It’s been pretty great, so far. Can’t believe how fast it’s going!
So, Trey and his college-buddy Tony came up with this crazy idea for all six of us to visit Spokane (6 hour drive from Salmon) and stay with he and his lovely family. I have to say I think it was brave for them to take us all in. I can’t say enough how much fun we had. They were amazing and generous hosts and spoiled us rotten!
Going to the dentist is a bit more of an ordeal than it was in Marietta. For the kids, anyway. There’s a perfectly fine dentist in town, but we wanted the kids to go to a pediatric dentist. Fortunately, we found a brother team in Idaho Falls: pediatric dentist and orthodontist in one office. We’re going to need both.
The office is so cool. It’s set up like an old-timey train station. So, while they had to wait, they had fun playing. They all did great, but Trey and I walked out of the office and just held each other in the parking lot for a few minutes. Madeline had five baby teeth pulled to make room for her ginormous adult teeth that are already coming in. Sean had three cavities and David had eight. EIGHT. I’ve never felt like such a failure! We have really cracked down since then. We help them floss every day now. And we’re making sure that they’re actually brushing twice a day, which I’m pretty sure they weren’t doing before. Ahem!
Madeline joined the Girl Scouts back in September! She has been loving it. She just finished her first year selling cookies. She is a natural sales-woman! With virtually no help from her mom, she did amazing! I took this picture when I was putting her badges on her sash. It really took me back.
Our TWELTH Anniversary!
It kind of went by in a blur this year! Trey got me some beautiful purple tulips (my favorite and we had them in our wedding!), we got fish and chips from Bertrams, and I baked a pound cake. Pretty exciting stuff! Not to sound too cheesy, but it really just keeps getting better and better. There’s nobody that makes me laugh like he does. We’ve had plenty of ups and downs, but I really think our marriage is stronger than ever. I’m very thankful for such a man. These are the only two pictures I took on our anniversary: the cake and a car selfie on our way to church. We are so glamorous!
We love both of our churches. Well, all three! They are all spoiling us. There’s lots of exciting things happening in our ministry. Here’s David and his buddy Dallen at church a few weeks ago. The second picture I took this morning. Shaking my head.
I’m still enjoying teaching the kids’ Sunday School class. Trey preached this morning. We genuinely love these people.
Recently, the Men’s Ministry of SVBC hosted the church’s biggest outreach event of the year: The Beast Feast. Which is exactly what it sounds like! The men and boys had a great time, which gave the girls’ and I time to ourselves.
So thankful that these two have each other! They are blessed, indeed.
The 2015 Plague
It came on all of a sudden. It included vomiting, high fevers, and upper respiratory stuff. It hit Charli and David. It lasted six days. Six. I’ve never had a kid have a fever for that long! It was a nasty bug, but we are all on the mend. Thankful for good doctors and nurse friends that can give us advice!
For Sean’s birthday he requested a day at the BIG hot springs in Jackson, MT. It’s a couple hours from Salmon (near Big Hole and Bannack, for you geography fans). It was a lovely, relaxing day. We were even able to stop at Dairy Queen and the fancy Safeway grocery store (complete with a Starbucks) in Dillon.
I didn’t take a ton of pictures, but I did get a few. These were taken outside of the lodge where the hot springs are, in Jackson.
Je suis Charli(e)
And finally, Je suis Charlie! We just had to stop and take this picture outside of Bertram’s today, after lunch.
Hope this post finds you and yours well and happy! We sure are enjoying this Salmon Spring. We’re looking forward to Easter, more family visits, and a crazy busy summer!
The Christmas Season was a bit of a whirlwind this year. Some of it got away from me a bit (ahem, Advent activities) and some of it we were really able to savor and enjoy. I dreaded working on Christmas Eve but that wasn’t nearly as awful as working the day AFTER Christmas!
Here’s the first gallery:
So, the Advent activities I had planned were kept over from the last few years, and apparently geared to a stay-at-home mom with kids that are mostly not in school yet. Not true for me this year! So, the actual activities got away from me, but we did do some of them. And we read the Scripture every night and the kids got their piece of candy, so it wasn’t a complete failure. I’ve already overhauled the activities for next year and hope they will work better for this working mommy!
Also, in this gallery are some pictures of other things we did in December. We love celebrating Hanukah every year. And we had the most fun progressive dinner Christmas party with our small group! We hosted the appetizers portion. On a side note, I’ve decided I’m kind of like Cher in Mermaids. I could live off of party food. Pastor Mike drove our small group around town in his pick up and it was a BLAST!
We also managed to get out of town for a night to Idaho Falls. Trey found the most amazing hotel with a beautiful indoor pool. The room was a suite, so Trey and I had a room ALL to ourselves!
I think one of my favorite parts of the entire season was the kids’ Christmas play at the Tendoy School. It was just like what you see in the old movies, with the curtains pulling back and the spotlight on the stage, and there are the little kids in cardboard Christmas tree cutouts! It was precious!
Madeline may have stolen the show that night! I was so proud of how into she was! She did the redneck voice, she wasn’t nervous, she memorized a million lines. She was HILARIOUS! And Sean was amazing too! It was just a great night.
And here’s the last Christmas gallery. Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I prayed like a little kid in Georgia for a white Christmas. It was my one consolation that I wouldn’t be with family. And Christmas Eve around noon it started coming down. And it was a BEAUTIFUL snow. I worked until 2:00 on Christmas Eve. That was kind of fun, actually. Madeline and I went out and bought a few last minute gifts and then we all got ready and went to LRCC for the Christmas Eve service. It was really beautiful and the drive was amazing… snowy!
Later that night, several of our friends (including our pastor) delivered the kids’ swing set. In the snow. On Christmas Eve. It is very humbling to have friends like that.
Christmas Day we spent around the house. We opened gifts (sheesh did we open gifts!), we ate, and we played. That afternoon we drove out to Heather’s parents’ house for Christmas dinner. They have basically adopted my kids as their own grandkids and we affectionately refer to them as Nanny Dawn and Papa. They live in the most beautiful place, right on the creek! The kids (and dads) went sledding and the old ladies (me, Charli, Heather, and Jorja) stayed inside where it was warm. I didn’t get many pictures there, because I just wanted to soak it all up and enjoy it. The kids, who had been so sad we weren’t with family, left saying “this was the best day ever!”
So, it was an amazing Christmas. It was different, for sure. But, it was good! We are blessed in deed.
Well, this Christmas season is off with a BANG! We’ve been doing all of the traditional things and it’s been so fun.
First, there were the decorations!
I was so glad my parents were able to help with putting up the tree.
Here are some other decorations around the house:
Secondly, there’s Advent!
This particular tradition was started by Trey’s mom. For years, every Sunday leading up to Christmas we light a candle, read Scripture, and receive a gift. We also do a Scripture reading, activity, and piece of candy each night in our home. That’s what the bags are for. I love the first Advent Sunday, because Trey’s parents give us money to pick out gifts from the Samaritan’s Purse catalogue. These gifts go to support missionaries, projects, and the less fortunate all over the world. Each kid picks out a specific gift. It’s so fun! And Big Mommy didn’t miss a beat! We received a package in the mail the other day with all four of our Advent Sunday gifts/activities.
Third, is the weather!
It’s snowed several times already and that’s been fun. It just makes everything look so beautiful. It’s also been cool. Honestly, 35 here feels about like 50 in Georgia, so it’s been really comfortable. What I’ve really enjoyed has been the clouds, fog, and frost. I wish these pictures did the frost justice. It’s so pretty! Every morning lately when we wake up, everything is kind of gray and silver and sparkly. All of the tree limbs, the grass, everything!
I love this picture I took driving down Main St. the other day! The cute little town, the trees on the hill, the cloud, and then the snow on the mountain.
Fourth, the parties!
We’ve already got a couple of Christmas parties under our belts.
The hospital and clinic host a party for all of the employees’ kids. I took the older three on Thursday night, and they had a blast!
Celyn planned a Christmas party at SVBC that was amazing! It was called An Evening in Bethlehem and she hit it out of the park! I’ve never seen the Fellowship Hall look so pretty. There was a ton of yummy food, pretty music, and a great speaker. It was so fun and just a great kick-off to the Christmas season!
So, we are in full-on Christmas mode here in Salmon! I am so thankful for my kids this time of year. They make the whole thing so magical. Hope you are all having a merry and bright season as well!
*With guest photographer, Heather Yeazle!
So, this has been one of my favorite Halloweens ever! It hasn’t always been my favorite “holiday,” but as I’ve gotten older (ironically) it’s grown on me. I love Fall now, which hasn’t always been true. I love the excitement in the air as the kids look forward to candy and dreaming up their costumes. I love the Gothic decor. I love the music they play on the radio (Thriller, Monster Mash, etc). And this year, I loved being in Salmon!
Thursday night the hospital and clinic had a 10 year anniversary celebration of the hospital. We did a bon fire and cookout in the parking lot and it was just so much fun! The kids had a party at school that day, so they were already in costume. Madeline got to go trick-or-treating with Paisley and her family (thanks Celyn) down town. That was really cool! It’s called the Merchant Trick or Treat and all the shops on Main St open up and everyone (everyone) goes and gets candy. I had a front row seat, even though I was working, as the windows in the switchboard face Main St. It was so fun seeing all the kiddos (and some grownups) dressed up and having fun!
After work, I ran and got the kids from Trey (who was having to work late) and we went right back to the clinic for the bon fire.
So much was out of my control this year. The kids carved their own pumpkins at school. And as much as I would’ve loved a “family night” doing that together, it was so nice not to have to worry about it! They turned out really cute anyway! And their costumes! Talk about out of my control. Just from working full time and not having the time, and them having their own minds anyway… it was interesting to say the least. Sean has been threatening for years to go as HIMSELF. I never let him, because as much as I admire that confidence… no. But, this year he got the idea that he would wear David’s clothes and David would wear his. That was cheap and easy and they were both excited. So, that’s what they did on Thursday (I’ll get to Friday in a minute). Madeline was a beautiful Indian princess and Charli wasn’t having it at all. So that was Thursday.
Here’s Sean’s jack-o-lantern:
Friday was a work day (much to the kids’ chagrin… they figured it was a national holiday). But, the whole clinic dressed up in camo, so that was fun. Trey was in full-on Harvestfest mode and since I was working, Heather took ALL of the kids for the day. Huge help! She fed the kids, decorated cupcakes, fixed hair, the whole nine! Amazing!
So, Sean was a bandit, Madeline was Batgirl (complete with a mask her Daddy made), Charli was Elsa, and this time David refused to dress up. Good thing I was too busy and tired to have an opinion! Haha!
Last night we all met up at SVBC’s Harvestfest, organized by none other than Trey! It was such a great event, if I do say so myself. Tons of people came out, the candy was flowing, the games were fun, the costumes were amazing. Just a great time! The Women’s Ministry outdid themselves with chili and baked goods they handed out for FREE! The great thing about this event for this Big City Girl, was being able to relax. In Marietta, I couldn’t let the kids out of my sight for a second for fear they’d be snatched. Here, they could pretty much roam free, checking in with me now and then. They could also do the games over and over and over. Every event like this we’ve ever done they would get to do each game maybe one time because you had to wait in line forever! Small town perks.
It was a great weekend! I will cherish these memories for a long time. Thanks to my hubby for all of his hard work, thanks to our church family for volunteering some long and hard hours to make it awesome, and thanks to Heather for giving my kids a GREAT day! Love you all!