Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is just kind of a regular day for us. No dressing up :( No trick-or-treaters (well at least we are not expecting any because they would have to travel several miles on a gravel road to get to our house), and our pumpkins already rotted and were used for target practice. Oh well. I think we will get some candy though...even if we have to eat it all ourselves!

We've had three new calves this week, meaning that we only have three more fall calving cows to calve. Luke decided to ride Bullet last night. Everything was going really well until some calves came running up to the side of the arena. Bullet spooked, then stopped, then started bucking and continued to buck harder and harder until he got rid of Luke. Then he took a lap around the arena as fast as he could. Then Luke got back on and they were fine again.

I took some pictures yesterday. The leaves are really pretty and it's been blue sky and nice weather the past few days!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh, The Things I See...

I have no explaination for this photo. As I walked out of the Post Office and back to my car I just couldn't help but notice this strange scene. Luckily I had my camera so I sneakily took some photos so that Luke would believe what I saw. Weird shit to see going through town at 1 mph like it's no big deal!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Worth the Trip, Definitely!

I had a great weekend. Between Thursday night and Sunday night, I drove over 6 hours and flew on 4 different planes, but it was definitely worth it! Mandy, Mariah, Lynmarie & I were all together for the weekend and it was SO good to see everyone. Also, I go to meet the newest addition to the group, Tucker!

He is such a cutie pie and it was so fun to see the family that Mandy & Tim have created. I swear, it doesn't matter what the four of us girls do, we always have a good time and I can't wait for the next time we will all be together again!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Carving Pumpkins

While Matt was here, one of the things that he wanted to do was carve pumpkins. So, since we wanted to go to the Pumpkin Festival we just planned on picking up some there. But...we had to walk a LONG ways to the Pumpkin Festival because parking was so tight and the way back was all uphill and the pumpkins were mostly still green.... Anyhow, we decided against carrying huge green pumpkins a mile uphill. Instead, we bought them from a patch on our way back from Hannibal the next day.

Here's some of our creations:

Matt even carved a pumpkin to look like Kelly Jo! He's much more creative than I am. We are now ready for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Luke!

Luke turns 27 today!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Matt's Trip to MO

So, I haven't posted anything lately and I'm sorry about that. It's because we have been so BUSY! It seems like we haven't spent a day at home in a long time! So...that's what we are doing today.

My brother, Matt, came and stayed with us for a week: here's some of the pictures of what we did while he was here.

There was some hunting:
Some fishing:

A trip to the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival:

Good times, good times:
I will post more pictures later, but we had a wonderful time. Thanks Matty for coming to visit us!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My First Visitor

Today, my brother Matt is coming to visit me! He is the first person from my side of the family that has come to visit since we moved into our new house. I'm really excited to see him.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Missin' Out

One of the hardest things for me to face, living 1700 miles from my hometown, is missing out. My friends and I are at the stage in our lives where we make so many life-changing decisions which makes it even harder to be so far away. I hate missing weddings, births, holidays and just everyday camaraderie that we take for granted when our friends and family are accessible. Here is my latest example:

My good friend Joylynn got married last Saturday to a man that I have never even met. I had planned on going to the wedding, but with plane ticket prices soaring combined with the fact that I work for work-aholics (who don’t understand why vacation days are so necessary) I decided to wait and see if I could get a United E-Fare ticket. These babies are awesome. They come out every Wednesday and are good for travel either that weekend or the next. Instead of costing me over $500 to fly home, it’s about $250. This makes a huge difference. The catch is, you never know where the E-fares will be available for until the last minute. Where I live, the nearest airport is 3 hours away. But, the good thing is that there are 4 airports within about 3 hours so I do have some options.

Okay, back to the story. I looked 2 weeks in advance for an E-fare and there was nothing. Then I checked the week of the wedding and I could fly to Helena for $250 (whooohoo!). But, once I got to looking at it, the flight didn’t get in until 1PM the day of the wedding and with Helena being about a 3 hour drive from where the wedding was, and with the wedding being at 3:30PM, there was no possible way I could make it. How disappointing. Once again, I was missing out. I’m so sorry Joylynn. I heard your wedding was gorgeous and I wish that I could have made it, that I lived closer and that plane tickets weren’t such a rip off!

However, I didn’t miss out on the awesome camping trip with my husband. That's just it. If I was there, then I would be missing out here in Missouri. Luke has shown me an amazing life here in Missouri I just wish so much that it was closer to least close enough to drive there in 1 day.

Here is a photo of Joylynn and her new husband on their wedding day courtesy of LM:

Looks like it was a gorgeous day! Congratulations Joylynn!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Camping Trip

Luke & Kelly & I went camping this past weekend at Long Branch State Park. It was beautiful weather and a beautiful setting and we had a great time. Here is the view of the lake from our campsite:
We tried our luck at about eight different fishing spots but did not have a single bite. It was really frustrating because there were huge fish jumping right from the same spots we were casting but they just wouldn't bite!

I must admit, this was my first time camping in a tent in an actual campground. Believe me, this isn't my first time tent camping, it just seems that it's usually somewhere out on the ranch, up Hyalite Canyon, or even at the Miles City Fairgrounds. Camping in Montana is just not quite as organized as it is around here. The only time that I had stayed in an actual campground was during our honeymoon when we had the RV (but that's kind of luxury camping!). We got this awesome tent as a wedding present:

Oh, and that's my manly husband chopping wood in front of the tent. Meanwhile, I was roasting marshmallows!

Kelly had a great time and she was a pretty good dog. She did take off chasing squirrels a couple times, which I don't think is allowed in the campground, but it was just too tempting. Camping was kind of more like going to town for Kelly since she had to be on a leash, but it's good for her to get out of the country sometimes. Here she is checking out a turtle Luke found:

Overall, it was a really good trip and we all had fun. We were REALLY tired when we got home though!