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Friday, August 25, 2017

Colorado Bound!

Need to break up the end of summer blues?

How about a trip to beautiful Colorado?

Sounds like a plan.


Lunch break on day 2 of our drive.
We were so excited about this little hill "mountain."


Taking a walk near our rent house. After a couple of days of driving we needed a little chill time.


Hiking!
The kids had the best time on our little excursions.


Our first hike: Treasure Falls.
The sun was still coming up over the mountain, so it was hard to get a decent picture.


Bridge at the base of the falls.


Family shot!
Minus one.


Scenic overlook.
Absolutely beautiful!



When we were at the overlook, there were tons of chipmunks! They were so friendly.


The house we stayed in had some board games, and Ryder learned to play checkers. However, this was the ways they played with these games for the week.


Hike number two: Silver Falls.
We had a long, rough drive to get to the trail head. But the views were awesome!


Since we had to go so slow on the rocky road, we let the kids peek out the windows. They were pretending to be puppies.


This was the sign for the trail head. We almost turned around before we saw a little shack and stick in the ground.


Our first attempt at timed picture taking. Nick wiped out twice maneuvering on these rocks.


Attempt number two. The Silver Falls hike was very short but really steep. I was stressed out for the kids the whole time.


We discovered that the bark on these trees smells like caramel.
No joke.
They are smelling the tree.
Yes I was laughing.


"The hills are alive!"


Ryder took a picture of us! He did a pretty good job.


The town calendar showed that the local library has a story time once a week, so we thought we'd check it out while we were there. The next day was national s'mores day, so we read camping books and made this cool s'mores craft.


Later that day we wandered around town. The San Juan River runs through town, so we visited one of their river walks.


Nick caught a crawdad that was chasing minnows.


We ate at the best brewery; Pagosa Brewing Company. Their beer was so smooth and tasty. We went back the next night just for beer and play.


They had a huge outdoor dining tent and a play area for the kids. I think they liked it even more than we did, and made many friends


Caught someone having a good ol' time with Mama's clothes. You can't beat that smile.


Our third hike: Piedra Falls. It was a bit of a drive, but, as it is in most cases in Colorado, beautiful.


The water was flowing very well here. It was misty and full of the sound of the waterfall.


Big rock formations on the side of the mountain.


Say, "waterfall!"


Nothing like climbing on river rocks.


Lunch by the creek.


So ready to play!


Sunrise on our last morning.


The trip home always feels longer, especially when you're confined to a car seat. This was Crosby's face watching Micky Mouse for the first time. He fell asleep soon after.


Kids love hotels, especially the elevators and luggage carts!

This was a special trip for us in many ways, one being that it was the first vacation that was just our family. While we would have enjoyed sharing it with more people, it was a special experience with just us. Nick is ready to book next year's trip!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Calling All Octonauts! A Birthday Celebration.

We enjoyed a special cousin visit that included the kiddos' birthday bash.


Explore! Rescue! Protect!
The food table.


Veggie tray and fruit tray.
I got the cute food signs here.


I thought my "gup of fruit" turned out pretty cute!


The bait was really for me, but everyone seemed to enjoy it!


Buckets of chips!


The birthday boy!
(I didn't get a picture of the birthday girl, she was kind of hard to pin down.)


Gram and Pops with newest grandson, Crosby.


Cousins hangin' on the treehouse.


Kid table!


Cupcakes!


Our little captain!

The kids had a good time opening presents on their actual birthday.


It was happy chaos.


We went out to the lake for a little boat fun. Crosby loved it when the boat was moving, but when it stopped, the misery of the life jacket became too much.


8 months!
He is everywhere. Walking is just around the corner!


Cousin moment.


/The kids had a great birthday week! And as Mama is secretly boo-hooing about how they are getting older, they continue to grow and show me that there is nothing like watching them turn into the amazing people they will be.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Lovin'

Maybe "lovin'" is an exaggeration, but hey, we've got to find love in the simple things, right?

We live in Texas. Summer is hot. Such is life.

There are good things about summer though!


Turning 6 months is a big deal!


Trying solid foods (and hating them) is a milestone too!
We actually had to take a break and try again. He still isn't thrilled with food.


Watching Daddy work on the driveway. Yea no more red clay!



Bath! Love, love, love bath time!


First thing that comes to mind when we think of summer?
Cousin visit!


Cutting out cookies. Our sugar cookies are chocolate around here.


Such a fun activity.


My adventurous girl!


Crosby's first swim in the lake!
He's already such a waterbug.


Lake party!


Or two!


Best part of summer is the swimming!


Lots of water time.


Seven months!
When I took this picture he was just on the verge of crawling. Two days later he was full out crawling. Now he's venturing further and further. Mostly he's crawling, crying, and looking for me. Those stinkin' teeth make you cranky.


New kitty: Taco con Crema Agria.
AKA: Taco.
Unfortunately we lost our Pepperjack this spring. That's the way it goes in the country sometimes I guess. We have given his half brother Taco a home now. He is such a sweetie.


First visit to the peach orchard!


Family shot!
The reality of family picture taking is that it is impossible to get everyone looking at the camera at once.


Fourth of July party!
Multi-tasking - even daddies can do it!


Cheeeeeese!


Seven and a half months and already doing this!
Noooo!


We are half way through the summer and there is still so much fun to be had! Who says summers aren't fun? Even though it's hot, we still find ways to have a good time. And stay busy. Always with the busy. We have to remember to slow down and watch the chickens scratch around, listen to the bees in the garden, and the kids screaming their heads off in the next room. 
Some sounds are more soothing than others.