Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Big Sky Country (Summer 2016)

I'm still so behind guys.  It's a tad ridiculous.  But we went to Montana early this August, and it's beautiful, and I took a ridiculous amount of pictures, and I'm going to over share.  So now that we all know the plan, here we go!


Conor somehow finagled a work trip to Montana, so we planned a whole week plus trip around that.  It was perfect timing for when one of his brothers was also in town, so all the Keenan boys were together!  One of his sisters wasn't able to make it back for our visit, but the rest were home; so naturally, we fit in as much family time as we could.  Conor is one of five kids, and I love the big family dynamic.  We especially love taking Liam to see all his cousins.




The two days that Conor worked for a bit hard for me.  His parents live right on the water, so I was terrified of Liam wandering to the lake while I was putting Finn down for naps, showering, etc.  But I have one of the bestest best friends ever, and she stayed with me for a night to help with the littles.  She logged some serious hours with legos!  We stayed up late, snuggled up on the couch, and chatted over some trashy TV just like we used to do in high school.  For her, I will forever be grateful!


One of the work days, I snuck up to Whitefish to my sister-in-laws house.  They seriously have the most dreamy backyard ever.  It's what childhood dreams are made of.  Chicken coop.  Firepit.  Sandpit.  Zipline.  And all the space you would ever want to just run around.  We had 5 little ones between the two of us and still thought hitting the evening farmer's market together was a good idea.  Liam decided to throw absolutely the biggest fit of his life while we were there.  Worst meltdown I have ever seen.  Nothing I said or did would calm him down.  So for the first time ever, I carried Liam kicking & screaming to the car... FIVE blocks away.  Not easy!  Finn was strapped to my back, and it took every ounce of my energy to get Liam to the car.  And bless my sweet SIL for texting me "you're a good mom." after witnessing the whole debacle.  I hope to never repeat the experience ever again.



Once all Conor's work stuff was over, we both settled nicely into vacation mode.  Morning coffee boat rides still in our jammies led to long afternoon naps.  Delicious dinners at the family restaurant, followed by icecream cones from the other family business.  And it should be noted that Finn insisted upon his own icecream cone.  Full size.  He would only take a few bites, but then not let go of that cone until all the icecream was melted and dripping down his hands & face.  And there were tears.  Lots of tears if anyone dared to try and lick up the sides.  So that was fun for all.  There were sunset boat cruises.  Tubing.  Swimming.  Rock throwing.  Deer watching.  Lawn mower riding.



There were morning walks, that always included fence climbing.  Oh how I had a little love affair with all the beautiful fences and wide open spaces in Montana.  And one of our walks ended at the golf course, with Liam being able to play the last two holes with his Dad, Uncle, & Grandpa.  Special memories for sure.  Perhaps next year, Liam will join them for a whole round!  He loves all the time he gets with family, especially those we don't see very often.  He was more than happy to help Grandpa with any little projects or to sit on Grandma's lap for some books.  He played hard & slept harder our whole visit!








I love visiting this beautiful state.  I love the lakes & the mountains.  The time with family.  The slower pace of life, and the horrible cell service which practically forces me to unplug in all the best ways.  And since my newfound love for photography, I now experience Montana with a new set of eyes.  I have a whole new appreciation for the state.



I'm not sure when we'll get back, but I know we won't be able to stay away for long.
Maybe one of these days, I'll actually be brave enough to attempt road trip.  It's about 8+ hours away, and right now that sounds terrifying...

14 comments :

  1. What a beautiful place. Wow! The photos are amazing as always. You guys go to the best places.

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  2. Beautiful pictures! Love the one of you and Finn! I'm impressed that you carried Liam (while screaming) and Finn on your back! Wow!

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  3. This is so beautiful! Man, what a great summer of traveling and family time!

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  4. I've never been to Montana, but the way you've captured it makes me want to go! And I've definitely had those moments where nothing I say or do will calm Noah down. It really is best to just remove them to a quieter place. You really are a great mom!

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  5. Oh..Montana...you will always have a big chunk of my heart and still be home.

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  6. Such a beautiful place! Looks like you guys had a great time :) I have to ask... do you use an iPhone for all your pics? They always look so incredible!

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  7. Montana is definitely on our bucket-list and now even more so! Beautiful photos, sweet lady. (as always) I agree about her backyard. A zipline? I mean, c’mon! That’s awesome. I love that you guys are able to visit those family owned businesses. This whole trip looks dreamy! You guys know how to do summers.

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  8. Beautiful! I've only been to Montana once but I think I need to go back. So pretty!

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  9. I have never been to Montana but your pictures have me wanting to go there now, so pretty!!!!

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  10. We almost moved to Montana instead of Colorado. If we ever got to move to a place of my picking, it would definitely be midwest. It's just so beautiful. Also I'm super glad Aria saves her super size tantrums for the house. And also I'm glad she doesn't bring those out all that often. It's hard to be a good mom in public lol.

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  11. We've never been to Montana, but dang it, I want to get there in the worst way. Your pictures solidify that.
    The whole trip sounds marvelous (minus that one tantrum, and all moms know that feeling. And, you ARE such a good mom)!

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  12. Every time you post pictures of Montana, you make me want to go! I'm not very adventurous and don't really leave CA but WOW. That place looks amazing. Well actually your SIL's backyard looks amazing, but I'm sure the rest of the state is pretty great too ;)

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  13. Luke & I would love to go to Montana. To take the boys, to explore, to go on adventures just sounds fabulous to us! Hopefully, someday soon!

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  14. I want to visit Montana someday, looks like you all had a beautiful time!!

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