Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Hike

What do overly ambitious moms do when their kids are off school for fall recess?
We hit the trail.

On Friday morning my sister-in-laws and I decided to take our offspring on a jaunt through the colorful woods for a dip in the hot spring pools.  It seemed like a good idea...we had a great time on the same hike last year (except for the little snake incident).

However, this year there were a few kinks.  We didn't realize how much of a help the men really were last year.  When you are carrying a backpack with lunch and drinks for 5, plus swimsuits and towels, as well as a small child who is too tired to walk anymore, fun is no longer part of the equation. It was a long hike up to the pools (UP being the key word) .

When we reached our destination, it felt so good to sit in a shady spot, eat our lunches and watch
 the kids splash in the pools.
We were having a nice break, until the hornets arrived.

Two of our kids, my oldest and my nephew, were stung, and the stinging wouldn't stop.  They were miserable, so we decided to pack it up and head back down.

My two year old was walking slowly so we fell behind the rest of the group. I was holding her hand when I tripped over a rock and we both went flying (I'm kind of klutzy).  She hit her mouth and was bleeding, my legs and hand were beat up and we were still probably a mile from the parking lot. Ugh. I ended up carrying her (& my back pack) the rest of the painful way down. I have never been so happy to see our minivan.  Even the kids were grateful to see this adventure come to an end. They all completely crashed on the way home.

Not exactly one of our finer moments, but it was a beautiful day! :)
Note to Self:   As much as you love the fall foliage, next year consider the pumpkin patch.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Too Much of a Good Thing

We have a few Cosmos in our yard.
A few too many.

I let them grow, because they are beautiful.
And lovely things usually get their way.
But enough is enough.
I know what spring will bring if I let all of those abundant seeds hit the dirt.

Our green recycle bin will be filled to the brim for the next few weeks, but I am a girl on a mission.

And, I am trying to psych myself up for something big. Queen sized.
  Because I have too many stacks of the following cluttering up my sewing room.

Again, too much of a good thing.
If I can reclaim my flower beds, I can reclaim my sewing room.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

From the Field

 These pictures were taken from the sidelines of my son's soccer game last night. 
Watching the evolution of the cloud cover over the surrounding mountains made for a pretty good show.

The presence of the mountains alone, even without clouds hovering over their nooks and crannies,
is awe inspiring (when we're not taking them for granted). 

The game was pretty good too.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Drive

The autumn Sunday drive has become an annual tradition for us.
  This morning we headed up one of the local canyons, and this is what we found.

I didn't have my fancy camera, just my point and shoot, but I think it did all right.

Love this time of year. Oh, how I LOVE it.

( case you were wondering)