Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hiking Big Creek

Since we've been in Montana the kids and I have gone hiking several times. 

We went up Blodgett Canyon first, with friends Anneke and Erik, which was somewhat whiny since Jed was terrified either bears or mountain goats or eagles or all three would kill him.  By the time we gave up and headed back, he was loving it and insisted we eat lunch by the creek at the trailhead.  

Next, we went on a Cub Scout hike up Big Creek with Cubmaster/Poppa Gary and his crew.  We didn't make it as far as the hike, but the four of us made it two miles, which I thought was pretty respectable for a two year old, a four year old, a baby in a backpack, and one gigantic bloody nose halfway back that ruined a lot of the fun.  We had a great time until the blood part.  

Then today we went back up Big Creek with Poppa Gary, just a little ways, to find the "perfect spot!" for our annual Camp Ground-Doggie Family Hike!  We found this lovely little spot, not far up the trail, with logs to sit on surrounding a shallow, kid friendly spot. We thought it was a safe spot for a big family gathering, and Dad even took a tumble off a log and into the creek just to make sure. :) Jed rhapsodized on and on about how pretty and how perfect it was for us. "Oh Gramps, I just love this place!" 

Cheesy Grin

Lately Zane has become the master of the cheesy grin.  This only beings to capture it. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's almost 10:30, and Zoe is still asleep

Plastered to the bed, bottoms up, baby clutched tight.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Zoe Ann!

Three years old today.
Oh how we love you, sweet silly little girl!

 Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Little Dragon

Jed Glasses

Jed tried on Granny's glasses.  Looks like in a few years we will be solidifying the Stanfill Nerd Tradition!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Dowdle Waterpark

Pool Snuggle

Dance, Dance!

The Happy Hoosier

My fat little Hoosier hanging out in his pajamas, in the backyard, on his lawnchair with faux-Glock.  Obviously lovin' it. All we need is some BBQ mutton and the look is complete.

Building a Fort with Poppa Gary

Poppa's woodpile is providing ample supply for Jed's imagination.  He's had Poppa working hard at it all day every day since we arrived.

Inside the fort at the little table with chairs.

Watering Granny's Garden

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July in Montana

Sandhill Crane family

Whuppy Boy!

We spent the 4th of July all day outside playing in Granny and Poppa's back yard.

Roasted hot dogs and marshmallows for dinner.

Jed and Zoe got tired of running around naked in the sprinkle for an hour, so they settled in for a snack from their respective gigantic "snack buckets" Granny prepared for them.

Cowboy with tongue

Less dorky cowboy!

Big Wheels!

"Thirtyforty miles per hour! SIXY MILES PER HOUR!"

Everyone out on the dirt pile.

Granny and Poppa got matching 4th outfits for all of us

Even Zane was getting into it.  The kids were FILTHY by bedtime.

Love my snack bucket! It's the same size as me!