Month: August 2009

Lots to come….soon!

Lots to come….soon!

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 […]

18 Months Old

18 Months Old

On August 15 my baby turned 18 months old. She’s not really even a baby at all anymore. It’s crazy how fast it’s all flown by! Everyone absolutely adored spending time with her while we were home and of course she got spoiled rotten! My […]

Camping

Camping

Amber’s first Camping trip did not go the way I envisioned. Instead of a joyous time with lots of wonderful memories, fun, and laughter, there was a terrible accident the first day right after we got there. My family’s dog was killed and I was the first person to see him. 🙁 It was very traumatizing….I still shudder when I think about it. I posted a blog before this one as a tribute to him. I’m just so thankful Amber was too little to have a clue what was going on. She just went around patting everyone on the back and saying “Ooohh!!!” As she gave them hugs. She helped everyone soooo much! I don’t know what we would have done without my little ray of sunshine! It also helped that we had friends of the family camping with us so there were people who weren’t as affected by what happened that we all needed to be cheerful for and put on a good face for.

Even though that did put a huge damper on the whole trip and there were as many tears as there were smiles I’m happy to say that there still were smiles. Here is a recap of the good times!

Amber and “Meow” She thought Adelaide was a cat and it was hilarious!


Strutting her stuff and talking on the phone–like always!

First marshmallow! Fun and messy times! I enjoyed the smores….soooooo tasty!

Star Tripping–seriously awesome!!!! You look up straight up at the stars and spin around about 20 times with people in a circle around you and then they flash you in the eyes with a flashlight and you go completely limp and fall. (of course they have to catch you!!!) it’s crazy–try it sometime!!! (but not you Paulina–I’m afraid it would make you sick!) 🙂
Yet another thing I love about Wyoming is, especially when you’re up camping, you can see more stars than anywhere, you can even see the Milky Way in all it’s glory. The last night we were up there I saw 7 shooting stars and one was huge!!!!

My brother Ryan discovered that his camera had time lapse settings on his camera and the boys decided to play around with that. Cool and creepy pictures followed! (the picture I’m in was supposed to resemble one of those old creepy family portraits, I’m pretty proud of how very creepy I look!)

One of her favorite things to do was “drive” Ryan’s Jeep

In Wyoming we still like our guns, thank you very much!!!!!!!

We all had a blast at Middle Piney Lake. It was completely gorgeous! I couldn’t get over how deep blue the water is.

Pic taken by Ryan (go figure)

We also went on a scenic drive where we saw graves from the Oregon Trail in this valley

Cuddling while Dad cut down more trees (it was all standing dead wood for any tree huggers out there 😉 )

Horse shoes are always a good time!!!! Even Amber thought so!

*tyra bank voice* “She can do a fiiiiierrrce fierce picha!!!”

That’s my girl! John Deere in one hand, dirt in the other!

I had lots of fun with mom’s macro (my camera is dying 🙁 so I had to steal everyone else’s while I was back home for pictures)

Even though it wasn’t what I was hoping for, Amber had a blast and I do have several wonderful memories to keep from it as well.
Tribute to the Sweetest Puppy

Tribute to the Sweetest Puppy

Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. But I am a sincere believer “that all things work together for good”. So it comforts me to know that the terrible accident which took you from us served some purpose…even though I’ll probably never know what that purpose […]

Southwestern Wyoming

Southwestern Wyoming

On August 7th we decided to adventure a little closer to home. One thing I love so much about Wyoming is all the wildlife you see everywhere. On our way out we saw a group of wild horses. Of course we had to stop to […]

Red Cliff

Red Cliff

Picture Ryan took up at the Cliffs

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.

Wyoming’s Big Show

Wyoming’s Big Show

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 […]

What I didn’t expect August 1, 2002

What I didn’t expect August 1, 2002

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 […]