Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twas The Week Before Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas and all through land, everyone was busy with projects so grand.  

Christmas programs were singing of Santa's great plans, as we laughed because Mesa couldn't figure out where to keep her hands! 

Scout Elves were working to make sure kids behaved,  

 And making all kinds of mischief at night when they played

From Painting to Zip Lines, with dinos he played, for a whole week his nightly trips to Santa he made.

With snow in the air, I parked my car, and didn't drive it until the wind stopped blowing so hard!

 An early Christmas present, from her list she did get, (hope fully I wont find myself homeless because of it!)

  A beautiful Christmas Eve with snow perfect for sledding,

So enticing it was that even I joined the fun, to the fence I did sled, and then I was done! 

 Cookies for Santa, we baked twice, because we ate all the first batch before Christmas Eve Night!

 So many good times, it would take to long to tell, but here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas as well!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Five- Truly Random Edition

I figure I'm so far behind, I can get away with two Friday Five posts today... And still have tons of stuff to write about later on!  (Again, some of these are old and just now getting posted) 

1.  Hunting season out here begins in September and ends Thanksgiving weekend.  J&J spent quite a few weekends stalking Antelope, Elk and Deer... Jeannie got this Antelope buck one Sunday afternoon.  (It was supposed to snow the next day, so I arrived just in time to see him when they got home)  

2.  Black Friday, Jeannie, Cassie & I got some "Cousin Time"  without any of the littles.  We (crazily) went shopping at 3:00am, ate breakfast at Denny's, did plenty of Christmas shopping and ended up back at Jeannie's where we made soap and candles.  (I told you these Clarks have weird hobbies)  Seriously, it was a lot of fun and such a shame Cassie doesn't live closer... we'd probably get into more trouble together if she did!

3.  Gingerbread Houses-  I've been in on building 2 this year... Cortlin and I tag-teamed this one Thanksgiving weekend and Mesa and I made one at the house last weekend.  Not sure I'm an expert yet, but we had a blast!  

4.  Addison had her 6th birthday!  At the skating rink!  Oh the memories of what is now Watson's Funeral Home!  I didn't skate the whole time, but I did manage to make it through without falling down!  And I was feeling it the next day... maybe we should go back again.... it was a pretty good thigh workout!  This place had a serious rackett going on!  They had made "walkers" with wheels to help the little kids learning to skate.   I bet they had 15 dollars in each of them and they were rented out the whole time-- at $2.50 an hour, they were making some serious jack on some pvc pipe and skate wheels.

5.  Winter has set in up here.  There's only a little part of the clark's fork that isn't frozen over, and it's pretty full of ice most mornings.  Morning temps in the singles and teens and mid day up in the 30's/40's... absolutely beautiful weather!  (Almost warm enough to leave the jacket in the car! HA!) I've been staying in Laurel this week, so I've gotten to enjoy seeing all the pretty scenery covered in white while I've been driving.  I even braved driving in the snow one morning this week.  The ladies from work called because I was later than I was supposed to be!  The didn't know if they were going to have to send someone to get me! lol... just glad they cared enough to be worried!

All in all, its been a pretty busy month... with the best adventures yet to tell!  

Until Next Time! 

Friday Five-- Ladies Edition


I realize that this edition of the Friday Five is way overdue... so overdue in fact, that these pictures were all taken over a month ago!  (Oh Well, I've been busy!)  

In honor of the gift giving season, here's a few of my new favorite things... Montana approved!  

1.  Wool Socks-  If you're like me, your first thought of wool socks is ITCHY.  But seriously, these socks are amazing!  For some reason, they keep your feet dry and warm without being too bulky or uncomfortable.  These come from Costco (something Florida could use)  and Jeannie got me hooked on them.  I think I'm up to 3 packs of them now, all different colors so I can match them easily :) 

2.. Calypso Southern Peach Lemonade- Not really sure just how southern it is, but it tastes amazing!  The only place I've found it is the IGA in Laurel, but I get one every time I go to the grocery store.

3. Coconut Oil-  I've been hearing about coconut oil for a couple of years, but out here, its kind of an essential!  The lack of humidity this time of year is even more horrible.  (Great for hair, not so much so for skin :-( )  I've found that using coconut oil as a moisturizer is about the best thing for my skin.  Also works great as a shaving cream, but it will kill a razor blade-- but your skin will feel amazing!

4.  Dry Shampoo- My friend Christi B. explained just what it was to me a couple of years ago, and so every time I use it, I think of her.  Seriously though, I never understood how someone could go without washing your hair everyday until I got out here.  Thankfully, this lets me go an extra day without washing it, saves some stress on my hair and is the perfect amount of product to get my hair to hold curls from a curling iron!  This one has a little bit of a smell, but I've been pretty happy with the results.

5.  I don't have a picture for this one, but I do have a little bit of advice to impart- if you ever travel anywhere that it gets really cold, be sure to take your make-up inside with you. Maybe I'm the only one who leaves make-up in the car (I like to think its better lighting, but I'm sure its because I'm always running late)  but I learned a hard lesson a couple of weeks ago.  MASCARA WILL FREEZE IN THE TUBE!!  Yeah, you read that right.  My almost brand-new tube of mascara is worthless because when it freezes in the tube, the brush will break off in it!  Lesson learned... I think!

What are some of your latest favorite things?