June was such a crazy month and somehow in the mix of it all, I forgot to hit "Publish" on this post! Anyway, these two are getting married in October and I'm so excited to be a part of it. Fall is my favorite time of year, Big Sky is GORGEOUS, and Meagan and Jeff are so wonderful.
We met up in Florence (Montana - not Italy!) at Jeff's family's beautiful ranch for their engagement photos and a few family ones as well. Despite some circumstances beyond our control (the mosquitoes were so thick!), it was such a fun couple of hours. Jeff's son joined us for a few photos and was such a great sport. This little family has such a fun relationship and it was so nice to have Preston along for this adventure!
And the pups - oh my goodness the pups! They were so enthusiastic. I LOVE my animals and it makes me so happy when others value theirs so much as well.
I met Jeff during law school (he was a year ahead of me) and am so glad he's got Meagan to share this life with. She is so smart and kind (and beautiful!) and their interactions are hilarious! She laughs at his jokes when they're funny and side eyes him when they're not, and when he said he was bringing nine different outfits, she let him run with it, maybe because she knew that he wouldn't actually go through with it when it came down to choosing that many!
I can't wait to see these two say "I do" in a couple of months!
So I'm in the Phoenix area for a single day (yesterday!) legal conference, but lucky me, Allegiant only flies Monday and Friday between Phoenix and Bozeman. So I've got a couple of days to enjoy the desert before heading back to the mountains and I'm not mad about it.
I spent this morning touring the Desert Botanical Gardens and all of a sudden, this ocean girl is seriously rethinking my favorite landscape. The desert is incredible! It's amazing how many species of plants flourish in such a harsh landscape. And mesquite trees: have you ever had mesquite flour? It's made from ground up beans from the mesquite tree and is SO. FREAKING. GOOD. It's a little sweet and now I need to find some for all the baking I don't do.
Anyway, I strolled through the butterfly garden to catch the tail end of their time here. It's so cool to just sit and watch them fly all around you. Normally, giant flying bugs are not my jam, but butterflies totally are.
Carrying on now...I wandered the various trails and am just blown away by how gorgeous these desert plants are. And the mountains: I'm used to mountains, but the mountains here are so different from the ones in Montana and it's so beautiful. So I will not be getting on my flight back to Bozeman on Friday. If you need me, I'll be wandering through the desert, likely stuck with cactus needles and dehydrated, but loving every second of it.
Kidding...I'll be back. At least until I can swing snowbird status.