Forced Family Fun

This past weekend, we made a (car sick-filled) journey and met up with my parents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

I felt uncontrollably compelled to make my family attend a wild west shootout.  I wanted to create some memorable moments for my kids.

The crowd was told they must, “Stay behind the rope!”  My seven-year-old, Dani, couldn’t resist moving the rope and even sneaking in front of the rope.  
The loud and deadly shootout began.

 Dani no longer wanted to be in front of that rope.  She kept scooting further and further back. 
And, I’m not sure my three-year-old, Mase, understood what was going on.  I may have forgotten to tell him this was NOT real.
Afterwards, my kids got to meet one of the formerly dead people.  Hopefully, that cleared everything up.  As we walked back to our hotel, Dani inquired,  “How much would a gun cost?  I have to get one of those.”  I think this will be our last shootout.

  The next day was less violent.  The Teton mountains by Jackson are breathtaking.

We went on a lovely mosquito infested hike.  I made everyone stop to get a family picture so we could remember this fun experience.  Apparently, some of us had more fun than others.

After our big hike, I wanted to eat at one of my favorite local restaurants.  I told all my kids they would be getting the yummy salad bar, but I had a rebel.  Mase didn’t want a salad bar.  “No, I want chocolate bar.”

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal:  Having a violence-free chocolate-filled week.


  1. Looks like you had a great time!!! We love Wyoming, and try to get to Montana/Wyoming when we go on our bike trips – beautiful country!!

  2. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    Sounds like fun LOL Evie looks like she had a great time. We need to get together SOON! Brittany is driving me crazy LOL

  3. Mormongirl says:

    That's generally how our family pictures end up because we have EIGHT people to pose. My dad ends up having to use photoshop… Oh, well.

  4. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    Who wouldn't want a chocolate bar over a salad bar! LOL. So cute! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  5. Mom of 12 says:

    Don't you know that vacations are only fun 2 weeks after they are over? Jackson is so cool though…did you see the Bar J Wranglers? They are my dad's favorite group ever!

  6. The Suburban Princess says:

    So funny that she asked for a gun! I think avoiding the shoot-outs in the future might be a wise idea.

  7. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I would enjoy a chocolate bar too. The bugs are out in full force here too.

  8. Although I do enjoy salad bars… chocolate bars win. One smart cookie.

  9. m&msmommy says:

    I LOVE the group shot! ๐Ÿ™‚ That looks like our family pics, but theres only 4 of us, so we have less of an excuse to look like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'm with Mase on this one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. yummychunklet says:

    Your photos made me laugh right before heading to work. Great post!

  11. That family shot is hilarious!! Looks like such an amazing place ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful!!

  12. I love her face!! It tells you everything in just one expressions. I have quite a few pictures myself of my children at different times.

  13. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    Haha! How much does a gun cost. Sounds like a lot of fun. I'd rather chocolate too.

  14. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    Ha ha @ Mom of 12's comment!
    We're in the middle of a forced family fun week, too, and we are ALL having fun so far, darn it. *wink, wink*

  15. I kinda want a chocolate bar, too!

  16. MamaMash says:

    That's the funniest group shot I've ever seen! I am still giggling!

  17. Looks like tons of fun! I am snickering how she decided that maybe being behind the rope wasn't so bad after all…

  18. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    This had me laughing! It *looks* like a lot of fun!

  19. Jennifer says:

    The expression on your daughter's face is priceless!! Precious memories!

  20. MommaKiss says:

    Um. I thought that laying down first pic was your kid, who was shot for being too close to the rope. Oops.

  21. haha. I confess I've never visited your blog, with will follow now! Loved your post. Such a fun, realistic view of family life! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.

  22. pure comedy! I love the look on your daughter's face. I really shouldn't laugh this hard at work!!

  23. I'm Jennifer. says:

    Visiting Jackson Hole is on my bucket list. Love your pics! Your 3YO does look troubled by the shoot out though and I am laughing about your daughter wanting to buy a gun. Too funny!

  24. Ashley Sloan says:

    Haha that is hilarious, about the gun…and wanting one. My husband loves guns and I just don't care much for them, but hey I guess if we need protection that is good lol. And Jackson Hole is so pretty! I went up there a few years ago…or more…can't remember! Thanks for taking a look at my guest post! You are too sweet! Also, I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you want to enter! Take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ashley Sloan

  25. ohkeeka says:

    The woman in the first picture looks like she's dressed like Cyndi Lauper or something–I was confused about what was going on there until I started reading! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'm with your son. Chocolate bars all the way!

  26. Oh yeah! I'd choose the chocolate bar too! No question.

    That shoot-out looks awesome! I'd drag my kids to something like that. Moms are good for stuff like that. The kids might complain now, but they will LOVE all the memories later!

  27. Amber_D says:

    Smart kid wanting the chocolate bar. I much prefer the chocolate bar to the salad bar any day, unfortunately.

    I have a Dani as well. My Dani is only two and her name is short for Danica.

  28. These shots are gorgeous. The tetons would be a beautiful vaca. I smiled at your wording, "lovely mosquito infested hike." Not fun. Anyway, I hope you had a nice relaxing trip.

  29. I'm a new reader, and now, follower ๐Ÿ™‚ You write some funny stuff!

  30. WhisperingWriter says:

    Well, I think I'd prefer a chocolate bar to a salad one too ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do love my chocolate.

    But I also love salad, when I'm in the mood for it.

  31. Kim @ Mamas Monologues says:

    Sounds like fun! lol

  32. Jessica says:

    I want a chocolate bar too.

    My 7 yo wants a gun too but she doesn't want to use it for animals so I'm still trying to figure out what she wants it for.

  33. Stephanie says:

    O my word. Evie's look in that last photo is PRECIOUS. What a keeper of a photo!

  34. Those are some great pics…the scenery is beautiful!

  35. I’ve never been to Wyoming, but being from Texas I get to experience shootouts at least once a week ;). Loved the pictures and the kiddos have no problem with facial expressions hehe.

    I remember when my little brother asked my parents for a gun and they bought him a toy pop one and after inspecting it, he said; “No, I want a real one.” He never got one (thankfully, we weren’t that redneck) and I think he ended up getting a little fun out of the toy gun.

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