Anyway... down the road we'll have more guest bloggers from time to time, when I'm out of town.... so there is more fun to come. They'll be one more this month , on the 31st, and then a few more when I'm got next month teaching at Scrapfest.
This photo is one of me when I was little. lol My Aunt Donna had it. It was taken at my Grandma and Grandpas farm here in South Dakota.
I have so many great memories of trips to South Dakota to see family over the years. My parents were born there, lived there during their growing up years and eventually met and married there. Even had their first 5 children there. My brother Dan and I were born in Nebraska after they moved here.. My parents had made the move here , when my dad took a job with the rail road.
My parents met for the first time at a dance here.(below)
Sitting at this table first thing in the morning , with my mom, my aunt, Jan and Neely was so totally perfect! So sweet
(fresh cantaloupe from Aunt Donna's garden)
Speaking of the garden. After breakfast we went to the farm. Neely and I spend some time out in the garden with Uncle Alvin ( moms brother). The always have a HUGE garden. Hard working people. I couldn't to that at "my" age.. let alone at theirs. They are something else. Here Uncle Al is showing Neely the potatoes.
We came home with Zucchini, butternut squash, tomatoes to can, onions, cantaloupe, cabbage, beets and cucumbers. mmmmm
We used to have a garden and I used to cann so much. Makes me kind of sad that I don't take time to do that anymore. It's so great to have.. especially in the middle of winter!
Another little bit down the road and visited the cemetery where my other grandparents and family are buried.
We had cake ( actually TWO) to celebrate my Aunt Donna birthday.
Below is my mom (far right) with her only brother and only sister, after we went out to lunch before leaving.
You know you are in a rural area when you drive to three different towns before you found one that had a restaurant and it was open. lol seriously each town only has ONE place to eat.. and two of them were closed. ( lunch on Saturday)It's go great to know there are still places like this. Neely and I were talking to the lady at the tiny little grocery store on main street, and Neely asked here what those little receipts hanging by the register where. She said. .."oh those are charges". Oh.. can you image trying that at your store?? lol
And one time we had gotten a hotel room because there were more of us ..than beds at our relative. lol.. anyway I had called ahead for a hotel room. When we got there , there was a key on the desk , with a note saying they were on the tractor.. working out in the field..so just let ourselves in and they would catch up with us when they got back in. lol (they left a cell phone number if we needed something).
Oh.. if times where different everywhere and everyone could be that trusting huh.
Oh.. I could go on and on about what a cool place this is and how great it was to be there this weekend again..but you get the idea. lol
Thanks for letting me share
and thanks for the group hug!