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We’ve Headed West

2011 August 13
by Becky

You may have noticed some blog silence (at least I hope you have!) and that is due to our travels west. Now that the move is over and we’ve had some time to breathe, it was time to bring Ethan to my home town for a visit.

We survived our first plane trip together—just the two of us—on Wednesday morning, flying from DC to Denver where my parents, Grandma and Grandpa Schon, were there to take us the rest of the way. Our destination: Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Where is that you ask?

To my absolute delight, Ethan was PERFECT on the 3.5 hour flight. (I’m a poet!) I had him wrapped up in the Moby and he slept for half the trip, woke up to eat and play, then went back to sleep until we landed.

Right from the start, we’ve been showing Ethan what Western Nebraska is all about! I never cease to be amazed by the openness of Scottsbluff…you can see for miles and the skies can be quite impressive. The bluffs surrounding this area are really beautiful too.

Grandma and Grandpa live on 40 acres filled with barns, fields, every prairie-friendly plant you can imagine, beautiful views of the Scottsbluff National Monument, and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

Midnight is my favorite kitty…he’s amazing.

My mom has a soft spot for cats and, along with some adoptions, lets strays stay if they are friendly. In fact, she just took in a beautiful cat who (unbeknownst to my mom) was pregnant with three adorable kittens! Mamma cat has since been fixed and two of the kittens will be heading to their new home soon—but one will stay on the ranch. Therefore, we call this place the “Cat Farm”.

I was lucky enough to grow up out here and experience incredible things—riding horses, American history, the birth of baby animals, driving four wheelers, fantastic sunsets, and the list goes on and on. I can’t wait for Ethan to start making memories here too.

We get a whole week here and, while it’s a long time away from Stu, we’re having a great time.

So, the next time you think of Nebraska think again…it will surprise you.

8 Responses
  1. Amy Voboril Kohlhepp permalink
    August 14, 2011

    Ethan and Annette look more and more like siblings…blonde hair, blue eyes and all! Enjoy EVERY second of being with your mom and dad and your home town :)

  2. Patti Voboril permalink
    August 14, 2011

    Western Nebraska is beautiful.! I too was amazed at the openness and beauty when we went there this summer. Joe and Sandy’s home is absolutely beautiful and I’m so glad Ethan will get to grow up enjoying it. We look forward to coming out for a visit.

  3. Linda Kosch permalink
    August 15, 2011


    Western Nebraska IS a beautiful and unique area…I am sure Ethan (and his parents) will create many memories there as the years go by! And, how special for your parents to have their grandson (and daughter) home!

    Just wondering when you and Stu will “introduce’ him to Husker football!?!

    Linda Kosch

  4. August 15, 2011

    I love the kitties!

  5. Lisa permalink
    August 17, 2011

    Thats awesome about your mom feeding the cats. I remember my grandma doing the same thing. People would just dump their cats out by where she lived so she’d feed them.

    • admin permalink*
      August 18, 2011

      Well, just to be clear, MOST of the cats were adopted from the humane society. Just the mamma cat was a ‘drop in’…she needed a good place to raise her family I guess!

  6. August 17, 2011

    I am totally surprised by western Nebraska! Not at all what I’d think it would be! I love the idea of that huge cat farm–you guys are going to make the best memories there. How sweet.

    • admin permalink*
      August 18, 2011

      It really is pretty out there…yes it has some small town draw-backs, but the beauty helps make up for them.

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