Well September flew by for me. Did anyone else feel like they missed a month?
With Joel's help I was able to get the garden almost completely emptied before I left for a week.
This year I did something I have never done my whole married life. I went on a vacation with out Joel. Joel and I have gone to nearby places off and on alone before, but this was the first time I went with out him or the kids.
I went with my parents to Idaho to celebrate my Grandmother's 91st birthday. I haven't been out to Idaho sense the year before I got married. That was 15 years ago. Joel and I went out to Billings Mt for her 80th birthday. But with four kids in school and our farm there wasn't away for everyone to come with.
What did I find out? I missed my family, Both the ones I went to see and those I left behind. I love the scenery and would have loved to stay.
Growing up I had always planned to move to Montana. I wanted to have a ranch and have the mountains in the distance. I loved it then and still do. But I am glad that my kids get the chance to know there grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. I can't say I ever did sense I only seen them a week or two in a year.
I stayed at my parents house the day before we left sense we started out at 4 am. We traveled 13 hours before stopping the night. (Did I mention that we drove?) Then we had another 7 hour drive the next morning. I hadn't done this sense I was a kid. Even now I don't want to sit in the car long enough to go to town let alone another long drive, so why do I want to go out again?
But I will treasure this picture of my Grandmother, Mother and I.