# wyoming visitors

The last six monthsย have been made infinitely better and easier by our family and friends visiting our new digs. We’ve been hashtag-blessed by so many familiar faces and smiles — it’s really helped what’s been a difficult transition. Here’s the rundown of who beat the snow to check out Wyoming:

The summer brought two visits by friends Chris and Chilali, with baby Tallis of course.

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This kid is so adorable. I’d like to think I’m the Crazy Aunt for all my friend’s kids, and not just my own sibling’s. Share the love crazy.

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Chilali and I doing what we do best — eating ice cream.

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We also got to see best friends Sean and Wallis twice — the second time being a bit longer, so we could try the food rations we bought from the zombie apocalypse shopping area earlier this summer.

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Eh, not too bad. Tasted like the outer part of a fig newton (which means I hated it).

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We also got to show them Joe’s new school…

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…and celebrate Sean’s birthday early. Marrrrrgaritas!…and beer!

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Also on the repeat-visit list is brother Lee, who helped with band camp and, later, a marching contest.

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We managed to have a little fun while he wasn’t working.

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He and Bella did a lot of this. She looooves him.

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Next up was Aunt Pam! I made the Waffle Queen herself some waffles for dinner, topped with a buttermilk bourbon caramel sauce. Honey, hush.

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I know I look like my mom, but don’t Pam and I look alike here? We always have a great time together.

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Then came my mom and Mike!

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Ever the jokester, my mom brought me the animal noses from my fifth birthday party to recreate the magic before my (then) upcoming birthday.

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So funny. What *wasn’t* funny was the first UW football game that started at 10:30pm after we waited around in the rain, hiding under the bleachers. I’ll save you those photos. But, on a happier note, I also made them waffles. Not just any waffles, but THESE WAFFLES, which are the best thing ever. I promise.

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Flying in just before the weather got nasty for good, was my dad!

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We explored the area and found THE BEST pumpkin spice latte at a local coffee shop…

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…and toured the Wyoming Territorial Prison (by ourselves — a little eerie).

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I made him a squash lasagna (I had to use sweet potatoes, because…#wyoming) that was awesome and we also introduced him to the one place that has good Mexican food in town.

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….SMILE, JOE! ๐Ÿ™‚ The boy was ready to eat.

We also got to see Wyoming beat Boise State at a very cold and windy football game, but it was worth it to see the fans storm the field.

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Not a visitor, but Joe did take me to Fort Collins for my birthday weekend in September. The food and weather were perfect. I especially loved Colorado State’s trial garden. It’s been our one weekend break since August, so we cling to it like a lifeline.

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Other than that, we’ve been working, shoveling snow and going to football games. The last few saw me in the stands like this.

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So. bitterly. cold.

Now we’re ready for the holidays–desperately needing a break, some sleep and a lot of battery recharging. See you in 2017.

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