Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017

May was a full month with many events.  The CYT production of Snow White and the Prince went into full swing.  That took up a lot of Kylen's weekends and caused him to miss numerous events he normally would have attended, including three graduations, a birthday party, wedding reception, writer's conference, and I don't know what all.  Apparently, this is only an issue in the spring since I don't remember it being a problem the last two productions.  So I decided not to allow him to participate in the CYT spring show next year.  Otherwise, he'd probably miss his own graduation!

Co-op ended, bringing my art appreciation class to a close and freeing some of my time.  Greg and Kylen auditioned at our little local theater, and both got parts!  It is very exciting, as Greg hasn't been in a play since first grade, and Kylen ended up with lead role!  Performances begin early July.

We started the month with attending my niece's birthday party.  :)  I posted about it here.  She's at that age when she's rapidly turning into a young lady.  Before we know it, she'll be grown!

While eating at Red Robin, we were blessed unexpectedly by strangers.  A waitress came over and handed us this gift card, saying someone requested she give it to us after they left.  It was generous, enough to almost cover our meal.  It warmed my heart and reminded me of all the kind people out there.  :)

I posted about Mother's Day here.

A good friend tried a new tea house with me!  We had a wonderful afternoon, and I'll definitely be going back!  More pics here.

I posted about an awesome annual fundraiser for a crisis pregnancy center here.

We went to a graduation (without Kylen, of course).  Twas that time!

Pay attention to this guy's name.  He'll probably be famous someday.  Super bright, talented, ambitious, and about to publish his first novel.  Kylen met him through a Christian teen writer's group.

Funny.  No, really, it's not haunted!

Had a sweet late night ice cream date with friends to get an early start on Greg's birthday.  :)

For the actual day, we made a trip to Missoula for a wedding reception.  I posted all about it here. There's probably too many food pics, but I couldn't help myself.  Food is a serious passion!

We're always happy to see these lovely people.  :)

Kylen's CYT class had its final showcase.

He was one of many to be honored for completing all the core classes.  Kylen was the oldest, but that's because he didn't start until this year.  I'm super proud of him for trying something that many students begin at age 8.  Next year, there will be more choices open since he'll have the core classes out of the way.

That's it for May!!  June should be more calm.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Greg's Birthday 2017

Family from my side had a wedding reception in Missoula on Greg's birthday.  Kylen couldn't go, because he had a couple performances that day.  So we decided to splurge and rent a sport's car.  We figured it was the perfect time for multiple reasons.  Kylen wouldn't need to be cramped in the backseat, we'd actually spend a significant amount of time in the car - three hours each way, the weather was beautiful, and it would make Greg's day more special.  Turns out, it was a good decision!

There aren't a lot of options here for sport's car rentals.  After shopping around, Greg discovered a place near the airport that had a few.  Unfortunately, after promising us a specific mustang convertible, Greg drove over to discover they gave it to someone else.  Instead, we got a Dodge Challenger, which wasn't a bad option.  We were just a little disappointed after setting our hearts on a mustang.

A yellow triangle on the side mirror lit up to warn us whenever a car came close on that side.

Based on online reviews, we decided to stopover for lunch at The Fainting Goat in Wallace.  The food was fresh, homemade, and surprisingly high quality for a small town.

The best part was having a long, relaxing meal outside on a beautiful day!  This was our view looking towards the street.

Interesting sink in the bathroom.

I wouldn't call the food "amazing", but I'd definitely eat there again!

We had a nice time visiting at the wedding reception and getting to know the groom, who we hadn't met yet.

The reception was held on the grounds of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.  We got a few pictures of the train as we were leaving.

 And then stopped by this coffee shop for drinks.  They were delicious!

We got home late, so Greg opened his cards and gifts the next day.

I thoroughly enjoyed his birthday, and I think he did too!  :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Open Arms Fundraiser 2017

I enjoyed the Open Arms fundraiser so much last year, that I began looking for information about it around the same time.  There seemed to be no mention of it continuing, and I gave up.  A few months later, a friend told me they were still having one, but it got moved to a later date.  I'm glad I got to go!  There were far fewer auction items, but it was still a great event.  Some friends and my sister-in-law even joined me!  The theme was Back to the Garden.

Our table.

I would still love to host a table in the future.  Maybe next year!


Greg captured these pictures of our tulips in full bloom.

Of course, he couldn't resist a shot of the basketball hoop.  Lol.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tea House

I tried out a new tea place with a friend!  Wonderful company and a lovely experience.  I'll definitely be going back!