Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Best Kind of Snow Day

I was afraid it was too late in the season for a fun day in the snow, but there was some snow forecast for that weekend, so we decided to take a chance.



When we got there, we were happy to find that there was snow, even if it was a little thin! Time to load up the sled!



It snowed a lot while we were there.



Say goodbye to this sled... they are about to hit a bump at bottom that will bust a couple holes in the bottom of the sled (it's not like some big heavy dude is riding it or anything). We kept using it after that, but it was a lot slower because those holes were like brakes all the way down.



The kids looked in the broken sled pile for extra sleds, so that's why our sleds all look cracked and broken. They are!





Russ decided to see if he could use a sled for a snowboard.















Somebody left a play pool at the top of the hill, and the kids soon found out why it was abandoned. It had crazy good traction and would not budge!





So fun for a day, but so glad to go back home to the valley.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cow Fun in Laughlin

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

That was our philosophy when we went to our first big penning and sorting show to see my dad's software in action. We dressed the kids in their western wear and put up with the smell like it was no big deal (that is, until later in our hotel room when our clothes still reeked... then we had to quarantine them in a plastic bag).



I think this girl fit in best.





The horses inspired some beautiful art.





I know I shouldn't eat a Navajo taco more than once a year at the fair, but they're just so good!



Soon the kids were bored with the cow sorting, so I checked Trip Advisor to see what fun things there are to do in Laughlin. Turns out, if you're not there to gamble or do water sports, the answer is, "Not much." But we did get to stop by and see these crazy labyrinths someone had so painstakingly created.



Really bizarre, but somehow therapeutic.







This one was the king of them all.



Next, we headed to the river walk behind the casinos. After finally finding a parking spot in the crowded parking garages, we walked down to find this weird scene on the bottom level. Cat haven?



It was sunset by then, and we enjoyed gazing at the Arizona mountains bathed in warm light.



This was a cool casino.



These telescopes are irresistible to my kids.





So ended the one beautiful day in a weekend of rain and a successful run for the software.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Date Night Shoot Out

For Christmas, Russ got me a Groupon for Ted's Shooting Range so I could practice with my gun. Secretly, it was also a gift for him because he wanted to try out some guns before buying them. I guess I'm cool with that.



He looks so cute while reloading!



I hate clowns, so that is why I chose this for target practice.



A few more targets before we go.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cowboy Room

The kid wanted red. Red walls. Four red walls in a little tiny room. Why not blue, I wondered, or even brown? But who am I to argue? Yeah, I was nervous. It can only end badly, I thought. Still, I carried on and tried a few samples.



My friends laughed when I showed them the first sample.



I wiped away my tears and thought, maybe it'll be fine. Then my friends really laughed when they saw this bright red room as seen from the hallway.



Incidentally, I could not stop singing, "Painting the bedroom red, we're painting the bedroom red!" (you know, like the song from Alice in Wonderland). I also could not stop thinking of the little boy in The Shining... red room, red room, red room. Maybe I was high on paint fumes? In the end, it all turned out fine, and I loved it!



So cute!

Proposal on the Mount

The first Saturday of the year, we were out hiking in San Diego with cousins.



The Ramona Overlook.



We hiked the drone up there to get a bird's eye view.



Hello up there!





Iron Mountain is the place where Russ proposed to me on the night of March 22, 2001. For some reason I wasn't afraid of every little noise I heard that night. Sitting alone on a mountain looking out over the city lights is very romantic, and he could not have chosen a better place to get my heart beating the way it did that night. He was such a sport to re-enact the whole scene, including the part where he dropped the ring in the dirt.



YES! I'd do it all over again!







This tunnel of trees is a cool way to begin and end the hike.