Kaleb, Jaxon and my mom picked me up at the airport
(There were happy tears to see them)
We had lunch with my cousin Shelly (who just relocated back to Bozeman) and the boys played with their cousin Paige.
And we went school shopping
These hats are all the rage, apparently
Stopped in at Walter's - the future ACE helpers to show off school clothes
Played at the playground
Shot BB guns
Took a ride up Alder Gulch (we are not in the tour wagon) but I thought it was a cool photo
And gold panning
Montana boys :)
Then we headed over to spend a few days with my dad and stepmom
The boys got gifts from Unlce Travis and Aunt Giselle
And we finally got to meet Maila! My niece and the boys' first cousin.
She is bilingual - which is pretty impressive!
and went tubing.
Remember Eric's extra small life preserver on Lake Tahoe? Well, I got to have one this time around.
I'm such a dork.
Grandpa and Kaleb man the boat
Our pretty decent attempt at a group selfie
Jaxon didn't even plug his nose the whole time :)
Such a great photo with G. Bonnie & G. Garry
I had a memorable day with these two!
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Yellowstone Aerial Course opened in West Yellowstone this summer
You can see why:
Kaleb zip lining
Jaxon and me on the Jr. Ranger course
So macho in their gear!!
The vacation would not be complete without being in a parade for Sheridan Days representing my parent's store, Charles Walter's, Inc. with cousins and throwing candy. This was the second favorite thing the boys participated in!
And LOVED IT! Adrenaline junkie.....
SAYING GOODBYE WAS NOT EASY.
Here we are in the car - 900 miles to go. THANK GOD for iPads & iPods!
Feeling sad to leave, yet excited to get back home. A month is a long time to be gone!
And we all missed daddy!
Pit stop at Idaho Falls for lunch
Going 85ish (speed limit is 80 so don't freak out people) on the 80 (yes I was BORED)
Nevada is not a fun state to drive through
Last stop before home - Sparks, NV in Scheel's sporting goods store to get soccer equipment
There was a Ferris wheel in the store
HOME at last! Daddy had a treasure hunt setup for them and he was the treasure at the end!!!
It was cool. (Note Kaleb's soccer gear)
Memories were made, goodbyes were said, tears were shed, miles were driven.
Home is where our hearts are, and this is home for now - California.
Montana is where our roots are, and they will also be intact. Our family will always be there too, and yes, we miss them terribly and love them so much!
Thanks to ALL our family & friends for making July so memorable!
We will not forget our 2014 summer in Montana!
COME VISIT SOON! (Please)...