Friday, August 28, 2015

First Day of School

It's that time of year again!
Cooper - 4th grade and Charlotte - 2nd grade 
Don't let Mae's smile fool you. She had a bit of a hard time adjusting to being away from "Mama", but she is making progress.

After a year at home, it was time to go back to the classroom. I am teaching 4th grade math, science, and social studies and although it is difficult leaving Mae, I am glad to be back in the classroom.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Bucket List Completed

Nana and Papa came in town to take the kids to see Minions.
We skipped Schlitterbahn and went to the Compassion Experience instead.
The kids had an eye opening experience and didn't want to leave before hearing all three stories.
Dinner out and a stop at the candy shop
Night swimming and s'mores
A trip with friends to Giggles and Fun while the big ones were at camp.
After much debate, Charlotte went with a UT shirt for college day at camp.
Painting - So messy but she loves it!
Cooper and Phillip working on the lemonade stand advertisement.
After two years of the kids asking, we finally had a lemonade stand!
British Challenger Soccer Camp - The highlight of Cooper's (AKA Beagle's) summer!
Someone didn't like being the "I" as much as everyone else!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Update

Mae and I were joined by a few feathery friends at lunch.
We celebrated my 35th birthday at Main Event!
Scott and I had "date night" and cheered on the Astros.
Just another 5k race in the books. Cooper and I were so glad Charlotte decided to join us!
We explored a new park appropriately named Exploration Park.

My little starfish was promoted to a tadpole.  I love getting to watch from outside the pool!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tenderfoot Outfitters Horseback Overnight

We stepped up our horseback riding this year with an overnight at the Tenderfoot camp.
 We saddled up and headed up toward the "Castles".

Cooper was stuck with Chumley (the horse that love to eat) this year.
Charlotte rode Hickok formally known as Latte.
She had her work cut out for her controlling him but did an excellent job!
Scott and Rusty are old friends and as long as they stay at the back, there are no problems.
Cooper wasted no time getting comfortable once we arrived at camp.

We had fun exploring the trails around camp.

Our accommodations - We were in the middle tent.
We enjoyed our evening meal and playing cards in the mess tent.
This is my kind of camping!

Scott and Charlotte were up early enjoying the sunset and hot chocolate.
 Hickok stepped on Charlotte's foot but she didn't hold it against him.

This was truly a fun family adventure.  Despite my nervousness on the trail ride back, we all had an excellent time!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Colorado Adventures

Carbon Peak
Charlotte was set on hiking Carbon Peak this year.

Gak leads his troops to the trail.
All smiles as we begin the 9.6 mile hike!

So close to the top!
I love that all the cousins decided to touch the pole at the exact same time!
It poured rain on our decent and we were freezing since I forgot the rain jackets.  I was really impressed with the positive attitudes the kids exhibited throughout the hike. Once Charlotte decides to do something, there is no stopping her!

The kids attended a nature camp at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory up in Gothic.
All smile after getting off the bus in the afternoon!
Scott and I took advantage of the day and enjoyed a long trail run followed by  lunch and a massage for me!

Crested Butte Mountain Biking
Scott and Cooper headed out on our last day to spend a little time together on the mountain.
These boys always have a great time together!

Hartmann Rocks
We didn't spend as much time as we normally do at Hartmann Rocks this year.  We plan on more climbing next year.