Monday, February 27, 2017

President's Week Off

It's a rainy Monday and I just got home from dropping the girls off at school after having the last week off.   They were both up eating breakfast on their own and Brooklyn had even made her bed before I even walked out this morning.  Even though they said they were not happy to be going back they sure weren't wasting anytime getting things done this morning!

Other than our camping trip to Vail Lake last weekend the past week was spent at home most of the time.  We did run some errands and a few mornings at the park but relaxing and recharging was a big part of our week!

They weren't happy when I dragged them to Home Depot but they quickly realized they could still have fun while shopping.

Lazy mornings watching cartoons are the best

and lots of walks with mommy while they rode scooters or walked alongside me.

No school meant more tablet time to play games which is their favorite when not playing together

Since I knew walking over and over again daily might get boring I thought letting them play at the park while hubby and I walk around the park would be better for them.

A much needed date night after getting our taxes done was a perfect way to spend our Friday night.

Shopping of course while we were out and about.

Up too late the night before means another slow morning at home

Another walk around the park while these two played.

Somebody needed a quick lesson on Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion so daddy gave her a dictionary and told her to write out all of the definitions, explain them and start showing she understands how to use them.  So far, so good.

Saturday night we drove to my in laws to celebrate hubby's grandfathers birthday.

Brooklyn decided she was going to sketch a picture of her uncle and we thought it came out perfect.

These sweet cousins.

Sunday we all looked forward to a relaxing day but had to first start on Brooklyn's book report project which I thought was due on Friday but later in the morning I re-read the directions and realized it was due today!!

daddy was teaching the girls how to draw stars

and that's when I realized we had a project to get done!  Thankfully she was done reading the book we just needed to do the project and she had to write up her report.  It took a little over an hour of our Sunday that we didn't intend on doing but I am thankful it is done and we don't have to worry about it throughout the week.

The rest of Sunday was spent watching movies, the Oscars and eating a healthy dinner.  The girls have three full weeks of school before they are off again for Spring Break.  I'm pretty sure we are all counting down!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Vail Lake Camping

Last weekend we finally got the chance to take our new trailer out!!   All week we watched the weather and hoped it would work out for us because it just so happens we were supposed to get the biggest storm we've had in the past six years the same weekend.  Luckily the storm hit us hardest on Friday night and for us wasn't as bad as they had thought and since we we left on Saturday to camp everything worked out perfectly!

It was still pretty cold but our new trailer kept us nice and warm and we loved having all of the extra room inside!

Cali loved all of the room as well!

We camped with friends and all of their kids so the girls had a lot of fun. 

These girls loved the new trailer and you know it's big when they spent their time waiting for dinner by playing hide and seek inside.

Before we left I purchased some good whiskey to help keep mommy and daddy warm in the evenings.  It was so cold out that hubby's cup was frosty at the bottom just from being outside BBQing!!

The next morning the kids spent the entire day riding bikes/scooters, climbing trees, exploring, playing up a hill and building forts.

We gathered them at one point to take a ride with us so we could explore a bit

All the kids minus two little ones.

It was so pretty out!

Below is normally a bridge that leads to the lake but the storm had washed it out so we weren't able to walk to the lake at all but the view sure was amazing.

Kayla said she was thirsty and since she tends to get dehydrated quickly I took her back as fast as I could so we could get her some water.   After that her and I went off on our own for a bit to explore.

Later that day the girls wanted to play the game Bean Boozled that I had brought.  It's a jelly belly game that includes good tasting jelly beans and disgusting jelly beans and you never know what you're going to get.   The girls love this game and think it's hilarious, hubby and I on the otherhand think it's disgusting so I thought it would be perfect for the kids to play while we camped.

It kept them busy for a little while and then they were out exploring and getting dirty again.   Kayla at one point climbed a tree and then ripped her shirt while getting down and then later while riding her bike down a big hill she fell off scraping her hands, her side and hurting her knee.   I was so proud of her for not crying and thankful she wasn't hurt worse.   She took a little break after I cleaned her up and watched a movie for a bit.

And then later her friend who also hurt herself the night before came in and they played games together in the trailer on their own for awhile.

Breakfast the next morning before getting ready to go home

The three older kiddos saying their goodbyes

I was so happy the weather worked out and we got the chance to go camping.   

and it wouldn't be a good camping trip without these three passed out on the way home!