:: Last week we put on our tourist hats and took Juniper for a "sleigh" ride on the refuge.
Turns out, we were two days too late for the sleigh and got the bumpy wagon instead. Still, awesome.
Juniper kept trying to climb out of the wagon all the while saying, Ott, ott, ott... (Ott = elk, obviously.)
There was a pretty nippy wind that made her eyes water, but she hardly noticed.
:: Juniper's nanna braved her first-ever airplane flight to help with the new baby up in Montana, then came down to see us for several days. It was *wonderful*.
We did a little wildlife watching and between here and Montana, I think my mother-in-law saw damn near every large mammal we have in this region (except for hibernating grizzly and black bears, of course). Around the corner (so to speak) from our soon-to-be-home, there is a little herd of mountain goats who winter on the rocky slope above the highway.
I can never get photos of these guys because I don't have a telephoto lens. Used my mil's camera for this one.
Also, checked out a herd of big horn sheep.
Again, mil's camera.
:: We celebrated a birthday in our house. I love when this day comes because my man has to stop teasing that I am the old geezer of our relationship and we spend the next eight months in the same age category. By his request, I made my step-mom's lemon poppyseed cake.
Juniper was enamored with blowing-out-the-candles. She was too young to appreciate that ritual on her own birthday, but by the end of this night she was blowing out candles herself. Also, she officially ate sugar for the second time. But this time, she was bigger and smarter and learned to ask for more cake (or rather, point excitedly and say, Mooore?) and for the next several days we had to sneak cake while J bug was in the other room--or else share.
:: First pig-tails. (She pulled out the hairbands and tried to feed them to Osa shortly after this photo was taken.)
:: Evidence of what my family does when I leave them alone for half a day.
:: The growing collection on our windowsill.