Monday, September 12, 2016

another weekend in the books

On Saturday I did one of my favorite things, in one of my favorite places. 
September, I think, is one of the best times to ride horse in ND.

While mom and I rode, Aaron spent time at my grandparents farm. He loves looking at old equipment and different tools so I think he had an enjoyable morning as well.

While in southeast ND we also attended the wedding of one of my best friends from high school. As we were sitting in the church, I thought, "where did the time go?" It seems like just yesterday Amy and I were in high school...

Anyways, now I think our weekends will kind of settle down. It feels like we've had something going on every weekend since...July?!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park - August 2016

Chuckwagon eating
camping at Sully Creek
hiking the Maah Daah Hey
Little Missouri river crossing
mud hole/washout slipping
70 degrees, slight breeze
a beautiful Saturday

Friday, August 19, 2016

MT/WY trip summer 2016

Aaron and I decided to squeeze in one last trip before my school starts...hard to believe summer is done! We drove to Billings after Aaron's work last Friday, stayed the night there, and then drove to Red Lodge to meet up with my step-sister and family. We ate at a "crunchy" cafe for breakfast (I learned what "crunchy" means - thanks Chelsey!) and Aaron got a lap full of water, thanks to Bridger's overzealous attempts to grab his bottle! Red Lodge is a cool, little touristy place, though. A lot of cool shops and many coffee shops.
We then drove the Beartooth Pass. This is something that I have wanted to do ever since my eldest sister and brother-in-law went on their honeymoon there. I did start feeling a little woozy from the hairpin turns up the pass, but the views at the top were worth it. Although a bit chilly, the 50 degree air felt refreshing. Not to forget the wonderful mountain smell...!
We then went and saw the old ghost town/mining town of Kirwin up in the Beartooth Mountains. We had been there last summer, but I love it up there. I always find it so interesting.
And that completes my summer! (Besides a quick camping trip in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park today with my old roommate.) 2016-2017 classroom reveal pictures coming soon!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

this last week

I was going to get up and mow this morning (we're at my in-laws), but as we were eating breakfast, it started to rain and thunder so...I guess I will do this instead. It's kind of cozy updating while a morning storm occurs outside!

This last week found me in south eastern North Dakota for a day and then at the lake for a day. So a quick, quick trip but a heart-filling trip! I had lunch with my best friend from high school and learned all the ransom county news. I then met my mom at my grandparent's farm and walked around the farmstead, remembering when they lived there...

We then headed back to the lake for the night. The next morning, while riding horse, my mom suggested riding over to our neighbors that we had never met and, we found about three miles of trails! After our ride, Will came out and took our picture. Thanks, Will! Mom and I do a lot of riding together, but never get our picture together.

After the lake, I trekked back to my in-laws for a wedding reception on Friday. Congrats to Jessica and Nolan! And every morning while here we've been getting acquainted with a very persistent yellow bird that wants to get in in the worst way. I feel kind of bad for it! It will peck and peck at the window, stop to breathe heavily with it's mouth open, panting, and then go back to fluttering and pecking at the window.

And then this morning, when I went to let Ruger out of the garage, there was a beautiful sunrise behind the silo...picture doesn't do it justice! So it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day, but, we are now in a severe thunderstorm warning. Oh well. 

And that's a wrap of another July week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It was a beautiful evening, after Eileen's visitation on Friday, so I decided to take Rue for a walk down the gravel road by my in-laws place. I have started to really love taking walks, even more so with Ruger off the leash. He's able to sniff and explore at his own pace but is always alert and aware of where I am.

I'm still thinking a lot about Eileen. It seemed weird going over to her and Vernon's farm and she wasn't there. I can just picture her in her kitchen, asking about my grandma and telling me tidbits about when she stayed with them in the 40's. She was very spry...probably the most spry person I knew. Which was why it was a bit of a shock when we heard she had a massive stroke. Aaron was just talking about stopping to see her that Monday on our way home from my parents.

The memories though, not only of Eileen but memories of my own grandparents come rushing back to me. I am so thankful for their examples - in the way they lived and the way they were. I'm appreciating it even more as I get older.