Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mary Jane and More

The Dotters on the Fourth!

Thought I would share some fun pics and thoughts from our summer vacation up North. I am a big fan of Mary Jane Butters, (she is a pioneer organic farmer and owns a really cool farm in Northern ID, has written many books and has her own magazine.) She also pioneered the"farmgirl" movement and I just love who she is and what she does. She has a "farm fair" during 4th of July weekend and I really wanted to go. We decided that would be part of our summer vacation and then we would head up to Glacier National Park. (It was on my Dad's "bucket list" and we decided to indulge him.) The vacation was excellent and a constant reminder about why I love my family, and also how they drive me CRAZY! Mostly love tho.

We went to a reception and had Mary Jane sign our book. She was so sweet and friendly.

After the reception we checked out the Lake. The girls couldn't resist an evening dip. FULLY DRESSED!!!
My little cuties! Ellie and Bella ready for the Fouth!

A cool small theatre we toured on our Farm Fair Adventure!We toured Mary Jane's mill, met some cool vendors, got some great new ideas.....and we want one of these! So cute.

Enjoying the fireworks at the Lake.Our cute cabin at Lake Five Resort, 3 miles outside of Glacier.

The Dotter's Dad and Dotter #3 enjoying the nightly campfire. It got cold up there!
We love our cuz's!!!
The Dotter's Grandma!...with Zoe.
The family ready to enjoy the beauty of Glacier.
Hiking with the Dotter's. You couldn't ask for a better way to spend time with them.The End for now. More to come later.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday BROOKLYN!


Six years ago today, I was lying in a hospital waiting for our second daughter to arrive. She was late and had to be induced. I went into the hospital the morning of July 2nd, somewhat nervous. Childbirth was not this wonderful and amazing experience women had told me about. My first daughter was born after almost 52 hours of labor , 2 1/2 hours of pushing, with no epidural in the end. They took her right away and I did not see her for 24 hours. Because it was a stressful labor, I had a normal hospital room, not the wonderful birthing room I had hoped for. Needless to say the experience left a lot to be desired. Okay, so I'm in the hospital waiting for #2 and I am in a pretty nice birthing room. I start to feel uncomfortable and I get this great epidural that lasts through my entire labor. I'm ready to push and 3 pushes later she's out. My mom is there. They actually laid her on my stomach. I got to hold her right away! It really was a wonderful birthing experience. Everything I had expected but did not get the first time. We had our beautiful daughter, and we named her BROOKLYN. Tomorrow she turns six. I know Heavenly Father gave me this wonderful experience with you. You will always be special because you were the easiest to give birth to. And for the record.....#3 turned out pretty awful. Baby born at 27 weeks, emergency C-section on Christmas Day...... but you Brooklyn, you were my blessing birth. I love you! HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY BROOKIE!

Brooklyn invited 3 of her best friends for a Build a Bear Party and a LateOver a few days ago since we will be on vacation during her birthday.