Friday, July 31, 2009

Went to the Bighorn County (Wy) Fair

Totally missed the Park County Fair last week... darn! We were really working diligently on our new home... couldn't take the time.

But did make it to the smaller fair in Greybull. The highlight is ANIMALS and lots of kids there to show their animals!

There were lots of beautiful quilts too! Didn't take any pictures though.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The big fire...

Last Friday, we set fire to a growing pile of debris.

We've been collecting wood scraps from the house for over a year now.

It was an all afternoon job. My husband said that it took 3 hours to extinguish it!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The big celebration

The Pioneer celebration is about to begin in our little town. Cowley Wyoming was settled by pioneers about 100 years ago.

We'll have a parade down Main Street... and lunch in the park. My favorite event is the Saturday evening talent show. Such talented roots, trunks, branches, and leaves in this town... families gather from all over to sing, play instruments... and share their talents in different ways.

There's a rodeo that lasts all afternoon. My niece is doing barrel racing this year. My nephew usually tries to stay on a bull... but generally only lasts a few seconds. Our kids lost interest after riding sheep.

At our house, we're getting ready to burn a huge pile of wood. It'll be a huge bon fire! Complete with marshmellows... maybe some hot dogs too. Pictures to follow.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How can it be?

I just don't know how I can be the mother to a driving teenager!!

Who then got his long hair cut short. I was so overwhelmed with how good his hair looked short... that I forgot to take the after photo!!!

This is Matthew (our 15 year old son) sitting in the hairdresser's chair... getting ready to have it CUT OFF!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kind of like Christmas....

Our extra stuff from our move to Wyoming has been in storage for 5 1/2 years... in my brother-in-law's garage.

We've been living temporarily... in a tiny rental house all that time while building our new home.

Today with the help of my two sons (ages 11 & 15), we started going thru some of our boxes and bringing them to the basement of the new house.

My older son found a metal slinky. I guess they don't make them that way anymore... I haven't gotten it back yet...

My younger son found my grab-it thingy for reaching into high cabinets. He thought it was great fun until I took it away. Poor kitty was being tortured with it!

I'll tell you... it's like Christmas... except as I went thru each box... I had a flood of wonderful memories of life back home in Massachusetts. I could remember where I kept each item in my big, old turn of the century colonial home.... sigh... : )

Now, if I can just get the mudding done... and painting done!!! Yes, I know... one step at a time!

I'm just getting impatient because I have all those wonderful kitchen appliances that I want to start using!!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Big day!

(Old Faithful, taken summer 2007)

Matthew is just got back from 5 days at scout camp. He did high adventure... and I haven't heard the whole story just yet... but I did hear that he went CLIFF DIVING....

Our scout camp is located on 40 acres just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. I hear it is frequented by grizzly bears!!! I found this awesome video overview of Buffalo Bill Scout Camp: See Buffalo Bill Camp!

Worked all day on the house. I'm getting so excited, I can hardly contain myself! It is truly changing from "the house..." to our "home!"

Our kitchen appliances came today. I ordered them back in Nov 2008... so you can imagine how excited I am to finally get to see them! Can't wait to use my new stove!!!!

Getting late... and we've got a big day tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The back of my pickup

The back of my pickup has a bunch of buckets and a shovel.

Came in handy this morning when a friend invited me to dig up some of her Shasta Daisies!

It just got me to thinking... how most trucks here in the country have at least one 5 gallon bucket and a shovel in the back... but usually... there's also a dog back there!
(photo of Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming)

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Enjoyed a fun family gathering

We had such a nice weekend. Rich's uncle and girlfriend are here from Iowa for a visit.

Dinner outside with family... complete with s'mores and sunset!
And a cool... I mean...totally... rad.... little video involving Cheese Puffs..

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Kids say...

Today is work at the house day... until the celebration, BBQ, fireworks...

From the mouth of my 11 year old... in reference to his chores... and the holiday...

Nice try...

"It's Independence Day, a day to celebrate being free... I should be free from working at the house... and doing chores..."

Happy 4th!!!

The sun is shining brightly as I write this post.

I'm so looking forward to this day!

Later this afternoon we'll be celebrating the 4th with friends, food, and fireworks... how awesome is that????!!!!

Wanted to share these pretty flowers with you this morning... Have an awesome day!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mudding, Gardening, and Yellowstone!

A photo taken at Yellowstone summer 2007. Hope to get back there this summer!!!!

Going to be a busy day..
-got mudding to do up the house...
-and in the garden it's time to dig out the leaf lettuce that has gone by. Hmm... what to plant in it's place???
-veggies to chop up for Clam Chowder for a big July 4th celebration at a friend's house.

Because I've got so much going on today, I threw a beef roast in the crockpot. That'll be yummy for tonight! And there will be lots to share with family that might be arriving today... and with the friends that the boys always have hanging around!

Thought for the day...
Every experience brings wisdom and perspective into our lives.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Mom, would you log off?

So, when Aaron (age 11) reads 5 chapters in his book... he gets 30 minutes on my computer.

Recently he said to me, Mom when you're done on gmail, would you log off?

Hummp.... I was thinking that when he's done... that HE should log off MY COMPUTER!!!