Happy Birthday, Papu! We love you! If you want a laugh, look at last year's birthday video!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Saturday, 5 August 2017
Friday, 28 July 2017
We took our regular summer visit to De Smet a few weeks ago, and, as always, had a great time. Even though it was HOT, we were still there for several hours.
As always, the kittens were a huge hit!
Here the children have organized them by color.
And in the schoolhouse. Although Z wouldn't let me take his picture, he did a great job of answering the teacher's questions, reading out loud, and showing off his knowledge of all things Little House.
Back to organizing the kittens. It was so hot they just kept sleeping even when the kids picked them up and moved them around.
Z and Eden had an adventure with the smaller horses this time. They went for a ride -- Eden in the little carriage pulled by a miniature horse of some kind, and Z riding on the horse in the picture below. His horse was tied to the back of the carriage. When they got out quite a ways, they switched -- Eden got on the horse and Z got in the carriage. I could see that the lady helping them was trying to get the carriage turned around to head back in my direction, but the little horse clearly didn't want to back up or turn around. It was tossing its head and then started rearing a little bit and making trouble. I was getting concerned, especially since the horse Eden was sitting on was tied to the carriage. I started walking quickly out towards them and broke into a run when I saw the lady had clearly lost control of the little horse and Z jumped out of the carriage. About three seconds later the horse reared up, fell down on its side, and flipped the carriage over! By that time I was there and I grabbed Eden off the big horse and told Z to run to the barn and get someone to help. All's well that ends well (to quote Pa), and no one was hurt. However, I hope they get a more experienced horse wrangler next time they go for a ride!
Eden kept insisting on petting this horse (the one she was sitting on when the carriage fell over) and kept saying, "This horse saved my life!"
Friday, 7 July 2017
After we got home from the Black Hills, Nathan went to a conference and the kids and I went to Kansas. Z went on the grandkid trip and had a GREAT time, and I stayed at Mom and Dad's house with Eden. Faith came over for a sleepover and those two girls had so much fun!
|We caught a frog.|
|Faith and Eden both set beautiful tables for themselves and their lunch.|
While in Kansas there was a tragic accident involving Duff and Belle. When we came home, we got a new rabbit for Z, and Eden decided she wanted one, too.
The Benders came for a visit which was great fun. Here's Stephen entertaining the kids with fireworks.
And Kara and Eden played, and played, and played, and played . . . .
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Day 1: We went to Deadwood to tour an old gold mine and to pan for some gold! On the way Nathan and I noticed a little store in what looked like an old gas station called Chubby Chipmunk's Chocolate. We had just seen this store featured on South Dakota Life (a show on SD public television), so we pulled over. The show bragged that this was the best chocolate anywhere! We were suspicious of such a claim, but no more! Wow, it is fantastic chocolate. And if you get there after store hours, they have a vending machine full of truffles called the Chub-o-Matic. From there we went on the mine. Eden finally got to pan for gold and was thrilled with her findings. After panning for gold we walked around Deadwood a bit, and Eden used some of her birthday money to buy a very pretty ring.
Day 2: We drove to Spearfish Canyon and hiked to Spearfish Falls and Roughlock Falls. Both are beautiful, and at Roughlock we had lots of fun getting into the water!
Day 3: We drove to Hill City and took the 1880s train to Keystone. From Keystone we planned to get a shuttle up to Mt. Rushmore, spend a few hours there, and then take the train back to Hill City. However, after a very pleasant hour on the train, we discovered that there is no public transportation for the two miles from Keystone to Mt. Rushmore. Argh! Mt. Rushmore was the one thing the Oregon Hitchcocks said they wanted to do! Finally we called a taxi from Hill City which agreed to come get us, take us to Mt. Rushmore, wait an hour, and then bring us back down to Keystone. Ridiculous, but at least we saw the presidents!
|Eden was super excited to be at Mt. Rushmore.|
|This is the family standing under the South Dakota flag.|
|Hiking under a watchful eye.|
Day 5: The Oregon Hitchcocks headed home, and the South Dakota Hitchcocks made another trip to Chubby Chipmunk! We also took a nice little hike along part of the Mickelson Trail.
|The kids toasting their truffles.|
|Eden and I found beautiful flowers.|
Day 6: We headed home. On the way we stopped at an old homestead just outside of the Black Hills. There was a little prairie dog town on the homestead. All the prairie dogs were white!