Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wyoming and Wedding Adventures with Amma and Papa

After a fun-filled week in Montana, we loaded up the car and headed to Wyoming with Amma and Papa.  We took the scenic route through Yellowstone and stopped for some sight seeing.  We stopped for some rock climbing.  James cut Matthew's hair right before we left and he went for very, very, short!  Luckily it grows quickly!
 Lower geyser basin:
Then a quick stop at Old Faithful and a walk around!

 It'd been a while since Mom and Dad had been to Old Faithful (1988) and then before that it was probably their honeymoon!  They're looking better each visit!

The Tetons:
We stopped to stretch our legs in Dubois.  Matthew wanted to tackle the outdoor jackalope:

 Meanwhile Amma and Catherine braved the indoor one:
 And Matthew pointed out the giant poop as always :-)
 We had a great week at grandma's.  Mostly we hung out inside and out.  The kids played lots and lots of hide and seek:
 We headed up Sinks Canyon for a hike and some rock climbing:
 We had our obligatory cheesewheels from Dairyland and the kids had their first cherry dipped cones:
 We headed out to my aunt and uncle's one night for a bonfire and to take some treats to the chickens at the farm.  The kids had a blast!
There were morning cribbage games where Matthew became quite the good luck charm for papa!
 And Catherine + new blanket from her cousin JJ + empty box = hours and hours of entertainment.
We were all very excited to celebrate our cousin Tom's wedding!  Catherine was pretty jazzed about her new dress:
 Matthew helped us set up for photos since we were all dressed up and took this one (or at least attempted, he was pretty jazzed up and had trouble focusing as well!)

 4 Generations:

The wedding ceremony was beautiful, short and sweet and ended with some very popular bubbles for the bride and groom!
 Cousins, aka T-R-O-U-B-L-E!
 Raising a glass to Tom and Christy!
 It was great to be able to catch up with a lot of the extended family, and it's always nice to run into Aunt Charlotte:
 A very special Mother-Son dance:
 Catherine tore up the dance floor and dragged Papa out to join her:
 More dancing, of course the boys couldn't be within 2 feet of each other without getting physical.  Story of my life these days.
 Dancing with daddy:
Matthew even snuck in a dance with the gorgeous bride!

 Of course we couldn't leave before the chicken dance:
 Of course our time at grandma's is always too short.  We headed back to a week of recovery and now it's *sniff* time to prepare for back to school, a bittersweet moment indeed.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Montana Adventures with Amma and Papa

After the superhero extravaganza and a completed , we got to spend a whole week hanging out with Amma and Papa.  Matthew got his new glasses which he was super excited about!

 And then we headed out of town to spend the day in the Old West at Virginia City! Catherine was as sassy as ever!
 We went for a swing at the old schoolhouse in Nevada City:
 And took the train!

 Catherine hammed it up with her sunglasses.  This is the last we saw of these sunglasses.  I forget the details but there was a tantrum, some stomping, some sass and somewhere along the way I'm guessing the glasses got lost.
 After we went out to dinner at a restaurant with a pool table Matthew had been obsessed with learning to play pool so we stopped for a game at the saloon.
 Meanwhile Catherine nursed her Huckleberry soda all day!
 The kids took some fun trips to Ace with Papa.  Catherine was stylish in the bike trailer (with her new, rockstar sunglasses of course):
 And Matthew did an awesome job on his bike:
We headed out for a picnic at the trout ponds to feed the fish:

 And then we headed out for some geocaching treasures:
 It was also Sweet Pea weekend and Amma and Papa got to join us for that!  Both kids wanted to run:
 So James and I divided and conquered, figuring (rightly so) that the kids had vastly different paces:
 Catherine ran with three expressions, determined, cranky and smiling.  At the beginning she was determined:
 Matthew was ready for high fives!
 This was smiling because she saw Papa:

 And her sassy, cranky run!  She had lots of cheering for her but for the middle part of the race she was pretty ticked off that Matthew ran off without her and she couldn't see him/catch up.
 At the festival it was time for Matthew to participate in a Bozeman right of passage, the wooden sculpture section.  For 3 hours of the festival there is a consistent pounding of hammers and throughout the festival you can spy all kinds of 3-D sculptures being hauled out by tired parents.
Painting his final sculpture.  I forgot to take a picture but it's a big, parallelogram type thing.
Catherine chose to have her face painted:
 Like a tiger!
 Matthew and Papa also made a stomp rocket:
 It has provided us hours of fun and even made the trip to Wyoming:
 Catherine enjoyed retrieving more than launching:
The best view in the house:
 There were lots of opportunities for some grandparent spoiling with yummy fair treats:
It was a great day with lots of great music and activities and we were so glad to share with Amma and Papa!  The adventure is to be continued as we took our craziness to Wyoming next!

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