Sunday, July 31, 2011

Travel Log Days 1,2,and 3

We have been on vacation for the last 12 days. We had so much fun, but we are very glad to be home. We decided to go see Mt. Rushmore and make a big loop through Wyoming into South Dakota and into Yellowstone. I think my kids are the perfect age for these kinds of trips. They are good in the car and are interested in learning about all the places we visit. Plus we really love the national parks and monuments.

Our first stop was Independence Rock, in central Wyoming. This was more of a rest stop on our first day traveling, but the history around it is very interesting. It was a stopping place for many pioneers on the Oregon Trail, and they would carve their name in the rock.


It was very windy, but a nice place to stop.


Day to we made it to South Dakota and stopped in at Jewel Cave National Monument. Jewel Cave is the 2nd longest cave in the world. The tours to go through were all full for the day, but the girls still got their Jr. Ranger badges and Brianna got to learn more about Bats, one of her favorite subjects.



The next day we went to Wind Cave National Park. Wind cave is the 5th longest cave in the world.





We were able to go in this cave. It is different form most caves in that it doesn't have very many stalactites or stalagmites but instead has what is call box work and other mineral formations. It was 54 degrees inside.



They also got their Jr. Ranger badges here


On the way home we drove through Custer State Park.


We drove the wildlife loop that had some fun animals including these burrows that wanted to get in our car. Check out Carly inside the car.


I'll post more pictures in the next few days of the rest of our trip. Still to come, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Deadwood and lots more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Star struck

One of my very favorite shows of TV right now is Modern Family. Not only is it so darn funny but I think it is opening up minds and showing that families are families no matter what they look like. One of the funniest characters on the show is Ty Burrell, and this morning I got to meet him. He was such a great guy. He really wasn't much like his character was is so down to earth and just plain nice.


I couldn't resist getting my picture with him.



Bri on Black and Ty on Buck.


I love that he shared his lesson with 3 little girls.




We had a very fun morning.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Amazing Brianna jumping her pony!

Bri and her pony are getting so good together. Today at her lesson she jumped him 3 times. I only got it on film twice. She really does amaze me. I'm so proud of her.



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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Fun

We had lots of fun this 4th of July weekend.


We started it off going fishing on Saturday at a local pond. We didn't catch anything, but we still had fun.



Sunday we met up with our cousins at Grandma's pool for some swimming.





I love making fun outfits for the girls for the holiday. These were done at the last minute but turned out so cute.


It wouldn't be the 4th with out a BBQ with our family. Here are all the cousins.



Carly and Zoe are 6 months apart in age and are BFFs Carly gave Zoe a friendship necklace.



They are inseparable.



My sister live near a city park that puts on a firework show so we always go there to get our fix.


Sparklers.






Our whole crew watching the show.


We had such a fun holiday. We hope you did too!