Labor Day Fun and Fellowship!

Yesterday we spent a gorgous day in chilly Glacier Park.  We spent the morning with another family, so we had a total of four adults and 13 kids! No need to worry about bears with this crew.  ;0)  We had a wonderful time hiking and in fellowship.  Later in the afternoon we met up with a couple more families and had over 20 kids…there was a lot of activity too say the least!  The weather was nicely cool and very fall like, perfect for hiking.  Here are a couple of pictures from the day…

kids hiking...

 

group

 

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

Sleeping baby boys….

zzz...

zzz...

 

 

Through the trees...

 

downhill...

 

A bridge...

 

Checking out the water...

 

Some of the kids...

Some of the kids...

 

 

Another bridge...

 

Snuggled close...

Snuggled close...

 

 

Nice leg warmers, huh?

Nice leg warmers, huh?

 

Poor Zayne he had a terrible diaper blow out and of course in the rush to get out of the house in the morning I forgot to pack him some extra clothes, luckily I had an extra pair of socks that worked as great little leg warmers and he also had his snow suit to keep him warm on the hike.

After a long day of hiking and hanging out with friends we headed home where Mark cooked a wonderful steak dinner for my birthday.   This morning when I woke up I definitely felt a year older, and a bit stiff and sore!  The kids even made a happy birthday banner for me and made the cutest little cards today. (This is definitely the most wonderful thing about being a mom!)  Hayden must have made me about 20 bracelets out of paper and stickers or out of sparkly ribbon and jewels he borrowed from his sisters-they’re too sweet and I have quite the collection now!

Thanks to the Miller family for such a wonderful day and to the Dunham’s for braving the wild west and taking the kids on a great hike! ( That’s all they’ve talked about today.)  Thanks for the wonderful fellowship too as Mark and I both enjoyed spending the day with your families.  More pictures later!

Bear Encounters…

I found these pictures while searching for the turtle pictures the other day.  They were taken around Fortine, MT…

Momma Black Bear...

Momma Black Bear...

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Momma and Junior...

Momma and Junior...

We were on a running  four wheeler when I took these pictures, ready to get away…just in case!

Three!

Three!

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Momma not too sure...

Momma not too sure...

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Baby peeking out...

Baby peeking out...

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Still not too sure...

Still not too sure...

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Hmmm...

Hmmm...

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Moving on...

Moving on...

 

They decided to move on when a momma cow with her baby calf chased the bear away…apparently the cow didn’t know it was suppose to be afraid of the big momma bear!

Seeding and Harrowing…

On Saturday Mark was able to work the little bit of ground to the west of the house and no-till in some different forages that he had left from last year.  It was perfect timing as Sunday night we had a nice rain, so hopefully the seed will grow and make a more productive area.

Mark no-tilling in some forages...

Mark no-tilling in some forages...

Working the land...

Working the land...

Sawyer and Teigen also did some work in the main pasture today….
Sawyer and Teigen harrowing the pasture...

Sawyer and Teigen harrowing the pasture...

They were able to spread some of the hay out that was matted up from when we started feeding early last fall after we had a mountain lion kill 5  of our sheep.  The harrowing also helps to knock over the stemmy weeds and helps to distribute the sheep manure around.  Next Mark will drill in different forages and break the pasture in smaller paddocks for some intensive grazing.  Our goal is to have different paddocks ready to graze and at there peak through out different time of the grazing year.  Now all we need is a little more rain and some heat to get things growing.
Snow is still covering a lot of the Rocky Mountains, but what a beautiful day outside!

Snow is still covering a lot of the Rocky Mountains, but what a beautiful day outside!

Harrowing away...

Harrowing away...

Building Bluebird Houses…

Everyone with their Bluebird houses...

Everyone with their Bluebird houses...

On Sunday since it was such a beautiful day and we were still too hacky with our colds,  Mark and the kids built 6 Bluebird houses to hang around the property.  It will be fun to wait and see if we get any residents!

A fun filled day building Blue Bird houses...

A fun filled day building Bluebird houses...

 

We even had the occasional sliver...good thing for big sisters!

We even had the occasional sliver...good thing for big sisters!

Getting them hung up...

Getting them hung up...

Now all they need is the Bluebirds...

Now all they need is the Bluebirds...

Weather to go or weather that’s staying…

On Sunday when we reached home we had another 6 inches of snow waiting for us. Ugh!!  Fortunately the neighbors had plowed the driveway all the way up to the house so we didn’t get stuck.  The next couple of nights we had snow and cold winds moving through.  This was the warning from the weather channel…

 

THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Missoula, MT
12:58 pm MDT, Tue., Mar. 10, 2009

CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW REDUCING VISIBILITIES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. DANGEROUS WIND CHILL READINGS OF 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE FLATHEAD LAKE AND LOCATIONS NORTH.

… WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON…

 

It has been a cold week.  But the 10 day forecast is promising to be in the early 50’s by early next week !  Maybe it will stick this time?

 

 

 

 

 

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

 

4

Maddie's sunset picture from yesterday evening...

Maddie's sunset picture from yesterday evening...