Friday, October 31, 2014

Rock Creek Farms

_MG_8314.jpgSince we didn't have a garden and grow pumpkins this year we decided to visit the local pumpkin patch to find some pumpkins.
_MG_8317.jpgThere were pumpkins everywhere. The displays were not nearly as cool as The Great Pumpkin Patch, however, there was plenty to do to keep the children running all afternoon.
_MG_8323.jpgThe clouds and mountains behind us looked just like a painting on a canvas.
_MG_8351.jpgI think we picked the perfect day because we had almost the entire place to ourselves. The children were able to run free!
_MG_8354.jpgDon't you just love the fun signs that pumpkin patches have so your heads have something to do?
_MG_8361.jpgHere's a scarecrow and her little pumpkin sister!
_MG_8369.jpgThere was even a petting zoo area, or rather and area in which to view the animals. There were signs that asked people not to touch them for fear that they may nibble some fingers off of small children.
_MG_8368.jpgThe cows were loud and chatty with us.
_MG_8387.jpgThey're on the run again!
_MG_8391.jpgJumpy castles were spotted and they weren't tired enough, so jumping in a pumpkin had to be done.
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The slide was also quite bouncy when bouncing as you slide down.
_MG_8375.jpgReena and her cuties joined us for a fun afternoon.
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Of course we couldn't leave without a few pumpkins, and if I'm going to buy pumpkins you can bet that I'm going to find the best pumpkin out there! Happy Reformation Day and Happy Halloween, too!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Park Day!

_MG_7951.jpgSince getting my point-and-shoot camera I rarely carry my big, heavy SLR around anymore, but I had a portrait session coming up and decided to wipe off the dust and practice a little when we headed to the park.
_MG_8037-Edit.jpgWe met up with friends old and new and had a blast!
_MG_7955.jpgThe sun was a scorcher, but it didn't slow anyone down.
_MG_7993.jpgNext to the playground is a little grassy area and pond where the geese like to graze.
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There were children everywhere. How do you keep track of them all?
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The light was quite lovely under this pergola, so naturally, I asked for some models._MG_8043-Edit.jpgMy goal, at the park, was to come home with tired children. I'll tell you now that I succeeded after they ran around all afternoon. ;)
_MG_8060-Edit.jpgJust before we left the children found the stage area and decided to sing Father Abraham. It was such a hoot to watch. They sang and danced until they couldn't stop laughing.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Peek Into Our Accommodations

_MG_7878.jpgThis view of the mountains never gets old for me. I love to imagine what the slope looks like during ski season, with the runs and trees covered in snow. I also think it would be fabulous to ski right into the hotel in which you are staying. How awesome would that be? Maybe someday we'll get to do that, but for now we'll enjoy the fall days here. _MG_7865.jpgThe question I get asked most often always has to do with how our family fits wherever we go, so here's a peek into our hotel room or condo if you'd prefer. I usually plan meals and pack a ton of food because eating out for every meal can get quite costly. I love crockpot meals. They're quick to prepare and the they cook all day while we're out having fun.
_MG_7866.jpgThe main floor has a small kitchen, dining room table, couch, tv, and a fireplace. It's a tight squeeze for all of us to be here together, but we do fit.IMG_0293
There's a decorative mirror on the wall that all of us kept mistaking for another room and a few of our children even walked into it by accident. It makes for fun selfies too!
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Up the stairs are where 2 bedrooms are located. The master bedroom may have the largest bed, but it is not the largest room.
_MG_7870.jpgThe kids were pretty spoiled with having three bedrooms to split between nine of them. Their rooms were all the same. Just imagine a regular hotel room with two queen sized beds and that's what their rooms were like.
There were two bedrooms upstairs. Then a spiral staircase that led back down to two more bedrooms just like the room above.
_MG_7871.jpgExcuse the mess, but there are several children occupying these rooms. Each room also had their own TV. That's 4 more TVs than we have in our house. The children thought it was so cool that they didn't all have to watch the same show. The funniest part of all of this, though, was when they tried to call each other on the land line phones in each room. They'd make plans to call each other then the child receiving the call would pick up the phone and wait for it to ring, while the caller couldn't figure out why they were getting a busy signal. Our children are definitely growing up  in a different time than we did.
The sun was gorgeous on our last morning in town. A few leaves were holding out as long as they could before turning yellow and fall off their trees. There were still some flowers peeking up through the icy ground too. IMG_0295All good and fun things must come to an end, but not before trying to figure out how we fit everything on the way there, and now we're wondering why it won't fit on the way home. Hmm. . . It definitely takes some careful planning and packing when fitting 11 people in a large van.
_MG_7906.jpgWe took the faster route home and the scenery couldn't be any more beautiful. It totally looks like we're about to drive into the mountain doesn't it?
_MG_7907.jpgWouldn't you want to drive through or maybe ski down that lovely snow-capped mountain?
_MG_7910.jpgWell, how about we just drive through it for now! The tunnel is quite entertaining to our children. They think it's the coolest thing to be driving through mountain while we adults just think we're driving on a road. Gotta love the minds of children, right? After going through the tunnel it was just a short drive back home and we were glad to be home.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Breckenridge Fun

_MG_7857.jpgMy children look forward to our trip to Breckenridge every year. We usually arrive a day early, so we don't have to wait in the forever long check-in lines and we can leisurely unpack. Showing up a day early gives us an extra day to swim and we usually have the entire pool to ourselves. The hotel has this awesome pool that is half indoors and half outdoors. Swim under that wall and you'll be outside. Brr!
_MG_7861.jpgThis is a view of the hotel and conference center from our room. It's like a huge maze trying to find your way around, but now that we've been coming for years we're old pros!
IMG_0262The conference usually begins with an opening service. This year, with the extra children in tow, we filled up and entire row. It's important to arrive a little early to claim your seats or you'll be stuck standing in the back of the room.
IMG_0285There is a game room that keeps the little ones quite entertained. You don't have to give them money or tokens, and they still feel like they're playing the game. It's a win-win for me. Free is good and they're enjoying themselves.
IMG_0289There's also a random cow in the game room that turns milking a cow into a game. The little ones were quite intrigued. You don't have to stick any tokens in it to make sounds come out of the cow's mouth. They think her mooing is udderly hilarious!
IMG_0283Nine holes of mini-golf can keep children busy for hours while they learn proper form and/or get the balls into the holes.
IMG_0263This is for you, Summer! I'm jealous that Wendy is probably hanging out with you right now, but we sure missed you in Breckenridge. Thanks for sharing your friends with me. :) We wives had a lovely evening hanging out while eating brats and drinking beer and wine!
IMG_0264After a lovely dinner I went on a hunt to find my family. Guess where I found them? It was snowing, but that didn't stop them from hanging out in the hot tub.
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We spent a lot of our time in the game room and I even got a chance to play a little basketball against Carlos. Can you guess who won?IMG_0258The cold and snowy weather was perfect for fires every evening and morning. Winter is on its way, people! Well, hopefully not in the city, but I think the mountains are getting dumped on these days.