Friday, September 30, 2011

Cloudys first ER visit

Ben waited till he was 4. Cloudy wasn't so lucky.

After riding bikes today I unbuckled him, took off his helmet (while he was still in the bike seat) and when I reached to put his helmet on the front of the bike, the bike slid away from me taking Cloudy on a fall, straight into the side of the blazer. I had him at the ER in about 5 minutes. He is FINE! Thankfully!! And he had ice cream, which apparently is a ritual for us after receiving stitches.

cloudy and the library

We dropped off some of our Yellowstone books at the library today. Cloudy loves the library! I have to chase him around replacing all the books he pulls down to read. Just like Ben, we have another child facinated by reading!

On the way out of the library I decided to take a few shots of him with my new 28mm at the Sutter house, I love the teal screen door!
Love my new lens -- but I had some good shots out of focus... I need to work on that

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Monday, September 26, 2011


Last week we played hookie from life and went on vacation in Yellowstone!
I can't even describe the incredible time we had and amazing things we saw and did...
There came a point in the vacation where I gave up trying to take pictures, knowing there's just no way I would be able to accurately capture the awesome beauty of the place. And in doing so, I missed a great opportunity to photograph a moose!
We had elk at our campsite, a coyote that arrived every morning at 9am, and lots of flying squirrels that had no problem buzzing our tower as we stood around the campfire.
By the 3rd day we were done being enthused by the bison. They were EVERYWHERE.
The closest we came to a bear (that we know of ) is paw prints in the beach. One of the last days we were there we set out for a hike that would take us through bear territory --- We were met by a Park Ranger that informed us the trail was closed due to bear AND wolf activity. Apparently the wolves had taken down another animal and the bears moved in to snack on the carcass. (We guess the carcass was bison- and who doesn't want to snack on bison?! It's leaner than cow, lower cholesterol than chicken and fish, AND they are the only animal believed to be cancer resistant!!! )
We hiked over 35miles of Yellowstone trails! Ben hiked with us step for step! Cloudy rode on the Cloudy-pack while Pete and I took turns carrying his chunky butt around.
Cloudy's new favorite words are: Elk and Buffalo
Ben stated his new favorite word was GLOSSARY! He also learned what 'scat' is (before leaving his own on the Lake Overlook trail.)
enjoy the pictures.
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Monday, September 12, 2011


last month Ben recieved a scooter for his birthday - and it was painful trying to keep Cloudy off of it. He wants to do everything his 'bobo' does, so for Cloudy's 2nd birthday we gave him a little more stable scooter. He LOVES it, and he loves chasing Ben around the drive.

The other day Cloudy helped me take the girls to the dog park at the lake...
It's pretty hard to corral a 2 yr old, a beagle and a deaf dog.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Cloudy turns 2!

Cloudy had his 2nd birthday!
2! Wow.. 2 - He thinks he turned 3. If you ask him, he'll tell you he's 3.
We loaded up and headed down for a quick trip to Ft Worth this weekend. I baked a cake in advance with two of his favorite things: Yellow and "EP" (airplane), and as I was loading the truck I left the cake on the stairs, only to have Cloudy bring it to me - ON ITS SIDE... The plane had crash landed on its wing, but we managed to salvage it. I sat the cake in the seat next to Ben and the sun attemped to take out the icing. Pete had me move the cake to the floor in front of the boys, and sure enough, Cloudy fell right into it. By the time we got around to serving cake it looked pretty disheveled. But we had a great surprise for EVERYONE - Jenn, Brittany AND Matt were nearby and ALL of them were able to meet up with us for a few hours and a small party of Mr Jim's pizza, cake and melted ice cream! It was PERFECT (minus the cake)!

A video of Cloudy's second year..

Pictures from this weekend..

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