Our July and August have been crazy, fun! We always love to have our family up to visit us in MN and this year we were doubly blessed to have Shawn's parents for 8 days and then my parents for 2 weeks.
While my parents were up we managed to find many summer events to attend and even had some backyard fun. I think the kids and I may need to sleep in until 9:00 for a few weeks to recover from all the fun!
All of our kids love going to the Red Horse Ranch for their annual rodeo and this was our 4th year attending. Anything involving horses for our kids is an automatic hit and they all had a blast watching the rodeo.
My mom snapped a quick shot of the group before the rodeo started. We found some great seats in the bleachers and even got to sit by some friends. The biggest surprise was when one of our friends from Bible study was announced to do the national anthem. She did a fabulous job!
My dad and K-man
My mom and K-baby who is wearing a cowgirl shirt that K-girl used to wear!
Family picture after the rodeo.
My parents brought us huge pine cones from their trip to Oregon and we used them to make bird feeders. We set up one of our small tables outside in the backyard and Nana and Papa were in charge of the troops. I'm thinking our birds will be set with food all winter long.
Abby really loved this activity! mmmm...peanut butter.
We attended our second Redhawks game for the summer! Shawn managed to get us 8 free tickets with my Sunmart receipts and the kids each got a free meal ticket because it was a Tuesday game so the only money we spent was for a few extra snacks.
Nana and Papa bought K-man a Redhawks shirt at Sheels before the game.
After the Redhawks game in Fargo we drove back to my parent's RV parked about 20 minutes away in Buffalo River State Park and stayed the night. We haven't been to this state park before and we had a fun time exploring. The weather was a little bit rainy, but we've never let a little rain stop us from having fun.
In the morning we taught Nana Kristi the fine art of Geocaching. We found 2 caches and saved 2 for next time we visit. They had free GPS units for us to check out and the kids (especially K-man and K-girl) love to find caches.
The kids recording their names on a notebook from the first cache. The first one was a 3 step cache so we found 2 other spots listing coordinates before we found the actual cache. The kids choose to take a hotwheels from the box and leave behind a bracelet that they got for free at the Redhawks game.
Showing off their GPS units and the cache box.
We even let Nana hold a GPS for a while.
K-sis taking her turn.
These painted rocks next to the Buffalo River was our 2nd cache. We had a great time exploring and then called Papa to come get us in the van at a shortcut point since we had walked a couple of miles. They were troopers!