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Monday, May 17, 2010

ND visit

Ashley & MilesOur super nice waitress took a picture of all of us-& gave the Mom's 1/2 off their meal price!
French Fries always are a hit.

Gavin really liked the corn dogs, too.
Before the meal came, they got to color. Tasting the crayons & coloring their shirt was also tried.

Happy,happy boys!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

ND visit

You are never to old to look like a penguin!! Ashley took this pic of us on Mother's Day at the zoo in Minot.
Me & my sweetie at the restaurant on Mother's Day.

I still feel like the best kept secret of America is the many,many oil wells of North Dakota.

Mother's Day with our ND family.

Dan & I were privileged to look at a couple houses the kids are looking at. They chose not to buy the house they are currently renting because of the amount of work it needs. Better to find that out before purchase, isn't it?
I loved this place! It also has a great fenced in backyard that would be just perfect for two little boys.The rooms are large & there is a fireplace in the living room & a sunroom off the living room. I begged Dan to buy it for me!!!
I could well imagine having my family over if Dan & I lived there...there's that sticky little problem of a livelihood...hmm. I'm ready to move when you get a job, babe!!! Sunday dinner at Grammy's-here we come!!!! At least in my very Grammy dreams!
Hey, Ash, could you check those want ads??!
How cute is that?!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

ND visit

Here's our "big boy" grandsons ready for bed & brushing their teeth!Look at those beautiful blue eyes!!!
The lakes in ND are small & they are called "dams". Dan & I visited 3 different one's. They are all free to use. This one is at the back of a strip mine, for coal.

Isn't he sweet? A little prairie dog that held still for me to get his picture taken!

Another picture of one of the dams.

Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm Baaaacckk!!

Laura Ingalls Wilder made pioneer living well known from her series of "Little House" books. "Little House on the Prairie" takes place in DeSmet, South Dakota & gives a vivid picture of what it took for pioneers to settle the land.
In 1861, North Dakota was then called the "Dakota Territory", its' vast territory named after the Indian tribe that lived there, the Dakota's.
Today, ND, still remains a land like no other. Huge expanses of land stretch forth in every direction. It is Springtime in ND & farmers with massive tractors are starting to plant the acres & acres of crops that grow in abundance there.
Dan & I got to do a little exploring on the prairie land while visiting our family! We rented a red Dodge Charger to chase around in.

I had three things I really wanted to get a look at. One was some of the abandoned buildings that dot the landscape. I think you can see the emptiness around this building. It boggles the mind to think of where & how, children came to these schools to get an education.
I was intrigued by the honeycomb growing from the facia of the schoolhouse.

I'm not sure of the era of this school, but you can see the"latest" at the "Girl's Room". The "Boy's Room" featured the same!
It appears that it was in use for some time, notice the electrical outlet.
Two big, sweet reasons to draw us to North Dakota!!
A happy visit with the little one's!! Stay posted for more from our visit!!!