Chapter Five – Devil’s Tower

Devil’s Tower was in Wyoming. Not that far of a drive. (Mom’s side note: it was a two hour drive) When we arrived at Devil’s Tower, we climbed boulders and ran the path. Devil’s Tower is a big rock which was magma that came to the surface but not all the way before it cooled. Then erosion brought it out to the surface the way we can see it today. I could tell by looking that it was bigger than Mount Rushmore. I also got my Junior Ranger Badge here too.

After that we went to Spearfish Canyon and saw a really pretty and big waterfall (I forgot the camera in the car). I felt the water and it was cold. I forgot but before that, we stopped at Bridal Veil waterfall. The water was the same temperature there as well. I was trying to get across the stream but unfortunately my foot fell in and got soaked. And that made it very uncomfortable.

It was a very fun day.

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Chapter Four – Bear Country

It was a long drive to bear country … at least thats what it felt like. (Mom side note: it was a 4 min drive…)

Anyway bear country is not just bears it has big horn sheep, timber wolves, arctic wolves, otters, porcupine, beavers, badgers, bear cubs, and more.

My favorite were the bear cubs. They were adorable. We also went to the gift shop. Lincoln got a wolf toy thing. Logan on the other hand got a toy gun. Greg got a small fluffy black bear. And I got a bear that is wearing a sweatshirt that says Bear Country USA.

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Later we went to Dinosaur Park. It was fun except it was really hot. We climbed the triceratops, the T-rex, the apatosaurus, the stegosaurus, and the iguanodon. Then we went to downtown Rapid City for dinner. We ate at Firehouse. It was a good meal.

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No, this isn’t a post about poop.  Although, it wouldn’t be a shocker to my family if I blogged about poop.  It would be very Jenniferian to do, as I’ve written many verses and poems on the subject.

However, in my blogs BM always stands for bookmobile.  When I moved from Spring Hill, TN out to never never land Missouri, I was immediately saddened by the distance of the libraries.  Where I used to be 5 minutes from the library {where my children and I went weekly} I was 25 minutes from a library.  And not only that but they had absolutely nothing for the kids to do there {I even ventured 45 minutes to look at the Warrenton library which also had nothing for kids to do}.  Then I found out about the bookmobile.

Every other Thursday from 2-4pm, the bookmobile parks itself right outside the gates of Lake Sherwood.  Inside are some shelves of books.  But even more amazing is that I can go on the Scenic Regional Library website and request any book I can think of {not true- I already found a couple titles that they didn’t have} to be put on the BM and driven to me.  At first I laughed at such a silly thing.  Now, I feel very royal.  Why of course Connie, these are the books I requested.

Kadence also enjoys it, although she thinks it’s very sad that they won’t give her a ride.  So without further ado, the bookmobile:

Librarian Connie is at the desk at the end!

Why I’m Blogging

We’ll start with my About section as my first blog.  It explains why I’m blogging as much as it can be explained.

I like to learn.  I come from a mother and grandmother who are both avid learners.  My grandmother takes many courses from the local college.  It’s a great, intellectual way to go about learning.  Only…it doesn’t work for me.  I love to read.  I can spend hours reading but if a teacher {or my mother} hands me a book to read, I don’t wanna.  Won’t do it.  I don’t get to choose the topic of learning or the book to read.  It seems it has to be inspired upon me.  It has to hit that little button inside of me that sends me into hyperfocus mode.

Still don’t understand?  Hmmmmm…it’s like cleaning.  I love organization and for things to be clean yet I don’t do a great job of keeping it that way.  I get the bug to clean and I will do great- go and go- but without that little bug…it just doesn’t happen.

Something will grab my attention and I will spend hours upon hours researching, reading, obsessing over it.  It can be something intellectual, scientific, spiritual, or just plain trivial.  Just as I can’t seem to force the topic, I can’t control how long it stays and goes.  Sometimes it ends at a simple wikipedia look-up but sometimes it will stay for weeks, requiring lots of visits to the library.  Often, along the road of discovery, something else will pique my interest and there I go again chasing another bunny trail.

My mother-in-law calls it hyperfocus.  Basically I get stuck on a subject until, well, I get stuck on something else.

Look.  I realize my mother will read this.  Possibly my grandmother.  Maybe my sister.  On a lunch break.  If she has nothing else to do.  I’m ok with that.  I just figure that if I spend hours learning about or doing something, I might as well write it down.  I’m convinced if I get it out of my head, maybe I will actually sleep at night.  Also, I have a horrible memory so this is my only way I will remember what I’ve learned.  Who knows, maybe my pointless research will save someone the time I’ve wasted!

So if you’ve stumbled upon my blog here are some need-to-know details about me:

1. I’m married : So yes, you may get random married gushiness.  Jon also happens to be my best friend so that works out well.  Although he doesn’t always understand my hf {hyperfocus} he’s pretty supportive of my weirdness.

2. I have 2 children : You most definitely will hear lots about them : Kadence is 3, Greg is 1.  They are inspiration to many random bunny trails.  Everyone thinks their kids are the best and I’m no exception.  So please don’t call DFS on me.  99% of the time my hyperfocus topics are explored during naptime or after they go to bed.  You know.  When I’m supposed to be cleaning.

3. I love Jesus : Luckily some of my hyperfocus leads me down paths of searching truths about God. I love those moments. And will share them.

4. I love parties : They start off simple, then a theme grabs me and my imagination goes crazy and the budget gets blown.

5. I’m crafty : Not the evil kind.  Just another stay-at-home-mom who loves to make random things (although, there again, I don’t get to choose what random things will grab my attention) and spend hours on Pinterest.  Sorry to be so stereotypical.

6. I’m wordy : Sorry.  It won’t change.  I’ve tried.  I’m stuck with it.  And to my mother’s demise, I make lots of words up (like gushiness).  And I use lots of short, incomplete sentences.  Get used to it.

I’m in the process of documenting my current hf {hyperfocus} and will happily share it soon.  Unfortunately some of my research requires delivery from the bookmobile which won’t come until next Thursday.