Ok, so I think I only blogged 2-3 times in July. That's just crazy! I can't believe how busy we have been. I have terribly neglected my blog and my emotional outlet. I have lots to catch up on! I think I might actually have to look at a calendar to remind myself of what we have done!
My parents came in town a few weekends ago. It was so wonderful to have them here! I was spoiled having my mom here for those 2 weeks around when we moved, and then my dad was finally able to get away from work so they turned around and drove back together! It's a 13-hour drive to the far north, so they were pooped after a short weekend and a long drive! BBZ just loves his Papa and Meme. The monday he went to school he woke up around 5am and asked for them. I told him that they went home and he went back to sleep for a little while. When he woke up for the day we went to school as usual, but he did not say bye-bye as usual...he cried when I left him! He has never, ever cried when I dropped him off at school. It was terrible. I called at about 9:30am hoping to find out when he stopped and they said he was STILL CRYING!!! That's about an hour and a half. I aske dif they thought I should come back and get him and she said that he just now finally calmed down and stopped, while I was on the phone. I imagine they finally really tried when I called, which pisses me off all over again since I haven't thought about it since that day. Grrr. Tuesday of that week he did the same thing when I dropped him off, but this time I stood outside of the door and listened until I thought he stopped. It was mch easier and by Wednesday he was fine. I don't know what that was all about, but maybe he was upset that Meme and Papa were there when he went to bed and not there when he woke up. Whatever the reason, thank goodness it was short-lived. I don't know how moms do it with kiddos who have spearation anxiety and cry every time they get dropped off. That would suck!
The next weekend we celebrated 2 birthdays! My friend, Nikki's little girl turned 5. 5??? I can't believe it has been 5 years sine she was born. She was the first child in our group by about 2 years, so she is kind of everyone's baby, nd I can hardly believe it. The other birthday was the 2nd of the six 2-year-old birthdays from the 2008 pregnant crew. It was crazy hot, but it was a pool party, which was perfect! My friend Kelli was at the 5-year-old party Sunday and was literally in active labor! She was 9 days overdue and was scheduled to be induced Sunday night, so having the contractions was when she hoped for, but she lasted through almost the whole party! She is such a trooper. And her little man is just gorgeous!
We had just 2 days last week because we went on vacation! N and I took 252 photos in 5 days. That's a lot! I'll try to just post some of my favorites that tell the vacation story...
We flew in to Denver early Wednesdya morning. Because of the time change, we landed around 8:30am. We picked up our rental car and headed north toward Fort Collins. BBZ took a nice nap in the car and was ready to do some exploring. We found an awesome part of town where we parked and walked and just enjoyed the small city. This fountain was pretty cool.
N printed out some fun, family attractions for us to choose from and one was a Fossil Park. We were expecting an amusement pakr of sorts, but it was really just a big park with a dinasour theme. Either way, it was great fun for a little boy who had spent all morning in either a car or an airplane, which he thought was awesome, by the way.
He is so adventurous!
We were able to check into our hotel a little early, but not early enough for BBZ to take a much needed nap. We had tickets to a tour of the New Belgium Brewery at 4:05pm, but headed over there a bit early since he was ansy and a little cranky. It probably wasn't the best idea to expect him to stay entertained at a place that really isn't for kids, but he did find this fun water fountain to play in!
I have no idea what prompted this pose, but he held it for plenty of time for me to grab the camera. It is so cute to me!
That is not beer, it's a seltzer water or somehting, according to N.
So there is a big story about this one. See that sling he is in? That was the best and worst idea to have with me. He doesn't even try to get down when he is in it, compared to him fighting and pulling and "get down"-ing that he does most of the time when he is held. But this time it caused some serious sh*t (pun definitely intended). I started to feel something damp and said to N that I thought he was wet. We were knee deep in the tour and not able to leave and find the group again. I felt the wetness again and realized what I feared. It was poop. All over him. And all over me. We had a break to use the bathroom so I went in and discovered that not only was it all over us, but I didn't bring any shorts on the tour with us. I changed his diaper (while he laid on the sling on the floor since there are no changing tables at the New Belgium Brewery. I put his dirty shorts back in him and stuck him back in the sling. The nuce thing about the ring sling is that there is plenty of extra fabric to cover us up, so that's what we did. So this picutre is of a very pooped little boy and his giggling mama.
As we left Fort Collins on Thursday morning, we stopped by this awesome zoo that was really just a guy's trailer park with metal scuptures all over the place. Some of these were really, really awesome. This is where we took a lot of the 252 photos, but I will just post a few.
This is such a typical picture of me. That super rickity bridge looks scary to me, so I am standing back trying to allow my adventurous little boy explore while holding back my urge to say "NO! Don't do it, you could fall!" And resist the urge I did, as he scampered across the bridge with no problem.
The next day we drove into the mountains to Estes Park. This is our cabin.
We drove up into the mountains and tried to go higher than this, but there was terrible traffic that we later found out was road construction, and a huge rain storm came through, which basically forced us back down the mountain. On the way down we stopped here and climbed some rocks. I snapped this picture, which I absolutely love. We are at about 9,000 feet above sea level here.
Our first family vacation!
The next day we tried the mountain again and made it much farther. Another storm was moving in, but we managed to catch a few shots at about 10,000 feet.
We kept driving and got to about 12,000 feet, which we thought was as high as we could go.