montana | a family snow trip

Wow on so many levels – both good and bad;-)We took all three kids to Montana thsi past week/weekend and my parents joined us. We had a blast but it was also crazy with three kids, I won’t lie. For some reason (well actually the reasons is that I am terrible at geography and didn’t even realize that Montana actually borders Canada) I didn’t realize that one leg of our 3 plane trip was 4 HOURS! Lordy! Anyway we got on our first plane out of Panama City, went to Atlanta, and the boarded our 4 hour and 15 minute flight to Salt Lake City, and then fly into Bozeman, Montana.

Thank goodness Presley slept during some of the 4 hours…

When you step off the plane to this you know its going to be a good trip…

So we arrived at Moonlight Basin in the dark…

We unloaded the car, opened a bottle of wine, started some chili, and checked out the house;-)

Its pretty in the daylight too!

So bright and early the next morning the kids were raring to go sledding and luckily we had a little hill right outside;-)

After some sledding we went back down the mountain to Bozeman to pick up mom and dad and look-y what we saw! As Greyson kept saying “a big sheep horn”  instead of a big horn sheep;-)

Then we saw more!

Then we stopped by the neatest little area-a neat bridge and gorgeous scenery…the kids took it upon themselves to do snow angles in the powder!

My husband apparently thinks he is a member of KISS – I was waiting on Olivia to come down and snapped this real quick-not great on the focus but I had to keep it;-)

Olivia wanted me to help her practice skiing…Greyson went up to the hot tub sans clothes-it was his favorite thing about the trip I think!

He got a little banged up on his cheek from a sledding mishap by mishap I mean he tore his face into some hard snow at the bottom of the hill!

Then we started getting a nightly visit from Mr. Fox looking for food…

Oh and he wasn’t shy!

At least we didn’t need this…left by homeowner in case of emergency and technically we were supposed to carry this anywhere we went…

Oh and did I mention that Jacob the Elf fly to Montana to watch the kids? Read this for a laugh about how he didn’t return and what I messed up on! Jon & I had so laughs while deciding where to place him…

Ultimately we decided on a more kid-friendly location;-)

The sun seems like it took forever to rise above the mountains but every morning was gorgeous nonetheless.

So Friday morning we all loaded up to go to Yellowstone. The entire park, we found out once we were already booked, doesn’t open until December 15th. Here is my rant on that…they close for a month so that snow can accumulate so that commercial operations can start running tours with their special vehicles. As a National Park I feel it should be open to the public who pays taxes instead of closing so that others can make money off it – just my 2 cents;-)

We did see coyotes..


The gorgeous Mammoth Hot Springs…Grey wanted to feel the warm water-is this even legal?

And then we happen upon a couple of Buffalo rolling the snow…

And we saw fields of them, literally, but one got a bit close;-)This is right outside Jon’s window first and then mine (you can see the car mirror) and these things were HUGE!

Then we stopped by a Grizzly Encounter which was really neat-literally a littloe moat separated us from two grizzly bears so the kids were able to see them really close…It is run by the Grizzly guy off National Geographic.

Then it was back to the cabin for the hot tub and hot chocolate…

The next day we tried a little skiing at Big Sky. Let’s just say we got Presleys boots and skis on and that was it. Olivia and Grey went up a few times on the lift and did some runs and then we went to the belt lift for them to try a little easier terrain. It didn’t last long that is for sure but Olivia is pretty good;-)

Then we came back to cabin to do what everyone really wanted to do which was sled some more! My father thinks he is a mountain man with the dead squirrel looking hat…

And build snowmen…

Grey and his snowball maker…

Believe it or not there was a bridge that you ski over but we used it for…guess…sledding;-)

Then we got in the hot tub one last time;-)

Then grilled a local favorite;-)

And then got up at 4 AM to fly home where we were met with cold weather-yay! It feels like Christmas….the lowest we saw in Montana was 0 degrees and that was on our way to airport!

  • sue - December 13, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Looks like a blast!! Good times with family away from home are so important! Wonderful photographs!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Powell - December 13, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Awesome photos!!! If you ever get the chance to go back to Yellowstone while it is open be sure to go for it. We were there last September and it was beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Ally Moore - December 13, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    Oh Kansas, these are so wonderful! I loved living your trip through photos! I am so glad you guys had a wonderful time, the kids look like they had a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - December 13, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Kansas, absolutely gorgeous family and photos! What a fun trip! Your little fox friend is the a thief! He stole our neighbors kids shoes all summer.ReplyCancel

    • kansas - December 13, 2011 - 7:27 pm

      Thanks Colleen and thank you for providing such an amazing home for our stay! That fox was there every single night and the last night he brought a friend!ReplyCancel

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