Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Katelyn Rose turns 7!!

My baby girl turned seven today! I can't believe how time has flown. Katelyn will be in 2nd grade next year and is excited for the new school year to begin. She is a perfectionist and always has to get everything right in school. She is a sweetheart and likes to care for others...especially her grandma Rene and when we are watching little ones at our house. She is always willing to help someone out. I love her spunkiness and her excitement of learning new things.

Happy birthday baby girl!!

(She loves getting email...so if you would like her email address to send her a birthday greeting, email me and I will send you her address).




Monday, July 21, 2014

Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak and camping

Our last stop in Colorado Springs was Pikes Peak. We left the boys behind because it was naptime and a storm was rolling in. It was either go without them or don't go at all, so we went. You can either take a train all the way to the top going straight up the side...which equals bucko bucks! OR can also just drive 19 miles to the top which is about 1/3 the cost. So we drove. I think by taking the train you would miss out on so much. There are several stops along the way such as pull-offs to take pictures and pretty lakes to look at.

The girls enjoyed the drive up. When we got there it was pretty cloudy, so we couldn't see much. At 14,000 ft up we all felt a bit light headed and it was a little hard to breathe like normal. We are all glad we went though. We even saw some big horned sheep along the way.

It rained on and off in Colorado Springs, so one night we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows undee my parents RV canopy. The couple that we rafted with said you can pretty much count on rain every day in Colorado Springs.

Next stop Rocky Mountain National Forrest and Denver!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colorado Springs: Cliff dwellings, Red rock, Royal Gorge, River rafting, and Helen Hunt falls

We had a great time in Colorado Springs! If you missed my last few posts, go check them out.

The next stop on our agenda was the cliff dwellings in Manitou Springs. This was where the Anasazi tribe once dwelled. We all thought it was a pretty fascinating set up. The kids enjoyed going from room to room seeing how this tribe once lived.

We stayed across the street from the Red Rock Canyon open space. We were not quiet sure what it was, so Sean and checked it out one night without the kids. It was a great area to go hiking for miles and miles. I wore flip flops that evening, so we couldn't hike very far. There was also a little lake and swimming hole where a few kids were diving off of cliffs.

I really wanted to go see some type of waterfall. We had a choice between the Seven Falls, which cost money to see or a free one. Of course I chose the free one. We enjoyed our visit and hiked up to the top of the falls with three of the kids. Katelyn made it part of the way with my dad, but chose to walk back half way up and hang out with grandma.
On one of the days, Sean and I snuck away and went river rafting on the Arkansas river. It was so much fun! My biggest regret was that I didn't bring a waterproof camera. Next time! I can't wait to take all of the kids when they are older. We were pretty lucky to be in a smaller boat with one other couple. They were really nice and we had a nice time visiting with them.
The pic I didn't want to pay $25 for...I am behind the oto if the word photograhy. Sean is in the blue shirt.
After we rafted we went to see the Royal Gorge bridge...well kind of. We didn't want to pay $20 for a tour and the bridge is closed due to damage from either a flood or fire. Can't remember which. So we caught a glimpse of part of it...you can kind of see it in the pictures.
Stay tuned for Pikes Peak and Rocky Mountain National Forrest!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family and more!

Continuing on with our Colorado Springs vacation, our next stop was the Focus on the Family headquarters. I didn't know what to expect when we first arrived. The kids were very curious about what we were doing and quiet frankly I couldn't tell them. In the end they really enjoyed the visit. The first floor featured different areas with information about all of the ministries of Focus in the Family.

There was a fun 3 story cork screw slide that all three older kids could go on. Weston was too short, but he was ok with not being able to go.

Joc getting ready to do the cork screw slide

The basement level featured many different interactive play stations.

Including a little kid slide, airplane, theatrical stage, fire station, and a kids recording studio. We could have spent hours there playing, however we visited at the end of our sightseeing day and we didn't have much time before closing.

Easton enjoying the little kid play area
I think their puppets were playing dead

There was also a large Christian bookstore. My parents bought Katelyn her very first Bible and carrying case for her birthday. She was pretty excited about that! No more borrowing mine!

My favorite area was the sweet shop! The kids all enjoyed a dish of ice cream and the adults tried out the malts. They also served up lunch type items if you are there during a meal time.

If you are visiting the Colorado Springs area, I would recommend stopping here...best of all it has FREE admission!