Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Grandma Wade comes to town

While Grandma was in town we visited the aquarium with our friends...

...walked through the botanical gardens (of which had a fun maze with ginormous sculptures of ants and pumpkins to sit and walk through...so fun!)...

...we also flew our kite a couple of times when the wind allowed...

...we did a lot of snuggling...

...and we showed Grandma the cool narrows of the Tent Rocks hike.

I just love Graham in the picture below. His little gummy smile is too much!

It's never a dull moment when Grandma Wade comes into town. Thanks for coming Mom-- we already miss you.

In other news-- this little peanut is ALMOST pulling up to a standing position. He's also getting little tufts of curls on the sides. PHEW-- for a moment there-- I thought he would be bald forever. ;) I probably won't be posting for the next two weeks because I really should be packing our stuff back into boxes. We are moving into a house not too far from where we already are so the next little while is going to be busy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hiking, Painting & Petting

A couple of Saturdays ago Tim decided to let me sleep in and took the kids (in their pajamas, no less) on a hike by our house. This is the phone picture I received in my nice and warm bed. What can I say, our kids are hardcore hikers.
The weather is unbelievable here. I totally understand why the elderly retire here. The winters are mild which means no shoveling of your drive way. Also, most people don't have grass here, so that means no mowing of the lawn. It's a retiree's dream. Anyway, that's besides the point. The zoo. With the weather being nice, they had a lot of animals out for petting and boy did Miles LOVE that.
Graham is always giggly and down for anything-- such a chill child he is.
Wow! Finger painting with a toddler is A LOT of work. It's not as easy as getting the paint out and saying, "have at it kid!" It takes major preparation and clean-up for just a measly 10 minutes of creativity. Sometimes I ask myself if it's worth it, but then I see his little smudge marks and finger prints and it makes me smile, so yeah it's worth it. Be prepared Grandmas and Grandpas for painted pictures in the mail. Miles LOVED finger painting so I'm sure we'll be doing that again real soon.
And, once again Graham just sat on the sidelines cheering Miles on and played with his chubby toes.
This was a relatively easy hike, but had a drop off on one side so I had to keep extremely close tabs on Miles and Gus. This cave was discovered in the late 30's and when they excavated it they found skeletal remains of many ice aged animals, such as the wooly mammoth, mastadon and a giant sloth. Also deep inside the cave were arrow heads, remnants of baskets and yucca moccasins, but no human remains were ever found. They believed the cave was a seasonal retreat for a single man about 10,000-12,000 years ago. To get to the cave you have to hike along a concrete ledge and climb up a rickety metal spiral stair case up a sheer rock face. It's not the most kid friendly hike we've ever done, but the history of it was really interesting.
We hiked during Graham's nap time so his head was bobbing everywhere as he tried to catch some shut eye, but to no avail. You can tell how tired he was in the picture below.
It's a really interesting piece of history and it's too bad people have defaced it with graffiti.

Good times were had by all. There is nothing better than hiking on a sunny day with the fam.

Monday, March 7, 2011

FREE Easter Printables

Okay, so now that's out of the way, you can check out my FREE Easter party printables at Catch My Party. They also should be going live at Tip Junkie, Craft Gossip & One Pretty Thing real soon. If anyone ever needs any party printables or anything alike please email me. I love love LOVE creating these types of things. You can also visit my Etsy site for party prints already created and uploaded.

I also have cupcake wrappers if anyone is interested, but I didn't absolutely love how they turned out so I didn't include them in the published printables. However, if you would like the wrappers as well as a little surprise email me at kirsten{dot}fuller{at}gmail{dot}com.