Monday, September 8, 2014

Many Glacier/Red Rock Falls Fun

I sure hope this is not the last hike of the season because I have reeeeaalllly been enjoying the
 out-of-doors this summer. I have loved the weather, the hikes in Waterton and Glacier and taking pictures in the sunshine. 

About a week or so ago Lou Lou, Dixie and I went to Many Glacier to do a little hike to Redrock Falls.  It wasn't very long, but what fun it was. 

 I took this picture while sitting in the front passenger seat of the car. Border line-ups and road construction can sometimes make for long waits so I figure since I have my camera on my lap I might as well see what I can find through my camera lens. 

 Old Chief.  I'm contemplating hiking this next year. Thinking, just thinking.  You climb it from the backside where there is a lot of shale.  I hear it's like taking two steps forward and one step back.  

 We took a little detour off the highway to find a little picnic spot and we kinda found a cool little spot if I do say so myself. 
See Old Chief towering over the trees? He's everywhere in these parts. 

 It was a potluck picnic and it was mighty tasty.

 I don't really know what Lou Lou is doing. I guess she is just posing with an orange peanut M&M.  Nothing more, nothing less. 

 Yep, a cabin where anyone is welcome.  The door was unlocked.

 This note was just on the counter.

 Thank you notes from past visitors. The latest date was in 2011.

 A horse jawbone? I really have no idea. 

Who could resist a 2 sided outhouse?  
We did. No way Jose'.

 A real live toadstool.  The biggest one I've ever seen. 

 Here is a different view of Old Chief. 

They have the greatest antique store in downtown Babb, which is right on your way to Many Glacier.   You can always find a treasure of some sort.  (that's lou lou)

 Dixie was hanging around the religious part of the store.  Ok, not really hanging around it.  She stopped to look around.  That's way different. 

 Lou Lou found this sweet pink dish that she is using as a butter dish. (she is little bit of a copy-catter cuz I did the same thing back in June with a dish I bought at a second hand store)

 Lou Lou is looking like a totally legit hiker with 
her hiking boots and bear spray.  Crazy tree trunks.  Not sure why that happens.  We didn't need the bear spray because when we saw the bear it was already passing in front of us.  He had no interest in us at all. 

Indian Paintbrush

 See our matching knapsacks? 

The Happy Wanderer


I love to go a-wandering, 
Along the mountain track, 
And as I go, I love to sing, 
My knapsack on my back.

My knapsack on my back.

I love to wander by the stream 
That dances in the sun, 
So joyously it calls to me, 
"Come! Join my happy song!"

I wave my hat to all I meet, 
And they wave back to me, 
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet 
From ev'ry green wood tree.

High overhead, the skylarks wing, 
They never rest at home 
But just like me, they love to sing, 
As o'er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering 
Until the day I die! 
Oh, may I always laugh and sing, 
Beneath God's clear blue sky!

 It was hard to pick a sunny spot on an edge.

 Lou Lou likes to take selfies so any chance I get I like to do bunny ears or a peace sign which is the same thing, but this is a peace sign because it is not directly behind her head.  

I just can't help myself.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Odds and Ends of the Kids

Laurel graduated from BYU-I in Art which means she knows art.  She has taken quite a few pottery classes as well as Clark.  He took them at BYU-Hawaii and has a real artistic flare too. 
In the wintertime I found a used kiln for sale, bought it and I didn't even know if it worked. Laurel and Clark were so excited about it.  I had our electrician come out to fix the chord and add a heavy duty plug outlet in our shop then hoped for the best. 

Laurel had brought some clay and supplies up the last time she was here so we decided to be creative and see if the kiln worked. 

Since we don't have a pottery wheel, Laurel showed us some examples from Pinterest of slab work. I brought out my rolling pin and we went to work. 

If the only thing we ever do is take feet and hand imprints of the grandkids this kiln would be worth it.  Here is Camryn's print. 

Laurel had some glazes too so we really were pretty legit. 

And wallah, the kiln worked/works!   This little bud vase was as creative as I could be. 
We are going to add some more glazes to our collection for sure. 

Another evening in Waterton.  Some played tennis, some ate and some went for rides on the swing. 

Camryn loved it!

The girls always have to get a calzone and their favorite pasta salad form Pizza of Waterton. 
Always.  We made our share of trips to Wieners of Waterton too, don't you worry about that.  

The game of choice this trip was Ticket to Ride.  Oh my word!
We played it 8 times I think and sometimes twice a day. We learned on the last few days to just chill and not get SO bothered and mad and worked up and mad and bugged when someone grabbed your only entrance to a route. Contention is not good, but calming games can be a touch on the quiet side. 
Key phrase of the game was, "prime real estate" and Jordan seemed to always remind us of that. 

I was the designated babysitter one night and I loved every second of it.  
Camryn and I went for a walk, had some dinner and then did a little photo shoot. 

On the last trip to Waterton for the girl's visit we strolled around.  
Here Camryn is in her stroller. 

Look at that crazy girl in the background. She could not wait to see Michelle's little family. 

Oh Jordan!

The day before the girls left Mark took them fishing at the creek. They had a great time and nobody got skunked.  
Until next summer when all of our kids are together... 
Brad and Kelly will bring their little baby boy (December 2014 arrival) and Camryn will be walking.
Maybe we will have more excitement.  You never know right? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creek Time

My kids love the creek! We have had to find new creek spots to go to and nothing will never ever ever compare to "27" which is a sad thing, but at least creeks go on and on and wind here and there.  The trick is to find one where we are welcome. 

Cousin Seth came to Leavitt for the day to hang out with his cousins and it was fun to have hem join us.  Anytime Seth, anytime. 
We didn't have any luck fishing, but just sitting and enjoying the outdoors is enough for us.  
The summers are way too short here so you gotta do it while the sun shines. 



Yep, Camryn loves the water alright, especially when her grandma takes her in. 
It's kind of a tradition. 

Sister time on the creek. 

Look, not a cloud in the sky!