Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Robin Hood

I don't know if you can see it very clearly but the other night Dave had a Robin Hood moment. He was sighting in his bow for the upcoming deer season and sent one arrow through the first arrow. I know he was a ways away from it, I just don't know how far. I will up date the post when I know, he is unavailable to comment at the moment (out of cellphone range).

*** 20 yards***
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Monday, September 20, 2010

A little competition

I don't know if you have heard of Foodbuzz or not, but I am a featured publisher with their site.  Actually, it is not this blog, but my baking/cooking blog, Gracie B's Bakehouse.  If you haven't visited Foodbuzz before, you should take some time and check it out!  Right now they are having a little competition, Project Food Blog, they are looking for the next food blog star and as a featured publisher I was eligible to enter, which I did.  I needed a little challenge because I have not been consistent lately in keeping up my blogs.  I am actually not expecting too much, because I have a little blog with a few followers but I would love to make it to the next round of competition.  So, if you wouldn't mind, hop on over to Gracie B's and click on the box that says "Project Food Blog" Official Contestant and vote for my entry.  Thanks so much and wouldn't be fun if I was one of the 400 contestants that moved on to the next round?  Thank you again and feel free to share this with your friends.  Oh, and if you are curious. . . my most popular post on Gracie B's is the one on my grandma's caramel rolls.  YUM!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Take me back to the Black Hills . . .

Call me a geek, but I love the movie Calamity Jane with Doris Day and whenever I go to the Black Hills of South Dakota I must sing "Take me back to the Black Hills, the Black Hills of Dakota.  To the beautiful Indian country that I love . . ."

And I do love the Black Hills.  I have so many happy memories of that place and I am very glad that I finally got to share this place with my family.  A few weekends ago we ended up in the Black Hills for a mini vacation.  Hammy has always wanted to see "the Faces" and of course visit Reptile Gardens.  We were also able to throw in some go-carts, bumper boats, miniature golf and Homecoming dress shopping.  And for good measure we threw in a flat tire.  I am not sure what my favorite part of the trip was, but I loved spending the long weekend with our family, even though it had to have been the hottest weekend of the summer. I also forgot, the kids were able to kayak and paddle-boat at the camp we stayed at.  We packed a whole lot into three days and had a ball.

We started out with a tour of the Badlands of South Dakota, which were amazing, but I am still partial to the Badlands of North Dakota for whatever reason.

If you know me, you know what this sign did to my heart-rate.  I am not sure if I saw much of the view after I saw this sign, my eyes were on the ground determined to not have another run in with a rattler!

This is Tank, the Tortoise.  He was the 'young' one at Reptile Gardens at the youthful age of 70.

The reason we went.  Gators, Crocs, & Snakes! Oh, my!!!!

I know they are hard to view, but I think if you click on it you should be able to see better.  We finished our trip with a stop in Deadwood, which by the way, is not so much history and mostly casino, casino, casino.  They did have a place with go-karts and that was all the kids needed.  We also visited Mt. Rushmore and had a great trek on their walking path.  I learned quite a bit, that I did not know about this historic site.  Great memories were had by all, if you haven't visited the Black Hills before, you should.

Oh, and if you can't see it very well, take a closer look at the purple flowers . . . that is a hummingbird moth.  What an amazing creature, I had never seen one before.  Amazing!!! God is so creative!