Though we love to take the kids hiking and ran into a few other youngsters on the trail, there was something nice about not lugging an extra 45 lbs. up the mountain and having a chance to chat without interruption of our 2 chatty kids. Matthew meanwhile had a great time showing our babysitter the new house and going to the park with her. Just ask him, he'll tell you all about it.
For the east coasters, there is an odd Western tradition to paint a large letter made of rocks on a large hill. Thanks to wikipedia you can learn more about them than you ever wanted to here. And according to geoglyphs.org Montana is not only a clear leader in number of geoglyphs, Bozeman's M is the largest (though Missoula has us beat for the most visited). Here's what 250 feet of white rocks looks like from the top:
And here's what the M looks like from below, with someone else's camera on a sunnier day. Sadly there wasn't much more snow for our January hike than in this pic:
In house news, here's the first part of our tour as Catherine's room is *mostly* done. I've been having a great time going through some of our things from storage and some of the things I packed up as we packed up Grandma Jennie's house. Here's the view from the door. We've converted the bassinet my dad made for me into a stuffed animal corral and broke the bunk beds into two beds so I had one for any long nights with Catherine:
Otherwise, Matthew's getting ready to help us out with home ownership and practicing his woodworking skillz with his new workbench from Mas and Pas:
And Catherine spends much of her day like this when she should be nursing or taking her bottle at daycare. Much like her brother, she's too interested in the rest of the world to focus on sustenance and really, really likes to check out everything in this pose: