this was the most amazing trip in the world. my mom surprised our family with a trip to the dude ranch this summer. we had no idea what to expect other than awesomeness. steven and i both fell in love with montana; the landscapes, the nature and the current weatherI am sure if it were winter we wouldn’t have been near as excited about the weather. here are some wonderful moments from our vacation, a mix of our camera and camera phones….
and this is what pictures look like at the airport on your phone at 4:30am
Cade our nephew is 2 and the whole time we were there he kept saying he wanted to ride the “howsey”a beautiful boat ride to end the first nightmimi & poppy
everything about montana is picturesque the following day we drove up to Glacier Park. It was about 45 minutes from where we stayed but the scenery didn’t even look real and yes we had to take a 15 passenger van to get there
the water is so clear you see the rocks at the bottomwe want to frame this image in our house as a sweet reminder of paradisewe made it to the top of Logan’s pass and had a picnic and did a little more sight seeinga panorama on the iphone from Logan’s Pass at Glacier Park
our sweet little familyhank, wendy and their kiddos (hank is my oldest brother)
back at the lodge we wrapped the day with a little fishingnap time for my sweet Cade…family pic time this shot below was at 10:30pm. not kiddingmy mom is cooler than yours. hahaellie doing a trail ride to eat breakfast on top of the mountain
all the girls at the top of the mountain for the breakfast
the girls got mermaid tails to swim in from mimi, they loved it!we were located right on flathead lake and the kids got to participate in water sports everydaylilly and her cousin Madi = BFF’sUncle Timmy trying to relive the wakeboarding daysmimi and poppy out for an afternoon canoe ridewe spotted an osprey in the tree…time for team roping night, time for the girls first rodeo experiencewhen we were walking back to the cabin after the rodeo night, we saw the most beautiful light ever peeking through the trees!steven and i got to go fly fishing the next day. neither one of us have ever fly fished but we had an awesome time! i ended up catching 4 and he blew me out of the water catching 9! we didn’t even take our camera that day…just the iphone’s
Billy & Laura went with us that day, it was awesome
the kids all week were trying to earn their “junior wrangler” badge so I would find my kids up at the barn all hours of the day sweeping and cleaning poop, which i find insane considering we can hardly get them to pick up their own socks at home!
ellie made a new bff at camp and she is from canada, they are official pen pals now. oh hottie hubs ran the horses to the steak fry that night. so much fun.the girls learning how to ropethis was the night of the mouse races…the kids actually bet $2 on which hole the mouse would climb into once they put it on the wheel. the kids were so intense about the mice, cheering for them to go in their hole they selected!basically this picture below shows the extreme intensity of the mouse races. haha.i laugh so hard looking at their serious faces!!!the next race was lining the mice up on the ropes and the one who made it all the way across first won.here is the little winner. haha he is so cuteon the way back to the cabin, another beautiful night in montanatime to get your boots on and ready to dance, it was time for the barn dancing and the kids had a BLAST!The wrangler below’s name is Jerica. The whole week we feel like she looked like Ellie’s little twin! I am sure in 15 years I could see Ellie living her college summers at a dude ranch being a wrangler. She is my little cowgirl!mimi and my sweet lilly dancing the night away!the next night was the team penning event. Each team of 3 people was to gather the cattle at the other end of the arena and only pen one of them inside the cage. It sounds a whole lot easier than it was! Wendy, Barbara and Kelly’s team did awesome trying to get the steer in but it didn’t happen.Then Steven, Bill and Hank were SO close to getting a steer in the pen too but it slipped away at the last minute. Look at hottie hubs riding like a pro!yep, just another night in paradise. This pic was taken at almost 11pm. The light in this place is truly incredible!Ready for the kids rodeoEllie ready to compete in the kids rodeo riding Chica one of her favorite horses.
When she rides a horse her smile is always ear to earLilly riding the barrels and collecting the flags for the rodeoBoone my little buddy
Lilly was a roping pro!Daddy and his girls, a typical shot of them being silly before heading to the pool.tomorrow we will share two shoots we did in Montana.
everything about this vacation was so perfect, we cannot wait to go back!!