A quick, cold dip…

This evening we decided we would go for a quick dip, when at 7 pm it was still 90 degrees outside.


The kids were able to cool off…


Zayne and his heart-shaped rock…


 A bit of splashing going on!


Teigen’s dinosaur claw rock…


The girls flipping their hair…


Zayne warming up!


Emma, very cold…


Maddie’s heart-shaped rock…

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A quick group picture below the mountains…


Trying to warm up…

IMG_7474 The consensus was that Lake McDonald was very cold!  All that freshly melted mountain snow made hands and feet tingle and turn white.  Brrrr…  The little kids didn’t play too long in the water but had fun finding and skipping rocks.  The big kids surprised me at how long they swam, double brrrr….

A couple of evening pictures, not much color but a beautiful place to cool off and get away from the mosquitoes.

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Cold, dreary day…

Near Two Dogs Flats, in Glacier Park…

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Off in the distance though, we spotted a fairly large herd of elk!



We often pass this spot in the park and often say aloud that this looks like a wonderful place to spot some elk.  So imagine our surprise when…whoa!… this time here they are!IMG_0831

We didn’t see any bulls, just a bunch of cows and calves.  Still awfully exciting though!IMG_0839

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Mutton Bustin’…


Teigen had an awesome rodeo experience  this past Thursday!  He was chosen to see how long he could ride on a sheep!

Here he is before, checking out the sheep…




The sheep making their way up to the chutes…BeFunky_IMG_2950.jpg

Getting his helmet and vest on…


Him and his daddy laughing about something…




Teigen and his lucky sheep…


He’s off…well not really, just out of the chute…


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13.6 seconds!


Giving the rodeo clown a high-five!



All smiles as he runs to dad!

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Showing off his new buckle and bandanna!!

Good riding buddy!

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Fair winnings…



Our little Braaten bunch did pretty good at the fair yesterday….







Tori received Reserve Champion Showman in the Senior division and placed 4th out of about 35 lambs and received a purple top 10 ribbon in the market class!




Garrett also received Reserve Champion Showman in the Junior division and placed 5th in Market and received a purple ribbon.





Maddie placed 4th in the Junior division for Showmanship and her lamb placed 10th in Market getting her a purple ribbon!




Hayden received Grand Champion Showman in the Junior Novice division which had two huge classes of lambs!  He did sooo well his first year showing.  His lamb was one short for making the cut to final round in market.


Teigen even showed in the Peewee division where all the participants wins a ribbon!



Our fiber and breedstock projects did an excellent job as well!  Dodge ram won overall Grand champion in the breedstock division and Blossom’s ewe lamb won Reserve Champion.  Our lambs received the majority of the rest of the ribbons too!  Edge ram won Overall Grand  Champion over all other fiber animals and in his own division.  Feebee won Grand Champion in the ewe division for fiber and we received the majority of the rest of the ribbons awarded!


Wonderful Day!!

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Summer Sheep…

The sheep have been doing marvelous this summer despite the hotter than usual temperatures that have been here this summer.  In their home land, Icelandic sheep typically deal with a summer time average temperature of 78 degrees, we have been having mid 90’s.  I’m thankful that we don’t have a lot of humidity too!  We have been supplementing lots of extra B vitamins in their water tanks everyday along with extra cobalt, selenium and copper.  (Don’t worry, Icelandics need a lot more copper than most traditional sheep to stay healthy.)


Lambs have been growing quick and have a wonderful fleece on them already!

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20 years ago…

I married my best friend…

What a wild ride it’s been and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

This year we spent a wonderful 3-day weekend in Glacier Park, before our special day since my husband would be gone on business.

Here are some random photos…

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Trick Falls or Running Eagles Falls …



Wonderful dinner at Glacier Park Lodge…


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Rainy, cool temps when we arrived at Swiftcurrent Lodge…


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Enjoying the scenery…


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I am so thankful for you, LYFE.

And for them…

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21 Yards…


Guess who we got a close-up of?  In the pouring rain.


Actually too close for comfort…  She was ranged at 21 yards.  A grizzly can cover  50 feet in a second!


This big, sow grizzly bear…


Luckily, she was hungry for berries and not something with a little more protein…

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The grizzly bear is a North American subspecies of the brown bear.

These awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals—with the exception of females and their cubs—but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings of grizzly bears can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon run upstream for summer spawning. In this season, dozens of bears may gather to feast on the fish, craving fats that will sustain them through the long winter ahead.

Brown bears dig dens for winter hibernation, often holing up in a suitable-looking hillside. Females give birth during this winter rest and their offspring are often twins.

Grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, yet much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.

Grizzlies are typically brown, though their fur can appear to be white-tipped, or grizzled, lending them their traditional name.

Despite their impressive size, grizzlies are quite fast and have been clocked at 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if humans come between a mother and her cubs.

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What she’s hunting for…



The delicious huckleberry!

Vaccinium membranaceum Douglas ex Hooker, known as the black, big, or thin-leaved huckleberry, grows throughout forested areas in Idaho, western Montana, western Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Small disjunct populations occur in Utah, California, Arizona, and Michigan. This species is sometimes called the globe huckleberry in Montana and some taxonomists identify plants in the eastern Rocky Mountains as Vaccinium globulare Rydberg. In 2000, Idaho designated huckleberries, of which black huckleberry is by far the most common in Idaho, as the state fruit. This species served as an especially important source of food for Native American peoples throughout western North America and the dried berries were used for winter food and trade.

Vaccinium membranaceum is found at elevations between about 2,000 and 11,500 feet, with many productive sites located between 4,000 and 6,000 feet elevation. This tetraploid is commonly found along forest roads and in clear cuts and burns about ten to fifteen years old, often growing among true firs (Abies sp.), hemlock (Tsuga sp.), and bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax Michx.). Vaccinium membranaceumgrows from one to six feet tall and produces flavorful berries up to one-half inch in diameter. Color ranges from glossy or glaucous black to purple to red, with rare white berries. Vaccinium membranaceum is, by far, the most widely commercialized western huckleberry used for fruit and is harvested extensively from the wild.Vaccinium membranaceum is adapted to cool, short seasons and high elevations. When grown at low elevations, the plants often deacclimate during winter warm spells or early spring and are damaged by subsequent freezes. The early-blooming plants are also susceptible to late spring frosts. Vaccinium membranaceum is rhizomatous, has a sparse root system, and mature plants seldom survive transplanting.

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Peaceful Summer Evening…

The flock peacefully grazing as a storm moves in this evening….

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The kids (on the right side of the pic. below) coming back from their nightly walk with their fair lambs….


Practicing with their fair animals…


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