Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I love fall but that also means it's hunting season so I am alone with the boys on the weekends while Seth is away hunting. My treadmill is great for being able to still get a run in before the boys wake up, but if the boys are up, I can usually talk them into running to the closest park with me before breakfast.
The park near our house has a little playground that is perfect for the boys to play on while I run around the path that circles it. I've discovered that one time around is one tenth of a mile so you can imagine how awesome that is. Nearly as interesting as running on the treadmill but with the added fun of hanging onto a leash and trying to convince Ruger that he's having fun.
The boys usually make me stop every time I run past so that they can show me new tricks that they've thought up.
Something called "roadkill" is their newest obsession and involves someone on a swing kicking the other person on the chest while they both scream, "roadkill!" at the top of their lungs.
I'm sure everyone living next to the park really appreciated that at 8:00 on a Saturday morning!
Monday, October 6, 2014
The boys and I tagged along to the Pawnee with Seth and Dale one afternoon for some shooting. I didn't get a picture, but a herd of cattle (did you know that you're not supposed to call them cows unless they are indeed all cows?) wandered over the hill to check out the noise, so the boys and I took some selfies while we waited for them to wander away.
Fortunately, a rancher came by on a four-wheeler after a while and chased them away for us.
Jackson got to go elk hunting with Seth one afternoon and he was ecstatic. He felt very grown up dressing in blaze orange.
Ruger didn't know what to think about Jackson going hunting and was really upset that I decided to take a picture of him pouting on the rug. He was in need of a trip to the groomer and he gets extremely self conscious when his hair is out of control.
In other news, I was in California a few weeks ago for work and my morning run was around a golf course.
I could definitely get used to that!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Every year, we tell make grand plans to go camping every weekend, but never seem to follow through and end up camping only a few times.
This was another one of those years. So, last weekend we packed the kids and the dog up and drove into the mountains for what was probably our last chance at camping in decent weather.
Ruger was really excited, but he tried to play it cool.
We went to a spot that Seth has been hunting at (shocking, I know) and the kids and dog had a blast running wild without my constant hovering. Well, there was still hovering but, like Ruger, I tried to play it cool and let them be kids.
I even let them have mini donuts and pop. They really thought they were living it up.
We found a little island in the stream near our camping spot which really helped to burn off some of the kids' energy. They crossed logs, jumped off "cliffs" and dug holes with sticks.
Ruger ran and ran and ran. He went back and forth between us and Seth who was busy fishing for supper. He didn't want to run with me for two days after our trip which should tell you how sore he must have been. Ruger turning down a run is about as likely to happen as me winning a million dollars.
I packed hot dogs just in case the fish didn't make an appearance, but Seth caught plenty. Jackson ended up not only eating the fish, but also 5 hot dogs! At only 8 years old, I'm getting a little nervous for his teen years - how much do teenagers eat?
On the way home the next day, we stopped to let Seth and Ruger hunt grouse…….it ended up just being a nice hike and there were no grouse to be found. I can't believe that the boys are already big enough to go on a hike without getting too tired or needing to be held. This growing up thing is happening way too fast!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
My sister Rachel and her family came to visit over the 4th of July and, while I sadly didn't end up with any pictures of the two of us, I did remember to take a few of the cousins enjoying time together.
After their long car ride from Minnesota, we took it easy the first day with a trip to a splash pad.
The next day we went to the Denver Zoo and the Children's Museum.
Angelina Jolie's leg even made an appearance in the bubble room.
The van rides with these crazy little boys were something else. Note that only my boys are being obnoxious and I'll just leave it at that.
This little guy has my heart. I tried so hard to talk him into staying with me instead of going home.
Tucker and Remy bonded over a little pre-bike ride massage. Tucker decided that he was afraid to ride his bike so Seth and I sent everyone else on ahead. By the time Seth convinced Tucker that he was actually an excellent bike rider, it was time to turn around and go back.
We all had so much fun together and the few days they were here flew way too fast. The next time we'll see them is in October for my youngest brother's wedding in Boise and I can hardly wait!