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Weekend Adventure

I love to do things as a family.  Everyone who lives here can tell you that I love for us to all be together.  Even if we are all just sitting around watching Psych (the best TV show ever!)

Anyway, I love togetherness!  I also like to get outside and do things!  If I can mix the two things, it’s usually a perfect day.  However, since Chyna is now working, her schedule doesn’t always work with event schedules, and this time it resulted in her missing out on an awesome day of adventures!

  • First stop – We went to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and participated in their celebration of the Sputnik satellite anniversary.  Since the “space race” began with that launch, and the minuteman missile program is a direct result of that, they held some events this past weekend to commemorate the event.  At the visitor’s center, they have a pretty cool little museum of what life was like for the workers on the missile programs.

  • Second Stop –  one of the missile silos.  The tour guide was a man who worked on the minuteman missile program.  He gave us lots of interesting information and explained how all of it worked (except the secret stuff he said he couldn’t tell us about! 🙂  He said that everything inside was exactly as it was when the program was removed.  The missile is a fake, but the rest is all the same.  It was really interesting to us, but the boys were a little disappointed that we couldn’t go inside the silo.  There is another one near the base that we can go in for a tour, so I’m sure we will be doing that soon since we are all now interested in how it all works.


  • Third Stop – Badlands National Park.  This was actually between the Missile visitor’s center and Wall, so we decided to drive through.  It is beautiful here, and if you’ve ever been to the badlands in NM and AZ, it looks similar.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it.  We found lots of hiking area too, so we will definitely be coming back here to hike.


  • Fourth stop – Wall, South Dakota.  If you’ve ever driven anywhere in this area of the country, then I’m sure you’ve seen a sign on the side of the road for Wall Drug.  We had a great time walking around this place.  It is huge and much more than a drug store.  It started as a drug store, but it has expanded to include just about anything and everything you’re looking for in the way of a tourist trap.  We stopped here for lunch and to walk around before we headed back home.  It was so cool, and we all said “we have to bring Chyna back here” multiple times.  We had a great time here!


September 2017 – Recap

September 2017

was a time of transition for us.  

We had already technically moved into our new house, but we didn’t have any furniture.  We were just starting to get out and explore the new place we live.  Everyone is stepping outside of their comfort zones and trying to put ourselves “out there” and meet people.


is loving his jujitsu class that he’s been taking.  It’s twice a week, so I’m not thrilled about that, but at least he still gets to eat dinner with everyone before he has to leave.  He is settling in at his new assignment and even arranged for the whole family to take a tour of one of his bomb squadrons.  (Sorry, we weren’t allowed to take pictures!)  We learned so much about the B-Ones and lots of stuff they are capable of doing from some guys who really love their jobs.  You can tell by the look on their faces as they discuss the aircraft that they really enjoy what they do.  We see the bombers flying over our house all the time, but now we know what the cockpit looks like and what a few of the people inside look like.  It makes it more personal.  Ron also found out that he will be promoting to Major!  He has worked so hard for the last 8 years and we are all so proud of his accomplishment.  He also found out this month that he will be deploying in the spring of 2018.  Not the best news for us, but a different way to serve God through the military, so we are going to be okay with it.

Ron at jujitsu class…


has been attending every event I(she) can find where other women might be.  I don’t want to wait around for a year or two before I make connections like I sometimes do after a move.  I want to find my people here and start making memories and getting the support I need while we are here.  I’ve attended a spouse event on base, a bible study in someone’s home, and a couple of homeschooling events.  I’m putting myself out there even though it’s scary to make that initial contact, I know it’s going to be worth it with the connections I’m making.  I’m also trying to make the house feel like our home with decorations and projects that I will hopefully be posting about in the future.


Slowly getting everything just like we want it!


There won’t be as many “Chillin’ with Chyna” posts as before since her life just got a LOT more hectic!!  She started working at Starbucks in September.  She’s working full-time right now, but her hours will likely change when she starts taking classes.  She still has her driving permit, but in order to get her license here, she has to take driver’s education class.  This will bring down her insurance, so we’re happier about the class than she is! 🙂  She might not get to start this until the new year because there is a waiting list for the class through the end of 2017!



has been very willing to step out of his comfort zone including more than one homeschool outing where he knew no one and still just joined right in like the extrovert that he is NOT!   He wanted to try a martial art, but quickly decided that really wasn’t for him.  He tried a trampoline and tumbling class that he loves and will continue to do that.  He even used his own money and went to a Magic the Gathering tournament where he knew no one.  It didn’t go like he thought it would, but he didn’t give up and he went back the next day to take a lesson about the game and learn the rules for a tournament.  He’s excited to keep doing these tournaments on Friday nights.  He has spoken with the people who work with the birds at Reptile Gardens, and they told him that he can’t volunteer or intern with them, but there is a Black Hills Raptor rescue that does take volunteers and interns, so he has a new goal for October, to talk to them and see how old he has to be to work with birds of prey.  He’s really doing a great job of stepping out!

Homeschool PE
Homeschool PE
Homeschool PE on base!


is always our source of all the worst puns and jokes he can find!   He has been enjoying the homeschool outings this month and just loving all the new adventures we’ve been having.  He has an old cell phone that isn’t very useful for a phone (it can’t make calls or text), but he has used the camera a lot and does a great job of taking pictures of the places we go and the things we see.  He is really good at getting angles I don’t see when I’m taking pictures.  He’s really liking this new place and especially his ninja classes at the local gymnastics place.  I think he’s going to be trying out their trampoline and tumbling class as well, so we’ll see which he likes more.  He’s also wanting to start making minecraft videos for youtube showing how he builds the things he does on the game.  He’s great at looking at a picture on a screen and turning it into a 3-d model on minecraft.  I have to figure out the editing process first, and then he will start posting videos.

Ready to go to Ninja Class!
Wesley is the one flipping…








Minecraft Art!

Overall, we’ve done a lot this month… here are some of the things we did…

Wesley and Amanda went to an event at Storybook Island
Storybook Island “His eyes are terrifying!!
First time Wesley had seen hail (that he could remember!)
We had two visits to Reptile Gardens in September
Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum
Our first Sunday at Ellsworth AFB Chapel
Great weekend with the Chapel staff, including a ride on the 1880 Train!
We did take a picture inside the bomb squadron building. The THUNDERBIRDS!
Cub Scout Flag Ceremony
Price joined the cub scouts in raising a flag for a grand opening ceremony at a grocery store.
The movers from Maryland who had our washer and dryer in storage for the last two years didn’t pack them very well, and they were both broken when they arrived here.
So we got shiny new ones!

September was a great month!!  Can’t wait to see what adventures come our way in October!!