Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Well, what a 4th of July!
This year we spent time with my Dad's side of the family up at Holter Lake.
I haven't spent the 4th of July with them for almost three years, so it was good to spend some time with them.
This 4th of July also marked the first time in probably 10-15 years that I've slept in a tent. It was a long weekend filled with love, laughter, outhouse using and not showering (yes, I went there) and a little bit of drama.
Here is my recap.

Friday, July 1

We had family pictures with my friend Lisa that day so Jeff got off work later than expected. My parents took Caderyn up to the lake under the assumption that we would follow shortly. Jeff got home around 5:00 p.m. and the car was pretty much packed and ready to go. For the record, I actually like packing the car. It's like a beautiful science getting everything to fit. The only problem was that Jeff came home and started the application process for a job he's been eyeing. I had been pestering him all week about getting it done and Friday was really the only time he could do it. So, two hours later than expected we finally pulled out of the driveway and headed to Holter Lake. Got there around 9:30 p.m. and madly dashed around to get everything unpacked and put Caderyn into bed. Then we sat around the campfire and giggled over stories from when we were younger before heading to bed.

Saturday, July 2
Got up early. My grandpa, aunt and uncle went fishing in the morning and Jeff and I decided we were going to go and get fishing licenses. So after breakfast, we lathered Caderyn with sunscreen and sent him off on a walk with my parents and grandma while we ran into Wolf Creek and grabbed some licenses. Back into camp we went, only to turn right around and head back home- not Wolf Creek- home. While on his walk, Caderyn had fallen and cut his knee on something. Looking closer at the knee once he was back at our campsite, it was determined that my two-year-old little boy needed stitches. STITCHES! At only two! Lordy Lordy. So we loaded the big guy up and drive to the Urgent Care in town where he got THREE stitches. Oh he was so brave! My little boy only cried for maybe 5 minutes when they were examining the wound. He didn't kick or scream when they did the stitched. My heart was hurting for him over the pain he was in, but I was so proud of how brave he was. His pain tolerance is amazing!
Here is how our afternoon was spent.
Taking vitals

The dreaded knee gash

Being such a brave boy
This portable dvd player was a lifesaver. It helped to distract Caderyn during most of the procedure.

With the leg stitched up we headed back to camp. Caderyn and I went down for a much needed nap and Jeff went fishing. The guys had great success with their fishing and Caderyn woke happy, but a little cranky because his knee was bothering him.

Sunday, July 3

Poor Jeff. The guy has awful, awful allergies. With allergy-induced tears streaming down his swollen face, my hubster had to go back into town and stay the night to try and feel better. I read pretty much ALL day. It was amazing. The lake put on an amazing and l-o-u-d firework display that kept Caderyn up until midnight. I took no pictures. I also overdosed on M & M's. I also ate a delicious hamburger. For those of you that know me-- eating a hamburger is a pretty big deal. I don't eat meat very much.

Monday, July 4
We did the Gates of the Mountain tour. This was my first time experiencing it and I loved it! I keep asking myself why I don't do stuff like this more. I live in such a gorgeous state, I need to get myself and my family out more. Jeff was able to clear his allergies up enough to come back that afternoon. My aunt and uncle had to go back home and we rearranged camp a little before having a great campfire, watching some fireworks and playing a mean game of Farkle.
Very happy to be on a boat.  


Getting ready to put the boat in the water

Hanging out with Papa up front

The Gates of the Mountain. The Gates are opening.

Out of the Gates, looking back at them.

So excited to go over big waves.

I love Montana so much.

These mountains were on both sides of the water for most of the ride. Just amazing.  

Captain Caderyn

Overall, it was a wonderful Fourth of July. I can't wait to see what next summer brings!


Allison Barry said...

Wow you actually get to live in a place that pretty?!

Sarah said...

You bet your buckets I do! I love it.

The Franklins said...

Your poor little man!!!