Pennsylvania in August: Take 2

Rost and I were lucky enough to travel back east to Pennsylvania again for two weeks to visit with family and friends.

My dad set up an amazing day for Rost on two nearby farms where he got to feed baby cows and ride many, many tractors.

Of course, we spent as much time on the water as we humanly could.

Rost was old enough to truly appreciate the amazing Idlewild theme park. It’s designed for children and anyone young at heart. This was easily one of the best days of my life; sharing an incredible day with my son straight out of my childhood.

I’ve been promising my brother for roughly 10 years that I’d come home for a Groff family reunion. I finally made good on that promise.

Now that we’ve successfully made it back two summers in a row, this is considered an annual event, right?

Big Helper

Autumn is setting in in northwestern Montana so our seasonal projects around the property are coming to a close. I’ll have another post coming regarding all the work we’ve put in over the last two years but this post is dedicated solely to my big helper. I’m not sure how Brian & I managed to get so much done before we had his assistance.

Selah Farm

A nearby farm opens its doors for only two days a year. Admission is free and includes farm animals, games, and a tractor ride. Rost and I regularly ride by this farm on our bike rides so I’ve been looking forward to checking out this little slice of heaven all year. Rost and I had so much fun on Friday that we had to drag Brian, Don, & Michele back there on Saturday. Also, someday I will be bringing home one of the kunekune piglets!! Also, now I want to grow a pumpkin patch.

Tally Lake

The air was filled with the sweet scent of pine as we arrived at the campsite, surrounded by towering trees and a babbling stream nearby. Rost had spent the first two nights camping with Grandma & Grandpa while I took my first vacay from momming in well over a year (48 bittersweet hours – a ridiculous amount of stuff was accomplished).

Brian & I joined in on the fun Friday night to enjoy a couple of days relaxing at the lake.

This unforgettable experience marked the beginning of countless adventures for my little explorer, creating cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Rocket Man

Here we go
Come with me
There’s a world out there that we should see
Take my hand
Close your eyes
With you right here, I’m a rocketeer

Where we go, we don’t need roads
And where we stop? Nobody knows
To the stars if you really want it
Got, got a jetpack with your name on it

16 Months Old

As a new(ish) parent, I often find myself in awe of how quickly time passes when it comes to watching Rost grow. Each milestone is a cause for celebration, and today, we mark another special one: turning 16 months old. It’s a magical time in life, filled with endless discoveries, burgeoning independence, and boundless curiosity. From their insatiable curiosity to their emerging language skills, each day brings new discoveries and achievements for Rost.