Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Monday, September 27, 2010

Segment #3 - Yellowstone Trip

Just a quick note before I go into our Yellowstone trip, I just want to get this written.....  I received my final grades for this session of classes and as expected I have maintained my 4.0 GPA.  What I didn't expect was receiving a 100% on both of my final projects.  I am so happy!  Some may feel that I am bragging.  It's my blog so I can brag if I want to!   I just don't understand why I didn't do this in high school.  I guess it's never too late, right? 

I have been enjoying a much needed break from school.  Just working and relaxing!  Except I have also been sick.  I had the stomach flu one day last week that kept me home from work, and then this weekend I have been dealing with an inner ear infection.  This has left me with fluid in my ear and having my equalibrium being off which means I have been extremely dizzy.  It has not been fun.  Bill finally did and ear candle on both my ears and relieved most of the gunk in my ears (I'll spare you the details).

Now for our trip to Yellowstone.  We spent 3 days there so I will still have to break this into more segments.  This post in and of itself will be fairly long with all the pictures I have chosen to include, so bear with me.  I just hope you enjoy the beauty and fun that I captured. 

On the way to Yellowstone we made a couple photo-op detours.  My MIL is a photographer and so much time was spent with the windows down,  her head hanging out the window, and plenty of stop and go's. 

We drove by fly fishermen fishing the Gallatin River

Hebgen Lake (near West Yellowstone)

Just goofing off!  Can you see my reflection?

I liked this picture of DH

Quake Lake

This lake was created by an earthquake in 1959.  That mountain in the background slid.  The trees you see are actually tops of trees that used to be part of a forest.  The lake is over 120 feet deep.  Go here for more interesting information about this lake.  

The slide

As we entered Yellowstone Park the first thing we saw were these beauty's.....


Love the geese in the background

This coyote was hunting his next meal. 

This is my MIL and this is how you would find her the whole weekend!

Another shot of MIL behind the camera

Dad & Mom Carpenter

Old Faithful Geyser

Dad & Mom loved the beauty of Yellowstone

Self portrait of me and my sweetie

Bald Eagle

Such beauty

I told you! 
Love this Lady

Check this out....  Papa Elk

Isn't he a beauty?

Eat your heart out Gordon!

I want her camera!

This is my favorite.  The pictures don't do it justice.
The water is bluer than you could ever imagine. 

LOL!  I just had to take this one.
We called them the "Nair Boys"...
"Who wears short-shorts"? 
I know... I am bad!  But hey... I just had to!


My dear sweet husband

This was just the first day and part of the second day of our trip.  I took over 600 photos.  I am only posting a few of them, but deciding on which ones to post is proving to be very difficult.  If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park, I would recommend you take a vacation and do it.  I've been there several times in my life and can't ever get enough of it.  The scenery is breathtaking.  The wildlife is awesome. 

I will post another segment soon. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Segment #2

New Stuff

We got a beautiful new car!

And I received my very own laptop for school!

It feels so nice to finally have a computer that can keep up with everything.  A big THANK YOU goes out to those that helped us obtain these much needed items. 


As of the moment that I am writing this post I have completed this session of classes and now have a 2 week  break before my next session begins. It's a much needed break too! I took my final math exam on Thursday and missed only 2 questions for a 94.8% which is an A.  I also completed my touchstone project essay for English Comp I and received an A.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  I have had to work on one final assignment for each class due by tomorrow and that is all for this session.  I am very happy with my grades and believe I will continue to receive a 4.0 GPA once the final grades are posted next week. 

Kyle & Domonique

We are very blessed to have Kyle and Domonique living with us and are so glad that we can help them get back on their feet.  We are so proud of them and all that they have accomplished.  Within two weeks of being here, they had both secured full-time jobs.  Kyle is working for Montana Maintenance Company and Domonique is working for Spring Creek Inn, an Alzheimer's care home.  They are also working towards continuing their education in the near future. 

It is really nice to have family closeby.  They are really great kids and do so much to help around the house.  It's just been nice.  However, it is kind of strange to have every person in my house (except me) working night shifts.  I'm the only NORMAL one who works during daylight hours!  The rest are VAMPIRES!  Ha! 


My job at O'Reilly Auto Parts is going well.  I'm a driver specialist who delivers auto parts to all of our installer customers.  I didn't know if I would like it or not, but I really do.  It's a job that works perfectly while I am going to school.  When I go home for the day I can leave my work at work and not think about it again until I go back.  I get to drive all over the place which keeps me out and about and not under the nose of a supervisor all day long.  Plus I have met some really terrific people.  I also get a nice discount on auto parts which helped a great deal when we were fixing up the spare car for Kyle.  I'm very greatful for my job and what it provides.  It's a good feeling that I am finally able to pay my child support. 

The only thing that I don't like about having to work is that it sure gets in the way of life!  I can think of so many other ways to spend my time if I didn't have to work.  I really need to win that lottery!

Segment #1

I am looking over all the gazillion photos I have taken over the last few weeks so that I can post them on here and I don't even know where to begin.  I am so behind in updating and there is so much to share that it would take a freakin long post to do it.  So I will just have to break things down into a few smaller segments. 

You may be wondering what I have been up to over the past 3 to 4 weeks?  Alot!  If you read my last significant post in August (you can read it here) you will know that my in-laws came for a visit and my stepson, Kyle, and his wife, Domonique, moved up here and are now living with us. 

Kyle has not seen his grandparents for 12 years, so having them here at the same time was a very special occasion.  It was also a very special occasion for me because I had not formally met Bill's parents yet.  Strange, I know.  But when we got married they had both undergone significant surgeries and were in the recovery stage, and we didn't have the vacation time or the money to go and visit them especially because we had to move here from Utah a year ago.

Having Mom and Dad Carpenter with us was so enjoyable.  There were many laughs and good times, and wonderful memories made.  We did many fun activities and just really enjoyed each others company.  One of the activities that I will write about in another post is the 3 days we spent in Yellowstone National Park.  

I had to work and go to school every day but when I came home I would often find my MIL cleaning the house, doing the dishes or many other things to help make my life easier.  FIL helped Bill fix up our spare car so that Kyle would have a car to drive.  I can't even begin to to put into words how grateful I am to them for all the many things they did for us while they were here.  I am so blessed to have such awesome in-laws that I can call Mom and Dad.  I really miss having them here and wish we lived closer. 

Here are a few pictures.  Look for Segment #2 coming shortly. 

Mom & Dad Carpenter

The Carpenter Family
Bill, Kyle, Mom & Dad

Three Generations

Like Father, Like Son or....
Dork 1 & Dork 2

Like Father, Like Son

Dad & Billy

My Techy Family

Our cute kids!
Kyle & Domonique

Billy & I

Thats all for segment I will share some fun information and more photos.