When we set out this morning, we were on our way to the Marias River. Our goal was to find some good fishing spots. Funny thing is, we never made it past Fort Benton. We had no idea how much there was to see and do there. It is a town full of history. Not to mention, they have one of the neatest used bookstores I have ever seen. We ran out of time to see the museum so we will have to go back, and then I will have the perfect excuse to visit the little bookshop again!
(Sorry for all the pictures on this post. I usually try to limit myself to 6, but we had so much fun today that it was hard to stop at 9!!)
Catheryn enjoying the city park
Nathan loving the park
I can fly!!
“Forever Faithful” Shep
William trying to climb a statue…
My awesome family with the first bridge in Montana across the Missouri River, built in 1888
A very neat bookshop
Fort Benton Courthouse, built in 1884
It is hard to believe, but summer vacation is over already. Today was the first day of school. Only this year, William does not have to go alone. The twins headed out the door with him on their way to kindergarten. Even I went along and began my career as a Teacher’s Aide. The kids all had a great day, loved their classes, enjoyed their teachers and made new friends. I made my rounds from the library to recess, back to the library and then onto the lunchroom and out for another recess. I was able to watch my kids in their school setting, see them play with their friends. I realized today that even though I was really looking forward to my quiet time once school started back up again, there is something more important I get to do first. I get to watch my kids grow on the outside, in their own world, in their own setting. This is just the beginning for them, and lucky me, I get to be there for it. With an opportunity like that, who needs quiet time?
As much as I hate to admit it, summer is almost over. With school starting on Wednesday this week, we decided to spend our last weekend of summer vacation camping at Holter Lake. It was a great way to relax and unwind while spending time together. We had a wonderful time both on the lake and in it, even though the water was freezing! We came home tired, sunburnt and happy, and I can’t think of a better way to end a weekend…
Watching the fish feed on the Missouri River
Nathan on the shore of Holter Lake
Heading out in the kick-boats
These boys are definitely related!
William didn’t seem to mind that the water was freezing!
Catheryn enjoying the sunshine
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
I have extraordinary parents. I am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. I am not sure what I did to deserve them, but I am grateful everyday that I can call them family. A special Thank You to my parents for the great visit. It wasn’t nearly long enough, but we enjoyed every minute. We love you and can’t wait to see you again.
Hanging out with Grammy and Grampy
Yesterday was Rob’s 42nd Birthday. We celebrated with a party here at the house. He grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, steaks and corn, even a cherry cobbler! We chatted and ate while a million kids (that may be an exaggeration, but it sure didn’t feel like it at the time!) ran every which way. Once everyone was sufficiently worn out and headed home, Rob was able to relax in his new recliner. I think he had a pretty awesome day. Happy Birthday, Rob!!!
His new recliner
A couple of the party guests
The years teach much which the days never know. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It doesn’t seem like very long ago that all my children were still in diapers and waking up during the night. There were numerous times I contemplated jumping on a plane to another country, but my mom always told me that it would get easier. She said that before I knew it, all my kids would be in school and I would have a quiet house to myself during the day. At the time, I wasn’t convinced. What I was convinced of was that I wouldn’t survive long enough to see all three of my crazy children go to school.
Well, yesterday I registered all the kids for school, and on the 25th of this month, I will experience what my mom promised me would come – quiet. Of course, knowing myself, I will miss them terribly and will be counting down the minutes until they arrive from school and start fighting, at which point I will look forward to the next morning when I can send them all to school again, just to miss them while they are gone, and the cycle will repeat itself all over again.
Staying home with the kids has been the biggest challenge of my life. But Mom was right after all – I would survive. And while I am not ready to say that I would rewind time to start it all over again, I can say that I am glad I was lucky enough to be able to do it.
Now… how many days until school starts??
On our way home from Spokane yesterday, we took a small detour up through the National Bison Range. Unfortunately a majority of the bison were across the river so we weren’t able to get many close-up shots of them. The scenery was beautiful though, and we saw lots of antelope and deer. We even came across a cute little chipmunk munching on grass seeds. It was definitely worth the drive.