Monday, June 30, 2008


Luke & I left our house Friday around noon to have lunch in Edina. Since we live in the middle of nowhere we are oftentimes the only people that drive down the county road we live on except the mailman. On this particular day, we were ahead of the mailman by several hours meaning we were the first to travel the road. Here is what we encountered:

No, I'm not talking about the man standing in the road (that's Luke)!

Needless to say, the road was blocked! A HUGE tree had fallen over the road in the middle of the night. There was no way around...but luckily there is another road that we can take to Edina. We just had to back track a little ways and then we were on our way again. We also learned that the County Clerk is the person you call when a tree falls over your road (Good to know, good to know).

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Meet Kelly Jo

For those of you who are fond of Kelly Jo or who haven't been properly introduced, this post is all about my wonderful child. Just kidding! She's a puppy, but seems like my kid! She keeps us very entertained and ever since I have started working from home we have really become best buds. Kelly REALLY loves the fact that we have moved out of my tiny in-town apartment and out into the country. Her roles and responsibilities have really expanded as she is now the ranch watchdog, cattle herder, cat gatherer, chicken protector, frog chaser and most importantly head of entertainment here. Here are some of the crazy things she does that you just can't help but laugh about.

This is a pile of limestone that we had delivered the other day to fill in some areas that have been washed away by the rain. Kelly enjoyed the new "toy".

Many of you may recognize this as a trash can Kelly it is an enormous frisbee! She's quite ambitious.

When the day is done, just like any child, she likes to be read a bedtime story :)

Friday, June 27, 2008


Thunderstorms in Missouri are MUCH worse than thunderstorms in Montana! This summer especially, it seems like it storms almost every day. Here is a picture of the sky (looking from our backyard to the West) a few nights ago. Wednseday night it rained 4 1/4 inches, Thursday night it rained 3/4 inch and then in the day it rained about another 3/4 inch. That's alot of rain! Rivers, streams, creeks are all over their banks and flowing wherever they can.

Yesterday, Luke, our boss and I were trying to go visit a feed mill in Clark, Missouri when we ran into several detours. Here is the first: Hwy 11 just west of Baring. We were driving the Saturn and I refused to chance it--there was water over the highway!

Here is another water crossing that we actually did cross (against my pleading not to). This is in Shelby County where they got over 10 inches of rain overnight. Does this look safe to drive through?? I think not!

Anyone that is experiencing dry weather, I wish we could share!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Our Story

I was born & raised in Kalispell, Montana and lived between there and Bozeman, MT for the first 22 years of my life. It was then that I moved to Missouri to attend graduate school in animal science. It was supposed to be a temporary move but I wasn't planning on meeting Luke. Luke's Southern charm won me over and I'm still in Missouri almost 3 years later. Every day in Missouri is an adventure for me. I hate the humidity and the enormous and abundant bugs, but other than that it seems okay. Someday we will be back in Montana with all of my friends and family and cool weather, but for now it's Luke's turn to choose the surroundings.

Welcome to the Blog!

I have decided to start a blog to help keep in touch with friends and family, near and far. I will share stories, adventures and just daily activities to show everyone what our life is like here in Missouri. I thought that blogs were kinda dorky, but the more I see them, the more inspired I am to have my own. Enjoy!