Friday, October 3, 2014

Back Home

With going to Mexico and then leaving immediately to go camping, we were happy to be home! This also marked the official "start" of our school year (even though we technically still do school over the summer). The boys are in charge of Rhys' preschool this year and they have come up with some fun stuff:

We had our back to school party at a local fun center - it's so great to go during the day when it's empty!







We maxed out our summer fun and are ready for fall!

Grand Lake

We spent another wonderful holiday weekend in Grand Lake! It rained...as usual, but we were cozy in our cabins. Brooke loved being outside all day!


She is crazy about animals. Especially dogs! She makes a panting noise every time she sees him (that is always our kids first animal sound!)

Parker caught a ton of crawdads this trip...and even ate one!

We did our favorite waterfall hike. Even though the water is freezing, the boys always insist on wading and splashing around!



We boiled up a crawdad for Parker. There was some beautiful green slime in there (which I quickly rinsed off). He said it tasted like shrimp!


Our annual Moose sightings! A mom and her two babies.

We went through Rocky Mountain National Park on the way home and hit a few of our favorite kid-friendly spots. 



Finding lots of critters while we visited the historical site:



A buffalo hide coat!

It's so fun to dress up!



Even though it was pretty chilly, the park is so stunningly beautiful. We always love going up!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mexico Pt. 2

Sayalita!! We took a bus ride to spend a day at the beach in this amazing little town. The waves were still pretty big, so we used them - boogie boarding! Parker and Landon were scared at first, but had a BLAST once they got used to it. I was so proud of them!



These cuties played...and slept...and ate.


Vanessa and Dave chilling after their surf lessons. Dave was really sick, but he still did it!

More boarding!



Landon started getting up on his knees!

There was a little stream running into the ocean, so we thought "hey! Let's give our kids giardia!". This was by far their favorite place to play - and Brooke did her best to catch a parasite (didn't succeed!).




Parker was dead set on trying coconut milk! He was not a huge fan. But he LOVED the machete they used to open it with!

Tuckered out and ready to head home!


Foot bath!

Found a little crab on the road:

We stopped for Vanessa to grab some Thai food:



While the kids were sleeping, I found a gecko in the hallway and caught it. It was a fun surprise for them when they woke up! He was SO darn fast, they only held him for a few minutes before he escaped.

This we call "Murder Alley". We walked through here to get to the supermercado and the bus. This is the route I took to purchase - and feed to our guests - chicharron. No more white girls allowed to buy Mexican meats!


Rhys loved this frog in the airport!

We hit the flea market on our way home and bought Scott a new wedding ring. The boys loved looking at things, though they need training in how to not seem invested!

It was an awesome trip - so glad we went!