Archive for June, 2009

We took the opportunity that Field Day gave, as a chance to test out our “new” 1977 camper.  I belong to the Capital City Amateur Radio Club, and we attended a national event called Field Day.  This year, Field Day ocured on June 27 and 28.  We gathered up our supplies and headed out to Devils Elbow, a campground on Houser Lake, which is on the Missouri River.  Even though this was an Amateur Radio event, we used our time to get out in the camper.  We had a great time, and this was a good time to work out the “bugs”.  We discovered a couple of things we lost or forgot, but overall, we had everything we needed.  We were only able to stay over one night, from Friday to Saturday, as we had a busy church schedule on Sunday.  Here are some pictures of our fun weekend.

Also, visit my Ham Radio site at: http://radio.mcdougallshome.net/

John

Field Day in our "new" camper Alia Finding Some Valuable "Leave-er-rites" Our Camp Spot The Kids Tossing Rocks Into The Lake Desire' J.J. in the "upper" bunk. Alia in the "Upper" bunk. Desire' feeding the seagulls. The gulls discovered Desire's food.

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As I travel around the state, I often find interesting little creations like this stuck on top of a fence post in the middle of no-where.  This one is near the Port of Wildhorse by the Canadian border.  If you know anything about these bits of art spread throughout the state, please, leave a message and tell us about it.  Click HERE to see more photos that I have taken from around the state of Montana.

John

This type of art can be found on fenceposts around Montana.

This type of art can be found on fenceposts around Montana.

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A few weeks ago, while I was traveling from a job in Southern Montana, I happened to see an old camper for sale in Silver Star.  I stopped by, met the owners, and had a look at the camper.  Our old camper was just too small, and we now needed something that could sleep all seven of us, and this one appeared to fit the bill.

The owners e-mailed us some pictures so Carol and the kids could see it.  We made arrangements to go down and look at it.  We did look at it, and we wrote a check.  On the way back, we stopped in Whitehall, fed some trout, and then fed ourselves with some good pizza at Crzybear Pizza.  It was a fun full day.  In the following couple of weeks, we cleaned the new camper out, and moved all of our stuff from our old camper to the new camper, then cleaned the old camper out.  How did we fit all that stuff in our old tiny camper?  Carol made some new curtains, and we were now ready for a chance to try it out.  Click a picture to see a larger view or our “new” old camper, and our fun trip to get it.

John

1977 Autolite Camper 1977 Autolite Camper Feeding The Fish In Whitehall, MT Feeding The Fish In Whitehall, MT Feeding The Fish In Whitehall, MT Feeding The Fish In Whitehall, MT Enjoying Some Great Pizza At CrzyBears Pizza Enjoying Some Great Pizza At CrzyBears Pizza

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A couple of Sundays ago, Ana was crowned as an Honor Star. The Stars program is part of the Assemblies of God girls’ club.  To be crowned as an Honor Star, Ana had to fulfill a rigorous set of requirements that involved a lot of Bible reading, and memorization.   Ana will also be crowned at Glacier Bible Camp‘s “Family Camp“.  Congratulations Ana on a job well done.

Besides Ana, one other young woman named Laura, was also crowned on June 7.  Here are a couple of short videos, and a slide show of the crowning.

John

Ana’s Crowning – PART 1

Ana’s Crowning – PART 2

Ana’s Crowning – Slideshow

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Click the photo for a slide show.

Click the photo for a slide show.

Katie and Desire’ had their Eighth Grade Graduation on Thursday. The School put on a nice ceremony.  We are proud of bout Katie and Desire’ for their accomplishments.  And also, congratulations to Desire’ for winning a “Citizenship Award” for her school and civic contributions.  She also received a fourth place ribbon for the Einstein Award in her science class.  That means she was the fourth highest in the science class.  We are proud of you both and we love you!  Click the picture to the left to view a slide show.

Dad and Mom

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Life has been busy at the McDougalls Home and I am a bit behind on my posts.

Click the picture to see a slide show of our nice picnic.

We did not go camping over the Memorial Day weekend.  Rather, we went on a nice picnic on Saturday at a campground about 15 minutes away from our house.  We had a real fun time.  Click the picture on the left to see more of our fun picnic.

Click the picture to see more of our retaining wall project.

Click the picture to see more of our retaining wall project.

On Memorial Day (Monday), we had to stick around to receive a load of about 33,000 pounds of blocks for our retaining wall.  We have a retaining wall in our back yard that was quite delapidated, and in dire need of replacement.  With our wonderful children’s help, we tore the old one out and we are in the initial stages of building a new one.  It will be very nice when we place the last of the 33,000 pounds in place. Whew!  Click the picture on the left to see it so far.

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