Any Pictures Left?

Let’s look at the remainder of pictures in my pictures folder and clear them out, shall we? I’ve a few left and then I can start posting quilts and more timely events again.


A picture of the Montana state flag taken during the boys’ school productions over the holidays.


A close-up of the center of the flag. Oro y Plata is spanish for “Gold and Silver.” Wikipedia had the following to say about the state flag:

The flag of the state of Montana consists of the image of the Montana state seal centered on a blue field.

Within the seal, a plow, shovel, and pick rest in a field in front of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. The ribbon contains the state motto, “Oro y plata” (Spanish for: “Gold and silver”). The current flag was adopted in 1905, and the word “Montana” above the seal was added in 1981. In 1985, the flag was again modified to specify the font used in “Montana.”[1] Before it was adopted as a state flag, it was used by Montana troops deploying for the Spanish/American War.[2]

North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) declared the flag of Montana to be the third worst state/provincial flag, 70th in a field of 72 in a list that contained all the provinces of Canada, U.S. states and U.S. territories. Georgia’s flag was named the worst, but has since been changed, and Nebraska’s flag was named second worst. [3]

I don’t think I’d say it was the worst flag! But, who am I, right?


Seen on a street in downtown Dillon, where we live. We don’t see trash on the streets very often so this really caught my eye. And, if you wonder if it gets cold here? Well, there’s proof. It does.


One of Brendan’s school projects. He was supposed to use items around the house to disguise the turkey so it wouldn’t be eaten at Thanksgiving. He used a bunch of my quilting scraps.


The local Elks Lodge had a Santa visit and the boys went to sit on his lap and whisper their Christmas desires. If you look above that, you can see a picture from several years ago of the boys. So big, so fast.


Going to the school to meet Brendan for a Thanksgiving treats day with the kindergartners. That morning, he *had* to wear his suit because mommy was coming to school.


Playing with mom’s quilting supplies. He was pretending they were claws.


My mom and dad.


All better! This was the day we were leaving.


Brand new baby Justin – my latest nephew.


Teaching myself how to knit.


Jen running into some 2x4s hanging off the back of a truck. They were invisible. She couldn’t see them.


Brendan trying to sew a couple squares together, just like mommy.


Brendan deciding that fireballs were not something he enjoys.


Caiden getting attacked by his brother for climbing up onto his bed when they were supposed to be sleeping. There was punishment involved and Caiden still bears a few marks from this event.


Rendy’s shocks broke on the driver’s side, so we had a really-wicked-cool-muscle car for a week to play with.


This amazing car kept blinking “READY” at me, every time I stopped. I had to go for it and try to beat the best time for 0-60 is this bad-ass muscle car. (Language intended) The best time was 7.78. I got 8.80. I was sad but scared to try again for better.


Caiden was trying to hide under my bed to avoid a bath. Jen caught him and dumped him into the tub. Once he was in, he had a great time!


Remember those Legos? It’s 11 p.m. on a Friday night and the boys don’t want to stop playing. I had to convince them to go to bed by telling them they could get up early in the morning and pick up where they left off.

And that’s about it. From here out, it’s specific events where there are several pictures to show off and quilts that were made. I finally cleaned out my pictures folder.


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The Real Superman & Batman!

Our city had a Community Night at the Park with the local cop section, fire station, the county cops and a few state police. We were told that Batman & Superman would be there so, of course, the boys had to dress up for it.


We were about to head into the park to see what was going on and stopped to get a picture first.


My favorite part was the flag flying proudly off the tall fireman’s ladder they had parked out front. Is there anything better than seeing your flag so big and beautiful against a gorgeous sky?


They had a bounce-house and my boys were the first to jump into it. Superman jumping in a bounce-house. That’s a novel idea. I wonder what would happen if the real Superman decided to jump in it? No roof?


And Batman – with all his heavy gear? I’m quite sure he’d tear a hole in the floor. It’s a good thing Caiden took off most of his before getting in!


The Citizen’s Watch Patrol is a group of volunteers that assist our local police. They ride around in official cars and take note of anything the police may want to check into. Here is one of the volunteers that was beside himself at seeing Batman and Superman visiting. He kept saying he would be out of a job if the boys stuck around all night.


Someone mentioned that the *real* Superman and Batman had arrived. Jen barely had time to grab hands before the boys took off running to see their superheroes.


Do you see that smile!? That little boy truly believes he just met and shook hands with Superman! Dad and I decided that we weren’t going to say a word. We’re going to let that little heart swell with pride at the thought of actually meeting his superhero.


Caiden’s smile nearly outdoes Brendan’s when Batman notices him. A group photo was a must.


Caiden and Batman comparing their armor. I am really proud of how these guys acted to my boys. They truly do understand what it’s like to be 6 and 5 and meeting a “real live superhero.”


Group photo – first and second generation of super heroes.


Can you imagine the dreams these two boys had that night?


Just recently, we all watched Short Circuit I and II. The boys were fascinated with the robot that moved and talked on its own. Further down the line, the boys met with a real robot. They were understandably awed by the robot that moved and talked to them.


And then they met the guy that actually runs the robot by camera. A let down, but not by much!


We went and checked out the SWAT Team tank for a bit. Brendan was a little bit too short to see through the manhole. He tried real hard, though!


Caiden was big enough. He even got to spin the manhole around using his awesome Batman muscles!


Brendan is listening to one of the cops give a talk on how to use the radios underwater.


This guy was giving Brendan a high-five but Brendan went in for a hug, instead. It was cute. The boys were so excited and happy, they didn’t care about anything!


Caiden did the high-five, though.

All-in-all, I call it an excellent night for them to remember for the rest of their lives. They both got pictures of Superman and Batman – signed by Superman and Batman. I’m saving those for them. Later, they can have them to show off. I do believe, though, they will never forget meeting their super heroes.

I have one question, though…. Why are my boys the only ones that got so excited and dressed up for this? A night of fun, laughter, free food, super heroes and cops and my boys are the only ones that got all dolled up. I think it was an awesome night.

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