Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts


Do you ever have visitors come and stay at your house and just be at a total loss as what to do with them? Something fun, out of the ordinary, and enjoyable for toddlers and adults too?  Well, today I thought I'd share a few photos from our weekend adventures with our Montana family. On Saturday we went and checked out Adventure Golf and Raceway in Westminster. Saturday morning I woke up wracking my brain on what to do with family in town that would be fun for all ages. I've driven past this miniature golf course a few times and thought it might be a fun half-day adventure. And boy, was I right! We had a lot of fun! 

Chloe and Elinor had a lot of fun hitting the ball, but spent a fair amount of time just rolling their balls into the castles and traps. The weather was also pretty amazing, so we timed it just right.

After we were done with golfing and karting, we headed over to the ropes/obstacle course. I have always wanted to run through one of these ropes courses, so I was super excited about it. After the adults got done, Chloe was able to climb onto her own little kid ropes course too. I was really surprised at how adventurous and bold she was. I have never seen her get out of her element this much. She is usually a pretty cautious (first born) kind of kid. She leaves the more thrilling stuff to her little sister. Chloe surprised us all and did really, really well!

I definitely think we'll be going back here this summer. It was a pretty affordable, really fun way to spend a day with friends or family. Check it out!

Legos in our pajamas

Last Friday after Chloe had gotten up from her nap and before her little sister had decided it was time to get up, we spent some time together playing with a Lego set that she had gotten over Christmas. It was a construction set, but with little lego pieces. I had been waiting to upgrade (or downgrade?) to the regular size Lego pieces when I didn't have to worry about little babies eating them and Chloe had enough dexterity to really use them.

Well, after watching her play for a little while, I realized it was time to upgrade our Lego set. We set off to Target and bought a beginner box of Legos and a fun veterinarian set to put together. I was super excited about it and Chloe was too. Putting together the Lego set with instructions pretty much fell on me, but I was happy to do it. The next morning I was still getting some of the set together and we had fun after breakfast playing with Legos together. Both Chris and I really loved Legos as kids, so we're excited to start the tradition with our kids. We're still a long way off from optimal Lego building age, but why not start them young, right?

Messy bedhead and all! Like your style Elinor!

the Christmas that was

Hi! How are ya? It's been a while!!!

Happy New Year, by the way! 

But before we get to all of that, I thought I'd share a few photos from our wintery holiday vacation in Idaho with my family. It was freezing cold (actually below freezing), but very warm and cozy inside my parent's house with most of my siblings and their kids all staying under the same roof.  

It's a rather crazy tradition, really. At some point, our whole family (my parents, their six children, their significant others, and their children) can't all fit in one house anymore for the holidays. Finally this year, some of us had to stay at a hotel just to make sure everyone had a bed and a little bit of their own space. Also, somehow my parents have internet that is worse than dial-up speed, so keeping everyone entertained for days at a time is no small feat. There were definitely many crafts going on, programming questions being solved (that's my husband in his element), baking, sledding, skiing, gingerbread house making, shopping, and a fair amount of healthy discussions about politics. 

My girls had an absolute blast hanging out with their cousins. They also suited up once a day to go outside into the sub-zero temperatures and snow storms to visit the animals with my Mom. Chloe had lots of fun snuggling up to Lucky (the horse). Who, I believe, was just happy to have a warm body petting him.

We got lots of resting in and didn't think about work or working on a house for at least 7 days. That was worth all the bathroom sharing and the long drive through Wyoming.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

our family photos

The last weekend we were in Billings, we decided to quickly get some family photos in our favorite park. I wanted to capture some moments with our family right as we were leaving Montana.

I might be biased, but I think they turned out beautifully.

Thank you, Tina Stinson! You did a great job, as always!

our labor day weekend

Oh my gosh, is it already the middle of September? Where did the time go?  

I couldn't let these photos hang out too much longer on my computer. We spent Labor Day Weekend out visiting family. Our first stop was Roscoe, MT to see the Ostrums. We got to enjoy some sunny weather and get in a little family time. Roscoe is really the cutest little town. I have dreams of buying that little house behind Chloe and fixing it up. It sits right along the river and has some really neat history to it.

On Sunday we went to Roberts, MT and had a going away BBQ for our family. It was really sweet of everybody to come on a rainy, wet day!

Chloe and Elinor got to ride Lucky and play outside in the playhouse. Elinor wasn't quite sure about that big animal, but Chloe was happier than a pig in mud (or a wet little girl on a steamy horse).

I was woefully unprepared for the cold temperatures we had, so Elinor had to borrow some gear from her uncle. She didn't want to take that hat off!

Elinor had fun with her twin cousins too. These little ladies are so cute!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!