Thursday, July 8, 2010

Totally exhausted!

This last week has probably been one of the most mentally exhausting weeks I've had with the kiddos since they were tiny babies. Nap time and bedtime have become quite the challenge.
It all started when we got back from our trip to Colorado. I thought it was due to the fact that they had just not been on a normal schedule for a week, but fighting bedtime has continued this week too.
Anna and Brown have always been great nappers and bedtime was always easy, until now!
Brown starts screaming, not just crying, SCREAMING! It sounds like I'm torturing him the way he screams. Next it's Anna's turn. Then they are both screaming together in perfect harmony.
I've tried everything I can think of . . . comforting them, leaving lights on, letting them cry it out. It takes over an hour to get them down for naps. Bedtime has become earlier and earlier each night because it has taken them so long to get to sleep.
This is totally exhausting. It stresses me out.
I'm hope it's just a phase and they'll get through it, as long as I stay firm and patient in our bedtime routine.
Any tips out there you'd like to share with me? I'm open . . .

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

That's my boy!

Brown received his very first award . . .
yesterday he was THE STAR STUDENT!

That's my boy!!!!!!!!
I think the only reason he actually got this award was because he FINALLY napped at school!
A first for my boy.
Still, we celebrated his big accomplishment! ;)

Keeping the Rainy Day Blues Away . . .

Last week it rained.
All week.
We were stuck indoors,
so we tried our best to keep the rainy blues away . . .
we explored moon sand,
used our imagination with an old moving box,
used our creative skills to decorate the box,
baked brownies,
tasted the batter
(before we added the eggs of course),
dressed up,
took turns riding Bullseye,
had an indoor picnic,
played with Play-doh,
and we even built a fort!

This week we're spending as much time as we can outdoors,

before the next rainstorm hits!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless the USA!

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
-Lee Greenwood
Happy July 4th!

So proud to be an American!

God bless the USA!

Happy Independence Day, brudder!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Carriage House Museum

We explored the Carriage House Museum while we were in Colorado Springs and saw some very interesting things:
Anna got to ride in Cinderella's carriage . . . Brown saw Woody's saddle . . .
Checking out Woody's gun set too . . .
Look, we even got to meet Bullseye!
It sure is fun to see things through the eyes of a two year old!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

While we were in Colorado Springs, we went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It was absolutely beautiful. It has to be the best zoo by far! The scenery is breathtaking and the trails twist and turn up the mountain and then there is an absolutely gorgeous view from the top. I heart Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!
Welcome to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo View from the top
Running wild-weeeeeeeee!!
Enjoying the playground
Entering the kiddie door to the petting zoo
Not too sure about the chickens
Checking out the bugs
We saw many different animals:
a moose
some bears
a giraffe
a giant spider
a chick hatching
we even saw a lion- ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We sure had a lot of fun!

The Broadmoor Hotel

After we left Red River, we went on to Colorado Spring and stayed at The Broadmoor Hotel. It was ahh-mazing! The Broadmoor was so luxurious; I felt like a movie star living the pampered lifestyle. The weather was perfect, the scenery was breathtaking, and I was not ready to leave. We had many fabulous meals, enjoyed delicious room service on our patio each morning, got to do a little shopping, and loved the turndown service each night. I could really get used to all of this pampering!!!!
The Broadmoor Hotel As soon as Anna saw the bed, she squealed, "Mama, dat's a Princess bed!"
She was right, I definitely felt like Sleeping Beauty each night! ;)
Relaxing in Mama's comfy bed while watching cartoons
What a life!
Brown had so much fun throwing coins into the fountains Anna loved this turtle footstool and insisted on riding it each day
Posing in their Broadmoor tees
Taking a walk with Gaga
Total cuteness

Red River, New Mexico

A few weeks ago we went with my parents to Red River for a couple of nights, but Clay had to stay in town for work. It was a great getaway from this hot Texas heat. The weather was perfect with lows in the 40's to highs in the 70's! My parents have been going there each summer since before I was even born. I have so many fond memories of Red River as a child, but I enjoyed it even more this year getting to take my own kiddos.
Anna and Brown enjoyed spending lots of time in the great outdoors! We played in the creek, hiked some trails, explored nature, and we even took a jeep ride up a mountain!
We definitely plan on returning to Red River again soon...maybe even later on this summer we'll take our Daddy!
Welcome to Red River!
Anna drove us up a mountain

Our view from the top-
So pretty!
Collecting rocks
Anna with her hiking stick
Brown & Mama on top of the mountain
My lil' flower child collecting flowers on our hike

Brown leading the way

Best friends . . .
Skipping rocks in the creek
Anna & Mama
My little cowboy says, "Yeehaw!!!!!!!"