Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Time

Let me just say that way too much has been going on this summer! But that way too much does include a lot of fun! It's just hard to know where to start. Well I guess it all started with Justin getting a new job! He is managing "Firehole Trading Company" in West Yellowstone. Yup, West Yellowstone. And we do live there now so if you are in town, give us a call! But it was about a month and a half before we moved, so I am glad to have my husband back around. He was gone 4 hours each day just traveling, plus all the hours he was working. Hard times! Glad that is over.
My sister and her family came into town from Philadelphia! I had been looking forward to them coming for months! And it was great! I can't wait until they live closer. My whole family got together and had a lot of fun. We went to Ross Park, had a great BBQ, enjoyed fireworks at my parents house provided by Justin, family pictures, birthday parties with amazing cakes made by my talented sister Kim, and lots of fun! Oh and did I mention a great night of lightening! Check out this picture I took! We all got some great shots! It was actually kinda scary. That thunder was bone chilling!

Here is a pic Justin took of me and my sisters. Kristin, me, and Kim! Wow! We are definitely related! I never thought we all looked that much alike, but here is the proof!

This is a picture taken from my back patio in West Yellowstone. I really didn't know what to think when Justin first took me out to our new home. I was in disbelief. I didn't think I would ever be living in the forest. But here we are! We have seen all sorts of wildlife and birds are always landing on our porch. It is amazing!

We also went to a great reunion with Justin's family! It was a blast! We had Spencer in a hat pretty much the whole time and we wore him right out. Sleeping in a tent made me nervous because I didn't know what to do with Spencer and our tent wasn't going to fit a play yard, but we made it work out! We used a doggie bed and it was great!

And I think my favorite part of the reunion was the Olympics! The games were a secret until it came time! This was the froot loop toss! And yes that is Justin covered in cool whip! We won this game if you couldn't tell! Another game we played, I had to cover my nose in vaseline and pick up cotton balls with my nose and put as many as I could in a bowl without using my hands. There was a hula hoop contest and much more! It was very inventive and fun!

And what was supposed to be a surprise for my birthday, we went to the cabin with Eric and Cori! I figured it out of course...older and wiser, what can I say! It was so much fun! We went there last year for Cori's birthday and it was a blast. And this year was also a blast! I got totally spoiled! Kent and Holly (Cori's parents) came up on my birthday and made us the best dinner! Yummy steaks, scrumptious spinach salad, and great buttered bread! And then they brought out this massive chocolate cake that was to die for. My mouth is watering as I'm thinking about it! WOW! I hope that we can make it to the cabin every year! I think that would be a great tradition!
We put Audrey and Spencer in the sink(bath) together and as you can see Spencer was hungry, but check out those long eyelashes.

And this was our attempt at a hike! We took off and it was looking great until we hit a huge pile of snow on the path. But it was still fun and beautiful! Good times good times!

And last, but not least here is a video of Spencer. He is just growing up so fast and lately he has been talking so much and it is just so cute! So this is a video of him talking. Enjoy!


Melissa said...

A doggie bed?! Clever! I've never thought of that. We always lugged the big port-a-crib. It was about as tall as the tent and I think my kids always froze to death in it. I'll have to remember that doggie bed in case we have any more babies. :-)

Brianne said...

Kelli- Spencer is sooooo cute and yummy! I just want to eat him up! I love those little smiles he gives in the video. And, he is lovin' those toys too. Baby talk is so cute. Wish we lived closer to you guys so we could see each other more often. P.S. that fruit loop contest looks like fun. I'd like to try that out with Mark sometime...throwin fruit loops at his cool whip covered face...hehehe

Little Farmer Family said...

It sure looks like you guys have been busy and having some major fun! I can't believe you guys are up in island park now....crazy. Is the firehole right in the jackson town square area? I'll have to stop by and say hi the next time we're up there. And Spencer is getting so big and grown up! :)

Andrea :) said...

Wow! It looks like you guys are having an awesome summer! I'm glad to hear you had a great birthday. Your little man is getting so big! What a cutie! :)

The Cook Clan said...

Wow, what a cool picture of the lightning!!! That is crazy! Sounds like a fun summer.

~The Dippold's said...

What a fun and busy summer!! The mountains are beautiful!! You don't realize how much you love them until they are gone. Spencer is growing fast. You have such a cute family! :)

Josh, Shauna, Allison, Brynlee said...

Looks like you are having a great summer. Spencer is absolutely adorable!!!

Holly said...

We were glad to have you all here for your birthday. See ya next year!

Blauers said...

The lightening picture is awesome! And love the view from your house! Looks like things are going great for you guys!