"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Monday, July 22, 2013

vacation bible school

this week started our home church's vbs.  it's a midieval .slash. king/knight/royalty theme and i'll tell you my boy, jones, LOVES IT!  he doesn't love everything, but the look on his face when he walked in the foyer and saw the castle was absolutely priceless. 
anyway, we'll see how the rest of the week pans out.  it looks like we're going to have to miss a whole week of pool days, so that's too bad, but learning about God and His word and His love for us is not too bad. 

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Saturday, July 20, 2013

not so common sense

i've learned a lot the past few years.  i know that i'm not dumb, but sometimes i guess i lack some social common sense.  some of those lessons are listed just to humble me, and perhaps maybe help some of you others that maybe also lived out in the country and didn't learn a lot of social lessons.  :)
  • women are supposed to be leery of dark places and scary situations.
  • not everyone is trustworthy.
  • some people actually like to argue.
  • many people in american society don't have morals.  as in, they actually don't know right from wrong.  seriously. 
  • you're supposed to dress real cute (or dress your kids up real cute) when you/they go to a birthday party.
  • offer to bring something when someone invites you over.
  • you shouldn't take expired food to a potluck.
  • when you volunteer for a possition in leadership, you all of a sudden gain lots of acquaintences and even some friends.
  • pick your battles.  if you give your two cents to every single person you disagree with, you won't have any sense left!
  • don't talk about frugality with just any tom, dick, or harry.  lots of people just don't get it.  lots of others don't see it as a good thing.
  • you don't have to explain your decisions to others.  if they ask you an uncomfortable question, sometimes it's really easy to not answer it.
  • financial discussion is only uncomfortable when you make it that way. 
that's all i can think of right now.  i'm sure there's a million other things, but just off the top of my head... those are all i have. 
...hopefully soon i'll be able to share some not so common fashion sense... until then, just bare with me ya'll.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ynp favorites

buttercup liked arriving home best of all.  she was very much homesick!
starboy liked seeing the bears best.
boo liked roasting marshmellows best.
jones liked going to craters of the moon most and living in a tent.
binkles liked seeing the bears cross the street most but liked seeing all the nature.
wolfie liked seeing a wolf best.
i have to say that seeing those three black bears cross the road right in front of my eyes was the highlight of my vacation, but it was only bearly (hehehe) above those beautiful grand teton mountains.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

yellowstone national park

on thursday, the kids and i headed to yellowstone.  we packed the car to the very brim and headed out.  we didn't take any movies or any distracting entertainment, just us, tons of camping gear, and the car, Konie. 
we took the scenic route and i'm glad we did.  it was beautiful and only 15 min. longer.  i didn't bring a map or anything, just kinda briefly looked at one before we left.  we ate fruit and snacky food for lunch and arrived at the park at 6pm, perfect to set up camp and eat dinner...
except i made a wrong turn and didn't get into the campsite until after 8.  woops.
it had been spitting rain off and on all day and when we entered the campground it finally decided to stay on.  it wasn't pouring hard or anything, but it was wet.  wolfie and i had no trouble pitching all three tents and getting the kids fed.  i was a bit nervous to be in bear country where there are tons of rules about food storage and stuff with 6 messy eaters, but what could i do?  not feed them?!? 
we got to bed that night a little after 10 and the kids all fell fast asleep.  around 3am my sister and her family found our camp spot and joined us. 
the next morning i failed at making a campfire.  that was discouraging.  we had bagels though, so no biggie.  it was rather cold and would've been nice.  finally around 7-8 we got some hot water going and made hot chocolate and coffee.  there were 3 bison that mosied on into the campgrounds and nearly laid on a tent across the way from us.  the battery to Konie died and we moved camp spots at 11am. 
from there the kids and i went out to discover yellowstone.  it is so full of God's beautiful creation!  we saw tons of bison and elk, a wolf, a little pica, pelecans, geese, ravens, and maybe some others...  the creation and the wildlife were breath taking.  we finished the drive with a little fishing.  we got back to camp a little after 6 and found that our tent's pole had broken in half.  so wolfie and i took it down and put up another.  thank goodness we brought 5!  :)
my brothers and their families arrived at camp during the re-pitching of the tent process.  soon, my mother and father also arrived.  then, my little sister and her family made it back to camp.  it was fun for the kids to have cousins to play and make believe with.  the brothers took several hikes with lots of littles that evening.  we roasted marshmellows and made s'mores and yummies...  it was a great evening.
the next morning we packed up and headed out earlier hoping to caravan to a lot of the main attractions such as tower fall, mammoth hot springs, and old faithful.  yellowstone is so crowded at this time of year, and with no cell service it was difficult to stick together.  otter pop called when we were up in mammoth and miraculously had service telling us he made it to the campground.  unfortunately for him, this was the first day that we didn't set up camp before heading out.  so we told him we'd meet him at old faithful.  the kids and i headed straight down there 'cause we were anxious to see him.  just shortly after leaving mammoth, the car in front of us stopped for a mama black bear and her two little cute cubs crossing the road!!!  it was spectacular since i had been patiently waiting to see a bear!  we saw a mama grizzly and her 2 cubs way off in the distance on the way up to tower fall earlier that day, but they were so far away the only reason we knew what they were was because of the crowd with all their telescopic camera lenses telling us.  i was exstatic to see the black bear and cubs up so close!!!!
we made it to old faithful around 4-4:30 but had no luck in meeting up with the pops.  we couldn't find him and came to find out he had left about 30 minutes before we arrived.  :(  that was a bummer, but finally about 5:30 i told the kids we had to get back and set up tent and eat dinner.  our campsite that night was more of what i'm familiar with as camping, but much tighter living quarters.  we only set up one tent that night and we were snug and warm!  we hung out with the cousins and family until about 10 and then headed to bed. 
the next morning my eldest brother and his family along with my sister and her family all headed out early.  my other brother and dad helped me break up the tent and pack everything up.  again, konie's battery died and i was so appreciative to have family still around to help! 
we mosied out of the camp and out of the park via the south enterance/exit to the beautiful scenery of the grand teton mountains.  oh my lands, they are so postcard and calendar beautiful!!! 
the ride home was very very very long!  we made it to our house at about 7pm.  we were exhausted and filthy.  it was so good to sleep in a bed that night! 
i hope that from now on, we can make it a family tradition to camp out at yellowstone national park each year!  what a gorgeous reminder of God's creation!  if you've never been... GO! 

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31


we're back to a summer of swimming.  it's been so fun! 
the 1st and 2nd grader (jones and blinkles) got passes to the fun water park and they had to be used by the end of june.  so i took them on a perfect day.  we had SO MUCH FUN!  it honestly was a great memoriable day for the 3 of us.  we were out in the sun from 11am until closing at 8pm.  the kids were both exactly 48 inches tall so we were able to go on every single ride there! 
next, we took a float trip down the local "city river".  i left the two littles at nana's house and otter pop was working, but we went with another helpful family of mostly all bigs, so the bigs out-numbered the littles and we were safe and had tons of fun.  little miss binkles has proved herself brave.  at the water park she went down the new attraction slide which stands you in a tube and then the bottom opens up and you just FALL DOWN THE SLIDE!  when we floated the river she jumped off the bridge!  i love that little spirit of fun-lovin' adreneline.  :) 
here's the funniest thing that's happened so far though:
at our weekly pool day, little boo decided she likes diving.  i think she saw me dive into the river and thought it looked like more fun than just jumping feet first.  well, then she decided to flip too.  anyway, she flipped in the pool and water went up her nose and she came up coughing and sputtering.  i came over to her and asked her if she was choking, to which she nodded.  i asked her if she swallowed some water, to which she also nodded, then replied, "and i didn't chew first!"  i laughed and laughed and laughed!!! 
the kids are all getting more comfortable and better with their skills.  it's been a great summer so far...

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31