Friday, August 29, 2008

And The Winner Is.....

Tonight was the Ravalli County Fair Queen contest. Both of the girls wanted to enter it as they both did in 2004. They were both nervous to give their speeches. Several of their friends also entered the contest so they all had plenty of support.
Above is Sarah being coached thru her speech. She did FANTASTIC!

This is MacKenna who was insanely the point I thought she would back out. She went up there and was a natural. There was no coaching necessary, just loud screams from the audience cheering her on.

Sarah Joy Passey~First place for best smile & Finalist!!! Go Sarah! You rock.

Here is MacKenna who won Best Personality and Ravalli County Fair Princess! Again! She won in 2004 as well. I think she's hooked. You can't see in the picture, but she's wearing a great pair of black cowboy boots that I bought for $1.45 at thrift store just hours before the contest.

* I am so proud of both of my pretty girls. They were great and very supportive of each other and the other contestants involved. They were gracious winners and I can't even tell you how beautifully well they conducted themselves. * Go Girls!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Home Sweet Home

This is our humble little farm house.

We can't decide which door to use as an entry. There are several options and this view is one of them. This door actually leads into the laundry room and basement family room. I'm sure we'll use them all.

Our home sits in a little valley and this is the view from the real front door.

This little pond is just across from the driveway. There is plenty of room to run and play! We can't wait to have visitors.....any takers? It's just a short flight or a very long drive but I promise it will be worth it when you get here. :)

I Did It

This is me and my Phlebotomy instructor, Andrew, after I finished my final exam. I am officially finished and completed the schooling. Yee Haw, I am a certified Phlebotomist!!! PS.....I'm not fat, they are baggy scrubs. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Am I Wierd?

Ok, so am I wierd? Before you answer that, let me preface it.....I noticed that we had an abundance of bulk foods stacking up in the garage. A light bulb went on and I had an idea. I made some phone calls and got a hold of the canner our stake lends out. Then, I went to the cannery and bought some #10 cans, lids, boxes and such.....I love going there.....I am not even sure why I like it so much, but I do. Anyway, we spent most of Friday afternoon and evening canning our bulk foods...flour, wheat, sugar, rice, potatoes, dry milk, etc...IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I could have just exploded with excitement-no seriously, that's not an exaggeration. Bart thinks I am a total dork and was baffled at how excited I was to accomplish such a cool task. So the question I wierd that I find so much joy and excitement in the cannery and canning food?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bitterroot Slip & Slide

Well, these pictures are a little out of order but you'll get the idea. This is called a Bitterroot slip & slide. While at the Lake on Tuesday, we decided to have a BBQ on Wednesday with some great friends. The Howards were kind enough to open their home and yard to a whole lotta-maddness! So Deidre and I got the brilliant idea to make a slip and slide down one of the hills in their yard.

These are the water slide testers. They were the first down to make sure it was all good. So, it's fun and then Deidre decides to make it funner!

Deidre says we need to add soap to make it more slippery. We also added cooking oil. About 9:00 at night the first bottle of soap ran out and they busted out with another one.

Like I said, these pictures are out of order so this is the making of the Bitterroot slip & slide. When you call something Bitterroot it just means you did whatever needed to be done to get it finished. Hence, using piles of lawn clippings to hold the corners down! :)

NOW, for the fun stuff. All the kids were getting turns going down the slide and oh what a fun time they were all having when I said, "enough" I grabbed Deidre's hand and marched her to the top and on our bellies and into the grass we went.

Krista & Deidre down the water slide.

Krista striking the "superstar" pose receiving applause for the magnificent and graceful landing. Oh and that's Deidre still trying to get up after the slide.

Sarah and Christopher were troopers and kept on going even into the late evening hours with blue lips, shivering and still smiling. MacKenna and Garrett quit after about two slides each. It was close to 10:00 pm before we called it quits and thought it best to shower kids and put them to bed. We all had a blast.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Where the Green Grass Grows

~Penelope & Krista at Lake Como~
Getting to see my friends felt like we never left. We all just picked up where we left off. Watching the kids interact with their friends was just the same.

MacKenna and Garrett actually getting along and having a great time together. I like to see them "all smiles."

Christopher & Bart hauling water for the sand castles

At Lake Como we played, ate lunch, swam, made sand castles. It was a perfect 90 degrees with a constant breeze.

Nana and Papa's own private golf course. J/K . The kids had such a great time playing golf and retrieving the golf balls.

This is Sarah sitting on the fence post. She asked if she looks like a cowgirl sitting up there. Yes, she looks like a cowgirl from the city!!!

There are just some places, people and experiences that are forever engraved in the depths of your soul. Montana is truly God's country. Being there reminded me of the simplicity of life and the SLOW pace at which they all run (walk). :) I love this place and I love these people!!!