We've been home for over a week (a week and a half? two weeks?), we were sick and moving slow but now, now! Plant fruit trees, order chicks, buy plane tickets, reserve llamas, finish building garden beds, hand-fork garden beds, plant garden beds, build fence, set up watering system, build chicken coup, fence chickens out of garden, set up trampoline, build sand box, build green house, build green house beds, potty train Juniper, move dirt, find chicken sitter, re-read Hemingway before next book club, get a dog.... This summer already feels like a pre-planned Choose Your Own Adventure, the chapters are already written, we just have to choose. Right now, we choose garden beds over clean bathrooms. We choose hand-forking dirt over folded laundry. It's spring. Summer is within arm's reach.
The only photos I took this week:
I hate to post so many photos from our vacation because in the end, home is where the real magic happens. But I will anyway because, you know, this is my blog and how often do we get to see our Montana family? While it may seem that we were vacationing for several weeks, it was only one. We turkey hunted the first half, then found cool stuff to do with the kids the second half. A perfect balance.
One, two, three, four, five...
As my husband--the fish biologist--said, little bluegills are the best kid's fish. They're easy to catch and tough as nails. Juniper actually got to catch and reel with her own fishing pole. She was ecstatic. (Owen was trying to get over his fear of the hook, which really did bite him in the finger last time he went fishing.)
:: Our last day and night, we headed up to Hot Springs, South Dakota to visit the mammoth dig site.
Lately, Juniper has been in a more aggressive stage. (She frequently says things like, I wanna STOMP on it! Or, I wanna EAT it! Or, I wanna SMASH it!) When she saw one of the big mammoth skeletons she said, "I wanna RIDE it!"
Can't wait to see what next year brings.