Friday, July 31, 2009

Colorado Trip Part Two

After we played at the Garden of the Gods, we headed to one of our favorite places to eat in Colorado Springs, Fargo's Pizza. They have really good pizza, and it is just a very fun atmosphere.

After we enjoyed our meal at Fargo's we headed to Cascade Falls (aka Graffiti Falls). I can remember coming here back when I was in JR High with my science teacher Mrs. Overland. It still looks the same except for the fact that there is a ton of Graffiti now. Back behind the falls there is a cave. It is a nice little hike and really beautiful to listen to, and look at, if you put the graffiti aside.

Amber, Candace and their cousin Lenika posing by the stream and of course in front of one of the walls of graffiti.

Candace posing on a ledge!

Uncle Justin (red shirt) taking some of the kids to behind the waterfall to see the cave.

Jared (grey shirt) debating if he wants to go behind the waterfall to see the cave. To go behind the waterfall you had to stay to the right and practically hug the rocks or else you wouldn't be able to touch the bottom.

He did it!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We left Saturday the 18th of July for Colorado, we arrived at Jared's brother Justin's home that evening! On Sunday we of course went to Church with Justin and his family. It truly is a small world! While at church we saw a brother of a friend of ours and my Sister-in-Laws parents. It was really nice to catch up. After church we went to Widefield (our old stomping grounds) because a friend of Justin's was in town for the weekend and his parents were throwing a BBQ for him. It was nice chatting with friends we haven't seen for ages.

On Monday we were able to take the girls to Garden of the Gods. I loved the beauty of this place when I was little, and I still do! We hiked around on some of the rocks, we and the girls had a blast.

The girls with their cousin Lenika at the Garden of the Gods visitors center.

The next two are the view of the park from the visitors center.

The girls with their cousins Mason and Lenika looking like they are trying to hold up Balancing Rock!

Mason on top of a rock!

I will make a collage of all of our pictures from our trip. We literally went nonstop from the time we left for Colorado till the time we got back home, so I am sure that there will be quite a few post to come! Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Creed

I found this quote while we were at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs and loved it. Thought that I would share it with you. I will post about our wonderful trip when we get back home.

by Dean Alfange

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me--not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficience nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say--'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Amber's Slumber Party!

On July 9th Amber turned 10! She wanted to have a Slumber Party, so I told her that she could invite 2 friends over. She invited her friend Jonnalee and her friend Jade. The girls had alot of fun...We ate chicken nuggets and french fries, had cake and ice cream, opened presents, painted nails, watched a movie and stayed up late. Thanks Jade and Jonnalee for making my day special!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Girls Camp Rocks!