Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mountain Lions

On Friday night, we were watching family videos on the TV.
Liberty had finished her dance class, and put on a little performance that I had taped.
Shawnie came up for a sleep-over, so we were watching that ... among other old videos.

Landon was outside shooting hoops on the driveway.
He just came in, sat down on the couch, and I saw movement on the farm road.
I thought it was a deer ... but it was a mountain lion!
This was no small mountain lion!
Then we looked up toward the Barn and saw a baby.
TWO mountain lions.
Maybe mama and her baby.
Right outside our front door.
I wish I could have gotten a photo.

Steve and I have been talking about getting a dog.
He wants to get a small, hypo-allergenic, lap dog, for Shiloh's sake.
The thought is that they are easier to care for ... and can be kept inside.

I however, would love to get a Siberian Husky, or two, since they are pack dogs and like to stick together.  I have watched the Davidson's breed their Burmese Mountain Dogs and Golden Retrievers. I think it would be a fun side business.  The going rate for a pure-bred Siberian Husky is about $1,500.  I have found some in Nebraska that are selling for as much as $1,875.

It would be a fun side business that would help support our family, as M@M just isn't paying us enough to put food on the table and keep these kids going in all their activities.

In all my internet searching ... I finally found a ranch in South Dakota.
A young family is breeding Siberian Huskies.  They have a lot of them too!
And ... her price ... $800 for a female and $600 for a male.
We could get 2 for the price of 1.
And, as they come from different parents, I think we could breed them.

They are stinking adorable !!!!
Now, to figure out how and when to get them, as they are 550 miles away!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hot Air Balloons Over Steamboat

I've been wanting to get to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque.
We just can't seem to make it happen.
So this year, we set out for Steamboat.
A short 3 hour drive ... 3 nights in the pop-up ... 25 balloons ... it was a grand time!
We drove up on Thursday the 7th, getting there quite late.
Friday, we just hung out, driving around Steamboat.

Saturday morning, the launch was at 6am, so it was an early rise.

The afternoon found Steve and the Bigs floating down the Yampa River on inner tubes.
The Littles and I found a splash pad at the base of the ski hill.

Saturday evening was the glow.
Although there were only 5 balloons that set up at the base of the mountain ... it was still fun.

The plan was to watch the launch on Sunday morning again, but exhaustion got the best of us.
We slept in, tore down camp, and headed home.
It was a fun weekend ... one we will do again next year.
The only thing we would change is where we camp.
We'll book the KOA well in advance, as it's right in town, and not a 45 minute drive.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


This was our 2nd year celebrating the 4th in Georgetown.

Last year, we got there just in time for the fireworks show.  It rained, which had us sitting in the car much of the time ... but it was fun.

This year, we decided to make a day of it.  It rained again.  A lot.
We got there about 11am for the parade (a silly little parade).
Then, we ate BBQ ... and walked around Georgetown and all the shops.
We attempted to go on a walk up Guenella Pass, but Sawyer having to poop trashed that idea.
We headed back to Georgetown to find a potty.

Then, we went to the lake to stake out our spot.
We walked to the lake (a short walk) and got caught in a down pour.
Wet, we sat in the car for awhile.
Another walk to the bathroom by the lake ... we bumped into some Awana families.

The show started at 9:15pm and lasted 30 minutes.
It was a fun day.
Georgetown is our new tradition.
Maybe next year ... we can get a hike in as well!