Monday, July 30, 2012

Daxtyn outbursts!

"Daxtyn, do you want an orange Julius? "
He replied, " no, I hate Julie!"

While handing Dax some German pancakes, he says to me, " and what are German pancakes and what are those (pointing towards my chest)?".

Kids say the darnedest things!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Volleyball Camp

It was the 5th annual Youth Volleyball Camp in Emmett.  There is always a good turn out and the t-shirts always turn out so cute and girly.  I love my job!

Montana Trip- Day 5

 The Mission Mountains.
 Perry Hill (my mom's family) with the C for Charlo.
 Squaw Tit (nice name for a mountain).
 My boys had so much fun with these little pop guns.  They shot birds all weekend.

 The old farmhouse hasn't really changed in all these years (over 20).  The outhouse was missing and the large garden wasn't there.
 Roller coaster road.  I loved riding on this road when I was a kid.
 The National Bison Range.

 People are willing to do crazy things to get a picture.  This fence wasn't that sturdy.
 The view of the Flathead Valley.
 The Wagon Wheel gift shop just outside of the park entrance.  We picked up shirts for the boys and rattlesnake eggs.
 The little restaurant across the street and Moiese mechantile.
 We stopped at Collgate Licks on the way home and went on the nature trail.  We saw a lot of cedars.
 Grandma and Grandpa went with us and Grandpa drove almost the entire trip.
 The Licks (hotsprings).
We also stopped at the Lolo Pass and visited the gift shop.  We got two books for the boys about the area (Mailing May and Seaman's Journal).  We stopped at A & W on the way home for dinner.  We arrived home around midnight.  It was a nice trip.

Montana Trip- Day 4

Our hotel was in Whitefish, MT at a ski resort.  In the morning we decided to try the Alpine Slide.  Talvyn was a bit nervous by the ski lift to get back up to the top.  This was the highlight of the trip for the boys.

 We had to stop at the Ronan Dairy Queen to get ice cream.  My dad always took us there as kids.

 We went to the gravesite of my grandparents and Aunt Gini.  I almost started to cry when my father knelt down and began quietly weeding his mother's headstone.
 This was the Cafe where my Aunt Velma worked for years.  I remember stopping here often to visit her and to eat.  I used to love the buffalo burgers here.
 The Charlo grocery store.
 Tiny's bar...still reaks  (my cousin Joel said it stinks of urine so bad on the inside he doesn't know how anyone can drink there.)
 The Branding Iron...the other bar in town.  The old log building burnt to the ground a while back.
 My grandma's house in town.  She didn't live here too long, but it still holds memories.
 The old LDS church building.  I think it is apartments now.

 Charlo school.

 I never realized how much work my Aunt Ann puts into her yard.  It is so beautiful and the flowers are  exquisite.  I also noticed that it took a lot of work for me to find a weed in her gardens.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Montana Trip- Day 3

Yay! Another car ride. We are so jazzed to be in the van driving again. This family trip has mostly been driving and then some more driving. The epic hero took his odyssey mostly by boat or raft, we, on the other hand, took our odyssey in an Odyssey!

If we speed into that tunnel ahead, the evil spies in the helicopter behind us won't be able to follow!

 Destination: Way up there.

Going to the Sun Highway. Suck it pioneers! We have paved roads across mountain tops. Oh and don't forget the gift shop and bathrooms with running water at the very top.
Going to the Sun roadside attractions: waterfalls on one side, dizzying drop-offs on the other. 
Yeah baby! We made it to the top.

I'm glad somebody else shoveled the walks!

 Snow art at the top of Going to the Sun: art design by Trevor, snow rolling by Talvyn and Daxtyn.

The famous "weeping wall". Were the mountains sad to see us leave or happy to watch us go?

The only part of the trip Trevor actually planned was this roadside attraction. The mystery of the vortex has puzzled tourists for decades. The really mystery: was it worth $10 per person?

The first obvious evidence that nature is freaky here: the swirling vortex causes trees to grow at strange angles! 

In the first photograph Dana and Trevor are almost even in height, but then in the second photograph they've switched sides and the height difference is obvious. That's no trick of photography folks. That's the mysterious power of the vortex at work.

Yes, that broom is standing by itself! Witchcraft or the power of the vortex? You decide.

Egad! These marbles roll uphill! (Though Grandpa Fuhrmann spoiled the fun by running outside to grab a level used in an earlier demonstration to prove the optical illusion. Sheesh, what a nonbeliever.) 

"I'm no optical illusion."

The slanted House of Mystery. Our next house has to be built on a vortex.  

The golden door in the forest. Once you pass through, you see the only really important thing in life. (Go pay your own $10 if you want to know.)

The Labyrinth of Enlightenment. Just follow the path, freeing your mind of all thoughts. By the time you reach the center, you will have achieved a higher level of mystic mentality.

Here's another look at the House of Mystery. Talvyn barely escaped the clutches of the vortex's pull!

I can't remember what our guide said about these two poles and the vortex, but I do remember Talvyn did the same optical illusion for his 1st grade science project. Is the whole House of Mystery vortex tour a hoax? Or is Talvyn a prodigy of vortex power?

Good grief! After the tour we discovered that the vortex had shrunk us all! 

Watch out below! 

After a long day of exploring the mysteries of nature,  the boys fall asleep in their cozy hotel bunk beds.