Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Break ‘11

We got to spend this year’s spring break in Darrin’s and my most favorite place on earth…that would be Colorado.  Darrin’s uncle has a completely gorgeous ranch just outside of Alamosa and we were lucky enough to get to spend the week in his guest house.  The kids LOVED the horses and everything about this vacation.  No tv or cell phone service and we all survived and didn’t even miss itSmile.




Little man LOVED feeding those horses…IMG_3699

These next 2 are for my ‘Twilight’ loving friends…NOT joking, this dog is part WOLF!  Yes, you heard me.  There is a man who live close to Wayne and Nancy that breeds them.  He was so gentle…and gorgeous!….IMG_3718IMG_3721

It wasn’t ALL perfect…and beautiful…and gorgeous…and happy family…IMG_3750

Riding horses with Wayne…IMG_3772IMG_3777

Feeding the fish in the pond with Nancy…IMG_3791

There were deer everywhere…EVERYWHERE!!!!  Herds and herds….IMG_3797


We went to the sand dunes on just about the windiest day we could have.  They are completely amazing.  You could see them off of Wayne and Nancy’s land and everyday, because of the winds, they would look different…simply amazing…IMG_3855

Those little ‘specs’ are people hiking the dunes…WOW!…IMG_3866

When I was 8 years old, I learned how to snow ski in this little mountain town.  The small lift is still there but no longer running.  This was pretty much the only shop open.   IMG_3895

The rock formations outside Cuchara are incredible….IMG_3929

We went to a crocodile farm…evidently a huge tourist attraction for southern Colorado.  It was horrible and I will never take my kids to it again.  We could have renewed our zoo membership to our beautiful, well kept, humane zoo for the price we paid for the 5 of us to go.  I’ll sum it up – there was a dead goose at the entry gate that no worker was planning on cleaning up, my 3 kids got to walk past a worker skinning a crocodile, it was freezing cold outside (snowing actually) and there were tons  of animals left outside…. Aren’t crocs warm, humid weather animals?… and there was trash in cages.  Just not a big fan of the croc farm…IMG_3990IMG_3996IMG_3998

And did I mention there were deer everywhere?  Yep, even in people’s front yards.  It was crazy!  IMG_4048

We had such a great time!  The kids and I had never met Wayne and Nancy before and they just couldn’t have been more gracious.  They never had kids of their own but you would never know it by how great they were with ours.  Thanks Wayne and Nancy!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

mice, leprechauns, and a horse…oh my!…..

This once a month  blogging is really putting me in a funk.  There’re all these things I should be journaling but I either forget about the moment 2 minutes after it happens, am never at the computer, or this 2 year old in this house has me running like a mad woman….the latter…yes, the latterSmile  The kids are getting older, which means I am getting busier, which means I am losing my mind!!!!! …. it’s all a vicious cycleSmile

Sawyer was Star of the Week the week of March 14-18.  this years class mascot is a little Church Mouse.  I kind of felt sad for this one…up until now, they have all had a name.  This one…just Mouse….hmmm…

Sawyer was so excited when she was FINALLY picked as SOTW.  If you remember, the one concern with Sawyer in a classroom situation is that she ALWAYS wants to be FIRST!  I’m pretty sure her teachers rigged the ‘pull the name out of a can’ system.  TOTALLY fine with this mama.  It was so good for her to wait her turn.P1010007P1010008star of the week sawer 002star of the week sawer 004star of the week sawer 006star of the week sawer 009IMG_3624IMG_3636 


Of course, St. Patty’s Day was the 17th.  Those crazy little green men made a visit to our house in the middle of the night.  The kids just couldn’t believe they did what they did!!!!  Even a potty break!!!…are you kidding me?????!!!!!!  obnoxious I tell you, just obnoxious!



and….do you see why every minute of every day is consumed with this ‘lil’ cowboy’?…..IMG_3589-1 


Next up:  Our spring break in ColoradoSmile

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