Monday, June 29, 2009


This weekend we decided to pack up the pick up and head out to find a good camping sight. After driving longer than planned and looking at a dam that had way to many people on it we found this rock with a sign by it. So we decided to stop and check it out.

A little further down the road we ran into this sign.

So we got out of the car and this is what we found.

Here are the writing rocks. Apparently Indians carved pictures into these rocks.

The information told us that they could predict the future.
I just thought they looked cool. Now mind you these rocks are in the middle of nowhere! North of Granora, ND.

It was starting to get late and no one was around so we decided to set up camp. There was an out house near by, fire rings and picnic tables so we figured why not. Also there were no signs stating we couldn't camp here.

As you can see we put Tim to work starting a fire!

And cooking dinner! Hamburgers MMMM!
Oh yes and Rosco seemed to love the grease that dripped from the camp stove. We are missing the grease catcher. Or so we discovered when Rosco turned up all greasy from being dripped on.

We roasted marshmallows.

And turned them into smores.

Took a family picture thanks to the auto timer on the camera! This was the 4th try! It was quite funny getting the humans and the dog to smile and look at the camera.

The next day we packed up all of our stuff and started to drive figuring we could find a second camp spot along the Mouse River. There is only one and it was farther north than we wanted to go. So our day was spent driving. We stumbled upon this mill in Kenmare, ND.

What a Dakota treasure we found. It was awesome to see in person.

All of the gears were made by hand out of maple wood. They used it to grind wheat.
After we left Kenmare we continued to follow the Mouse River and still no place to camp all of a sudden we were in Minot! GRRR!

We decided to stay at the Rough Rider campground located just out side of Minot. It was a beautiful place to camp!
As you can tell Tim used his time to nap.

There were only about 4 other tents set up in this location and they were all spread out enough that you couldn't really hear each other.

Ansir and I found a trail near by and went for a short hike.
This is the beautiful scenery God had laid before us.

I took advantage of the beautiful back drop and snapped some pictures of Ansir with his dog.

They sure are cute together. And look at Rosco's smile. I don't think he stopped running the entire weekend.

I think this is my favorite picture taken of Ansir this weekend. I am tempted to use it for his 8th grade school picture.

Ansir is showing the Spock sign. I am not quite sure why.
Well Sunday moring came and we got up ate breakfast and packed up. We decieded to visitn the church that my mom's cousin Pastor Paul Kreuger is serving at. It was a delightful service.

On the road again. This time we stoped at White Earth Dam nesseled just north of White Earth, ND. This was so beautiful. We decieded that our next big camping trip would be to this spot. Again they only have outhouses but there were not many other people there to contend with. We also discovered that we can launch our boat on this little dam. We figure it would be a nice place to test it out after being in storage for over a year.

Check out this view!

Tim and Ansir were relaxing in the sun.

After cooking lunch, reading, throwing sticks for the dog to chase we decided to go on home. What a great relaxing weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Visiting Friends!

It was a wonderful trip home last week. We were able to visit with some of our closest friends whom we greatly miss. This is the account of our visit to the country.

Here they boys have discovered an ant hill and they are contemplating how to destroy the ants.

They decided to throw rocks at them and stomp on them.
But when that failed...

It was time to drown them. As you can tell D-man provided the water needed to get the job done.

I know this picture looks foggy but I just love it. There is something about a little boy walking in clover that is as tall as he is. I was taking these pictures through the kitchen window.

These two boys have been good friends since D-man was born. In fact D-man often referred to Ansir as his brother. It was heart breaking when we moved away. Here they are sitting on the rock pile!

While the boys were out side us girls decided to make some cookies for the men in their lives. And little chicken as her mother calls her just had to help!

Little chicken is attempting to stir the dough with her hands.

Good thing we made 5 batches of cookies. With as much as she was wearing its a wonder that any cookies got baked at all. At least you can say they were made with love.

After lunch it was movie time. All the kids wrapped up in blankets to watch Scooby-Dooby- doo.

While we were with our dear friends the kids got the chance to bounce on the trampoline.

Ansir jumped the highest by far. But look at the size difference!

D-man Got a pretty high bounce on too. He was busy showing us all of his tricks.

Here is little chicken trying to do her best to jump as high as they boys. She's not there yet but the squeals she emits shows her delight at jumping on the trampoline.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Happ Retirement Mom and Dad!

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Friday, June 05, 2009


This week was VBS week at our church. We had a great time. There were many activities to keep all the little bodies busy. We started on Sunday evening around 6:30pm and it ran until 9:00pm. Some of the children got pretty tired. We wrapped up the week on thursday with a parents night program.

Ansir and I were incharge of the plays and Here is the video from the opening of yesterdays VBS.

The children were practicing for parents night at VBS.

These kids were making beaded necklaces.

Yumm! Can you say soda floats! I think this one was orange!

The children also made pencil holders.

Played outside for recreation time. Praise the Lord the weather was nice all week!

These were some tasty robots!

Tim and I designed the set for the plays. He sure was excited to display all his tools to make the set look so cool! Thanks Tim for all your hard work.

Some of the teens put on a puppet show for the little kids.

This activity was very cool. The kids made stepping stones. Some of the dad's even got in on this action!
They couldn't wait to take them home and put them amongst their mothers flowers.