Friday, December 30, 2011

Daddy's favorite gift from Christmas

it's a little wooden clothespin daddy in scrubs, of course!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Billy and Christine, remember this book?

You gave this coloring book to the kids a few years back.  Right now it is keeping
two kids busy at once, which is my kind of gift.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

'twas the week before Christmas

We were off work/school so we decided to take a vacation and visit... 

...Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico--simultaneously!

We needed to go see some mountains.  We needed to touch some snow.

we needed to go sledding.

 playing in the snow makes us cold...

but it also makes us happy!

 And guess what?  No one even threw up!  It was a Real Vacation this time around. 
We had time to soak in the views of Pagosa Springs in Co. and I didn't take many photos because we were enjoying ourselves so much.  But, for those who may be itching to see even more, this is what the town looks like early on a chilly winter morning, with the warm air from the springs rising up.  And here is a view of downtown at sunset.

Other views on/of the road:


Not only were the views inspiring, but so are long car rides.  They inspire giggling and singing:

and sometimes grumpiness and fighting and screaming.  (sigh.)

But who could be grumpy at Mesa Verde?

hello, ruins from 900 years ago.

In the winter, a lot of the sites are closed at the Park, but we did not regret going, nor did we regret coming early.  If we hadn't shown up when we did, it would have been a completely different experience.

upon arrival:

one hour later:

Once again, before:

and after:

The clouds invaded the canyon where the ruins were.  This is a look back as we drove away from Spruce Tree House, once we got a little higher up:

from there, on to Arizona and back onto the Rez:

Canyon de Muerte, AZ:

This place is just mind-blowing.  To give you a sense of scale: take a look at the picture just below

...and now take a closer look:

(see the ancient dwellings carved into the rock?  yup, 900 years old)

and here are some contemporary dwellings, all the way down there
In this next shot (below), these caves were unusual in that they were closer to the top of the canyon:
careful not to fall out of bed, that's a 600-ft fall...

Some final notes on the charming town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado: The single screen movie theater downtown shows free movies during the Christmas season once in awhile and the coffeeshop next door wouldn't hear of us paying for our hot chocolates.  As if that wasn't perfect enough, one night we grabbed dinner at a little pan-Asian place run by a Japanese couple.  They gave each of the kids' a white paper placemat and some crayons and promised to display any truly exceptional ones up front. 
Guess whose picture of a dragon was selected and then oohed and aahed over for fifteen minutes? I guess it just matched the restaurant decor so well, they couldn't help themselves. 

Colorado winter vomit-cation of 2009: officially redeemed.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

creepy cheese

(yet another guest post by L.)

I made a piece of cheese into a ''Creepy Gravestone.'' Look c lose at the 2nd  picture.
You will see that it says R.I.P. on it.

at the end of the kids' Christmas list, an apology

Yes the list is quite substantial (they started composing it in September) so the kids know not to expect to receive everything on it.  However, two of their requests are for "santa hats" and "giant candy canes" and that's just so darling I think Santa might just have to make sure to include those.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

pig bag

(another guest post by L.)       

I went to a birthday party. Look what I made out of the party favor bag:

 Cool, huh?  I am satisfied
                                                     with it.