Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thanksgiving in Utah

This year we had two Thanksgiving meals. One in October at Lou Lou's for Canadian Thanksgiving and then we drove to Utah and had one at Brad and Kelly's in Springville at the Log House.
The meal was delish complete with turkey, ham and a prime rib roast along with lots of side dishes and 3 kinds of pie. 
We were full by the end of evening!

 I think this picture is funny. Who is Laurel talking to?  Who is Clark talking to? I think they are talking with each other, but then maybe not. It's odd for sure.

 Just hanging out. 

 Michelle looks like a natural in that rocking chair with "baby girl" Bledsoe.

 Kelly and her mom, Tammy put on a spectacular spread.

 It was fun to be with our new extended family again. Brad married into a great family.

 Jordan likes to steal Michelle's scarves.  It's funny to me. 

 We're glad you are back home Laurel so these mother daughter selfies are complete!

 Laurel is having fun with Kelly's cute little nephew. I asked Laurel to watch my little camera and when I downloaded the photos tonight I found some pretty cute pictures that he took. 
Here is the first one. 

 He's three.

 He took a picture of his mommy. 

 And a picture of his uncles, JR and Brad.

 His aunty Kelly.


 And me. "thanks for taking care of my camera".  If he only knew that this is my 3rd little camera in three years due to mishaps on a horse.  I was happy to get my camera back with no damage. Whew!

We got tickets to the BYU vs Utah State game in Salt Lake so we decided to get a quick bite to eat beforehand. 
MMmm, Mo Bettah Steaks in Salt Lake.  We were introduced to this plate lunch place when Lou Lou's daughter Kelly was married last March.  Teriyaki chicken, 1 scoop rice and 1 scoop macaroni complete with a Hawaiian Sun drink.  It's almost like being in Hawaii. Aloooooha!

 A little blurry, but I thought this was a fun picture.  It was a cold night and we had a long way to walk from City Creek to the Energy Solutions Center. 

 Look who I caught taking a picture?  

 This picture is a little busy, but look at the two blurry guys in the air.  They ran up to these mini trampolines, jumped and then dunked the ball. It was lots of fun to watch.  They had to jump over the cheerleaders. 

 After the game (btw BYU beat Utah State) we walked around Temple Square.  So so pretty.  

 Me and my boys. 

We had a really great time on this trip.  I am really enjoying our trips to visit the kids in Salt Lake.  For sooooo many years we headed to Provo when they were going to BYU, but now Clark, Laurel and Michelle & Jordan live in downtown Salt Lake with Brad & Kelly in Springville. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy (very belated) Birthday Neal!

Neal is 18 years old. Can you believe it?  My youngest child is 18 years old!
Crazy I tell ya. 
His birthday was way back in September when big family things were happening.
Laurel came home from her mission on Saturday, September 14 and then the following week Brad and Kelly were married.  Poor Neal celebrated his birthday, September 22, in the car driving home from California.  We did manage to stop in St. George at the Bear Cafe for dinner to celebrate.

Neal has always loved rubber boots. He now owns a pair of Muck boots. Steel toed of course.

Neal comes up with some good laughs sometimes.  He's a character. 

Singing is not one of his favorite things to do, but for Grandma Cahoons 90th birthday he bit the bullet. 

Speaking of bullets. He likes to shoot stuff.

Kelly gave Brad a clay pigeon launcher for his birthday and it looks like Clark and Neal are having a really funny moment. It's super great when your kids laugh together. 

 I'm surprised that Clark doesn't have his iPhone out taking pictures here.  
The color of the lake that day was spectacular. 

 Neal has become quite the little iPhone photographer.

 We had fun hiking up to Crandell Lake in Waterton.  Neal wanted to try his hand at fly fishing. 

 Neal loves tractors and motorbikes and big trucks. Right here he is "grading" our gravel. That's a pallet he has rigged up and then added some weight to it. He does a really good job and smoothing out those little rocks so we can have a smooth ride. 

 I know. He should be wearing a helmet. I remind him all the time.

 Yep, that's a real live toad and yep, that's a real life mouse.
 And yep, Neal fed that mouse to that toad. 

I love this picture of the two of them.  Neal really missed Laurel while she was on her mission. They have a special somethin somethin. 
Happy 18th Birthday Nealster. 
We all super duper love you!

Monday, October 28, 2013

One Fall Day Part 2

Saturday was a pretty spectacular day.  
Friday was great too.  I went for a little drive across the border to just enjoy the great fall weather.  The air was still and warm.  I listened to Lady Antebellum until I crossed the border and then I put in a cd I bought at a gift store a few weeks ago with all songs about Montana so I could be in a Montana state of mind. It was great.  I think before I get started with my intended fall post I will throw in a few pictures from Friday. 

I needed to go to the post office in Babb, but then I decided to just keep driving. I just took pictures along the way that interested me. I actually took my nice camera to take pictures of buffalo.  Somebody bought a lot of them a few years ago. Like hundreds, and I thought it would be fun to take some close-ups like my bear picture. 

I entered this picture in a Waterton photo contest a few weeks ago and got third place. I was pretty excited about it! 
My prize is a one night stay in The Waterton Lodge Hotel. 

So last week the buffalo were RIGHT by the gate.  I had my iPad and took a few pictures, but nothing really great. I was really hoping to find them again by the gate on Friday, but they were far far away on the distant plains. Another time.  I really need to just bring my nice camera whenever I go to Waterton and Babb because you never ever know what you might see. 

 I love the layers in this pictures. These are cattle in recently farmed land because you can see the rows. 

 Just a pinto horse. Or is it an appaloosa. I think its a pinto. 

 This might be a little hard to spot, but if you look at the top edge of this mountain you can see a silhouette. This mountain is called, St. Mary and you can see her profile. She is facing upwards. Her chin to the left and then her lips and nose and forehead towards the right. 
See it? 

 Along the roads and highways in Montana they have white cross markers where people have died in accidents. This one caught my eye because it is so different that what you normally see. 

 This is St. Marys church in Babb.  I'm not even sure it is being used anymore. 

 Ok. Now see this?  I don't really know how I found out about this little white building, but it is an old jail. Long ago, it was a real working jail. It's built into the side of a hill. 
It is between Babb Elementary School and the fire station. I decided to pull into the school parking lot to get a closer picture and there was an older gentleman who had just pulled in as well with a horse trailer.  I asked him if he knew anything about the jail and he didn't but he said I could just go up and take a look inside. Why not right?  I just went through the barbed wire fence and walked up the hill. 

 I think this is crazy. 

 I think if these next pictures are in black and white it will be much more fun. 
More creepy and erie. 

 You can kind of see an old mattress in the corner.

 Ya gotta have a toilet right? 

 Nice view, isn't it? 

 Built in the side of the hill. I can't imagine this being too warm or cozy in the winter. Maybe it was a summer time jail. 
I actually went online to see if I could find some information on the old jail and couldn't find a thing. I went to good old facebook and Babb has a page. I posted a picture of the jail and asked if anyone had any info. or stories cuz I know there has got to be some. 
Here are a few replies to my facebook post. 

I remember that ol jail, I don't think anyone ever had keys to it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there was never a jurisdiction established. they would just put drunks in, and when they sobered up they would realize the doors were not locked. 

It was a water tank for the school before it was converted to a jail. The conversion came soon after liquor became legal on the rez. Early to mid 1950's.

I remember they had drunks in there sometimes n we would go up to the vent pipe n yell stuff at them...  I think Mike Cassidy peed in it more than once.......

Talk to some Canadian Indians they can tell u some horror stories

My Grandpa Rob used to tell me that his dad Amp Powell who was sheriff would put drunks in their until they would be transported to Browning or were released.

 On my way home from a fun field trip by my lonesome.  
It was fun and nice to "get away". 

Ok, so back to my post about yesterday.
It was such a nice fall day. Mark did some work in the morning and early afternoon while I helped Dixie and then we headed to the creek for one last visit.

 Do you see Rio in the tracks there? She loves going to the creek.  After we get off the highway and onto the gravel and the pastures we let her out and man does she run and run and run! She can run about 20mph. It's true. 

 Here she is looking out over the creek and scratching her tummy.  She couldn't wait to get in the water. 

 Rio is a good pal to have around at the creek.
Pretty sure she would scare off any bear or coyote. 

 I came to take pictures and enjoy the great weather.  We knew there was storm brewing and wanted to enjoy one last great day! The temperature was over 60 degrees!

 A selfie. 

 Clark will remember this spot. It is a dammed up area on the creek. 

Rio has never been able to figure out how to retrieve. It's so funny. Not that Rio could have brought this log back.  Small or big, she can't retrieve. I thought that was an instinct. 

 Cool beaver logs.  Look at the chewing marks. 

 Rio can't retrieve but she can catch rocks in mid air in her mouth! 
See the rock in the air? 

 Now she has a rock in her mouth.  Crazy girl!

 Just a view from the ground looking up. 

 The sun is setting on the fun day......

This was taken this afternoon. Sunday, October 27. 
Yep, it is now over 30 degrees colder in less than 24 hours!
 Goodbye fall, Hello winter!