Palling Around

Miss Emmalynn and Gunnar…

P1130241When Emmalynn woke up she had seen that it snowed and kept pestering everyone about going sledding. They were all busy getting school work and chores done for the day and they promised to take her later.  She acted like she was alright with that answer.  Soon enough we heard the door open and close and when I went to investigate I found this little girl out, playing with Gunnar…P1130246

So much for waiting!

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Meeting Clara…

 

Our kids were able to visit their brand-new cousin the other day.  They were so totally excited to finally get to meet this little baby…

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Little miss Clara…

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Love those teeny tiny toes!

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Garrett, so excited!

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Teigen loving on her…IMG_7434

Baby Clara!IMG_7469

 

Me getting my baby fix…IMG_7488

Cousins…

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My hubby with Emma and his new niece…

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Zayne giving her a squeeze…

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Maddie checking her out!

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Tori gets to have her baby fix too!IMG_74591

Victoria showing the other kids…

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Hayden giving a little love…

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Emma and ClaraP1090167Sawyer and Sammy with their new cousin!

What a wonderful blessing babies are!  I feel particularly blessed to have been able to help (I hope) my beautiful sister-in-law through their birth process and take pictures of this wonderful and exciting time.  It really has helped to heal my heart!

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Grand Tetons

Taking in the beauty of this wonderful place…

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On our last day of camping in the Tetons, we hooked up to our camper, headed down the road and had to make a decision as to which road to take to go back to Yellowstone.  We decided at the last minute to veer closer to the mountains in hope of seeing more elk. While driving we saw a cow and calf elk come running full tilt out of the trees, we quickly pulled off the road and decided to wait and see what else would come out…

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 Here comes the rest of the herd…

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With a nice bull…

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We were definitely happy campers seeing these beautiful animals our last day in Tetons!

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Spring Time Treasures in the Fall…

 

Thursday, we continued right along with winter-like weather pattern (and have actually all weekend!)….

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It was just another typical day on the farm… even if  Darla was hanging out on the top van!  Actually, she was trying to get away from one of the dogs trying to herd her back to the chicken coop.

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It continued to snow all day and around 4, I sent Hayden out to take the garbage out to the dumpster.  He started out across the yard and then dropped the garbage sack and started to run way out in the yard.  He came running back in to the house with something in his hands…

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 A nearly half-frozen baby chick!  Well, that got the household into a frenzy of kids trying to  find coats, gloves and hats and hustling out the door to see if they could find more…

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After scouring the yard and pastures they found two more half-froze babies!  We thought for sure one was going to pass on.  Tori took some warm water and started to syringe feed a bit of that to the baby while holding it next to the wood stove.  Amazingly, it came around and has been a happy camper all weekend!  We never did find a hidden nest anywhere but the kids found a the naughty Red Star that decided to go broody in the middle of October with the other two chicks.  Seriously?!  Doesn’t she know we live in MT and it gets cold in November!  For now everyone is locked up in the fruit room, cozy and warm.P1080571

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Playing…

The kids were very excited about the snow!  They had to rush downstairs and put on snowpants, gloves, boots and their warm jackets!  Guess winter has officially arrived…

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Up and down the big hill…P1080349 P1080350 P1080354 P1080356 P1080358

Mark sawing a bit more wood…

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