Saturday, August 23, 2008

home sweet home...

We made it back from our vacation safe and sound this week, and had a terrific visit with family and friends in my home state of South Dakota. I just adore it there, so open and peaceful and beautiful in every aspect! I thought I'd pop in and share a few of my favorite pictures from our trip with you.......
View from the airplane window leaving New York.South Dakota has gorgeous fields of sunflowers. Excuse the blurry pic as it was taken from the car window going about 65 mph, but you can get an idea of how pretty these fields are!
This is Bear Butte, a non-active volcano that is sacred to the Native Americans there. I went to high school only a few miles from here. This was also taken from our car window. =)
We went out one evening to Deadwood with my sister-in-law and my brother (left). Love them so much! On right is myself and my hubby. Thought I better share a pic of me, as I'm not in too many pics these days..hee hee!
We took the girls to "Old MacDonald's Farm", a little petting zoo. Kati really enjoyed seeing all the animals up close. Taylor and Kati petting a cow...
Couple of goats up on the bridge, I thought they looked so happy and sweet up there!
My dad with Kati.
My little fam at Bear Country. The little bears were adorable! See them climbing in the trees in the background...
Here are the baby bears again.
The adult bears were in a separate section where you drive through with your car.
This is Taylor and Kati with my 2 cutie pie nephews at Reptile Gardens. This giant tortoise was over 100 years old and still kicking! (SLOWLY..ha)
My brother with Kati. He's a hoot!
My mom and Taylor while we were out touring one day.
This is my adorable nephew, Eli at the fair...he was so proud of the Donkey Kong he won!
My other handsome nephew, Payton, roasting marshmallows one night at grandma's and grandpa's!
I have so many more, but these are a few of my faves! I'll be back soon to share some new projects too! Thanks for visiting! ~Danielle

26 comments:

Pinky said...

Oh very fun and great pictures Dani TFS

angie worthington said...

hey girl!...so glad that you & your family are home safely....looks like you had a great visit...love the photos!...

Shirley said...

So glad you were able to go back home to SD and visit your family! What a fun time!

Gloria said...

really fun pictures Danielle. You caught some really great shots.

jakey said...

Your pictures are wonderful Danielle! I can see a lot of outdoorsy LO's coming up :-) Esp love the goats and baby bears... adorable!

KimmyS said...

I am loving the pictures, D especially the Vulcano one...what an awesome area to grow up in.

Love the pic of you and your family and the one of your Mom - how cute is she???

Welcome back!

LoRi said...

Great photos, Dani! Glad you had a wonderful time.

Dena said...

Yeahhh! So glad you had a blast. The kids look like they were just in heaven ;)

Hilary Kanwischer said...

WElcome back! All the photos are just wonderful, as I've never been to South Dakota. I love the open fields of sunflowers, I think I could stay there all afternoon. Glad you had a wonderful time. :)

Norma Kennedy said...

Beautiful pictures and it looks like you guys had a Great time. I luv that air pic and my goodness your mom looks fabulous and so young !
Hugs, Norma

rae said...

What great photos Dani ~ glad that you had a nice time visiting with family. We also took a trip back to visit with family & friends this summer, and I'm soooo glad that we did!

Davinie said...

I'm so glad you had a great time back at the homeland. It's glad to have you home though... which is weird to say because it puts you even further from me geographically, lol.

Nicole said...

looks like you guys had a wonderful trip. Love all the places you visited!

Patti said...

Welcome Home!
Great photos. TFS:)

Renee Lamb said...

welcome back - great fun pics! love the one with the giant tortoise! Everyone looks so happy!

Erika said...

Great pictures! Even the ones from the car were superb! What kind of camera do you have? I'm on the lookout for a new one and I'm lovin' yours! Sounds like you had a great vacation! :o]

JoEllyn said...

I sooooo feel ya Dani!! Glad you were able to go home!!!!! Love the pics of the kiddos and of you!!

Frumpies world said...

Welcome back, great pics but just love the one with the goats!! xxxWendy.

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Raechelle said...

Welcome back Dani! I am glad that you had this chance to recharge. :) LOVE the photos!
Rae

Danielle said...

looks like an awesome trip! love seeing the photos!!

The Design Experiment said...

WHAT a GREAT trip you guys had!! I love all of your pics Dani!! :) You my dear are so BEAUTIFUL!! What a gorgeous family you have :)

Thanks for sharing!!!
HUGS!
Hope you're having a wonderful day,
Leslie

Leslie Ashe said...

OOPS!!! That's me Leslie (Ashe) above - DUH! I was signed in under our Design X Blog name, ha!
Hugs!

Michelle StClair said...

SOunds like a super great trip!!!!! Welcome home!

Leigh said...

Great photos!
My ds would love a Donkey Kong like that! LOL!

retta519 said...

Welcome Home, Dani...glad you had a terrific time with your family. Love the pics! I hope those fields of sunflowers are still there in a couple of weeks!

Daniela said...

Awesome photos, thanks for sharing :) Looks like you had a great time with your family.