My Yellowstone Blog

My Yellowstone Blog

This is a collection of stories and pictures of my favorite family adventures in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Just a lil update...

Here is a little update of our life since I last wrote....which was like, what? 7 months ago? Oops, my bad. Sorry it's so late, I'm busy these days!

There are going to be a lot of random pictures, so prepare yourselves! But here's a little glimpse into our lives since last June...

My Aunt Carrie and Uncle Jeff and their kids, Charlotte and Logan from Jacksonville, FL came and visited us in September and we had such a good time with them even though it was only for a week!


Dad and his mini-me, Levi. :)

Oh, by the way, Bennett has been sleeping outside on our porch in his tent since June....yep, even right now in January when we have had -20 weather! No thanks, not me. I'm good with sleeping inside with my electric blanket and a fireplace...

This fall was one of the most beautiful falls I've seen since living in Montana, I think.


Levi likes to go beg for food when Bennett eats. Maybe it's because Bennett puts weird and extreme sauces on his food...he puts sauces on everything. Just to gross you out, he puts Tabasco sauce on his cookies. Ew.

Fiona's 7th birthday...

First frost of winter.

Dad celebrated his 48th birthday on November 20th! I made him banana pudding squares and the numbers on the cake practically drowned in the whipped cream on top.

Some friends of ours gave us a deer this fall and Dad hung and skinned it right next to the boys' room. I won't tell you what it smelled're welcome.

Processing the deer meat in our kitchen.

Bennett cooked up some of the steak for his dinner.

Dan and Dad took Bennett, Preston and I shooting in November in Yankee Jim Canyon.

First snow of the year.

You can't build a snowman without wearing your "Let It Go" hat, of course.

Bennett and I got free elk, deer, and bird licenses from our hunters safety class we took in February. Dad took us out a few times, but we didn't end up getting anything.

Christmas tree hunting at Eagle Creek in Jardine.

Levi turned 1 on December 10th!

An elk posing by Dad's pizza oven.

Opening presents on Christmas morning...

Levi's first stocking experience. :)

Most of Bennett's Christmas presents involved food...spam? Ew again.

We went ice skating and had a hockey game on Cutler Lake with the Burke's and Bierle's the day after Christmas.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Branding 2014!

This past week, I got to join the Burke family to go branding again! It's one of my most favorite events of the year. We left Gardiner on Friday and drove 4 1/2 hours to the Hammond Ranch near Hardin, where we took a beautiful (and tiring!) hike with some friends. We ate cactus, walked under huge power lines, picked wildflowers, and just had a good time catching up with each other. We walked up to a rock cliff/hillside and had the most beautiful view of the ranch. 

When we returned from the walk, we had sloppy joes, salads and desserts and then Emma and I set up the tent in a tree grove. Even though the Burke's pulled a camper, we like to sleep outside and listen to the birds when we wake up. :) We woke up early and had pancakes, fruit and yogurt before we headed up the hill to the "windmill" or corrals...

Jazzy, walking down the dirt road toward our hike. 

The power lines out there are huge!

Taking our hike.

The wildflowers are so pretty up there!

Walking back to the house.

Emma and Libby. :)


The house.

Mr. and Mrs. Burke.

Miles and his flower. :)

We walked through the horse pasture.

I love taking horse pictures!

Setting up our tent.

There were beautiful sunsets every evening.

After breakfast, we got the brands together and headed out.

Our annual artsy boot picture. :)

Libby posing by the corrals.

We waited for the wranglers to bring the cows to the corrals. 

The old "windmill". 

Here they come!

Watching the guys separate the cows and their calves.

The paddle-master. :)

Libby and I wrestling a calf!

Emma and me.

Mrs. Burke was the vaccinator. 

Bringing a calf out to be branded. 

Emma and Libby's Grandpa, Warren was part of the chute-team.

It was a perfect day for it!

Nina was one of the wranglers.

Waiting for a calf to be brought out.

Molly was in charge of the broom.

The spectators.

Libby, Jazzy and me.

The Hammond brand.

We came back to the house for chicken enchiladas, potato salad and fruit for dinner...and pie for dessert!

Emma and I took a walk after dinner. 

It was the 50th branding! :)

Nina had the cutest puppy!

Molly and Arelyn.

 Snacking in the kitchen.

The men had a gun show. :)

Pretty rainbows!

I learned how to swing dance and it was SO much fun!! 

Libby and I dancing. :)

Tara taught me how to 2-step. 

Chris Wagner and Lily's and Lee's new baby, Clancey!

Morning talk.

Emma and I took Jazzy and Arelyn for a wagon ride. :)

One of the dogs, Belle, loved to play in the grassy field!