Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shelby Day 3

We were sad that this was to be our last day in Shelby. But we really enjoyed our visit again - even though this time was quite a bit shorter than the previous visits. This day being Sunday, we loaded up all our stuff and headed to meeting. Meeting was special, it was all family. After meeting there was a potluck which of course we stayed for. The surprise birthday party that I had planned for Dennis didn't quite work out the way I thought it would - but that's okay! 

I was extremely happy to be on 'hair duty' this morning! French braids for the older girls!

Even Mari has french braids. I think Rowena's hair was this length when I first put french braids in her hair

Dale, Kari, Rowena, Mari and Katelynn - a gorgeous family!

Rick and Julia (at Cliff and Jewel's cabin)

Rick and Julia again

The kids table - Mari, Lonnie, Rowena, Ian and Ivan

Dennis as we were singing Happy Birthday

Roy and baby Joe

Lonnie and Joe

Rick and Mari - both have such beautiful blue eyes!

We had a wonderful time here. We left around 2 and then headed back towards Glacier. Pictures of Glacier to come shortly. Thanks to all who saw us and put up with yet another visit of ours to the Shelby area!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shelby Day 2

We had another really good day on the farm. Dennis headed into town with cousin Roy and I got busy making a cake for the surprise party I had planned for Dennis. Our morning started off with breakfast - Rick and Julia were visiting also so there were lots of us! After breakfast Roy came and chatted for a while and the girls were outside playing. Later this day, I got to ride in a combine with Roy, my first combine experience. I also tried to get pictures of the girls in the matching skirts that I made for them - We had another really good day on the farm!

Dale, Roy and Dale (cousins) visiting

Love this pic. Rowena and Mari playing in the field in their jammies!

 Lizzy (golden retriever) and Ozzie - the farm dogs!

Love this girl and her blue eyes

Lizzy is an amazing catch! Rowena was throwing her dirt clumps

Mari. Beautiful girl with gorgeous blue eyes. This little girl had such a tough beginning - born way too early. She is definitely a miracle and I am constantly amazed at all that she has already gone through in her short life. I could probably go on and on and on ... but maybe I can sum it up by saying that she takes up a huge part in my heart! Love you, Mari.

Katelynn. Chubby baby! It was awesome being around Katelynn for a short while. I don't know her as well as I know Rowena and Mari and that saddens me. However, if she is anything like her sisters whenever we come to visit she'll just love us! She is so super chubby, and has an amazing smile! Katelynn, I love you too and hope that someday we can really get to know each other

All 3 girls - wearing the skirts that I made for them. These sisters are so lucky to have each other. Something I will never know - the friendship and love of a sister. Rowena, Mari and Katelynn - I hope you know and appreciate (maybe when you're quite a bit older) what treasures you have in each other.

Mouse Trap completely fell asleep on my lap. I think he was appreciating having a nice, warm, quiet and still place to lay. 

Rowena is an awesome kitchen help! Mari helped some too - but Rowena did a lot for me this day. Making german chocolate cake for Dennis' surprise party

A combine!!!

Dennis and I in front of the combine. Word of advice: Don't wear shorts and sandals in a wheat field - my legs got completely scratched up!

Front view of a combine

The Sweet Grass hills with a wheat field and clouds

The view from inside the combine. Roy and his help spend hours in combines during wheat harvest. Could you do it?

Roy and I inside the combine

There was a antelope and a fox in the field. If you click on this picture it will make it bigger. The bigger black spot is the antelope and the smaller black dot really close to the antelope is the fox!

Looking out the back window of the combine

The auger unloading the wheat from the combine to the back of a semi truck!

See Lizzy in the combine?


Gorgeous Katelynn! Love her smile

Sweet Mari! Love her blue eyes

Rowena and Ian - best buds - swinging

Train that went by

Moon, old building, tree

Beautiful sunset

Same time, just different setting on my camera as pic above

Rowena 'plugging' her nose - someone had a stinky diaper! Uncle Rick taught Rowena how to do this!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shelby Day 1

Our first day in Shelby consisted of Dennis helping Dale on the farm and Kari, the girls and I meeting more ladies and kids to have a picnic. We walked to the picnic spot, maybe 1/2 mile in the cold wind! Luckily when we got to the picnic area there was a 3 sided shelter built around a picnic table and that's where we happily ate our lunch! After the picnic we got some coffee in town and then stopped by Aunt Jewel's house and hung out for a while. It was a great day. (I think Dennis had fun too ... ) 

Mari holding Snap Dragon!

Rowena holding/hugging Mouse Trap

Starting on our walk - heading for the picnic. I held Katelynn most of the way - #1 reason for baby snuggles #2 reason it completely kept me warmer! :) 

Can you see how stormy and windy it was this day?

Ah, in the shelter at last - one side of the table. Brenda, Eric, Ivan, Kari and Isaac

And the other side - Mari, me, Katelynn, Rowena, Hannah and Alexis

Rowena riding a deer (this picnic place was also a bow and arrow club practice place!

The whole gang - I think the camera moved when I tried to set the auto feature. Anyway - Kari, Rowena, me, Hannah, Alexis, Jewel, Mari, Eric, Isaac and Brenda. Ivan ran off - too many pictures drives 4 year old boys to do crazy things - like run away from pictures! :)

Mari playing at Aunt Jewel's house - Kevin and Alexis in the background

Rowena playing at Aunt Jewel's house

Hannah holding Katelynn

Me holding Katelynn. LOVE her smile!

The view from Cliff and Jewel's house - so peaceful!

Another picture from Cliff and Jewel's house