Sunday, August 21, 2011
We played water balloons after church today. Caroline promptly smashed every one of hers, within 10 seconds of it being made, it was reduced to a puddle and shred of latex again. She had a blast watching them explode. Rylan, on the other hand, carefully saved every balloon I made for him. He asked for a bucket in which he nestled each, naming them ("cutie-pie") and talking to them like pets. I just thought the contrast between the two kids was so funny, and I love seeing how different their two personalities are.
The funny thing is, my destructo girl loves flowers and was also very sweetly kissing each petunia in the bed tonight. When she had almost reached the end she exclaimed, "Ooops, I got snot on that one!"
Sunday, August 14, 2011
We got to see a couple hot air balloons finishing their flight on our drive to the reservoir.
Sunshine, cool water, and a mountain view. What more could I ask for?
One of the most special treats was seeing a beautiful wild Columbine. I thought the season for them to bloom was long past, since my "tame" plants were done blooming in June. I think I scared Bethany because she didn't know what I was getting so excited about at first and thought it might be a bear! We just saw this lone plant along the trail to Timberline Falls, but the next day saw many more on a hillside along the Cache Le Poudre trail.
Bethany and I had wanted to hike to Timberline Falls on her visit two years ago, but after hauling a certain 25 lb. 9-month old 3 miles to Loch Vale, I was too tired to hike another mile. Turns out, it was a tough, steep trail in spots, so we definitely made the right decision. It made reaching our goal all the more sweet this time.
There was a lot more snow near the lake than two years ago.
On Saturday, we also drove through the park to Grand Lake. We hiked some on the west side of the park on the Cache Le Poudre river trail. There were lots of wildflowers and pretty green hillsides as far as we could see. If we had a little more bug spray to keep the mosquitos away, it would have been perfect. We had a nice lunch in Grand Lake on the boardwalk watching the sailboats and then headed back to the Springs and real life. We will have lots of memories and great pictures to treasure until next year.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Rylan: I want a cat.
Me: We can't have a cat because I am allergic. When you grow up and move out, you can have all the cats you want.
Rylan: Is there a cat store? I want 36 hundred cats or... maybe five.
Me: That's a lot of cats! You know cats poop in a box and you have to clean it out, right?
Rylan: Okay, well when I grow up I will just ask my mo..I mean, my wife and she will do it for me.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Before we saw the animals, the kids had a chance to "drive" some big road-building machinery.
Rylan fell in love with these goats. We caught him petting this one and singing it a lullaby. He is so gentle and affectionate with the animals. I think we have enough room in our backyard for a baby goat, and then Charlton wouldn't have to mow anymore.
Caroline enjoyed the goats, too.
This foal was in a friendly mood. We also got to see some rabbits of which I didn't get any pictures. Caroline was so excited to see them, that she tried to kiss the rabbit through the cage! When that didn't work so well, the rabbit's owner had compassion on her and brought the bunny out for a proper petting. We definitely have room for a rabbit in the back yard. I haven't had the energy to care for another living thing for a long time, but seeing the kid's love for animals blossom is making me think the Clarke family may need a 4-footed addition sometime in the future.
As much as the kids loved seeing the animals, I think the ferris wheel ride may have won out in popularity. I was so proud of being frugal by only spending $3 on admission, and packing our own lunches, then blew that with our $3 rides (each person) on the ferris wheel. But how could we go to the fair and not ride at least one ride?
Hate that the wire cross in front of his eyes, but you can still see Rylan's big smile.
These two even managed to get a few extra turns on the wheel, because a TV news crew was filming. Rylan was so excited about getting to ride with his Bethany, too.
Caroline was busy scoping out some other rides she wanted to try next. She loved her ride, too, and wasn't afraid a bit. I am not sure who will ride those crazy, spinning, vomit-inducing rides with her when she is older. Definitely not her mama!
I need to head off to bed so I will wait for another night to update on how the kids are doing with their "habits." I will say God is definitely answering prayers and things are going very well!