Saturday, November 20, 2010

Halloween 2010

Our beautiful princess Cinderella Our little space ranger Buzz Lightyear. He wouldn't stand still for a picture.
All three "kids": Superdog, Cinderella, and Buzz Lightyear.
Ready to go trick-or-treating with his yellow sword light stick.
The princess and her pink wand light stick.
Madelyn and Xavier in their Halloween jammies--lights on,
lights off
Madelyn doing the bean bag toss at our church's harvest party
She must have inherited some fine bowling skills from her mother
Our pumpkins, Potato Head style
Madelyn got to go to the pumpkin patch with her preschool. They did the small maze made out of hay bales.
Then they ventured into the big corn maze. We were part of the last group of seven to emerge from the maze.
Mommy found some awesome deals after Halloween so we had to play dress-up
Our little Woody cowboy
He refers to himself as Woody when he wears this outfit, even without the hat.

Ouray/Telluride trip

We wanted to get away for a night, so we headed down to Ouray and Telluride. We went the last weekend of September and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect and the color with all the changing leaves was incredible.

A beautiful view from our hike. The view from our motel room. There we hiked Box Canon Falls. It was a fun hike.
Daddy and his kiddos.
Madelyn did pretty well and hiked most of it herself. She opted to ride on Daddy's shoulders up the stairs and up the big hill.
Once we were at a pretty flat place Xavier decided he wanted out of the backpack so he could hike.
Picture time with Daddy.
Picture time with Mommy.
After a long hike you need a nap. Xavier did not want to sleep in the pack-n-play, so he took a nap on the bed with Madelyn. This was his first time to sleep in a big bed.
The next morning we drove over to Telluride and did a little exploring. We enjoyed the gondola ride.
Before heading back home to Grand Junction we stopped at a park.
We enjoyed playing at the park and wearing the kids out so that they took a good nap on the way home.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whittington Center 2010

We headed to Raton, NM over Labor Day Weekend for the annual trip to the Whittington Center. The weather was beautiful and we all had a wonderful time. This was the 5th year we've gone.
Great Grandpa Poppy with all his great grand kids You have to watch that the bears don't eat the little boys. (There is actually a sign behind us that said "Do not feed or touch the bear." Whoops!) The ladies and kiddos by the Welcome Center/Bookstore/Museum Our annual picture by the horse. Uncle Ryan had to work this year so he missed out on the picture.
Riding with the scout.
We saw lots of wildlife. There was a mama and twin deer right outside the cabin. We also saw a couple of little horned lizards.
Why do we buy toys when the kids were completely entertained playing in the dirt and with rocks?
Madelyn loves to play in the dirt and sand, but doesn't want to get completely dirty or uncomfortable, so she sat in a chair to play.
The little ones loved playing on Madelyn's bed. They just rolled and bounced all over it. Amelia especially loved to tackle Xavier (he wasn't so hip on it though).
Madelyn Post-Marshmallow. Mommy found some HUGE campfire marshmallows and we never had the opportunity to use them camping, so she finally got to have one on this trip.
The most entertaining part of the trip was Xavier and the grasshopper (or "hopper" as he called it). He LOVES bugs (or "buggies"). He likes to get down and really check them out and touch them. This hopper was half-way dead when he found it. He pushed it around and then picked it up and carried it around. Adriana and Madelyn were just watching, following him around, and laughing. Then they came to tell us that the hopper had pooped in Xavier's hand. The real situation was that Xavier fell and squished the grasshopper in his hand. The girls were grossed out, but it didn't bother the boy a bit. Again, not sure why we spend money on toys.

Happy Birthday Miss Amelia

Little Miss Amelia turned one on Aug 21st. We went down to Delta for the celebration. All the kiddos enjoyed playing in the house with Granny
The happy Birthday Girl!
Adriana pulling a load of precious cargo with Great Grandma Lois watching
Xavier enjoyed the watermelon
Xavier showing Adriana how he can blow bubbles
Madelyn eating a candy cane on Grandma's lap
Adriana loves watermelon!
Xavier worked at mastering the step all day long.
The big birthday girl checking out her presents
Great Grandpa Poppy helped Xavier drive the tractor