Last thursday...well actually two thursdays ago... we loaded up and headed to ruidoso for 8 days of vacation with my sister, her kiddos (daniel couldn't make it) and travis and my dad came for the first weekend. We had a great time just hanging out..enjoying the cooler weather outdoors, playing in the river and just being together.
No bears this time...although we did spot the Elk while driving back from town one morning. :)
pretty sure wildlife was scared to come around our cabin bc of all the noise.haha. The last saturday morning we did hear a bear at the dumpster but was unsuccessful in seeing it..but later heard (after we had left) it was found drinking in our bird bath! ha.
While we were there we....
visited my aunts, "petting zoo." somehow she was adopted 3 baby peacocks, a goat, fish, chickens and ducks and of course her dog...so the kids loved torturing the animals.
you can't go to ruidoso without shopping...
or without a trip to ride the pony's....Ty still won't get on one...but Brady loves them...
while mom-mom went to wal-mart we stayed at the park...
sophi would have rather just eaten the dirt..
THe beautiful Elk....of course, like last time, i didn't have my camera..good thing for phone cameras...we may or may not have stalked this beautiful animal! :)
With the rain the snails came out...poor snail is all I have to say. ha
Ty giving Sophi a raspberry. Obviously, she enjoyed it...lol.
My aunt gave a princess chair to sophi...but look who mainly sat in it..
Rio Ruidoso...my mom worked so hard in trying to make our river beautiful again. with the flood from..umm...2008...FEMA really ruined the river. the grass island was never there. When travis came down he used the weed-eater to trim it all down and mom and I tried pulling the thick grass up...it came up just like carpet. mom has tried to find somebody to get it taken out but nobody seems to be able to...we need an excavator...(sara vestal..do you and ryon want a trip to ruidoso..just bring the CAT excavator...haha)
brady called the deer "reindeer." and would correct his grandpa when he said mule deer.
If my Gram (my mom's mom) was still alive she would have a fit that sophi could fit her head in-between the rails...when gram first put the porch there the workers tried to space them even further apart but she told them to redo it bc her grankids (me) would be able to fit their heads through there...the workers disagreed but i proved gram right by sticking my head through....so, the workers re-did it. I was older than Sophi is so she can still fit her head through. I know Gram is smiling down from Heaven knowing we are enjoying the cabin still but cringing that her now-great-grandkids can stick their heads through.
woo-woo..one handsome hubby.
Travis was about to hand feed the deer some pub mix but at the last second he pulled away...so from the bowl it was.
since mom couldn't find anybody to hire to fix our river...we took matter into our own hands...she re-routed the river to flow differently.
and took a spill in the process...
so now we can enjoy more river walking space...it just looks soooo much nicer.
our little texas tornado, bull in a china cabinet also enjoyed it....she is just a mess. a walking wrecking ball and walking scratch and bruise. she's a tough and strong little girl.
and of course, our sweet little water bug enjoyed it as well.
Brady and sophi got their mark for the year (ty and hanna hadn't grown enough from last month to re-mark them).
We all think and know Brady is tall...but according to the wall...my sister was still a good 6 inches taller than he is at 3. as casey says, "I was a giant."
At 9 months (hanna's age..almost) my sister was Sophi's height..who is 13 months.
The wall is a fun way to look back and reminisce.