Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Happenings.

Like I mentioned in the previous post, July would be a busy month full of visitors and traveling. It hasn't disappointed in the least. We kicked it off in the very beginning with Kenna's 8th birthday. We surprised them by getting a hotel up at Monarch, swimming, eating good food and opening presents. We like to take full advantage of hot showers that last longer than 3 minutes which means that everyone welcomes the hotel stays. 

Two days later, the 4th of July festivities arrived. It's one of our favorite holidays with everything being decorated in red, white and blue... proud Americans over here! Buena Vista puts on one heck of a parade. The kids collected tons of candy and Popsicles. What's not to like, right? Plus, truthfully, it's like the parade that never ends. The kids had a blast. We've been loving small town living. 

A few days later, Chris' best friend Brock came to visit for a week from Missouri. Unfortunately, the day before he arrived, Chris dislocated his shoulder while throwing cartwheels (kayaking) down at the playhole in town. Total bummer as we had tons of river activities planned. Never the less, we still had tons of fun. I managed to raft with him twice and finally ran The Numbers (Class IV and V) for my first time... awesome. The kiddos and I took him to St. Elmo to feed the chipmunks, we all went hiking a few times, toured Salida, BV, Leadville and Frisco. We also took him to our favorite German eatery in Frisco. You just can't beat good food and great beer. Then, the day he left, my family came into town. It really has been back to back company for this entire month because when my family left, Chris' other friend came into town and now Chris' family is visiting as well. We love visitors! Those will be showcased in a different post however. There have been way too many photos taken this month. 

August will die down as far as visitors but river playing will hopefully pick up now that Chris' shoulder is doing a bit better. He still has to take it easy but I'm sure we'll continue to find adventures in the small things. 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Long Overdue.

We've been busy. Life gets crazy and that is pretty much the end of story.

I've been meaning to update and have had it in the back of my mind but life gets in the way. It takes time and effort to finally get photos off my phone, downloaded on the computer, re sized, uploaded and then write. Ahh. So here I am, FINALLY getting around to it. 

The month of May and June have been filled with all sorts of adventures and truthfully, July will be even busier. We have lots of company coming to see us out here in the land of the Rockies! woo hoo. We're excited to show our friends and family just exactly how we live and all the cool things there are to do in the area. I'm sure it will be awesome and we look forward to it. 

So what exactly have we been up to? Well, the kids are still healthy and for that we are thankful. Man, April was a beast of a month and one we'd rather not relive. They have been super busy with activities, hiking, playing and just being kids. We still do school work since we aren't like most schools. Our schooling is year round, hands on, and filled with experiences. They get many breaks from handwritten work but still learn as we travel and go to new places. 

All three of them went to VBS this year and had a blast. Plus, this momma got a break for 3 hours, EVERYDAY for a whole week which was a blessing in itself. It's not too often I'm ever away from them for more than an hour. They're already looking forward to next years camp, so that's an awesome thing.

Chris and I have hit the river numerous times. It's been a blast so far and we're just getting started. The river has peaked at about 4000cfs and is now declining... boo. It just makes it harder for SUPing on my board with rocks beginning to pop up everywhere. I guess it just means we'll be at the playpark a lot more from here on out surfing. But, we have no complaints and look forward to the last two months of it. 

At the beginning of the month we went to the GoPro games, followed by the FibARK festival. It's always fun to see loads of cars coming in from all over the country with kayaks and paddleboards stacked on top. The kids really enjoy just hanging out with other kids, running around and participating in the many activities that these festivals tend to put on.

Other than that, we've gone to the sand dunes 3 or 4 times, hiked several trails (biggest being Browns Creek Trail), fed chipmunks at St. Elmo, fished at Cottonwood Lake, worked a lot, and worked some more. I'll try to update a bit more as summer goes on but with company coming, we'll see how that goes.

Hope you all have a lovely 4th. Cheers.

"Life was made for good friends and great adventures"