Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Just a smattering of humorous conversation I had with my little people yesterday...

Me: "Gracie, are you done cleaning up your room so we can head to the beach?"

Gracie: "Yep. I hung up all my clothes, made my bed, picked up the floor and put my dirty clothes in the dirty hamster".
Later yesterday evening, after getting home from the lake, we were settling in to watch "Arctic Tale", a documentary about a polar bear cub and baby walrus.....

Cole: "Mom, is this a movie about animals that prey?"

Me: "No, honey, animals don't pray"

Cole: "Uh, yeah! They prey on other critters!"

Good point buddy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


WHAT: One black flip flop
WHERE: somewhere between here and Glacier National Park
WHEN: how the heck should I know?

Where, oh where is my favorite flip flop? It's not like I can't wander into any dollar store and get a replacement, but these ones are special. My favorites. Old friends, really.

Life can be so cruel.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


  • my God
  • my husband
  • my two beautiful children
  • a house to live in
  • long term, secure jobs that provide well
  • health insurance
  • moments to myself
  • our health
  • family who loves on our children, AND us :)
  • 401k's and IRA's that are on an upswing
  • our church
  • friends
  • my children's unconditional love
  • a company who lets me put my family first
  • neighbors that watch out for us
  • my thriving garden
  • my mom's recovery
  • unexpected surprises
  • living in the pacific northwest
  • the possible adventure of a new city, if Paco's work takes us there
  • my husband's love and respect
  • God's love for me, especially when I don't deserve it!

What are YOU grateful for?

Saturday, July 25, 2009


After the Trail of the Cedars, we spent the rest of the day swimming and doing a bit of sightseeing before it was time to leave....

and finally, it was time to head home. Honestly? We were all ready. Our vacation was fun, exhausting, exhilirating, and most importantly, filled with great family time, which we desperately needed. But, as someone once said, there's no place like home. So long, Glacier. We loved every minute.


One of our favorite Glacier memories from our last visit (pre-kids), was the Trail of the Cedars. Its a quiet, peaceful hike (more like stroll), through gorgeous forest, and made even better with numerous cheezy-smile filled photos....Nice family pic, dontcha think?If only Paco had offered to carry ME on the hard parts of the trail.....One of my favorite pictures of the kids.... Would you REALLY want to meet up with THIS guy in a dark forest? He looks kinda creepy to me...


We had a sweet campsite, right on Fish Creek. However, when we made our reservation back in March, it specified that this campsite was FULL SHADE. Yeah Right! Maybe between the hours of 8pm and 4am....but not in the afternoon. It was HOT! We chose to head to the lake during this time. We did enjoy camp life in the evenings though. Paco caught up on some light reading...
and a little sleeping.....and a bit of gourmet cooking...while Gracie continued to work on kicking that thumb-sucking habit. Or, not. Of course, even though in the woods, we made sure that our children were clean and well-kept at all times....One of two resident pets that visited often....and the other....We also took to the back-country to collect firewood. I am sure the Grandparents will appreciate that we took their bite-sized grandchildren well off the beaten path. If only we had paid closer attention to these signs...While tempting a grizzly (get it?) fate, I did snap some great pics (while glancing nervously in every direction)....and I'll finish this post off with a handsome picture of my very own Paul Bunyan. What an outdoorsman!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


After our day of hiking, we needed a little rest! Off we went to lounge on the beach of Lake McDonald for the day! The water was crystal clear and cold, but it really felt good. Our time by the lake were the most relaxing parts of vacation... Gracie singing along to "love story" on Daddy's ipod. I have to get the video of this posted on here! It's so cute...

This kids' got muscles like his daddy....Cole's rock structure....yes I know...fascinating...Gracie searching for the perfect rock to put in our vegetable garden...Here's Cole....ummmm....I don't know WHAT he's doing....A beach all to ourselves....and the cutest girl in my world....


Oh boy, Day 2. We took a day trip up the going-to-the-sun road, which is quite possibly the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. We got to the top and decided to take the hidden lake hike, which is 3 miles round trip, with the first half being uphill, and partially through the snow. What a workout! We persevered and made it all the way to the lake, seeing lots of wildlife along the way that we wouldn't have seen so close otherwise..It really was quite a hike...this picture shows you about half the can see the visitors center where we started out. However it was all worth it when we got to the top. Check out this view!
And just a few assorted pictures for your viewing pleasure...