Sunday, April 29, 2012

Celebrating Easter

The girls had a great time celebrating Easter with their cousins this year. We spent Saturday with the Foote's searching for eggs. Grandma's Easter egg hiding has a tradition of being so good that every year we are unable to find at least a couple eggs. Once again several eggs were never found. We had a great time enjoying lunch and relaxing and spending time with Grandma and Grandpa.

On Sunday after church we went to the Hickman's for Easter dinner, FHE, another Easter egg hunt and to celebrate Grandma's birthday. The girls had a great time with their cousins and while I am still trying to master teaching family home evenings that are not to long for two and three year olds the kids did really well.

Spring Break - Trip to see Dirty Old Houses

We decided last minute to do an in state road trip for Spring Break and check out some sites. When we told the girls about it, Brooklyn immediately started packing a dress for everyday along with a matching hair bow.  Foote told her that we were going to some ruins and that dresses were not the best choice of clothes to wear. "What are ruins?" Brooky asked.  They are old houses and there is a lot of dirt, so you don't want to get your pretty dresses dirty. That statement became the sum up of our trip. I over heard the girls tell their neighborhood friends, "We are going on a road trip to see some dirty old houses."

In the car we would constantly be asked, "When will we get to the dirty old houses?" I also love this age when they are trying to comprehend how big the world is we constantly got questions "Are we still in Colorado?" "Are we in a different country yet?", "Will they talk like us where we are going?" They were shocked to find out that for most of our trip we would be in Colorado.

Foote really wanted to get out of town and have a break for a few days so we decided now would probably be the best time since by the end of the month we will have a new baby. So we will not even be able to do road trips in our little car anymore. So the option is travel with a very pregnant wife or a newborn. I guess he thought he could handle my whining more than a crying newborn. Between all the craziness now seemed like the best time to sneak in a family vacation. Short and sweet.

We left town late Saturday afternoon and returned late Wednesday night so it was a quick trip. Our first stop on the trip was the Four Corners. The girls have been working on learning the names of all fifty states so this was a great chance to let them visit four all at once. Although the girls had a great time lets face it they are still the age when the biggest thrill is swimming in the hotel pool at the end of the day.

We spent a day at Mesa Verde seeing all the ancient ruins and learning about the history of the Natives of the area. I love trying to picture what places like this must of been like when they were in use. The girls did great and Dad gave them both their own digital cameras to take as many pictures as they wanted so at the end of the day I think we have over 300 pictures from the girls cameras alone. Aly still just starting to read took a picture of any sign she came across if it was on a sign it must be important.

We then spent an afternoon enjoying the hot springs in Pagosa Springs. It was really fun, although the girls really have a hard time just sitting in water. The idea of just sitting in a pool and relaxing is so hard for them, but this seems to be true for most children their age.  So at least I was not the only one telling my kids to go swim in the pool, the hot pools are for sitting and relaxing. Trying to shower and dress all the girls after the swim was probably the low point of the trip. That place really needs family dressing rooms. I also could not help, but think I will be adding another girl to the craziness in just a few weeks. With all the tears and fighting happening in our dressing room I am sure that all the other women were looking at this very pregnant lady and thinking are you crazy?

Despite the many years that I lived right next to the Royal Gorge, I never actually went to the park. Although I crossed the bridge once when it was free at Christmas time. So we took a day and did a train ride through the Royal Gorge and went to the park. The girls loved the small crowds and being able to ride the carrousel over and over.

The following photos are all Alysons by the end of the trip she had more than 300 photos and as you can tell everything was photo worthy.

This is one of my favorites because it is definitely what her view was for a lot of the trip.

She may not be able to read the sign, but at least she took a picture