Day 3 was going to be a busy day...me, Brian, Danny, and Sally were all heading out to go horseback riding! I will pause here a minute and toot my own horn, giving myself full credit for this being my idea. A few weeks before the trip, Brian and I had a text exchange during the day that looked like this:
Me: Would you want to go horseback riding while we're in Montana?
Brian: sure, that would be fun!
Me: Great! I'll look into some places. We can pretend like we're on a date on the Bachelor, this is so one of the kinds of things they'd do on there! Think we can arrive by helicopter?
Brian: Please don't try to relate this to the bachelor.
Me: I really hope you give me a rose at the end of the date.
Brian: We're done with this conversation.
Me: I'M IN THIS FOR THE RIGHT REASONS!!
Brian: This behavior is unacceptable. No rose for you.
|Whatever, Brian! Ashley I says ,your loss!!|
Despite the heat and dry conditions, we really did have a great time and I'm so glad we went!! After we left there, we were starving and headed to a local brewery for some lunch; we spotted this outside of the restaurant, so of course these two had to get their picture :)
After that quick photo shoot, it was back to the lakehouse...and time to cool off!! I had not been in the lake the day before because it felt FRIGID to touch with just my feet getting in and out of a kayak and the outside temp hadn't been as hot. But after baking in the sun on those horses, I was more motivated to jump in!
Me, Liam, and Nana took the plunge together...you can see my reaction to the temperature of the water in the 2nd picture. Yeah, it felt just as cold as I had expected it to.
|"WHO TALKED ME INTO JUMPING IN THIS THING??"|
We hung out the rest of the day, enjoyed a yummy dinner, and then more s'mores of course!
Funny note about the picture of Liam and Nana playing sorry...he became OBSESSED with that game during the week.We have it at home and he'd played it before, but for whatever reason he became addicted on vacation. The first thing he'd do in the morning is grab the game and stalk anyone who was already awake and beg them to play :) Liam still has trouble pronouncing some letters and "R" happens to be one of those, so whenever he'd send another player back to home, he'd yell "SOWWY!" which became the catchphrase of the week.
The next day, we didn't have any specific plans, which was nice after being gone much of the morning horseback riding the day before. The little fish were in the water pretty much all day!
Nana and PopPop gave paddleboarding a try, too!!
We had a bald eagle sighting that afternoon:
Liam fell into a little routine during the week where he'd fall asleep everyday around 4 and sleep almost until dinner time :) It worked out well for the week (though it was harder for him to adjust to the time change back home, I think!) because without that nap, he would have fallen apart by dinner...and getting that extra rest allowed him to stay up later and be able to shovel s'mores in every night. It was a win-win for everyone. Even Jake took a break from the water nearly every afternoon, and hung out in the chair pictured below....he definitely asked if he could take the chair home as his souvenir!
One more note to round out this post,: when we were done for that day, Brian showered first and got dressed while I was in the shower and went outside...I showered, got dressed (without having seen him) then headed outside where we quickly learned that we looked like we should be coordinating models for a Gap ad. Loved it. The first is our "aww, we're cute" pose....
...and the 2nd we were instructed to make our best duck face/jersey shore pose. This is what we came up with:
That's a wrap for days 3&4! Peace out!