A pretty fun view for me as I worked on the laptop
My kids LOVE Pepper! And she LOVES their stuffed animals! She’s always trying to sneak into their rooms & carry out their loveys! She particularly likes Heidi & Audrey’s fox – maybe it’s a ‘dog’ thing! Maybe she thinks she’s rescuing her family members!
We went for a walk in the evening & Audrey came along – even though she was already ready for bed!
This is the ‘guard’ llama, but he was hiding behind the two cows as if to say, “I’m gonna come over there & fight you….but first I’m going to let these two deal with you”
There was a second horse in the pen this time around. His name is Winchester. He doesn’t like carrots, but he’s happy to eat the dried grass!
Micah got up early one morning to enjoy the prairie sunrise!
Then he & his dad had a long discussion in the yard – I couldn’t resist snapping a picture!
Time to help Nene get her seeds started!
She had lots of help!
I came upon this scene. Pepper is not allowed on the couches, but Audrey had invited her up & when I tried to tell her that she needed to get down, she just rumbled at me! I decided I wasn’t her “mom”, so I just let her be!
Meanwhile Micah was visiting his old middle school & getting our car stuck in the mud (he was taking a backroad home & wasn’t aware how much flooding had happened recently. He didn’t see the mud until he was already in it!) His dad had to come pull him out!
Actually, that was an adventure, because after the guys had gotten home & cleaned the mud off our car, Phil realized that he only had one of his hearing aids. He was afraid that it fell out when he stuck his head under our car to hook on the chain, so the guys went back to the spot where the car got stuck & looked all around while Neva & I looked over the grass around the house where they cleaned off our car. No luck in spite of the fact that we had everyone praying. The next morning was a cold morning & Phil felt like it would be worth going back out to the spot while the ground was frozen & the light was different, so he & Micah headed back out there. They looked around & around and suddenly, as Micah said, “I saw grass & more grass and in the middle of all the grass, the brand name of the hearing aids!! (because the hearing aids are a light brown – the exact color of the dead grass) It was such an answer to our prayers! And a wonderful way to end our time with Micah’s parents. We packed up & headed out by noon on Friday.
A pretty little valley
The Falls in Great Falls, MT
We only drove to Great Falls that first night, so that the kids could have plenty of time to swim in the pool, which they loved! We headed out by 8:30 in the morning the next day for our 750 mile day…
The scenery in Montana was stunning!!!
We stopped at Cracker Barrel in Coeur d’Alene for a late lunch
Sunset in the Gorge was beautiful! It was good to be back in Oregon after so many hours of driving!
This last day was a LOOONNNGGG day! 14 hours of traveling! We left Great Falls at 8:30 in the morning & didn’t get home until 9:30 at night (+ 1 hour when we changed time zones)! We didn’t even stop that much & our kids did amazing! They were such troopers! Thank goodness for audio books & Adventures in Odyssey!!