Thursday, August 21, 2008

Montana pix part 2

This photo is suppose to be at the bottom of my blog!! Does anyone know how to put photos where you want them? Please enlighten me.

This vacation is old news, but I still had to share some of my favorite photos.

Here is the "Flathead Lake Gang." They're a little shady looking I know. I wouldn't want to cross them in an abandoned alley. (actually, Montana doesn't have abandoned alleys, or gangs for that matter.) From Left to Right we have Mckade, Kesler, Avery, Nya, and the back of Sage's head in front. Mckade and Nya are our good friend's Park and Shawna's children. Shawna's parents own arguably the most amazing property in the USA right on Flathead lake. They have done really amazing things to make you never want to leave if you're lucky enough to visit.

Tamra if you're reading this, please don't panic! No children were hurt during this photo.

This is one of the really amazing things the Reeds (Shawna's parents) have done to their lakeside property. They built a "pig pen" to lock up the children. Oh how I miss this pig pen. I didn't feel bad leaving Sage in here because he had the butterfly to keep him company.

Here's Avery and Nya in the boat. They bonded instantly over the fact they both wear glasses and have had to wear a patch on one eye.

We had lots of fun tubing. Shane was the only one to get thrown off. (He claims he did it on purpose.)

Ahhhh so refreshing. Sage had no fear when it came to the water.

Here's another really amazing I-never-wanna-leave-this-place feature. They built this cute little tree house with a little pebble beach for the small kids. The pebbles are so soft they are comfortable to sit on. They moved a ring of large rocks with a back hoe to form a barrier which makes it really safe for the kids to play. To the left of this pictures is an outdoor kitchen with all the works; running water, a grill, and a banquet.

Here we are at pebble beach.

This is lake McDonald in Glacier; equally beautiful, but without the amenities. We went on a bike ride to this lake and snapped a few shots. I love these boats. Chandi, it reminds me of that painting you did.

I love this next grouping of photos. It shows Avery's spastic "I'll do anything if you put me in front of a camera" side. Meanwhile, Kesler is thinking, "take the damn pictures so I can get back to spotting fish." I'm just kidding, Kesler doesn't really swear. (terribly often anyway:)

Off the subject, but Avery is turning into a teenager waaaaay too early.
example #1. The other day Sage broke off the lid to her make up compact. She fixed it and then turned to me and said, "I put it on wicked tight." I have no idea where she picked up that word because Shane and I certainly don't say wicked.
example #2. I was dancing to some music and getting lots of laughs out of Sage, but Avery just looked at me and said, "Mom, could you please stop doing that." It wasn't too long ago that I could get her laughing hysterically too.
example #3. We had a primary party on Saturday to "This is the place" state park. Parents were invited so I planned on attending. When we were getting ready to leave she said "You're coming too?" I said, "Of course, don't you want me too." Suddenly the room got very quiet and she just couldn't look me in the eye. I thought I had a good 6 or 7 years before Avery was too cool for me!


From the Life of Jen B said...

This looks like a beautiful vacation spot!!

Chandi said...

Ahhh! What beauty Montana holds. I was pretty much drooling at the screen. I want a vacation home like that, forget the vacation part. I want a home like that.

I laughed at your stories of Avery. Brannock too seems to be growing way too fast. He still does like to have me around though so that's something.

mom/caryn said...

Don't you love it when the kids are 6 going on 17??

The stories about Avery were a hoot to read, and the pictures of her by the boats are hilarious.

In a blink, all of these fun times you're having will only be pictures carefully placed in a family album. I love to see you youngins enjoying every minute with your children the way you do.
And how cool is it to have access to a dream spot like your friend's parents home in Montana. It really does pay to have friends in high places, eh?

J Black said...

So you've given us a glimpse of how it is to have friends in beautiful places. Next time we're coming for sure!

Avery's photos and stories totally make me laugh. I wonder if mom has any similar ones of you?

As far as changing the position of your pics, you have to click and drag and scroll down to the bottom, then release. It's a real "drag", one feature I think blogspot needs to change.

Jade said...

Yeah it is too bad we couldn't have coordinated this better huh? Maybe next summer? So I am coming mid October, can we get together since it never happened this summer?