Monday, July 21, 2014

number five...a trip to the mountains


So we checked off number five from our summer list.  A trip to the mountains with the beans.  We just got home from Wyoming and it was an adventure!  Can it really be called anything less when traveling with three children under the age of five!  I think the trick to traveling with kids is looking for those magical moments and realizing that being on a vacation doesn't mean you won't have melt downs, whining and tired kids.  


So with the expect nothing and appreciate everything approach (my new life mantra!)  we had an outstanding trip!   Targhee Fest is a music festival that was introduced to us by my family who journeyed out last year.  They had such a wonderful time we decided to head out with them this time around.  A small festival with kid friendly activities.  Craft cabin, swimming, horseback riding, euro jumping, and the great outdoors!    








{so much wildlife and this lady hanging by the side of the road}












{my bean and her cousin front row for the show}






 {playing with rocks}







{the guys tent}







{simple combination....lady's mantle, catmint, poppies, and creeping jenny}





{an awesome dad taking his beans for a hike}





















{some of my family kicking back}












It was worth the trip!

Happy making, baking, and growing this week folks!


39 comments:

  1. What wonderful photos of your trip Nicole - the scenery is stunning - those wonderful mountains and the wide open spaces - no wonder you enjoyed it. I think your new life mantra is excellent. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  2. This must have been a fun holiday for you all. Music, hiking, playing what else do you want. When I think of Wyoming I always see in my imagination green pastures as far as you can see, but I see there is much more, haha. When I see the picture of your husband hiking with a bean on his shoulder, in my memory I see my husband walking with youngest daughter on his shoulder, she would never walk.
    Enjoy summertime with your sweet beans!

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  3. Looks like you all had a fabulous trip, you are creating such happy memories for your family. Lovely photos. xx

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  4. Looks like you have been having a lovely time, it so nice to see the little beans having a great time.

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  5. Aw, now I want to go on a trip to the mountains!!! So much fun being close to nature. I love the 'expect nothing and appreciate everything' approach, I'll have to remember that for when I travel with little A!

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  6. Hi Nicole,

    Looks like you had a fun family holiday away and I enjoyed seeing your wonderful photos. Traveling with little ones can be hard when you hear a little voice say " are we there yet" ? Remember those days.
    I was in Wyoming back in 1980 and went to Yellowstone park and loved the wilderness.
    Enjoy the rest if the week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  7. All your photos are great, but that last one is just stunning! Looks like a great time was had by all!

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  8. Looks like a wonderful vacation Nicole. Nice and laid back, probably the opposite of Chicago. When I get out on an old country road that leads to the town where I grew up, I always find myself wondering why I live in the city. Your lovely photos make me feel that way and long for a quieter, more peaceful pace.
    Cindy

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  9. Wow! What fun and a wonderful family experience. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  10. Wonderful pictures!!! I think you had a very good time there. A happy familiy trip! I like the pictures with the trees and the last picture with the clouds. Enjoy the rest of the week!
    Helga

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  11. Oh, how wonderful! What a great trip. You all will remember it for always. I have a beautiful candle on my sewing machine, that has birch bark on the sides, that I bought at a little shop in Cody, Wyoming! I was there a few years ago with my husband on a bike trip....we carefully wrapped the candle and brought it back in the saddle bag. ;) The country there was absolutely breathtaking. (It was Montana we visited but took a side trip to Wyoming.)

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  12. Looks absolutely stunning where you have been. You have had such s fantastic holiday, and memories to last a lifetime x

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  13. It looks like you all had an amazing adventure on this trip with many pretty things to see and fun things to do. What a great experience this must've been for your family. I'm in awe of the stunning scenery you saw. Thanks for sharing Nicole! Hope this week is another great one!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  14. Hi Nicole, great that you actually realized what you had planned to do! So much better than just dreaming about it. Sounds like you had a wonderful family trip. I have never been to Wyoming, but would love to see it. The photos of the nature that you took are looking amazing. Kids or not, I like your new mantra and may make it my own ;-)! Wishing you a nice rest of the week!
    Christina

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  15. Good job for checking something off your summer list. It looks beautiful there. Did you see Buddy Guy? I love him. Cheers, Beckie

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  16. I love the photos, it looks as if you had a lot of fun. The photos on the rocks are my favorite, so cute!

    www.writingmonique.com

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  17. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Nicole! What an ambitious plan with your little ones too. I'm so glad it went well and you made great memories together.

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  18. It looks like a GREAT trip!! What great memories you all shared! Did you get any new kid craft ideas from the 'craft cabin?' Thanks for sharing your pictures. I've never heard of the festival and it looked like a lot of relaxed fun!

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  19. It looks like everyone had a great time and your pictures are so pretty. We had two and they were a year apart and I remember whenever we planned on going anywhere we doubled the time to get there and back. Sometimes the places between home and where you really wanted to go is just as fun.

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  20. So beautiful, scenery, family, time together, ticking things off your list, the whole lot!!!! xx

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  21. Just gorgeous Nicole! xxxx

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  22. Looks so nice! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Sounds like you took the right approach to having a good time travelling with 3 beans under 5 years of age. I am sure you made lots of great family memories.

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  24. Beautiful! Love to see the wondetful place.

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  25. GREAT photos! I bet it was so fun to get away like that. Well, aside from the actual traveling. :)

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  26. Fantastic photos, your little beans look like they were really enjoying their trip away, what a great place to be :)

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  27. You have the right attitude when it comes to travelling with kids. Judy and I have gone to Wyoming a few times - once with the kids. Her grandparents lived in Evanston, in the SW corner of the state. We didn't go to any concerts, but we saw a rodeo and dinosaur digs. Beautiful place. Looks like you all had lots of fun.

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  28. Looks like a wonderful trip! and you are so right - accepting and knowing the adventure will still come with normal child behaviour makes a difference! Hope the music was awesome and you all felt wonderfully relaxed xx

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  29. You had a wonderful time,it is obvious! Before having the girls I didnt so much appreciate holidays on the mountains but now I really enjoy them!mygenerouslife.blogspot.com

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  30. The Wood Brothers are one of my favorite bands. It looks like you all had a wonderful time! I loved all the pictures, but that last one is just stunning.

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  31. Beautiful photos....looks like an amazing trip....that's a part of the country I need to get to one of these days!

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  32. What an excellent mantra Nicole, just beautiful! A really good theory to live by, and especially for a trip, I try not to get too excited before we go away now, so that whatever happens, it's more than i was expecting! It looks like you all had a fab time at Targhee! We go to a festival every year, the Green Man in the Brecon Becons in Wales, it's just sooo beautiful there and very family friendly, i'm looking forward to the day that we have kids and can take them along. have a beautiful weekend, xxx

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  33. Ahhhh, it looks like a great trip, very relaxing! I love being in the outdoors, you can really unwind and relax. We have similar festival here which is really catered well for the kids and it makes all of the difference. Your beans looked like they had loads of fun with their cousins. It's trip like these that they will remember forever. Have a great weekend, Nicole! xx

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  34. looks like you had such a wonderful time! and that is a great mantra! :) my husband and i want to go out to wyoming and utah to see yellowstone and zion national park. one day.. one day! :)

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  35. Lovely photos, looks like you all had a great time. I think I need to adopt your mantra too. Have a great weekend.

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  36. You are brave, my Dear, traveling with 3 under 5, but the memories are priceless and your photos show what an amazing trip it was. Loved coming along with you and seeing the sights - gorgeous countryside, precious children, good music, family - sounds like the perfect vacation to me! xo Karen

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  37. I've driven through Wyoming but haven't spent much time there. It's definitely beautiful country. Excellent attitude! :o)

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  38. Ah...Nic, I love seeing you in the photos! Love! How so very green! Those trees...I love the mountains! xoxo Jen

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  39. This looks absolutely PERFECT to me! I'd love to do the same kinda trip one day. So pleased you all had a beautiful holiday xx

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