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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Forced Family Fun

This past weekend, we made a (car sick-filled) journey and met up with my parents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

I felt uncontrollably compelled to make my family attend a wild west shootout.  I wanted to create some memorable moments for my kids.

The crowd was told they must, "Stay behind the rope!"  My seven-year-old, Dani, couldn't resist moving the rope and even sneaking in front of the rope.  

The loud and deadly shootout began.

 Dani no longer wanted to be in front of that rope.  She kept scooting further and further back. 

And, I'm not sure my three-year-old, Mase, understood what was going on.  I may have forgotten to tell him this was NOT real.
 

Afterwards, my kids got to meet one of the formerly dead people.  Hopefully, that cleared everything up.  As we walked back to our hotel, Dani inquired,  "How much would a gun cost?  I have to get one of those."  I think this will be our last shootout.
  The next day was less violent.  The Teton mountains by Jackson are breathtaking.

We went on a lovely mosquito infested hike.  I made everyone stop to get a family picture so we could remember this fun experience.  Apparently, some of us had more fun than others.


After our big hike, I wanted to eat at one of my favorite local restaurants.  I told all my kids they would be getting the yummy salad bar, but I had a rebel.  Mase didn't want a salad bar.  "No, I want chocolate bar."

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal:  Having a violence-free chocolate-filled week.

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34 Comments:

At July 5, 2011 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Claire said...

Looks like you had a great time!!! We love Wyoming, and try to get to Montana/Wyoming when we go on our bike trips - beautiful country!!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

Sounds like fun LOL Evie looks like she had a great time. We need to get together SOON! Brittany is driving me crazy LOL

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Mormongirl said...

That's generally how our family pictures end up because we have EIGHT people to pose. My dad ends up having to use photoshop... Oh, well.

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM , Blogger LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Who wouldn't want a chocolate bar over a salad bar! LOL. So cute! Thanks for sharing with us!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

 
At July 6, 2011 at 12:09 AM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

Don't you know that vacations are only fun 2 weeks after they are over? Jackson is so cool though...did you see the Bar J Wranglers? They are my dad's favorite group ever!
Sandy

 
At July 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM , Blogger The Suburban Princess said...

So funny that she asked for a gun! I think avoiding the shoot-outs in the future might be a wise idea.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 5:38 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I would enjoy a chocolate bar too. The bugs are out in full force here too.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM , Blogger Mrs E said...

Although I do enjoy salad bars... chocolate bars win. One smart cookie.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 6:39 AM , Blogger m&msmommy said...

I LOVE the group shot! :) That looks like our family pics, but theres only 4 of us, so we have less of an excuse to look like that! ;)

I'm with Mase on this one! ;)

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:07 AM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

Your photos made me laugh right before heading to work. Great post!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Trisha said...

That family shot is hilarious!! Looks like such an amazing place :) Beautiful!!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:23 AM , Blogger Abbie said...

I love her face!! It tells you everything in just one expressions. I have quite a few pictures myself of my children at different times.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

Haha! How much does a gun cost. Sounds like a lot of fun. I'd rather chocolate too.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Anonymous Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

Ha ha @ Mom of 12's comment!
We're in the middle of a forced family fun week, too, and we are ALL having fun so far, darn it. *wink, wink*

 
At July 6, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I kinda want a chocolate bar, too!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger MamaMash said...

That's the funniest group shot I've ever seen! I am still giggling!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Lara said...

Looks like tons of fun! I am snickering how she decided that maybe being behind the rope wasn't so bad after all...

 
At July 6, 2011 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

This had me laughing! It *looks* like a lot of fun!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

The expression on your daughter's face is priceless!! Precious memories!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM , Blogger MommaKiss said...

Um. I thought that laying down first pic was your kid, who was shot for being too close to the rope. Oops.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Anonymous Debbie said...

haha. I confess I've never visited your blog, with will follow now! Loved your post. Such a fun, realistic view of family life! :-) Thanks.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM , Anonymous Cam said...

pure comedy! I love the look on your daughter's face. I really shouldn't laugh this hard at work!!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM , Blogger I'm Jennifer. said...

Visiting Jackson Hole is on my bucket list. Love your pics! Your 3YO does look troubled by the shoot out though and I am laughing about your daughter wanting to buy a gun. Too funny!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Ashley Sloan said...

Haha that is hilarious, about the gun...and wanting one. My husband loves guns and I just don't care much for them, but hey I guess if we need protection that is good lol. And Jackson Hole is so pretty! I went up there a few years ago...or more...can't remember! Thanks for taking a look at my guest post! You are too sweet! Also, I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you want to enter! Take a look :)

Ashley Sloan

 
At July 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

The woman in the first picture looks like she's dressed like Cyndi Lauper or something--I was confused about what was going on there until I started reading! ;)

I'm with your son. Chocolate bars all the way!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous Ruth said...

Oh yeah! I'd choose the chocolate bar too! No question.

That shoot-out looks awesome! I'd drag my kids to something like that. Moms are good for stuff like that. The kids might complain now, but they will LOVE all the memories later!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Amber_D said...

Smart kid wanting the chocolate bar. I much prefer the chocolate bar to the salad bar any day, unfortunately.

I have a Dani as well. My Dani is only two and her name is short for Danica.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM , Blogger Russo said...

These shots are gorgeous. The tetons would be a beautiful vaca. I smiled at your wording, "lovely mosquito infested hike." Not fun. Anyway, I hope you had a nice relaxing trip.

 
At July 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Amiee said...

I'm a new reader, and now, follower :) You write some funny stuff!

 
At July 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Well, I think I'd prefer a chocolate bar to a salad one too ;) I do love my chocolate.

But I also love salad, when I'm in the mood for it.

 
At July 7, 2011 at 12:32 AM , Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

Sounds like fun! lol

 
At July 7, 2011 at 1:22 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I want a chocolate bar too.

My 7 yo wants a gun too but she doesn't want to use it for animals so I'm still trying to figure out what she wants it for.

 
At July 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

O my word. Evie's look in that last photo is PRECIOUS. What a keeper of a photo!

 
At July 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Natalie said...

Those are some great pics...the scenery is beautiful!

 

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