something i did {you capture}

We have had some big, exciting weeks around here lately. I love summertime!

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We have been playing with my chickens {I love them!}. They are amazing to watch. Really.

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We bought 47 acres.

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Oh, and we went to Florida. Rollercoasters and theme parks, followed by many days relaxing in the sand and chasing lizards.

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you capture: top 10 of 2011

Is it bad that I still have hundreds (or thousands) of photos from 2011 to go through and edit? I may get to it by 2018 at the rate I’m going. I loved going through my files looking for my favorites. Reminds me that there was much beauty in 2011, no matter how hard of a year it was! I couldn’t just pick ten, so bear with me.

My favorite photos of 2011:

Winter.

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Sending a message to Grandpa Barnhart.

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Cyndee’s tribute:

Sending messages to Cyndee in heaven.

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Deserted schoolhouse.

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Drilling rig.

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Averie.

a girl's best friend.

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Twins.

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i'll change the world someday

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Branding.

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vaccinate!

Roadtripping.

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10,955 feet

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you capture: water

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you will find some of the most beautiful and most unusual water in yellowstone national park…

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but this photo leaving yellowstone, taken at 10,950 feet up in the air {that’s 2 miles!} was the most amazing, in my eyes. lightning and thunder, it was breathtaking {and not just from the elevation}.

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scenic drive: beartooth highway

Upon departing Yellowstone on Thursday, we had a last-minute change of plans and decided to head out of the northeast entrance towards Billings instead of north entrance as we had originally planned. We had no idea THIS was in store for us:

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Those black squiggly lines? Roads.

This is the Beartooth Highway. This drive from Yellowstone to Red Lodge, MT is probably the most scenic drive I have ever experienced. It’s just plain crazy and not for the faint of heart, but you must experience it at some point in your lifetime.

We cheered loudly as we climbed closer and closer to the clouds. 10,000 feet…

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That’s nothing.

This highway kept climbing all the way to 10,955 feet. Over TWO MILES up in the air.

Awaiting us was this beautiful storm cloud, complete with thunder and lightning. AWE.SOME.

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And because I like the dramatic-ness of black and white:

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I should also probably mention the snow. There was a little bit. It’s only the end of June, I mean, we should have expected it, right?

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As for the way down? Don’t be alarmed when you see THIS on your navigation screen:

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As long as you don’t cough, sneeze, or blink you will be just fine.

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**WARNING** Things may explode in your car as you reach the summit. Especially snacks like Pirate’s Booty and your favorite red Justin Bieber nail polish.

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yellowstone: through my lens

We had the perfect weather for our day in Yellowstone. Mid-60s, sunshine… a great way to celebrate the first day of summer.

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roadtripping

Roadtrips are the best!! We set out on Friday with no real plan, the best way to travel.

But before we left, we cashed in our coin jar for charity: water at the bank:

$76!! Right now, our total is $1,375 and there are a few HOURS left to donate!

We bought our lovely Skybox {coffin} for on top of Wally:

Beautiful, huh? The joys of traveling as a family of six.

Stop #1:

My favorite place! The bunkhouse!

We cruised around on The Crew and had a great time with my Dad and Nancy.

Funny:

Next up, Deadwood!

We became millionaires and are now jetting across three continents to our next destination. Not really.

Bridger’s dream of going to Reptile Gardens finally came true:

And now, my husband is bitching at me for this 15 minutes I spent on the computer, so it’s time to get busy. Can’t have him all pissy when I have to spend the next 6 hours sitting next to him in the car.

fighting the flood

My city looks like a war-zone right now.

Dump trucks filled with clay and sand, semis with trailers of sandbags, National Guard servicemen and women at every intersection.

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The enemy?

The Missouri River.

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I am amazed and proud to see the community pull together in the flood-fighting efforts.

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Yesterday at Sandbag Central, our “station” consisted of an elderly couple in their seventies, my husband and I with kids {ages 11, 7, and 7}, and another mother with her three young boys.

My kids didn’t complain {much}, even when I accidentally threw a whole shovelful of sand into Bridger’s face. He simply rinsed, spat, and went on with his designated job.

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From the very young to the very old, everyone is stepping in and contributing in whatever ways they can. Go, Bismarck, GO! *insert fist-pump*

Please keep our city in your thoughts and prayers as the water begins to rise.

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the much-needed breath of fresh air.

I left Bismarck feeling overwhelmed and a bit nervous.

And landed in Baltimore feeling airy and light.

I was in the company of these two girls before I even left the airport!

The weekend was filled with friendship, fun, oh, and some learning!

I ran 13.18 miles along the inner harbor Friday morning. YES! For real! I was planning on 12, surprised myself by even doing that, then said, SCREW IT! I’m doing a half-marathon!

I had an awesome time and wow, my friends are fabulous.

Thanks to CLICK for sponsoring me for this event! It was amazing and wonderful to work with a company who makes products I enjoy so much!


I could use more donations to my campaign {i’m running another 13.1 in 2 weeks!}, can you help?

Apologies for the iPhone photos… I didn’t lug around my real camera much this weekend! :)

you capture:: pink

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on monday, the kids and i packed up home-cooked food and drove two-and-a-half hours to deliver it to my husband who we haven’t seen since the beginning of the month.

then, we turned around and drove two-and-a-half hours home.

i passed this alongside the road, admired it, then flipped a u-turn on the highway to go back to it.

such lovely light.

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still kicking.

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sometimes life just punches you in the gut and knocks the air out of you.

we’ve been feeling that.

it hurts.

so bad.

but along with the bad times {bad people}, is a reminder of how lucky we are to have the good times {and good people}.

we are lucky.

blessed.

and strong.

and we’ll keep on kickin’.