Saturday, January 30, 2010
The rodeo was great!!! We all left with cowboy hats! Check out the video on youtube... This is the best bare back rider... actually, it was the best horse! He wanted to launch that cowboy to the moon!
Ethan didn't like the roping even though I explained that they didn't hurt the calves... I tried to explain the history behind cowboys, but I don't think he was listening. I didn't even touch the subject of how they got those horses and bulls to buck...
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
As I asked more questions and tried to figure things out, I was pretty sure he probably knew what he was talking about... he was sure that this little girls Daddy was with Jesus and I as quite impressed with how well he understood 'going to live with Jesus'... except the fact that he felt that when Jesus fixed you you got to come back... that's neither here nor there because he's three...
Anyway, I asked his teachers today if this little girls Daddy was D-E-A-D (the kids were around)... they looked at me puzzled... so I explained Sean's story about how the Dad went to live with Jesus... luckily for the Dad, I don't need to send condolence cards because I am assured that he is very much alive! The teachers went on to explain how good Sean is at story telling... such a talent!
Since then, he has told me that his teacher, Jennifer, is going to take the class to Texas in two weeks... I looked at him...
Really?!? I guess I'll have to ask Ms. Jennifer about that...
He should be a writer...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thank god for the quick reaction of law enforcement and the school officials! They were locked down for over an hour and a half of having to remain quiet and still... all of the kids were so good!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We went to check out the 'Man Cave' in Cibola National Forest today... we ended up on an ice covered dirt road in a secluded tiny valley in between mountains with signs plastered everywhere 'Who Killed Carla?' Insert scary random truck that just didnt fit... almost got stuck on ice turning around in the road... slid 30 feet trying to stop so Uncle Mike could read about 'Carla'... we all unanimously voted to wait until JD could go to check out the 'Man Cave'.
While sliding down the ice covered road, we did happen to look up and see the cat walk and spiral staircase up to the cave opening... it looked really cool and a bit isolated and creepy... when we got home we jumped online to check out what happened to Carla... she was murdered in the Man Cave parking area over a decade ago... it was all a bit sobering...
I'd like to go back and check out the Cave, but I'll wait until the snow and ice melt and it's a warm, sunny day!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
After checking out Santa Fe, we started the trip home (only about 45 minutes)...
On the way, we noticed a sign that advertised a Lake... we had to stop and check out the lake in the desert! We pulled off the highway and started a beautiful drive towards this lake...
We drove onto a Reservation and through a Moose Crossing (didn't see a moose though)... It was at this point that I realized that my camera battery had died!
We checked out the lake - it was closed... and on the way back to the highway we saw a sign for Tent Rock National Monument... We only had a half an hour to check it out, but it really made me wish my camera was working! This place is incredible! There are rock formation that look like teepees with rocks balancing on top of them... amazing! We'll have to go back and check it out when my camera is working!
We made it out of the park just in time... the sign said they'd lock us in... back to the highway (still no moose sightings) and towards home...
What a great day!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
"Uncle Mike is annoying!!!"
Really?!? Pretty bad when a three year old says that you are annoying!
This is the view straight down from the deck! Ethan about gave me a heart attack... at the top of the mountain it is covered in snow. At the end of the deck, it is 'au natural' meaning that there aren't any railings or retaining walls... a trail head starts there that runs the ridgeline. Well, Ethan decided to take a flying leap off of the deck and into the snow... this wouldn't have normally been a problem, but if he was two feet to the left, he would have been rolling off of the Sandias!!!
Ethan and Sean were unscathed by the ride up the mountain in the little tram car...
I was praying that I would be able to upload the pictures later that day rather than have some search and rescue team find my SD card lodged in my broken camera and then use the pictures and momentos of the greatest tragedy that this tram had ever seen...
This was one of the towers that we went over to get up and down the mountain. We swayed a bit as we rolled off of the towers...
Uncle Mike looks just as crazy as ever... they don't close this tram down until the wind gusts hit 45 mph! I can't believe riding on this in wind over 5 mph!
Friday, January 8, 2010
By the time we got over to the window, the Roadrunner was headed towards the back wall... they are quick birds! I was suprised at how big they are! Definitely really neat to see...
My mom called me later in the afternoon and she started freaking out on the phone... she had apparently saw a Bald Eagle that flew by... I interrupted her with my Roadrunner story...
I think it's a toss up as to which one of us thought we were seeing the better of the two birds... Hopefully Roadrunners won't be strangers and we'll get to see lots more while we live here!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
It turned out that Sean was positive for Strep... that makes him the 3rd member of our family to have Strep since we moved here in November! When the nurse came in and told us, I mentioned to her that I should probably go get tested because I have had a sore throat for quite a while... she surprised me when she offered to test me right there... wow! She swabbed me and then we waited for the results.
A few minutes later, the doctor came in... I asked him for general practice doctor recommendations and he was more that willing to give me a couple. The nurse came back in shortly after and asked if we wanted to guess what my results were... positive! I looked at the doctor and said that it looks like I'm going to be calling the general practitioner... he said not to worry about it that he would write me a script!
Amazing! I took Sean to the Pediatrician and we both came out with prescriptions! Looks like we've found our Pediatrician!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
She offered to drive one of us around to find our truck... against my better judgement (and because it was getting close to dusk and we knew they locked the gates by 7) I climbed into her prius with Sean and Uncle Mike and Ethan waited for us with Max. Ten minutes later, I was pulling up to Ethan and Mike (after following her back around to them) safe and sound! Thank God!
Tip for the day: If a gate guy offers you a map, you take the map!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The boys were pretty upset that their rocket was orbiting Earth (that's what we told them)... we punched in Hobby Lobby to the GPS and started off... we turned onto paved roads and ended up circling around to yet another one lane dirt road. Well, if Tom-Tom says to go straight, then we go straight... we followed the dirt lane over hills and rocks until we made it to the paved road and took a right... We picked up two more rockets and some engines and headed back out...
This time we went north of town... found us another dirt road and followed it to a clear high point... Uncle Mike (again) thought he had the angle just right and loaded Sean's (new) rocket on the stand... 3 - 2 - 1... Blast Off! Success! We saw it go up and watched the parachute eject. That was cool! We watched it float down waaaaaayyyyy out in front of us... Uncle Mike started running and I jumped in the truck... By the time we got there it had landed and we didn't know where to start looking. I looked at Uncle Mike and told him that it was necessary to 'look' for the rocket. We gave up about ten minutes later and explained that losing rockets is necessary in order to learn how to shoot them. Two.
For some reason, we (Mike and I as the boys were ready to go home) decided we needed to try again. Against Ethan's better judgement, we loaded his rocket on the launch pad... this time Uncle Mike shot it straight up and made no adjustment for the wind... 3 - 2 - 1... Blast Off!!! Success!!! Straight up it went... it floated gently about 150 yards away and landed in Uncle Mike's hand! That was awesome! Third times a win!
We launched it two more times until we decided to take a break at a nearby park... the boys were pretty happy even though we lost the first two rockets. Today was fun and tomorrow is school...
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Without moving another muscle, Ethan very deliberately raised his finger and pointed it at me as if to say, "Mother, please. I am five years old and deserve some respect. Respect my space and respect the symbol that this finger represents. Respect that I don't want to give Sean the controller right now and I do not want to open my mouth and discuss this with you right now. Respect that when I lower my finger I am showing you that I am now ready to proceed with a mature, five year old conversation."
Without wasting another word or losing my cool, I told him "Give your brother the controller or you are going to take a nap."
Without wasting another moment, Ethan handed Sean the controller.
Now that's what I call a win for the Mom Team...