The Rainbow Bridge

We recieved this poem from a friend of ours regarding the loss of Goobers.  I had never heard it before, and thought it was too good not to share.

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Back to the Grind…

After five wonderful days off, it was incredibly difficult to go back to work today.  We didn’t do anything spectacular over the long weekend.  We weren’t able to make it down to Boise as we had planned.  But we were able to sleep in and take our time getting dressed, if we even got dressed at all.  We enjoyed a wonderful  Thanksgiving and we all had a great time when we went sledding.  We decorated our house for Christmas and we watched movies, lots and lots of movies.  We drank hot chocolate and watched the kids build snowmen.  We did all those little things that you wish you could do during the week, but you have to work instead.  It was a much-needed break.  Unfortunately… it ended.

A Winter Wonderland

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.  ~Terri Guillemets

Giant Springs State Park is just down the road from our house and is one of our favorite places to visit during the summer.  When we went out for a visit today, we were greeted by a different place entirely.  It was hard to see through the thick steam rising off the water.  There were geese huddled all around, enjoying the water that always stays above freezing.  The trees were weighed down by heavy ice and snow.  It was an amazing sight, and has now become a favorite winter place as well.

A popular thoughtful spot in the summer is a lonely deserted bench in the winter.

Thick steam rises off the water, making everything around take on a new look.

The sun creeps through the ice-covered trees.

To see what the park looks like during the summer, check out the original Giant Springs post.

A Clean Slate

It is a rare occasion when our house is actually quiet. But I am sitting here on a Saturday morning, and except for the keyboard tap-tapping, it is… silent.  Rob was invited to a football game in Missoula and has already been picked up.  The kids are asleep, or are still in their room at least.  I was lying in bed wanting to fall back asleep myself, when I realized how rare it is that I am the only one awake.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so here I am, sitting in the dark.  Alone.

I have never been a morning person, but I must admit that I like this time of day.  It is fresh.  New.  A clean slate.  The opportunity to do things right, or at least better, to move forward after yesterday’s mistakes.  Today, I will… be more patient, listen more, gripe less.  The possibilities are endless. 

So, today it is just me and the kids.  A whole Saturday we can do anything we want with.  We have our blank canvas in front of us and our color palette ready.  Perhaps today we will paint the town… yellow.

Kindergarten Family Day

The kindergarten classes invited family to come have lunch with the kids today.  Everyone who went was able to get a hot lunch from the cafeteria.  They went all out, too – mashed potatoes smothered in turkey gravy, a roll, pumpkin bread, cranberry sauce and chocolate milk to rinse it all down.  After lunch, the kids sang us a fun Thanksgiving song before going out to play in the snow.  It was a great lunch, and the company was even better.  🙂 

Holiday Kick-Off

It doesn’t seem like it should be time for Christmas trees and crafts yet, but apparently the year has gone by much faster than I had thought. 

The C.M. Russell Museum sponsored A Toyland Celebration this weekend.  A whole room on the lower level was filled with art projects for kids to do.  They were able to decorate cookies, make Christmas cards, sock people and ornaments.  There was even a man walking around who all the kids were convinced was Santa.   

The museum was offering free admission for the weekend, so Rob wandered around through the art for a little bit.  There is so much to see, but we are going to have to plan that for a day when the kids have something else going on.  They aren’t ready for that type of museum just yet.   

Today we made our way over to the St. Thomas Children and Family Center for more activities.  They had big, beautiful baskets they were raffling off, so we let each of the kids pick their favorite.  We must not have won any, though, because they never called.    

The Home Depot sponsored a project in one of the rooms, so the kids were able to make their own little tool box.  With at least a dozen hammers going at once, it was a very loud room.  The kids were oblivious and had a great time. 

The center had beautiful trees on display and there were Christmas Carols being sung by a children’s choir.  As we were leaving there were a bunch of cheerleaders heading in, so apparently there was more entertainment on its way. 

It was a really fun weekend for the kids and we had fun tagging along, too.  It is wonderful that so many organizations put together free activities for family fun.  Christmas is definitely on its way, and this was a great way to kick off the Season.  Next stop, Santa Clause, because all three of the kids are dying to ask him for a pillow pet…