Monday, July 29, 2013

Our Trip to Pagosa Springs

Here are some photos of our family trip to Pagosa Springs.  We camped in Pagosa for 5 days and we visited a lot of neighboring towns, such as, Creede, Durango, Wolfe Creek, and South Fork.  I loved Creede. It is a cute historical mining town and we ate lunch at the old firehouse that they have in town. We also went to a mining museum and we also got special VIP treatment! Since Josh is a firefighter, they took us to an old mining firehouse which is not open to the public.  Wolfe Creek was also amazing. It seriously is one of the most prettiest places I have ever been. We also spent a day in Durango. I had to visit Durango- it is one of my favorite towns ever! I always tell Josh I could seriously live there.  We ate lunch overlooking the train station and then cruised through all the cute shops. We had a great time and I cannot wait to go back camping!!

We love camping!!

 Feeding goats at the Pagosa Springs Wildlife Park

Trophy picture

 An elk at the wildlife park

 Bradley feeding goats for the first time!

 Wow- what big antlers you have!

 Feeding chipmunks in Creede

 At the Mining Museum in Creede

 More chipmunks!

 At an old one room schoolhouse in Pagosa at the 
Fred Harman Museum 

 Some of Josh's scenic photos

 We saw so many of these guys!

 Inside the mines in Creede

    Our banana split from The Malt Shoppe in 
Pagosa Springs

Sunday, July 7, 2013

25 Things You Didn't Know About Me TAG

Hi Everyone!

If you visit my blog often you know that my blog is mostly about my kids and most of my pictures are always of my kids.  You may have even noticed that very few pictures are actually of me on my blog.  I actually hate pictures of me and really avoid it.  I saw this tag on some of the YouTube channels that I watch and I thought it would be fun to do one of myself on my blog. You are supposed to come up with 25 random things that others do not know not about you.  Some of you may know some of these things about me, but most of them are things that my husband and close family and friends only know.

So here it goes- 25 Things You Didn't Know About Me!

1.  I am terrified of heights- I even have trouble sitting on bleachers at a stadium.  I get very dizzy and my legs get very shaky when I am even remotely high.

2.  I love nail polish! I change my nail polish almost every day and I have almost 100 different colors of nail polish.
Some people ask me "how do you find time to paint your nails every day?" I always tell them it's relaxing and I usually do it after the kids are in bed and we are just watching TV.

3. I have one tattoo! I love it and I have no regrets.  I have had it for about six or seven years (not sure). It is an ichthus on my lower back. One day I hope to add something to it, maybe flowers.

4.  I am a worrier. I worry about everything and sometimes it makes me sick and it even gives me nightmares.  I try to work on it and I know it does not accomplish anything but it is really hard for me.

5.  I have a very hard time making decisions and get very picky about certain things especially when it comes to home decorating.  I have a lot of bare walls and spaces. Not because I don't like decorating but because I cannot make up my mind on what I really want and can't quite afford some styles that I do like so I end up with nothing.

6.  I hate whistling!  It is so annoying and drives me CRAZY!  Josh thinks it is quite funny and likes to annoy me with his dreadful whistle. He also has taught our bird to whistle like him.  The only person that I can stand to whistle is my dad.

7.  I am a detailed oriented person. If you changed your eye shadow color, if you are wearing a new foundation or shaved your sideburns slightly different, I probably noticed.

8.  I am very hard to get along with. I get very grumpy and I think my hard decision making and pickiness can get very annoying to others.  Luckily, Josh is very easy going and complements my difficult personality.

9.  I hate the smell of Corn Nuts! They have the worst smell in the world.  I don't know how anyone could put them in their mouth and eat them.  I feel like I am going to throw up just thinking about the smell. Yuck!

10.  This is really gross.. and I cannot believe I am actually telling you this, I like the smell of cow manure.  Not when it's overwhelming and really strong, but just a light breezy smell of cow manure.  I think it brings back good memories of my childhood at my grandfather's ranch.

11.  Before I decided to become a teacher, I wanted to be a doctor.  I actually took a lot of career enrichment courses in high school for PreMed. While everyone was reading Romeo and Juliet I was reading Gray's Anatomy. I had an internship at UNM and even flew to Houston with my class to observe an open heart surgery.  It was a dream of mine for a long time, but I decided it wasn't for me.  I knew I still wanted to help people. But, not as a doctor, instead I decided that being a teacher was a better fit for me.  I think I made a great decision!

12. If I wasn't a teacher what would I want to be? I think I would really enjoy being a photographer, being a book reviewer or even something in beauty. I love nail polish and most recently makeup!

13.  I am obsessed with people's eyes.

14.  I LOVE reading and sometimes I can get too lost in my books.  I have to make sure and not be consumed in my reading and not shut out the real world.  I try to mostly only read at night when the kids are already in bed and mostly only on the nights that Josh works.

15.  When I was little, I could drink a glass of water and then shake my stomach and you could actually hear the water sloshing around in my stomach!

16.  I get extreme motion sickness. I even have a hard time riding in the FRONT seat of a car!  I am the worst person to go with to an amusement park because I don't ride anything exciting.

17.  I have a fear of flying.  I always think the plane is going to crash and it doesn't help that I am terrified of heights.  I get very paranoid even with the slightest turbulence.  Plus, I get sick!

18.  I love blankets- even it is 100 degrees, I have to have a blanket on me.  I always have one if I am sitting on the couch.

19.  I am allergic to cats very badly. I also have a slight allergy to melons but I can still eat them.

20.  I hate chinese food and don't know why chinese buffets are so popular. Connor loves chinese buffets and so do my in-laws and I just don't get it. They are so disgusting! Disclaimer: I eat PF Changs and Pei Wei. :)

21.  I hate coke and never drink it.  I only drink water, tea and Starbucks!

22.  I have never been on a train, not even the rail runner.

23.  I am obsessed with adventure films like Troy, Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings.

24.  I have read the Harry Potter series about four times.  I know I am a nerd!

25.  I hope to one day have my own YouTube channel reviewing books. I actually already have one made but I do not have any videos on it yet.  I have one million excuses why I haven't started it.

Well, hopefully you learned a little more about me and I hope you will also do this tag!  I didn't think I was going to come up with 25 things but it was actually easier once I started my list.  If you decide to do this tag, let me know! I would love to read it!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

I hope everyone has a great Independence Day!  I decided to take some pictures of the boys this morning at the park. I was feeling a little down yesterday and I thought no better way to cheer me up then to take some pictures of my adorable boys at the park.  I am sure Brad was anxious to get out of the house this morning too. He was inside most of the day yesterday. On Tuesday, he fell and cut through his lower lip. He had to get four stitches on his inside lower lip. He is doing very well today. He is still having trouble eating and drinking but he is getting better. Hope everyone has a great day! Enjoy your day with your family and friends!  We are excited for a day at the grandparents and a firework show in the evening!

Doing much better!

So sweet and handsome!

My little rock star!

He was very photogenic today! No cheesy smiles today!

Look at those beautiful eyes!

What you see Bradley?

All of the pictures of Bradley are on the slide! 
His favorite. 

He is always sticking out his tongue!  It helps him concentrate. :)
If you look closely you can see one of his stitches in his mouth. 

Handsome boy!

My little monkey.

Happy 4th!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

We Love Camping!

We finally did it!  We got our camper trailer!  Josh and I have been wanting a camper trailer for years and we either couldn't find what we wanted or decided against buying one. But we finally found our perfect camper.  It definitely was not easy. I couldn't decide whether I wanted a new camper or a vintage camper.  I love the old tear drop campers! But they were not for our family. I could never find one with a good layout or with all the features that we wanted to have.  We came across our perfect trailer a couple of weeks ago at Camping World. We have been getting it ready and we took it out this last weekend and had a blast.  We had a hard time deciding where to go on our first trip. We decided to go to Pendaries and I am so glad we did!  It was soooo nice! The weather was perfect! The boys had a blast and it was absolutely beautiful!! Here are a few pics of our first camping adventure! If you have not been to Pendaries you are missing out! We will definitely go back soon! :)

First camping trip in our new trailer!!
Sorry the picture looks weird- I was wearing some not-so-cute sweats and didn't want them in the picture. :)

 Here is our new trailer! We are so excited!! - Isn't the campgrounds beautiful!?!

 Brad had a blast!!  
He is exploring and if you look close he sees a squirrel on the tree!

 Here is another look at that wonderful trailer!  Can you tell we are excited?!

Connor fishing at a pond near Coyote Creek
He had so much fun fishing and is getting really, really good at casting!

Connor hiking with dad!
He loved hiking and exploring!!

Bradley throwing rocks into the pond.
Watch out fishes!!