So, I have always heard people talk about the winters up here like they are the most terrible thing ever and they are so long. The "s" word up here has four letters too, but it is "snow" (took me a second to figure out that one - a lady in the post office was telling the worker that she heard someone say the "s" word and I thought to myself, I have heard people say that word too, and while I don't like it I don't go around telling people when I hear it. But then I realized she was talking about SNOW and I just laughed)
Jamie, Kaleb, and Kaden were able to come up and it rained all day Wednesday (we played in the garage) and then Thursday morning it snowed, and it kept snowing...ALL day! In total it was about 5 or 6 inches. We had lots of fun watching movies and snuggling on the "secret bed" (the hide-a-bed in our living room). The boys really wanted to play outside, but didn't have winter clothes to play in. We love it when they come to visit :)
I guess people are serious about this winter thing. Good thing we both love the snow! This next week the weather is supposed to be in the 50's so we will be in ultra winterization mode. We have a long list, but are sure we can get it all done. (Sorry there are no pictures of the first snow - our camera batteries were dead.)
Friday, September 23, 2011
We worked in Tetonia, ID at the BYU-Idaho Outdoor Learning Center (Badger Creek) until June. I learned to hand quilt with a lot of ladies from the ward, Nate groomed cross-country ski trails and maintained the facilities. We both skied at Grand Targhee and I taught Nate how to Telemark ski. He was a fast learner. We both did some cross-country skiing from our front yard, and Iris (our dog) got sprayed by a skunk...just to name a few things.
On Mother's Day I took a pregnancy test, and we found out we were going to be parents. We went to the doctor in June and saw our little guy for the first time - incredible.
We moved to Island Park, ID, in June where Nate worked with his brother, Kyle, as a boat inspector for the Freemont County Weed Division. I took a job at Buffalo Run Campground and cleaned cabins and made pizza until Labor Day. We got to take a vacation to California for a David Bedke Family Reunion and then on to the Olson Family Reunion in Orland, CA. Nate loved swimming in the pump and would have spent the whole time in there had he had the chance! Andrew returned with us and got to stay with us for 19 days. We loved having him around and he was a great help to Nate and I. I think his favorite part was eating all the otter-pops he wanted :) Andrew spotted some moose right outside the cabin multiple times. Here are just two of the pictures:
We also drove into Yellowstone National Park and I saw a bear for the first time. It was a black bear, and Nate got a little too close for comfort for me, but was okay and he got these great pictures.
Nate is now the head football coach for the school in West Yellowstone (the school is a K-12 school - I didn't even know they still had those) He loves it, and is doing a great job. He really cares about the boys and wants to see them succeed. They had their first victory on Saturday and everyone was pretty excited.
We love living here and all the visitors that come to see us. Sorry this over-view is short and sweet - ideally future posts will be closer together and so I can fit in more details ;)
p.s. Nate had his friend up while I was working in Idaho Falls last week, and this is the moose they saw - right by the cabin...