Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Fun

Trick or Treat? Very exciting for Ethan and Ellie - their first real trick-or-treat adventure. The kids in action.

Below, our beautiful pink princess and valiant warrior. I'm luckty to get this shot. Ethan wasn't as enthusiatic about his costume the rest of the evening. (He chose it, but I guess it was too long ago)

We started the morning off at a hayride today. So much fun. The kids loved it. Ellie and Ethan got to feed some horses. Ethan is finally through his fear of animals stage.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Camping in Taos

This is one morning last week, before school. You can tell who is excited and who is not so sure. We took a trip down to Taos, New Mexico . To meet my parents for some camping. A friend told me about this great kid's store called "Twirl" . The store is fabulous and even better- They have a great playground out back. SO Rich and my Dad watched the kids play while my mom and I got to do some shopping around town. Fun was had by all.

hmmm....just noticed that Ellie is missing shoes in this picture.

Ethan and Ellie's first "Smores"

They were so excited to crawl in their sleeping bags and fall asleep in the camper.

Awe... some brotherly /sisterly love and new jammies.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A cold Weekend in October

Fall is upon us and it seems Winter too... some days.
We had a great weekend with some visting family from Texas. We took a drive up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday. This time we had a great tour guide. A Texas Native who spends his summers in Colorado. Just when we were finishing up the tour a snow storm blew in. SO- we played. Below is Ethan getting ready to throw thisbig snow ball at his selected target.

Ellie, loving the snow.

Daddy, Ethan and Ellie making snow balls.
The infamous Stanley Hotel. Where Stephen King is known to have thought up "The Shining" while staying at it.
They have great tours.
This pictures is not from this weekend. I just found it and wanted to include it.

Finally, after almost 2 years of living in Colorado, we had our first "wild" bear sighting. This was taken with a cell phone, so it is definitely not clear. But the bear was about 50 ft from us.... (maybe?) We wer safe in our car. So no worries. It was beautiful.

Our first picture of Ethan and Llie "holding up Balance Rock" at Garden of the Gods. I can't beleive after all the times we've been there... we've never had them do this.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Race

What a beautiful day and great day for a race. We went down to Venetucci Farms for the Great Pumpkin Race. Pictured below are Josh, Richard and Michelle gettiing ready for their 5k and 10 k races.

Richard finished his 10k with a personal best time of 42:30, 6:51 per mile pace. 11th place!!!
The racers before the race.
Josh finishes...

Ethan and Marlowe at the start.
Ethan finishes his first race. Wahooooo.

Ellie finishes her first race.
At the pumpkin patch, Marlowe chooses her pumpkin.

After the Kids raced, they got to go choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Fun on the farm.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fall and some Projects

Gotta love our boy's imagination. Its amazing what a couple sticks and slabs of wood can become.

A little concrete project in the back yard. Ethan really embraced doing "hard" work with daddy. He was a great help.
Our first tree purchase. Being a new neighborhood, we didn't have any trees in our back yard. So we bought and planted this Emerald Maple. The fall colors have been amazing here.

It was getting pretty late with this spontaneous project. We were loosing daylight behind the Mountains,but obviously not enthusiasm.