Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
This is a picture of Cody and Kiersa eating honeysuckle behind our back fence. But where did Cody go? Oh, there he is at the top of the pine tree! "I'm up here Mom, eating the honeysuckle that climbed up the tree."
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Caleb did a spinning hook kick and a spinning knife hand to break his boards. Instructor Christy mentions that Caleb always has a smile on his face and needs a smiley face placed on his uniform.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here are pictures of Cody's Preschool Program. Ms. Michelle is standing here with the "Fearsome Four" which she chose to begin the program. These are the other 3 "spirited" boys in his class. Whenever Cody has been in trouble at preschool, one of these boys was right there with him. :) He loves them dearly.
Love the toe tapping and foot slapping.
Goofing off with Tyler after the program.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here is Cody cuddling with his kitty, Memphis. That silly kitty won't even let me cuddle him anymore, but he loves his Cody.
Caleb also had semi-finals for the first grade spelling bee. He was first place in one round and second place in another round. The spelling bee will be on Friday. Saturday he will be testing in Tae Kwon Do for his red belt. I will post pictures.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
My next surprise in store, was a hike at one of my favorite places, Garden of the Gods. We had not been there since I was pregnant with Cody. Somehow the vision of an unpredictable, energetic, highly non-fearful little boy, not to mention any names, dashing towards the edge of the cliffs has curbed our desire to visit this beautiful place until now. We finally felt that he was old enough to listen and know the consequences (falling off the edge and splatting like a bug). I gave both of them a huge talk before we got out of the car. I actually made them quite fearful, "this is a dangerous place", "children have died falling off these rocks", "adults go first", "no running, pushing, or going to the edge", etc. I got a "Yes ma'am" from both of them. Then my serious, cautious thinker added, "Why did you take us to such a dangerous place? I don't think I want to go."
But he soon got over that when he saw how beautiful it was and saw the rocks to climb on. Caleb was extremely cautious and careful as always. Cody surprisingly (thankfully) was in excellent behavior and waited for Daddy to climb a rock, help him over, then sat still as could be in the spot Daddy put him in.
Here is Camel Rock.
The boys goofing off at Table Rock pretending they are hanging off the edge.
Kevin and I used to come here alot with my dad when we were young. Being there always brings back memories of being there as a child. Dad loves it here too. Actually we were with Kevin, Dad, Lori, and Troy the last time we came, if I remember correctly.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Kevin met us there. Here he is demonstrating his awesome "Chatelain point". Check out those cabins, nope no heat or air, but we did have bunks with a thin mattress. Best of all a roof over our heads, which was something to write home about with all of the rain we saw on Friday and Saturday. They did have electricity and lots of screened windows. I could see in the summer how they would be extremely hot and I could imagine spiders falling from the rafters as you slept at night.
We adopted the two eldest Atnip children for several days while Mark and Kelly were away on a business trip. So they came camping with us. The kids were estatic to arrive at Camp Kum Ba Ya with all of the other children from church. The steady rain did not faze them one bit. Luckily I had two ponchos, so Caleb wore his part of the time and Kiersa and Cody took turns wearing his yellow poncho. Thankfully it was warm enough that the kids could play out in the rain and mud and not worry us about catching pneumonia. Because there was no getting them out of it.
Bailey and Martha having girl time.
Kiersa and Gage clowning around.
The men folk having some serious discussions beside the fire.
The 4 Musketeers
We had Smores at the campfire that night and socialized till we had to get some sleepy children into bed. There was a hard steady rain all night long, perfect for sleeping. Except for the occasional waking up to pull covers and sleeping bags kicked off of children curled up in cold little balls in their beds and comforting Kiersa who fell like a ton of bricks out of her bed.
Speaking of muddy...
Quinn got very up close and personal with a mud hole. He was quite embarrassed about falling and getting so muddy, so I sent him to the shower to wash up and change clothes before we headed home.
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