Memory Lane Is Made Of Dirt

It took me a little longer to get back out to the homestead/ranch than I expected, but it was worth the wait.  We were welcomed by both the cows and a message from my phone company saying welcome to Canada!  The ranch is only 10-15 miles from the border so I can see why my phone got a little confused.

The Welcoming Committee

The Welcoming Committee

The original homestead shack built by my great-grandfather is gone, but there are many buildings left from my mother’s and even grandfather’s childhood.  At first glance it’s just a few rundown old buildings and a bunch of cow patties.  However, if you look closer and listen every shack holds a memory, every hill and valley has a story.  My mom showed me where she used to milk Mag the milk cow, where she and her horse Concho loved to ride, the spot on the creek where she learned to swim, the best spots for sledding, and even where the outhouse stood that she used as a child.  It was such a beautiful day and so special being out there with my mom!

Old shop where my mom and her brother and sister would play basketball growing up

Old shop where my mom and her brother and sister would play basketball growing up

Where old Mag the milk cow used to provide for the family

Where old Mag the milk cow used to provide for the family

Leading the way to the creek

Leading the way down memory lane

Home For The Wild West Holidays

I got a call from my mom and my aunt and adventure is in the air!  The three of us feed off each other and you never know what might happen (remember our silliness in Glacier Park this summer?).  It started out a somewhat normal conversation…we’re listening to Christmas music on our road trip, so of course we thought of you.  Somehow that turned into the three of us planning a flash mob during their small town parade of lights next month!

Let’s backup a minute and figure out how we got here.  Last month they helped organize the Wild West Days in Chinook, MT.  They helped with the stick horse parade, the can-can contest, and even got involved in the Miss Kitty look alike event.  We are not sit on the sidelines kind of people!

Chinook, MT Wild West Days

Chinook, MT Wild West Days

Bandits taking over the Wild West parade

Bandits taking over the Wild West parade

Guess which Miss Kitties are my mom and aunt!

Guess which Miss Kitties are my mom and my aunt!

In addition to running different events, they also entered the 1st place float!  My uncle and family friend built the float to honor the centennial of our family homestead.  My grandma played beauty queen and waved to crowd.  A couple of the dogs and chickens even rode the float for authenticity!

The guys and their prize winning float!

The guys and their prize winning float!

My grandma playing beauty queen on her family homestead float

My grandma playing beauty queen on her family homestead float and yes that’s Sponge Bob in the window!

The chickens even made it on the float!

The chickens even made it on the float!

Since they now have a reputation as master float builders, their church asked them to be in charge of the float for the annual parade of lights.  I remember going to the parade as a little girl all bundled up, mesmerized by the lights. We talked about different ideas for the float including a surprise flash mob.  I LOVE Christmas and music and lights and flash mobs, so I don’t think I’ll be able to sit this one out!  I’m already listening to Christmas music looking at plane tickets!  Hopefully I’ll be able to scratch off a few items on my Montana bucket list while I’m there!

The Joke

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To commemorate our trip my mom and aunt gave me this adorable Big Sky Carvers figurine. It is just so us and perfectly captures this trip. The three of us are always getting into something and cracking jokes.

While hiking in Glacier Park, we decided to each say hello to those we passed in a different language. I started it out with bonjour, my mom followed with guten tag, and my aunt rounded it off with hola! Oh the reactions we got! We just always make sure we have fun no matter what we are doing.