I was looking back at my summer pictures last night, while searching for a pic that Alice needed, and I came across these shots. It might have been one of the best days of our summer. You know those moments, when you look around at your family and everyone is happy, not a care in the world and everything is right, just for those few precious moments. Kids are laughing and having pure fun. This was one of those afternoons when we didn’t need a Wii or an ipod or even a book to entertain us. We had tree stumps, wide open spaces, wild flowers and even one big pile of snow on a hot summer day in the mountains.
Our last ten days have been filled with lots of family time.
Two long days together traveling in the car.
Two adventurous days at Grandma and Grandpa’s MI house.
Five fun filled days with Scott’s family at Houghton Lake.
One day visiting with Scott’s Grandma and Aunt Betty in Birmingham.
We were also blessed to get to spend time with some family and friends that we don’t see very often. My aunt Judy and cousin Amy visited us while we were at the cabin. Friday night we had dinner with one of my college roomies. We lived with or near each other pretty much all the years I was at CMU. Love you Summer! It was also great to visit with high school friends Mark and Nikki, and watch Mark’s band play.
As usual, I took an obscene amount of pics. Enjoy!
Today, with great friends, we headed southwest into the San Isabel Forest to Bishop’s Castle. This place is a hoot. It is a castle on the side of the mountain being built by one man. He started this project in 1969. When I say a castle, I mean a huge, massive place with towers and a dragon. My description is not doing it any justice. Check out the pics. Thanks to Kristin for taking three of my kids, along with her three kids, up to the tippy top of two towers. This was no easy job because the spiral staircases were made of metal and had no handrails.
After the trip to the castle we headed back down the mountain to the San Isabel Rec Area. We had a picnic on the beach and the kids spent the afternoon
swimming wading in the lake, throwing rocks and enjoying our time together.
This evening, after spending half the day at a swim meet, we took the kids ice-skating. I know (in the words of a 3 year old Sam) we are a little crazy in the hair. Loopy, for sure.
Sooo, last week, on our weekly field trip, I took the kids to the U.S. Figure Skating Museum. Yep, right here in Colorado Springs. It might have something to do with that silly Olympic Training Center, I don’t know….Anyway, we saw lots of sequins and trophies. I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of ice-skates. Seriously.
After visiting the museum, I thought that it might be fun to go ice-skating. After mentioning ice-skating out loud (big, huge mistake) I quickly realized that taking four kids ice-skating was more than I could handle alone. Well, since these kids never. forget. a. thing, I had to hold true to my promise of skating. Not just any skating, but ICE-skating.
So, between Scott and I and a whole mess of orange buckets stacked together, we took the four kids ice-skating. We not only lived to tell about it but had an awesome time. Sam and Alice did pretty well right off the bat, Mason definitely was a bit spazzy without the buckets and some parental help but Paige was the bucket skater extraordinaire. She held on tight and skated around and around and around…..and did not want to stop.
These kids had so much fun that they didn’t even realized we had ice-skated right through the dinner hour. If you know my kids, they don’t like to miss a meal, ever. This skating thing had to be super good to miss dinner.
Have an awesome start to the week! We are going to fill in as much as possible in this last week before heading to MI and then starting school. Hard to believe that our summer break is winding down!
Love to you all,