Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To the big town

I like where I live. I really do. It’s quiet. It’s safe. The deer walk around. The kids can do whatever they want. It’s small. It has a population of about 200 people with no services except for a post office. The next town we go to has a a grocery store and some mom and pop stores. Enough to get you by in a pinch. Most days that is. That town has a population of just over 3,000 people. As much as I like it here it has it's drawbacks, as every place does. So when it comes time for a big project or big shopping it’s time hit one of the bigger MT towns, Great Falls or Billings.

This was one of those weekends. Either big town is a good 4 and a half hours away but thankfully we have family near both of those places! I have a bathroom remodel I’m in the midst of so off we went for supplies!

October_0359Within 5 minutes of getting to my in-laws place the boys were all in Grandpa's shop! Boys will be boys.

October_0341 Grampa was working in his garden and Little Man was right beside him the whole time. Little Man’s connection to his Grandpa is just amazing. He is like glue to his Grampa no matter who is around.

October_0346Already a big helper. Or just wanting to be like his Grandpa.

October_0347 Gramma had the older boys go around and pick up pumpkins and gourds for the dump. I thought we got cold a few weeks ago when it was in the teens but these guys got down to ZERO! Those cold temps don’t do any favors to garden life so all the pumpkins and gourds turned to goop. It was a dirty job but the boys loved it.

October_0353Little Man is finally growing up. This picture is proof! He is usually with Grampa and the boys and puts up a MAJOR fuss to be with a girl (even me sometimes). He sat quite a while with Gramma and she loved it. I guess he’s finally figuring out that girls aren’t that bad after all.

And me? Well, I spent most of my time at Home Depot. My project is in full swing now that I have supplies!

And the next time you think you want to live in a small town, consider this: Do I really want to drive 5 hours for supplies?

The answer is yes when you have wonderful family to visit!

17 comments:

christy rose said...

That would be a bummer to have to go so far to go to the nearest home improvement store. It seems like we are there all the time. But I would love to live out in the country, maybe 45 minutes away from the nearest one would be ok but 4 1/2 hours? Oh my! Well at least you have some place to drop off your boys whiile you go there. A wonderful place, I might add. That would make getting things done while you are there a little easier that is for sure. :) Great pics! You can tell your boys love their grandparents.

Sharon said...

Sounds awesome. I grew up in a little town like that! LOVED it! And how great your family are so close (relatively speaking)

LegoMom said...

We live out in the country, but not to your extent! Even so, I love the quiet, the natue, the chance for my boys to run around outside and git dirty! ;) I think those who live "out there" are truly blessed...


Maria

Stacey said...

I live in a small town, but not as small as yours! We are only 25 minutes from a bigger town. I love being away from everything, but close enough to get there in a hurry. My husband wants to move where he has deer walking through the front yard!

Shasta said...

What a great visit! Your boys are just too cute, I love how they're always in their "blue jeans"! Your blog title is so appropriate!

Good luck with the remodel!

Alicia said...

Oh, I can imagine how much they love it when you all go over there to visit!! It's like killing one bird with two stones! You get to shop and visit w/ family! How wonderful!

My in-laws are about 5 hours away, and the only "major" shopping area in their town is Wal Mart.

Kim said...

You remind me so much of a great frind of mine with her boys on their Angus Ranch. I think I could handle the small town life if a bigger city were just a hour away :). Hope you are having a great week!

Ben, Heather and kids said...

We live in a smaller town (1200ish). it has the necessities: grocery, post office, gas station, hardware/farm store, we're only 45 minutes from the 'big city'. Although our small town stores are a tad more than the big city, we love 'em!

Anonymous said...

Those pics are great!! That first one is a keeper! And what is this? Bode actually hung with Gramma????

Lineman

Kristen said...

The picture of your tiny one with his little "wrangler" bum is so cute!

carrielt said...

I guess we are lucky with only 1 1/2 hour drive to the closes Home Depot. But like you I love that store! Good luck on the project.

Cy said...

I live in a small town too. The name of the town is 'Hidden' in Spanish. It's nice, and Home Depot is just down the street, but smaller would be OK too.

And Stacey, Carins brother lives in Milwaukee and deer walk through his front yard all the time - even sleep there. So be careful what you wish for.

Oh, by the way, Hidden (Escondido) is a subburb of San Diego

Cy

He & Me + 3 said...

Cute pictures and I can't wait to see the finished project. You better post pictures.:) If you want that is:)

Darcie said...

Carin are you doing this project yourself??? If you are...you are my new hero...ok...you already are my hero, but your talent just keeps amazing me. Home Depot and I get along like the morning and I get along...WE DON'T.

Glad you enjoyed time with Lineman'a parents...looked like fun.

Lori said...

What a long trip!!! I thought an hour drive was bad!! You do have to love a very small town!!

MareBear said...

Grandchild/grandparent time...
PRICELESS!! I love all the photos, but the first one is amazing.

McCrakensx4 said...

Wow...I am not sure I could live in a town with out a grocery store with in 5 mintues! But the pics that you post are always so beautiful! And what a great trip...shopping and visiting!