We took a quick trip to Stevensville to visit my little sister and her family.
We had four fun filled days.
The fair was going on in Missoula while we were there and I sure do love me a good fair. The only downside to the Missoula fair was that rodeo tickets were pricey. We choose instead to let the kids ride the rides all day. And they sure rode those rides all. day. long. It was hot, sweaty, smelly and fabulous fun.
My country loving girl.
Novalie and her cousin, Kameron. He was her shadow the whole trip.
Novalie and her cousin, Zachery.
They went on this ride at least a dozen times.
Bumper cars were are definite favorite. Kameron just laughed and laughed.
We had been at the fair since 11:30 in the morning, so around 7 pm. we told the kids to pick one finally ride to go on. Just as they were finishing up, a huge storm blew in. Super, super, windy. Things were flying around the fair, workers running everywhere trying to bold things down so they wouldn’t blow away. We hurried to our car, but were covered head to toe in dirt and dust. It was crazy.
We brought a tent to sleep in as Novalie is both allergic to dogs and terrified of them. The first night, I was bolted awake by a huge burst of thunder at 2 am. I sat up and waited a minute to make sure thunder was what I had heard and within seconds a huge bolt of lightening lit up our whole tent. I woke up the kids that were sleeping out there and we dashed inside to be safe. Our tent was under a big tree and I was not taking any chances. Novalie and I sacked out on the couches and she had 3 doses of medicine throughout the rest of the night to breathe. The next day, we moved the tent into one of the boys rooms because the weather called for thunderstorms each night. It worked out great because no dog hair and she had a place to play/stay away from the dogs.
Waking up in the tent.
I had my birthday the day before we left and I brought my cake. These kids enjoyed it when we arrived.
The rest of the days were filled with free kids bowling, swimming, going to the movies and playing lots of games.
The only picture I got of Zane. He was rocking out in the hallway. Which turned into a late night dance party for all the kids.
Like I said, this sweet little Kameron was Novalie’s shadow the whole trip. Never left her side. Novalie loves her cousins. A lot. I love that she loves her cousins, so she can have a shared history with kids. She loves being around them. Novalie is also an only child. She is used to quiet and having her own space. Although, she loves noise and chaos and parties. So, it was interesting to me, that on this trip, it was the first time she has had a meltdown because she just needed some quiet. That has never happened before. Or maybe it has and I just didn’t recognize it as needing some quiet time. Novalie is loud and energetic and go, go, go all the time, so I never knew she needed that down time to just be still. On the fourth afternoon, Novalie was just being irrational and getting irritated by everything and was saying no to Kameron a lot…meanly. That is when I noticed it and it just clicked in my brain, she needs quiet. So, we took an hour long car ride. Her sitting in the front seat with cold air blowing on her face and just absolute quiet and stillness. She made the comment many times, “this is just so peaceful.” She needed to step away from the chaos and other kids for a bit and regroup. I learned this about Novalie this trip. It opened my eyes to a new part of Novalie and I am so thankful because I know it will be useful information going forward. Novalie is an emotionally charged child and it is so nice to know that she can step away from a situation for some quiet time and come back stronger and better then before. Novalie is an interesting puzzle and I feel like I just got a piece in the right place.
It was a great, fun trip! I just love Montana.