Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Below are some great pictures with some captions to tell you what else we have been up to!
Carter turned 10! Connor made the cake. Connor has gotten really into cooking lately. Thanks Grandma for helping the icing to come out right! He had a whole Batman theme going on. He got a lot of money for Build a Bear thanks to Grandma, Nicholas and Nana. He went the day after his birthday and bought three bears with plenty left over for the Fall. He is excited to go pick out a Halloween costume for one or two of them. Great gift for him, he couldn't be happier.
Carter, me and his new friend Tony going up the chair lift to the alpine slide. Carter went up once with me and Tony and then ditched me to spend the rest of the day with Tony. He works with an awesome program based out of Winter Park that does disabled outdoor sports. The program was amazing. Not at all competitive, just fun, which fits Carter perfectly. They have amazing trips that are all accessible including camping, rafting, and horseback riding.
I absolutely love this picture of Carter on the alpine slide at Winter Park. He looks so free and full of joy. Don't worry, Tony was actually right in front of him but he separated just for the picture. Connor and I were in the fast lane where I got rear ended and thrown out of the car. I had quite a few bruises and burns but it was all worth that incredible smile on his face! Con had a BLAST as well.
Carter being fit for his winter sit-ski. We will all take family ski lessons through the same program that we did the resort day with. Connor is so looking forward to learning how to snowboard.
Connors best friend, Connor came to spend some time with us. The boys had so much fun but it made my Connor miss 'home' even more. They are in the middle of the boat on this picture. I have never seen a ride soak you as much as this one. We were at Elitch Gardens which is a Six Flags amusement park. Both boys love it here. They have an little Main Street that sells Disney stuff so Carter is always happy! They have a water park here as well. We have been several times since moving here.
Connor and Connor on our back fence.
The weather is WILD here. Connor drew pictures in the hail one day. It is a toontown smilie face. We had three days of tornado warnings. One of the days we were smack in the middle of three of them with one touching down less than a mile from us at the lake.
This is Sammy the Salamander. We found him living in the playroom window well one day. He only comes out when it rains. By the size of him I am sure he has been there a very long time. We have many other wild friends. We have Sammy the Squirrel (don't know why we named him the same) and lots of chickadees and finches. We occasionally see deer and fox next to the house. It is hard for the kids to understand that they are wild and not pets but we are trying to just observe and give them some feeders so that the kids see them more. I have gotten really into the birds which the kids think is hilarious. They call me the freaky bird lady.
Beautiful picture from 13,000 feet at Winter Park. Carter and I went up there with Tony. Carter was not real happy with this ski lift as it was much steeper than the one for the slide or skiing. The crazy thing is that kids as young as 7 can be seen mountain biking down this. Our nephew Tyler would probably have a blast doing that as he is quite the little BMXer. If you click on the picture you will see all the brown trees. This is damage from a pine beetle that is literally killing the forest in the Rocky Mountains. It is so sad to see the devastating amount of damage that has been and is being done.
Just a gorgeous picture from our back patio after a summer rain. Pretty symbolic of our time so far in Colorado. Seems like good things are starting to come out of the darker clouds!
Have a great month everyone!
Check out Carts blog to read his stories: Carters World
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It is BEAUTIFUL here. My Vegas and Phoenix friends shall drool at the fact that I took a wonderful, meandering walk through tall fields and pine forests and it was 65 degrees out tonight! Don't worry I will suck it up and take your bragging when it is snowing here and you all are running around in shorts.
Everyone here is scarily friendly. No seriously, I am afraid to drink the CO koolaid. I didn't realize how jaded I had become in Vegas until I got here and everyone you talk to is nice. There must be some nasty people around here somewhere....(heehee)
I went to the garden center today and signed up for some classes. I am so excited to grow flowers!!!
Connor is loving the community pool. He can walk over by himself. Carter and I have been twice this last week. Our new homeschool co-op has park days on Wed so we will check that out next week. This week I have someone coming to give me an estimate on making the house more accessible. I have heard that the library two blocks away loves homeschoolers and runs lots of classes during the school year for us.
Boxes, boxes, busy, busy....miss everyone! Pictures next time!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Two major fears have been conquered over the last week
- Connor went on the Canyon Blaster at Adventure Dome. He has never been on an upside down coaster. He really wanted to do it before we moved. I can't believe our doctor let him do it with the concussion, but I knew if he said it was OK, there was nothing to worry about.
- Carter went to the movies!!! That was huge. It was his Father's Day present to Bob. We saw Kung Fu Panda.
Con and I went to see the new Indiana Jones last week and that sparked a new interest in some ancient ruins. He has been watching shows and reading about Stonehenge. The movie didn't specifically mention that area but for some reason, he is really interested in it. Funny how kids minds make leaps like that when you let them just wonder a bit. I love to watch that process unfold. We have had some great conversations lately about ancient societies and the meaning of life. You can tell he is getting older and his thought process is expanding to realize that, wow, *get ready for the shocker* the world may not really revolve completely around him. Fun stuff, truly! I am really enjoying getting to know this new him.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Carter, on the other hand, is not used to be the 'sibling of the sick one'. Talk about role reversal. Carter is bored to death as well. So,he is hosting the following virtual party tonight.
If your kids play Club Penguin, Carter would like to have a virtual meetup tonight at 5:00. In order for everyone to get on his Buddy List. Have the kids meet his Penguin, TeddyBear007, on the SNOWGLOBE server in the middle of the town at 5 tonight. Once they are on each others Buddy List they can apparently find each other anytime! Post your kids penguins names if you are coming so he knows who to look for. Thanks guys!
**Carter says to make sure and bring your party clothes**
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Just as I faxed back the termination, Connor fell in the backyard doing exactly what I have told him a thousand times not to do. He jumped from the retaining wall behind and to the sides of the little basketball court area to the rim to practice dunking and missed this time. Of course he had the rim set at 10 feet so he fell and smacked the back of his head onto the concrete from 10 feet in the air. He didn't bleed or break anything but he has a wicked headache and can't remember what happened. Bob is at the emergency room with him now. He called a little bit ago to say that they are taking him in for an XRAY but it looks like the standard kid concussion. They have told him he needs to stay still and inside for a minimum of a week. A goody, this will be fun!
Bob goes back to CO on Sunday for an indefinite amount of time. I am back to look online for houses. Maybe the boys and I will go back with him this Sunday so I can look some more. That ought to be about as much fun as keeping Con inside for a week.
Wine, wine, I need some wine (not whine, I have plenty of that)
**update: Con just started throwing up at the ER so they are doing a CT instead of an xray**
**update2: OMG---he fractured his skull and they are admitting him. Will write more as I can.**
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We did it! Found and ironed out a purchase agreement during our 5 day house hunting trip, with the kids in tow, I might add. Actually it only took us 2 days to find the house and we spent the next three days touring the town :) We fell in love with it the minute we saw it. The street is adorable. All of the homes are custom so they all have their own character. Such a difference from our cookie cutter street here. Nice wide open spaces, raised vegetable beds, trees and flowers and mountain views...oh, my! The house has 6 beds, 5 baths so lots of space for our friends to visit. :)
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Con turned 12 this week. OMGosh, where did the time go? I blink and another year goes by. He is taller than me now. He is wearing a size 101/2 men's shoe. My baby is no longer a baby :) Connor got an XBOX for his birthday. He has been enjoying the Halo game a little too much, ha ha. Tuesday was our weekly park day with the homeschool group I started. We went to
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Miranda talks about a program called Swaptree, which is basically trading your books, dvd's, cd's and such to another person. The thing that caught my eye was the video games. It drives me crazy how fast the kids go through them and when you sell them back you only get an insulting fraction of the price you paid. So, we simply stopped selling them back and I have piles of these games that my kids are tired of.
Tara informed me that I can cancel those bulky,waste of paper phone books that I get. I honestly did not know this. Yes, I do always recycle them but not getting them at all would be even better.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I have been reflecting a lot about this change for a few weeks now and I am ready to move on. Las Vegas was a huge change in our lives. I can honestly say that I really grew up in Las Vegas. This is where I learned that I can truly raise my family on my own. In Phoenix, we had so much help but in Vegas I had to learn to do things on my own, especially with Bob traveling so much. Vegas gave me a confidence in myself that I didn't have before.
Vegas will always be special to me and the people that I have come to love here will be hard to leave but everything in life has a season and our Vegas season coming to a close now feels right.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Written by: Carter
Once upon a time two tadpoles were expelled by the evil Uncle Milton from the Frogville Stream. Uncle Milton captured them in a small bottle and gave them no food. He sent them in the mail to
Unfortunately Uncle Milton's evil plan was foiled by a hero named Bat Kid. Bat Kid rescued the tiny tadpoles from their packaging and began the process of creating a habitat for them to thrive in.
Bat Kid used his super powers to turn the tadpoles into healthy and strong frogs. The day came when the frogs were strong enough to be released back into the wild. Bat Kid found a pond (in his backyard) where the frogs could be safe and happy. The frogs were strong enough to make their way back to Frogville Stream where they attacked Uncle Milton and made him apologize for keeping them captive in a jar for weeks. Uncle Milton promised to never catch frogs again. The frogs returned to the Bat Pond and lived happily ever after.
Moms note to other parents: While the boys finally enjoyed seeing the process of metamorphosis, I would never, ever recommend buying tadpoles through Uncle Milton's. Read the reviews on this product. You can also read our experiences with this and see how much more money, effort and heartache this took. If you live in an area where you can't find tadpoles in nature, ask your fish store. Occasionally they accidentally get shipped in with the feeder fish and the store will gladly give them to you. This is a much better way to rescue a tapdole :)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
First off, my dad is in the hospital. He hasn't been feeling well lately and his legs have been really swollen. He has been there since Saturday with little to no progress in figuring out what is really the problem. Things are moving very, very slowly.
My mom turned 80 on Sunday. I can hardly believe that this vibrant woman is 80. She came up to spend a few days with us despite my dads hospital stay. She mostly hung out with us and enjoyed the kids busy schedule. Here is a picture of her and I at the local bar (yup, you read that right) playing video poker for her birthday dinner. ROFL!
Nala was presented with her service dog cape today. She is officially a "service dog in training" and has full access rights to anywhere her humans go. The boys are trying to figure out which rides at Disneyland she will like. :) Below is a picture of her and Krista, our incredible doggie and people trainer. Krista's organization, All Purpose Canines, is incredible. Please visit their site if you are interested in a service dog.
Bob has been in Colorado this week.
....and for those of you waiting to hear about our recent decisions, I will probably have a 100% answer by the weekend. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
C: I am going on Club Penguin to earn more coins.
C: I need more coins to buy new clothes so I can get a girlfriend.
Me: Um, OK. Good luck with that.
***30 minutes later***
***Carter enters visibly upset***
C: My girlfriend broke up with me!
C: I did everything right. I don't understand. I took her to the pizza parlor. I took her to the coffee shop. Then she invited me back to her igloo
M: ***starting to giggle at this point***
C: Then she just dumped me. *very sad puppy dog face*I did everything right. Why?
M: I don't know C, girls can be like that.
***5 minutes pass. C is back on the computer.***
Me: What you doing now?
C: Applying for a job (he is in the Club Penguin Pizza Parlor)
C: Well, I can't get a girlfriend so I might as well get a job!
***And who says that unschoolers don't learn anything????***
In case you don't know, Club Penguin is a virtual game owned by Disney where kids interact as penguin characters.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The movie City Slicker comes to mind here...
Who doesn't have Fair memories of the big slide?
Can't believe he really went on this!
They really do have fun together :)
Watching the goat show...
Have I mentioned yet how AMAZING Nala is? She is only 17 weeks (pushing 45 pounds now) and she walked that Fair for 5 hours like a pro. The only thing she balked at were the roosters. She had no problems with any other animal, noise or people. She is beyond incredible but if I have to answer one more time, "What type of dog is that?" I may say she is a cat.