown away.

2. I used to be a scrapbooker, before I found blogging.

3. I like coffee in the morning and an occasional latte in the morning or mid afternoon. Bring on the Mocha's!

4. I volunteer a lot at my Justin's school (soon to be Jarin's school too).

5. I really miss outdoor recreation and mountains (hey we really don't have either here in TX!)

6. I love to blog-hop in my spare time.

10. My favorite food is anything that involves pasta!

I tag the following for the next one...

Well, Hello Dolly!

We're closely monitoring this little tropical storm as it makes it's way into the Gulf of Mexico. So far it's projected path takes it South of us, but we'll keep a close eye on it. Either way we need the rain! As of now, it's expected to make landfall on Wed. evening, but for anyone who lives in the South, you know that these "forecast models" aren't always correct. So we'll wait and see what it does.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ladies Lunch

Marissa M. had a wonderful lunch for the ladies yesterday. We all brought salads and she had the rotisserie chicken and bread. T'was great to get together with a few of the Katy ladies too. Thanks Marissa!
The food was delicious
Luke wanted his picture taken
Thanks to Gina for taking this picture. I believe Marissa should have one with Gina in it too.:)
L to R: Myself, Justin, Marissa M., Jarin, Regina R., Melia N., Blake R., Luke N., Ava, Elisa and Colton O.(being held by Karen H.), and Kayleen N.

The kids had fun watching Looney Tunes on Marissa's computer.

Ava and Colton, Jarin, Justin and Melia

Luke claimed a spot up on the bed

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thanks Paul & Paula for a fun day!

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On Saturday we spent the day in Galveston with our Scout Pack. We met up at Moody Gardens and toured the rainforest pyramid. After the rainforest, we had lunch (provided with our admission), then went to the aquarium and the beach at Moody Gardens. The kids thoroughly enjoyed Moody Gardens. After we left Moody Gardens, Mike and I took the kids down to the Strand to have dinner at Fisherman's Wharf where the tall ship Elissa is docked. We then headed to the beach as the kids wanted to beachcomb. We had a great day! To see the pictures, click on each square to enlarge it.

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My cousin, Amy, her husband, Scott and daughter, Paige flew into San Antonio last week for an adoption reunion as Paige was adopted from China. I drove over on Thursday and we met up on Friday morning at the Children's Museum. We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe before they headed to Austin for the reunion and the kids and I headed home. Mike would've liked to have gone, but with an impending vacation, he wasn't able to take any time off of work. We had a great time and we hope they come to Houston to visit sometime!

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