Family Holidays

We basically spent the month of December (Dec. 6 – Jan. 6) in north Texas. Aubrey to be exact. We wanted to stay closer to Oklahoma and Missouri for our trip to see family for the Christmas holidays.

When we arrived in Aubrey, I knew that I needed some much needed time for myself. We had just spent a little over 9 weeks in the STL area with my dad after my mom passed Aug. 23rd. Then we spent a week in Springfield visiting Jack’s family. Next, we spent a month having fun with Mike, Jenn, and the grandkids in Edmond, OK. Needless to say, I kind of “crashed” when we arrived in Aubrey. I was way more exhausted than I thought, as I slept in most days until 9:30 a.m. or later!

I also needed some time to privately grieve. Jack was patient with my mood swings and my need to just be “lazy” and take care of myself. We still had some Christmas shopping we needed to do, and we even made time to see a movie. When the time came to head out for our Christmas trip, I felt refreshed, invigorated, and ready to go.

First stop was Edmond, OK. Our oldest son, Jeff, drove up from Florida and met us at Mike and family’s house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We went to the Christmas Eve service at Mike’s church. After the service, we took a family photo.

Back row (L-R): Jack, Jackson, Mike, Jeff. Front Row (L-R): Betty, Jade, Kylee, Jennifer.

After church we went back to Mike’s to have our Christmas and open presents. Here are just a few pics.

Finn and Zoey really do like each other and get along great, even though Zoey has this funny look on her face.

The day after Christmas we drove to Springfield (Huffman family) and then on to St. Louis (LaTurno family) to have Christmas with the rest of our families. Here are a few of those pics.

All in all, it was a busy but great Christmas!

We headed back to Aubrey, TX, after the New Year, spent a day or two getting the RV ready to travel, and then headed to our next destination.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Columbia Falls, Montana

We left Boise, Idaho, August 2nd. After traveling three days with two one-night stops, we arrived in Columbia Falls, Montana, on August 4th. We saw some beautiful scenery as we traveled the last day.

Looks like these people are getting ready to have a fun adventure.

We are staying three weeks at Columbia Falls RV Resort. This is a very nice park located right in the town of Columbia Falls.

The west entrance to Glacier National Park is about a 20 minute drive from our RV park. After spending a couple of days restocking the RV and resting from the three days of travel, we finally drove into the park.

The day we drove to Glacier was somewhat hazy because there have been many small fires in the surrounding states as well as in Montana. Smokey haze is not the best circumstance under which to take photos, but one has to work with whatever one is given.

Zoom in and you’ll see two deer.

I think this little guy was paid to pose for pictures. He was there on that rock perched on his hind legs for a VERY long time.

The second week we were in Columbia Falls, we had some friends that we met in Island Park, Idaho, come to visit us. They had always wanted to see Glacier National Park, so we planned a day to go.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. It was a rainy, foggy day. The higher up in elevation we went, the foggier and colder it got. Needless to say, it was an even worse day to take photos than our first day at Glacier was with the hazy smoke.

We did have a unique encounter though. We rounded a curve and the oncoming car was going really slow and pointed up in the forest. Then we saw what she was pointing at: a momma bear and two cubs! I got several pictures, and, although they aren’t great, if you look closely and zoom in, you will see the black cubs.

These are black bears even though the momma is a brown color. We learned how to tell a grizzly bear from a black bear while we visited Yellowstone National Park. You can google it and learn the difference.

There is mama bear. Her two, black cubs are in the trees behind her. You might have to zoom in to see them. They are REALLY black.

Mama bear decides to take off after digging and eating a little.

One black bear cub decides to come down and dig where mama was digging to see if he can find anything tasty. The other bear cub’s head is sticking out from behind the tree trunk right behind the cub doing the digging.

The bear cub behind the tree decides to go off and follow mom.

Finally the bear cub doing the digging decides he better follow mama also.

We were really excited to see these three bears. We also had a lot of fun with the friends who came to visit.

So, for now, “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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