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Friday, August 14, 2015

Montana Grandchildren

Here is the promised grandchildren laden post!

My precious Kyleigh and Caleb who are 10 and 8 years old.  They are the best of friends and rarely fight.  I love them both oh so much and wish we could see them more.

In the background you can see a couple of the cabins that are here at the lake.  There are about 22 or so of them in various sizes to rent for a weekend, week or longer during the summer.

A friend from church brought their kayaks and stand up paddleboard out on Saturday and gave the kids lessons.  They loved it.  Don't you just love Caleb's toothless smile?

Kyleigh took to both the kayak and the board like she was born to it.

Grandpa was never far away to lend a hand.  (And play lifeguard)

Now it's time for the board.  Sue steadies it while she gets going while grandpa stands by...

and she's off.  She did so well, and notice grandpa still standing guard.

The kids swim like little fish, but grandpa still wanted to be right there.  Obviously the water was only about a foot deep at this point.  Our little lake does get to a depth of 120 feet not too far out from that point you see on the right.

Caleb's turn and he did great too!

Here is my middle child, Jamie.  He has the greatest sense of humor and I just love him.  He inherited the genes from the males in my family,  All of my nephews and my brothers are well over 6 foot tall and have the same hairstyle or lack thereof.  Jamie blames me.  :-)  I guess he has a right to.  It is my family genes after all.  He is about 6'4" but I still love to give him big hugs.  I miss seeing him more often.

On the drive home after a day in the water and a picnic at the trailer.  One tired little girl.  The boys were in the front of the truck, the girls, including Chloe, in the back so I didn't get a picture of Caleb here.  Gosh it was hard to say goodbye Sunday.  Grandma and Grandpa both shed a few tears.  It was awful.

On a brighter note.  Green beans straight from the garden.  I picked them at 4:45 and by 5:30 we were eating them.  You can't get much fresher than that!
I can't get blogger to cooperate and let my type below the last picture, so I guess I'll say a little here and close with a last picture of my crochet.

We have so many fires burning around the northwest right now, several of them not far from Spokane.  It is just so dry and we've been having dry lightening strikes all night and more today.  Not a good scenario.

The smoke is so heavy here today that you can barely see across the street.  Neal and Jenny were going to come to the lake tonight for dinner with us, but 50 mph+ winds are expected this afternoon and I really don't want to be sitting in my trailer alone with Chloe with winds like that so we're having dinner here at home.  My other fear is that a fire will start while I'm there by myself.   Dennis and I will go to the lake tomorrow for a couple of nights and then Mandy and Piper will be here.  I'm so excited to see them.  I just face-timed with them and Piper is excited for the plane trip.

It's been in the 100's for several days now, but today, with the wind, a cold front is supposed to pass by.  Tomorrow the high is predicted to be 78.  That sounds wonderful!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend my friends.  I'm sorry if this post is a bit disjointed.  I can't seem to keep my thoughts all in one place for some reason

"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a Fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.: Ephesians 5:1,2

Blessings always,

A little crocheting was done, but not much.  I was too busy playing at the beach with my babies. :-)


  1. LOVE your verse today Betsy! Sometimes I struggle with walking in "the way of love"--good reminder for me. Yikes--50 mph winds and our drought situation does not sound good at all. The PNW badly needs rain. I keep looking outside in hope it will start here...
    Great grandkid photos--looks like they had an amazing time!!! Very, very happy for you that you had some time together:) Blessings!
    Stay safe,

  2. So glad that you got to spend some time with your beautiful grandchildren, some lovely memories to relive at a later date. Stay safe those fires are quite worrying.

  3. I am so glad you got to spend some time with your grandchildren...there were some precious memories made I am sure. And yay! Now Piper is coming. Enjoy every minute.

  4. I think about you every day. I hope you are much better now. Your grands are precious!!!!
    XO Kris

  5. How wonderful to spend time with those precious grandkids. I know you enjoyed every minute. I hope you are continue to heal and your health is improving.

  6. I'm glad you had some time with the grandchildren, Betsy. It looks like you had a nice time together. I can imagine how hard it was to say goodbye, but I know you all made wonderful memories together. I noticed that both of the children look a lot like you, while Piper looks like your husband, I think. My children both look like my husband's side of the family. I always wonder if we'd had more, would there finally be one who looked like me! I hope you're having a good weekend, stay cool and out of the smoke if you can.

  7. I love those hats and the family pictures. Paddleboard seems to be so fashionable right now, it really looks lovely; unfortunately, I'm too old to start that kind of thing nowadays .. Your story about the weather conditions is frightening; do take care ! xx