Category Archives: Grandparents

With school back in session I finally feel like I can breathe…and blog!  It was a whirlwind summer, but our highlight was quite easily our family trip to Montana to visit Tom’s Dad and Stepmom.  J was here for it so it was even more special. :)

First we headed up to Great Falls (where Tom’s parents live) for a one-night stay and to shop for supplies to take up to Glacier Park, where they have a cabin.  Once we arrived in Glacier we settled in, had dinner, and made a campfire (something we could finally enjoy this year since Colorado banned them last time we camped!).  Oh, and we can’t leave out…

Yum, my favorite s’more is made with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate. :)

Here’s some other sweet moments…

E enjoyed some classic games from Tom’s childhood (I SO remember playing with these!)

And C and J enjoyed the “vintage” bike up there…(banana seats!)

View from the cabin. Glorious!

Each time we make it Glacier we take the “Going to the Sun” road up to Logan Pass where there are spectacular views of the mountains, and wildlife.

Yes, that’s a black bear in there!  We actually had one meander through the property and captured some great shots.  I think my hands were shaking so the photos are pretty blurry…but you get the picture! :)

We also made it to Johnson Lake, which was absolutely gorgeous.  I would love to go up there again and stay at the resort which was very “Swiss Chalet” feeling.  Might have to save up for a trip like that though!

That middle picture of J cracks me up, the water was very cold!

The last day we spent the morning at a Ham Radio Expo for Tom and his Dad to check out equipment (fun!), but then rewarded the kids for their patience by going to a fun park where we did go-karts, bumper boats, and a huge (hard) scavenger-hunt-type maze.  I had to stay on the walkways above to guide everyone to the stamping stations, otherwise I think we’d still be there.  It was challenging but the kids had a blast.

One thing Tom has been trying to do for awhile now is get his maternal Grandfather’s 1940’s fire-helmet from his Dad’s house.  There has been some confusion as to whether it had been sent and Tom misplaced it, or if it was still up there.  Lo and behold the guys found it!  The kids had fun trying the hat on and sitting with posing with Grandpa (these are his photos)…

Thank you Grandma & Grandpa for a wonderful vacation!

Totally off-subject, but C started his second grade year last week!  Hard to believe he’s been with us almost 5 years now…

He doesn’t look much different than he did last year though! ;)

Also off-subject, we are doing great on the adoption front.  Homestudy is moving along!  We also have had some very generous donations, so a BIG thank you goes out to those who have supported us!!

If you are interested in helping us bring J home, you can find our donation link HERE.  Prayer is also coveted! :)

This year I decided to do something for Tom that was a little out of the box.  I had seen a great idea on Pinterest where kids dressed in their father’s clothes and took a photo for him.  Tom had been asking for a new photo of the kids for his laptop wallpaper, so I figured I’d take this opportunity to dress the kids up in his work shirts, shoes, and favorite hats for a fun background he could look at when working those long hours.  We had so much fun, and I swear it was the funniest thing ever to see C’s scrawny legs stuck in Tom’s huge army boots. :)

I’d also like to personally say “Happy Father’s Day” to 3 of my favorite men in my life:  My wonderful amazing Dad whose life-long support I will always treasure; My fantastic father-in-law who has such a big heart and whom I will forever respect for braving life as a single Dad raising 2 kids; and my husband, Tom, who is a hands-on Dad…working very hard to ensure a secure future for each of his kids and keeping the focus of our lives on God and what He has blessed us with.  Love to you all!!

Last weekend we enjoyed a visit from Tom’s parents for the 3-day holiday weekend.  They live up in Great Falls, MT, which is a 12 hour drive away.  As a result, we don’t get to see them a lot, so a visit either here or there is always treasured.

On Saturday Grandpa Al, Tom, and C went shooting at a local range.  I am about to post photos, but don’t think for one second I was AOK with C shooting.  I wasn’t, and wound up getting a little upset after the boys returned home.  But, judging from the following photos, Tom and Al were in control and I think C really enjoyed hanging with the guys and doing something so “grown up”.  Ultimately (since we are a gun-owning family) I think it is good for C to know the power of a weapon and how to use it wisely.

Had to get this one in there of Al wearing a Bronco hat.  Being that he is a Patriots fan, I’m sure this was a last resort to freezing to death (at least that’s his story.  I personally think he’s a closet Bronco fan). ;)

On Sunday, we ventured in to old town Littleton for some lunch and picture-taking.  For Christmas gifts I had offered to take some nice photographs of the Grandparents and Grand-kids with a nice 8×10 printed and framed for them.  It was a lot of fun, albeit a little chilly (Tom was the designated coat-carrier while I shot photos).  Here are some of my faves…

Thanks for the fun visit, Grandma & Grandpa Recke!

To my awesome, incredible Dad…
and to the other Fathers in my life…
 love to you all and thanks for being there!
(that “object” in front of them is my first attempt at working with fondant on cakes…
don’t laugh.)