That hash tag above is where I stored all these iphone pictures in INSTAGRAM. It helped to keep my mind off of missing my mini for the one nite we were away road tripping with my Dad (and also for entertainment value to my IG pals of course).
First night I've been away from the Bean. BRUTAL!!
Grama stepped up and stepped in and I'm pretty sure A didn't miss us... well maybe he did a bit!
We purchased some new wheels in Tempe, AZ a few weeks back. Had it shipped to Great Falls, Montana to pick up.
Last Friday we did just that.
These are some pre-trip sillies before abandoning Andrew. I hugged and hogged him all day!
AND WE WERE OFF!
First stop... Timmies. The three of us all have a strange addiction to TH! I think mine is a bit less psychotic because I "only" drink steeped tea, not coffee.
Uhm, just let me think that makes me less of an addict.
Next up... farm equipment dealers!
A childhood memory from road trips would not be complete without farm equipment dealer stops.
Strangely, this was enjoyable this time around.
I must point out that the combines below are the "wrong color" and brand. We are a John Deere family, not CASE (I'm pretty sure that means nothing to most of my readers, but anyway...)
Hello heart attack for $6!
Shelby Montana is a small rural spot on the map. Very small.
I'd been looking forward to this burger and fry stop though ever since the trip was decided.
DASH INN is a must stop kinda place. FAST, FAB, FATTENING food.
DO NOT PASS IT UP!
Milk shakes and fries to remember! Not my first stop to this old school drive up greasy delight!
It will not be my last.
Montana has so much to offer.
It is rural meets small town.
It is small town meets small city.
It is beautiful prairie meets rolling hills.
It is TARGET meets BIG R!!!
BIG R is a store where you can buy candy, guns, and welding supplies under one beautiful roof.
Seriously. That store kicks ASS! Hey, you never know when you might need welding supplies. For real!
And they have a section of mini Carhartt clothing for littles. I may have brought home mini overalls for some very special little boys.
And another thing... MONTANA is not a dry state. Not even on Sunday!
GREAT prime rib dinner!
JAKERS! Home of an awesome salad bar. YES, I love a good old fashioned salad bar! Don't judge.
As promised, Grama sent us many pics of Bean enjoying the Spahhhhh a la Grama.
What a little farmer!
He is now addicted to popsicles.
Great Falls has an amazing pathway system for biking and running.
I saw a few triathletes doing bike and running sprints while we were cruising. Sigh.
They also have a series of beautiful dams. GORGEOUS!
Along with the many supper clubs and fast food stops, this town is clearly big on biking and outdoor activities.
The night without Andrew was fine.
No party, no fireworks, no staying up late, no epic hotel linens.
We did survive the distance and it was a good exercise for all of us (so I'm told).
We recharged with Papa and I had a really great 30ish hours with the two older men in my life.
Sadly the US is missing the secret of Tim Hortons, but we managed to hit up SBucks before bringing the new baby back to Canada (5 hour drive).
If you've never exported/imported a vehicle from the US we need to chat!
The process is slick and easy and if all your duck are in a row it is saweeeeeeeeet!
We were only gone 30 hours but it felt like wayyyy too long. So nice to make our way back to Beanie.
He was in amazing hands. The best really.
Very grateful to have Grama and Papa help us with another crazy adventure to save $$.
As we approached the farm Darcy and I discussed how we would welcome back Andrew.
It was suggested to me that perhaps we play it cool and high five him like we were not even gone.
I may have jumped out of the truck before Darcy had put it in PARK to run and grab my mini. GOODNESS I missed him. That hug felt so good. Almost like the first time I saw him.
Yes I'm a drama queen. Maybe a bit over protective. Dare I even say CONTROLLING?
But being away was good for us.
Coming back was sooooo wonderful.
I wish I had something really philosophical to add here about developing ourselves and handing more along to our wee ones with distance between us...
But honestly, I just simply like being with little Andrew ALL THE TIME!
I'm GRATEFUL for my caring family. My healthy family. My generous family. My D in shining armor and my little wee Bean.
#roadtripwiththedadstomontana = TWO THUMBS UP!
We are playing it low key in hopes or little Bean is on the road to health.
He has a nasty ear infection and it is the PITS!