Ack!!!! As Kristiana over at Orange Juice just reminded me 😉 It’s been almost a MONTH since my last post!! I finally got back to good ol’ North Cackalack last Wednesday and have been trying to readjust me and Amber ever since :S There’s SOOOO much for me to blog about I’m frankly overwhelmed at where to start! I just got my 390!!!!!!!!!!!!! “favorite” pictures from my trip up–and seriously that was with me being super super picky about which ones I put up!!!! Soooo….soon you’ll be flooded with all sorts of picture-y bloggy goodness…along with a complete overhaul to the look of my blog…hopefully sooner rather than later. In the mean time here’s my pitiful excuse of an entry to tide you over till the goodness to come 😉 😀
Strutting her stuff and talking on the phone–like always!
Us older kids climbed up into the middle of the volcano
Crazy picture taking ensued
Our last stop of the day was the amazing Killpecker Sand Dunes. They are the second largest moving sand dune system in the world, second only to that in the Sahara Desert.
Amber loved playing in the sand
Another thing I LOVE about Wyoming is the bright blue sky!!!
this pic wasn’t edited or enhanced at all
My Ansel Adam-esque self portrait
On August 3rd we got to go pick up my brother Ryan from Red Cliff Bible Camp where he’d been on staff all summer. Red Cliff was a fixture in my life the entire time I was growing up and I went every year, twice a year, from the time I was old enough to the time I graduated high school.
Because my Dad had recently purchased some “big boy toys” (a flat bed and a chainsaw sharpener) we went up early and spent the day pretending to be loggers. It was wonderful being back up in *my* mountains! By the time we went to pick up Ryan it was getting dark and it was raining, so I wasn’t able to get any pictures of camp itself or the gorgeous new log expansion, we got plenty of picture goodness earlier in the day though, so here are some of those!!
Littlest Twilight Fan…..Amber recently has decided she’s too old for board books and would rather flip through “real” books instead.
She loved sitting on the four wheeler and going for rides. Here she’s giving it gas to make it roar 🙂 That’s my girl!
Have to get the dirt on juuuuuust so…..my little tomboy loves dirt and was completely filthy by the time the day was done!
We had a fun day! On a side note I never thought I’d get sucked into the whole Twilight pop culture phenomenon…but alas, I too have fallen prey to the addiction that is Twilight. I read all 4 books in the time span of 2 weeks (that’s like, what?? 5,000 pages????) and after reading them all I must admit that I am a fan…now don’t be too concerned…I’m not about to go buy a life sized poster of Edward or anything, but I must say that for something I once ridiculed for being silly I was very impressed with the whole series.
So as you know by now I recently deserted my (poor) hubby and went on a visit reminiscent of Jane Austen’s era where you showed up and stayed for a month at the least. I had a wonderful time and we got to do so many amazing and fun things!!! I love Wyoming more than anywhere else in the world and it will always and forever be where I think of as *home* even if I never get to live there again.
And of course all the Animals!!!! She adored the petting zoo and this big guy was her favorite!
Other fun stuff included being in a magic show..
Amber’s “second” boyfriend…
It was all so much fun and a great way to start off our visit!!!!!!
- You don’t expect to meet the love of your life in Wal-Mart
- You don’t expect to meet him at all at the age of 17
- You don’t expect that he’d be one of the few guys who didn’t hit on you
- You don’t expect that you’ll want to marry him within a month
- But have to wait years
- You don’t expect that when you have your lives together all planned out things will start to come apart
- And you’ll fight for a year and nearly breakup
- You don’t expect that him joining the military will save your relationship, when you fought tooth and nail against him doing just that
- You don’t expect him to call you from boot camp and tell you he wants to marry you as soon as possible
- You don’t expect to agree
- You don’t expect that at 19 years old you’ll become a Mrs.
- You don’t expect that you’ll go from living in the same house your entire life in Wyoming to moving 2,000 miles away to Washington DC where you don’t know a soul but your new husband
- Especially not when you were the little girl who cried when she spent the night at Grandma’s house 5 minutes away
- You don’t expect to look back 7 years later and laugh about all you’ve been through and marvel at God’s perfect hand in writing your love story
- But then you realize that life is often not at all what you expected….
- Most of the time it’s so much more!!!!