Henry got his first haircut at Grandpa’s barber! I expected to have to hold him, but he sat up there in the chair just about perfectly still! Such a cutie pie!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
On one Saturday, my parents took the kids and I to hike Devil’s Head to the Fire Lookout station. It is the only one of seven original fire lookouts still in use in Colorado. We hiked this as kids, so it was fun to take my kids back. They got very distratected by the sticks and stones, but we did make it to the top!
My parents and the granddog, Sadie
After hiking to the top and back, we drove down to the South Platte River so that we could have a picnic and swim. It was a little busier than expected, but the kids enjoyed the water. When we were finished I sent Elaine to get in the van first. She started screaming, so I investigated. I found a baby garter snake slithering away. Nolan chased it across the road, and Grandpa (the snake guy) helped to secure it. Once Nolan touched it and didn’t fall over dead, all the kids wanted a turn holding the baby snake. We had to take turns and go around a couple of times. When Grandpa went to release the snake Liberty was sobbing, “I’m just gonna miss that snake!”
After Yellowstone and a meeting in Wyoming, Ben took the kids and I back to my parent’s house in Denver. We stayed there for a month while Ben went and had some meetings in California alone. We had two reasons for splitting up: first, we couldn’t find housing for all of us in CA, and it would be very costly to live in a hotel for a month; and second, because Ben needed some time alone to write his doctrinal papers for ordination. The time in one place gave us some stability, and the kids were even able to take swimming lessons!
Two days after Nolan’s Yellowstone stitches came out, he slipped at the water park and busted the wound open again. So off to the ER we went again, and this time we got staples! It was a rough life – he got popsicles, the TV remote, and toys!
Last day at Grandma & Grandpa’s. Thanks for putting up with us for a month. Enjoy the quiet! Sadie, we pray for you often (more than for Grandma & Grandpa ). We will miss you! Elaine wept (literally) when we had to leave, and we get requests often to return to Grandma’s house.