Friday, May 11, 2018

Easter 2018

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It was a wonderful Easter, as always. We dyed eggs with cool whip and food coloring again. Sean got pulled away taking some work calls as they worked on it, so I didn't document the process with the camera, as my hand were perma-coated while helping out. Easter itself was delightful, full of baskets, egg hunting, and reflecting on the blessing of Christ in our lives. A few shots of the hunt:

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Monday, May 7, 2018

GoG with Naomi

Of course, we must take our visitors to Garden of the Gods. I mean, it's a national treasure! Probably. It should be. Here we go!

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This dang rock circle always gets so much attention.
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It started out cold!
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Busy place.

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She tucked herself all the way back.

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Lately, when they smile, they tuck in their top lip. Charming...

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Thanks for visiting, Mom, Dad, and Naomi!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Seven Falls

We decided to take our guests up to a hike we hadn't tried yet, Seven Falls. Lamely, you have to pay to get in but at least we came just before the price increase for the "summer." It was a chilly day and it eventually rained, which then turned to snow. Fun still!

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It's an easy, paved walk up to the falls. No problemo.

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Lovely little water scenes on the way up.

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Grey waiting for his mama, who is always behind because she's taking pictures.

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I like them.

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One of the kids pointed out some trees whose roots were almost entirely sticking out of the natural wall border of the path. The roots on the other side must be pretty strong!

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A cloudy day means awesome lighting.

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Always looking for a place to take a break.

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Must try out every bench.

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Empty nest.

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There were some stairs (and an elevator) up to a heightened view of the falls. Hi everyone who climbed faster than me!

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Grey's face, ha!

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We were supposed to be looking at the falls but Grey was fixated on the restaurant (yep, there's a restaurant on this hike!), convinced it was Santa's Workshop.

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Speaking of, here's the falls, captured by me phone- I didn't bring the right lens to get the the whole thing with my nice camera.

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Familia.

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She kept noticing me taking photos and ruining my candid shots. But I got her this time! (or maybe she just started playing along)

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Happy boy.

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Contemplative boy.

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Then we went on some more stairs to get up close and personal with the waterfalls.

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Hello.

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Mmhmm, give me a slice of that pie!

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I didn't really want to carry Wren up the stairs and my parents didn't really want to climb it either, so they had fun together below.

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There's a hiking path at the top.

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We didn't hike far, just found some snow and threw snowballs at each other.

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Ah, there's the teenager in her.

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Quick family shot on the way back.

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Poor Grey's stomach started to hurt on the walk back, so we took it nice and slow. Then he felt better.

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A little sweetness on the shuttle ride. All hikes should end with a kiss!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Zoo with Naomi

Over spring break, my parents came to visit AND so did my niece, Naomi. We haven't seen her in years, it was so fun to spend time with her and show her around town! Everyone knows you haven't really visited Colorado Springs until you've fed a giraffe, so to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo we went!

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I think she enjoyed it. Though she was very happy to clean her hands at the end.

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Every few days, my kids wonder aloud if this giraffe is still licking the post.

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I have been to this zoo many times but I must always turn the wrong way because I have never seen the lion before, and it was so close!

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Grey wasn't interested in posing. Wren wasn't interested in being in the photo.

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I love the budgie room but I spend so much time lifting up my kids to reach the birds that I'm a sweaty mess by the end.

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Hey buddy.

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She was relaxing until she realized a Tiger was stalking her!

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He needs a toothpick.

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We did it, we closed down the zoo! Time to sit down!