Monday, October 12, 2015

Firewood Day!

This man is LOVING living in the country.

He has a wood burning stove that he can't wait to use this winter.

He put his team together and made a day of wood splitting and stacking firewood. He made it a game and challenged the boys to see who could win. Dad versus the boys. They were serious about it!

The little ones had to get in on the action too!

The babies were glad when Daddy took a break to play for a few minutes.

The boys came up with the idea for this little table. They were excited to eat their lunch on their make shift table and wood chairs.

Just look at those wood piles! They worked hard all day. I am so proud of my little team!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Colorado Springs Day 6

We packed up early and hit the road. We had a stop to make on the way to our next destination. Our 4th grader had a special pass to get into any national park for free! He could also get his whole family in for free. How fun is that! It is a program called Every Kid in a Park.

We went to Bent's Old Fort....
"Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.  Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events." (from their website)

This place was amazing! Each room was full of artifacts that took you back in time. I was certainly impressed.

I would have enjoyed hearing about each of the rooms but there was one little problem. This guy decided he didn't feel like taking a tour of the trading post. Instead he fussed with his new cry. He says, "No" over and over again. However, his "No" sounds like "Mmmowwww" So, I walked around with a child in my arms who sounded like a crying cat. Lovely. At least he said, "cheese" for this selfie.

Ma and Pa said it was time for the tour to be over..."Children, load up in the wagon. It's time to hit the trail!"

Our last destination: Papa and Nana's house!!!

Papa and Nana are my grandparents. They live about 3 hours away from us. This means we don't get to see each other very often. I treasure our visits even when they are quick. We spent our last night of vacation with them before heading home.

We tucked tired kids into bed tonight when we got back to The Barn House.

Then we high-fived.

Another family vacation in the books! We will never forget it and we hope our kids will look back on this week fondly!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Colorado Springs Day 5

Our last day in Colorado Springs! We went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. My stars, that place is literally on a mountain side. It is uphill pretty much the whole time. Our stroller was loaded down with three children, a cooler, water bottles, sweatshirts and the diaper bag. It was a work out! EJ pushed it the whole time. He is the man! 

We are not off to a good start with this guy.

These sweet little ponies were more my speed.

The bald eagle was majestic. It seems fitting that he is living in this beautiful place.

This little baby Orangutan was fun to watch. I like how the Momma is just laying there like she is over it. She is probably ready for a post lunch nap and her naughty baby wants to play! 

Baby E was snoozing away.

Baby D was saying, "OUT!" He loves animals and he wanted to be near them the whole time.

Daddy and the 5 oldest enjoyed feeding the birds.

A quick stop for lunch. The kids were distracted by the peacock family. It was pretty cute to see those little babies.

The favorite part of their day was feeding the giraffes!

This momma lion had three lion cubs.

Baby D wanted to give Q a hug. These pictures are beyond precious to me. I love these boys!

The zoo has a road that leads to the "Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun". By the time we made it up there, two of our little ones were fast asleep so we didn't get out to explore. The view was beautiful.

Tonights Menu: GF Spaghetti and Salad

Washing up laundry now. Another major benefit of staying in a VRBO home. No massive post vacation laundry pile for me!