Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pikes Peak

Although we have been here just over a year as a family we hadn't made the drive up to Pikes Peak until Sept 17th.  We had some temperature changes that week and so there was snow up at the top.  The drive was quick and really nice until we hit the sleet, hail and then winter like conditions... the temp difference from the base to the top can be a 30 degree difference.  We were ready though and for me (having had allergy problems all week) it was a welcomed relief to be able to breath once we got to the top!  Chris thinks I am nuts, apparently I need to live at Sea Level or above 14,000 in order to thrive!  We took several pictures and enjoyed the famous donuts which are only made at that altitude (and they were really yummy!)... the kids cant wait for winter~ they really love the snow!  Then we headed back down the mountain venturing through the 'seasons', watching the trees reappear and seeing birds flying below us and counting rainbows as the sun would appear and the rain would subside.  It was a really pretty day and the Aspen was already turning a pretty gold color.  It is definitely worth the drive and perhaps next time we'll get out and hike around the trails. 
Didn't see Big Foot, maybe next time!
We made it to the top!
Inspiration site for America the Beautiful

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Checking in!

One thing about Colorado, there is a lot to do and keeping busy isn't hard~ hence why I haven't been posting anything since March. 
We have been taking a break from Hockey just to get back into the swing of things since the kids went back to school on August 2nd.  I've been busy with new quilts, church activities and getting used to having the kids gone all day at school!!  (insert happy dance)  My house is a little bit more in order (except on weekends when everyone is home or running in and out!) and I am spending more time looking for those crock pot recipes now that the weather is starting to feel more like autumn and hockey is just around the corner. 
Chris is now at a new job up at Division on base and is going to school a couple of nights a week to get his masters complete and is heading up the cub scouts that the boys are a part of.  It's nice to see him a little more even if he is in 'another' uniform. 
Here is a small collection of our summer~  There is a lot more and hopefully these next few weeks will allow me to post those pictures!
Lydia said goodbye to her friend Joy who moved to Japan ~ lots of days spent at the pool ~ hair cuts for the boys ~ Tyler's battle wound from camping ~ Cal's first crawdad ~ Lydia's Lemonade stand ~ recovering Tyler's old pillow ~ a medal for Cal! ~ Colorado rainbows ~ Sky Sox baseball with Darth Vader and the stormtroopers ~ My 42nd birthday ~ new shoes for Lydia