oh how we love this place!
it seems the older the girls get, the more fun we have.
curvy roads
laying back to tickle baby feet
asleep...it worked
pretty blooms
first swing on the "bear" swing
discovery box
best spot on the porch

a delightful teeny tiny little hummingbird
playing the made up game of "check"
first step in the creek
tubing fun!!!
hike at the park
forest sculptures
beautiful words
trail tree
adding rocks to the tree stump
building cairns

a swarm of butterflies... on goose poop...yep...yuck!
toes in
making splashes
harry potter on the swing = divine
green bean festival
sweet tea
painting rocks

block party at the square
dancing in the street
fresh caught trout for dinner
boiled peanuts
rainy walk
root beer floats rock
thanks again mimi and poppy (tory and maggie too!)
for a great mini vacation.
next time, we'll stay longer for sure!


{Georgia Bound}

hey guys,
this is riley!
we are officially georgia bound.
car is being packed
and our junky snacks are loaded. (sorry mom and dad)
root beer gum, chex mix, rainbow goldfish, bugles ...we got it all!
we are ready for fun tubing adventures,  hikes, and just spending time with mimi and poppy.
(also ready for the screaming moments tubing down the rushing waterfall):p
alright now, i guess it's up to me to wrap this up........
i also better get off the computer before mom finds out....
uh.. oh....
better run!


{Colorado :: part five}

::heading home::
we really pushed it on the way home and stayed in only one hotel instead of two.
the girls did amazing.
there was lots of sleeping and lots of singing and lots of snacking.
aubrey actually made it the whole way without any movies!!
that meant we listened to buzz buzz over and over and over...but we were ok with that.

we knew we were home when we saw flat ground, corn and windmills!
oh and these too.
perfect little mid afternoon pick me up that got us all the way home.
home to our own beds, our own showers and tons and tons of laundry.:)
thank you baby for driving all those miles.
and thank you to my awesome family that made the trek with us and helped us have the best summer vacation ever! we will never forget it!!!:)


{Colorado :: part four}

::buena vista::
the drive to buena vista from denver is a beautiful one.
although the terrain is a little different, more dry and arid, there is still a beauty to this part of colorado.

our tent was right next to the creek, which the girls loved and it made for the best ever sleeping.

once everyone else got back from their morning bike ride and met us at the campground we went to the hot springs. (forgot to take a picture of that sign)
this place was so neat. a bunch of giant swimming pools and hot tubs, all filled with heated water from the springs. there was definitely no chilly pool water here!

wish i had gotten more pictures here because it really was beautiful.
the second day we drove up to st elmos, an old abandoned mining town.
the drive is awesome and one we made several times as kids.

pause to check out the creek

wished we could have driven up this road too. we did this pass a lot growing up, but it's 4w drive only. we were wild and crazy back then i guess!:) i think i have distinct memories of clutching my brother in the back seat thinking this was "it" many times, (although my dad was always in complete control!)  so maybe it's a good thing none of our cars were equipped with 4wd!:)

we drove back down the mountain a bit for lunch and a hike.

today was our hottest day yet i think. some people headed out early for a longer hike to the top, while some of us hung back for the slower version. aubrey fell and hurt her knee about 15 minutes into our walk and i had to carry her back. :( poor thing. 

but it was nothing a little fishin/creekin with daddy wouldn't cure.

we decided to go out to dinner for our last night together. which felt great! and it left a little extra time for the fisherman to cast a few more.

i'm so glad he found some time carved out just for him each day to fish.
and somebody else liked it too.:)

i thought that painted tree was the coolest.

once again i'm kicking myself for not snapping a sign picture!
we ate at the most amazing restaurant. we sat right along the river and the food was great and of course the company was even better!

we went for a walk along the river after dinner and stumbled upon a live concert going on in the park.
how perfect was that??:)

it was the perfect last night together.
{insert great big family pic here! again...kicking myself!:)}
i had to snap these few our last morning together in the tent.
everyone buried way down deep in their sleeping bags...
aubrey completely off her mat..

and the perfect tell tale sign of a good camping trip...going to bed with dirty feet!:)

goodbye colorado,
you were so very good to us all this year.
we'll definitely be back.