Continental Divide at Loveland Pass

Total accident! I try and take the kids out during Jason’s daily morning meetings so he can have some peace and quiet. Today we decided to drive up the mountain just a little to see if we could find some snow for the kids to play in. Our camp host said we’d need to go about 10 miles. So, off we went! We keep going up and up (I have altitude sickness and it was getting worse and worse). But the views were stunning so we kept going! Finally we see a bunch of cars on the top and decide to stop there too. Turns out it was the continental divide! We had no idea! Or that we were up to almost 12,000 feet! The kids climbed the stairs to reach the full 12k while Zachary and I stayed at 11,990 to enjoy the extra oxygen 😂 A little more adventure than we planned but it was a fun surprise!

Funny story: I almost lost our truck today. We found snow at the top of the pass and found a little area that was safe to park away from the twisty and mildly scary road. We unloaded and the kids started playing. All of a sudden I hear a weird noise, like scraping ice. Sure enough, I turn around to see our dually slowly sliding down the incline on ice backwards towards the road. I forgot to set the emergency brake (horrible habit)! I ran so fast in the snow and ice, threw the door open and pushed the brake as hard as I could. Thankfully it was moving slow enough it didn’t run over me and the brake stopped it. Several of the kids declared it’d be a bad idea to tell their dad. But I came clean and his face was like this for awhile after we got home: 😳

I love little guys who marvel at frozen lakes in June.

The first of many snowballs! Turns out we are expecting a snowstorm at our campground tonight. The forecast is calling for 4-8 inches between now and 8 am. I predict my kids will be up bright and early to go play! They have been so excited all day. Snow is a big deal to Texas kids! Last week we were battling 95 degree temps with one AC – this week it’s freezing and we are digging out winter clothes and space heaters. Snow day in June, so much fun!


Fish wish

Going fishing with 4 kids in tow is a lot of work. One line would get tangled and as soon as he untangled it, a line would get stuck in the rocks, or a tree or someone hooked their own butt while casting. He didn’t rest a single second the entire time. But the kids loved it and can’t wait to go again. Thankfully this stocked pond is just steps from our door.

Jude and I snuck out today and picked up a new Cars fishing pole for Z (head up to my stories to see Zachary’s “woooow” reaction lol). He loves being like the big kids and wanted to do everything himself. He was convinced every cast he had a fish. When we were leaving, he sat down, hung his head low and said “I guess I’m not big, I didn’t catch a fish.” 😭 I gently reminded him that it’s not because he’s little, it just wasn’t his day to catch one. And that we could try again. He perked right up. Also, he mispronounces “fish” as “wish”. So every single “I GOT A WISH!” was the cutest.



T and Z

I don’t know that I’ve ever met two people that are more alike than these two. It shocks Jason and I daily. The way Z acts, the way he looks, the way he sounds, what he says, even his laugh is the exact same as hers was at this age. It’s interesting to watch them together because she gets so flustered by some of the things she herself used to do. Other parents say things like “I hope you have a kid that acts just like you someday!” We had Z and get to see Taryn deal with a tiny, opinionated, version of herself daily and I can’t lie, it’s satisfying and hilarious. This girl dished it out at age 3 and 4! Thankfully, she’s the easiest teenager ever. Hopefully Zachary follows that lead too😂 We’ve always joked that Taryn is Jason’s clone, looks like we created another one!

2020-06-28T13:27:51-05:00May 25th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|

365 Project: Swinging by the bay

We ventured out to the bay tonight for a picnic dinner.  It was so nice to get out for a bit.  There were a few people in the park but everyone kept their distance and seemed just as happy as we were to be “out”.  These kids have been troopers about being quarantined.  It hasn’t been easy but being at my mom’s house with lots of space and a huge porch has helped SO much!

2020-05-10T16:24:18-05:00April 24th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Gee, Jonah, Jude, My Family, Taryn, Zachary|
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