Friday, July 24, 2015

Mountain Hike

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of going on a two hour hike up a mountain with my daughter. What a sweet pleasure! 

It was a pretty strenuous hike for me but soooo worth it.  The scenery was so beautiful and two hours with Maria was a real treat.  She does this hike frequently so she showed me the way, pointing out beautiful things along the way. When, early on, I asked how high we were going, she wasn't exactly forthcoming. That was probably for the best as I had no clue how much climbing it would entail.  As it turned out, my Fitbit thinks I climbed 105 flights of stairs that day! 

Anyway, I took my phone along so you, too, may enjoy the hike.  

Great day! 

Friday Funny

 This Far Side cartoon was what I put on my office door one day this week.  I really wish we did have such a system! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Even When You Are A Teenager!

This evening we were all out to dinner and I was seated next to Elise. After eating, she wanted to snuggle with me.  I know!  I love it! 

She had deep thoughts on her mind, though.  Elise looked up at me, face showing her worry, and asked if I would love her even when she is a grown up. I assured her I would but she wasn't quite done. She asked if I would love her when she was a teenager.  What barely three year old thinks like that?  

I had to take a photo of her concerned little sweet face.

She also wanted to know if I would still come to sit by her in church.  Of course!  I smiled inwardly as I pictured me crashing in on a pew where she is sitting with her teen age friends. I will do it, too! 

Then the crazy little thing wanted to know if I would still love her if she died. It was a sad question but we then talked about likely I would die first but I would still love her and wait for her in heaven.

Finally, all was well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I Love Golf Courses

I do NOT enjoy golf. I probably would, except I am very bad at it. Nevertheless, I love golf courses.

This week I walked the course while Mike golfed it. I don't suppose you get to see antelope and their babies on most golf courses. This photo was one Mike sent last week when he was golfing. It is the antelope nursery.

These photos are from me tagging along.  It was a perfect evening.

The roughs were pretty rough.

This is what a golfer looks like when he is looking for his lost ball. You'd think his wife would help, rather than taking photos of his frustration, wouldn't you?

I admit, I took off my sandals and enjoyed the grass.  I had to watch out for antelope poo, but it was otherwise a lovely experience.

And my favorite photo of the night.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Prairie Beauty

I drove a few hours Saturday to see my Mom, my nephew and my sister.  It was a  nice visit, although short.

One thing that I always enjoy is that two hour drive to them. Wyoming is really pretty and this year has been exceptional. It is still green and lush. If you live somewhere that receives a decent amount of moisture, you may not realize how little Wyoming gets some years. This year, we have had waaaaay more than usual. 

Anyway, I had to stop on my drive to get a few shots. Enjoy.

And I just like how horses look on the prairie, don't you? 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Inside Out

Maria invited me to go to the movie, Inside Out, with her and Cordelia and Elise. We were there plenty early to spend a few moments together before the movie.

Really, what kind of mother gives an innocent little sweetie rabbit ears?

Actually, the FUN kind I think.

As it turned out, it was really a pleasant movie. The characters were fun, there was lots of humor and it has an imaginative premise. Actually, it was one of the best movies I have seen in awhile!  Afterward, Cordelia told me today was one of the best days ever. She really enjoyed it as well.

So, grab a kid or two and take them to a movie. Or, just take yourself. I think you will enjoy it. I sure did! 

Just Elise








Friday, June 26, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Muddy Mountain X 2

We went to Muddy Mountain this week... twice!  In the eleven years we've lived in this area I think we've been to Muddy Mountain only a couple of times.  However, we've had friends tell us how beautiful the wildflowers are right now so Saturday Mike and I decided to go take a look.  We were NOT disappointed!

We took some short trails and just wandered around a bit.

The views are spectacular!

Isn't Wyoming pretty?

Bode had a good time.

The flowers were so impressive, thanks to all the rain we've had.

Crazy beautiful wildflowers.

 ...and more wildflowers.

Just look at this scene!

I know that many people in this world never get to see so 
much space, wide and open. I love it!

Anyway, it was so breathtaking, we decided to invite the 
rest of our local family up there for a Father's Day Picnic.

 It was a great day!

Sam came along.
We were just missing Ben and Sara, as well as our adopted family member, Laura.

Is your heart just melting?

One of my happiest things is knowing our little granddaughters
have a great Daddy. That means so much to our peace of mind!

Doesn't it look like Elise is floating?

I took lots of photos of the little girls.
Big surprise, huh? 
I will post some more soon.

Two Dads

Seriously, Sam can be acting absolutely geeky but he has this incredible
skill for snapping into serene composure for all photos.

And one last photo.
It's a good one and I am particularly proud of it.
I think Eric will be proud of it as well.