Just Boys… and Ma

Kristin & Piper had a girls day today, so Fisher came to hang out with me & Johnny.  He brought water balloons and a bubble machine – bliss for a couple of little boys!

Fisher showing Johnny how it all works:

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My official job was to tie all of the filled balloons.  I won’t lie and say there weren’t a few times where I doused them with the water instead of tying it.  I couldn’t resist… it was just too much fun.  =)

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Once a few balloons were filled, the boys got to squishing.

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Johnny quickly slipped into his normal role of Senor Bossypants.

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Then we broke out the bubble machine, which he loved.

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We capped the morning off with a mac & cheese picnic on the patio.  Yes, it was hot.  And yes, macaroni and cheese would be the last thing I would want to eat in the heat… but that’s what they wanted!

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Johnny napped so hard.  We sure do love a day with all boys (and me)!

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Slacking

I mentioned in this post how Doug played around on his brother, Aaron’s, slackline a few weeks ago.  Well, we went & bought one this weekend and got it set up in the back yard.  It’s turned out to be loads of fun.

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Johnny testing the slack in the line (in his pajamas!):

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Helping Woody have a turn:

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And Buzz, of course:

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We pretty much spent all day on Sunday outside doing a lot of this:

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This will be a good party feature, for sure. Smile

Sick Days

Johnny has been sick for two weeks.  He’s feeling better for the most part now.  But when he first got sick, our back yard was being landscaped, and he was too sick to go play anywhere – like the gym, park, etc.  It’s hard keeping a 2 yr old boy entertained inside!  Doug happened to be on vacation one day, so we decided to go for a hike, and eat a picnic in the shade.

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Not too shabby for a sick day, huh?

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad a little boy could ever ask for. 

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And to my own, sweet dad – who has continually inspired me and believed in me.

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He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland

 

"It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love." — Margaret Truman

 

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

 

I feel really lucky that both of you are in my life.

XO
Carly

Dirt and Cousins

We went down to Trinidad weekend before last to visit Grandma & Grandpa Mojica.  It was a fun day hanging out and visiting with cousins.  Every time we leave Trinidad, Johnny is exhausted and covered in dirt.  Good times!

 

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Grandpa told Johnny he was going to take him on the roof.  It was around this point that I looked at everyone else and said, “he’s joking, right?”.  They all chuckled.  Apparently he wasn’t joking.

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Doug & his brother, Aaron, provided the evening entertainment on the slack line.

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And no, beer cans don’t make a good replacement for a balance bar. Smile

 

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Hope you all had a good weekend!

Yay for Sunny Days!

Kristin & her kiddos came over to the house to play today.  It was so warm we decided to break out the kiddie pool.  Johnny loves these hanging out with these guys.  Add in some water, and he is in heaven even more! 

 

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Fisher & Piper kept jumping off the side of the pool into the water.  Johnny did twice, but kept landing on his bum.  After the second time, he preferred to just stand and direct other people to jump.  He would say, “1, 2, 3, GO!”.  I’m telling you – if he ever decides he wants to go into management, he will be a natural.  He’s pretty good at being bossy.

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As a side note, look at Piper’s form when she lands!  This girl has some natural talent, indeed.

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A little yoga session in the pool – Down Dog & Standing Splits!

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Aren’t these the cutest little princess buns you’ve ever seen??

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It was a happy moment when the sprinklers turned on.

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In the beginning, Johnny would turn around about 20 feet away from the sprinkler and slooooowly back up until his back hit the water.

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By the end of the day, he was jumping right through the water.

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Such a fun day!

Lions, Tigers, and Bears!

We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo yesterday with Kristin & her kiddos! 

It really is a neat zoo – tucked into the mountains.  You walk up some pretty steep paths which is a nice workout for the legs!  We hadn’t been since Johnny was really young. So this was his first time being old enough to really experience it. 

Here we are next to the giant giraffe statue near the entrance.  He did fine up until about this point.  :)

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He wasn’t too keen about the giraffes sticking their tongues through the fence on the bridge… but he dealt with it ok.

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Then a really tall giraffe stuck his head over the fence and started to come towards Johnny.  He. was. terrified. 

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It took lots of mama & Fisher hugs before he settled down.

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We just had to leave the giraffe area because any time one of them looked at him, he screamed.  He also did this in the Budgie Birds room, and any time a random peacock walking around the zoo came near him. 

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Turns out he likes to view animals from a very safe distance, with glass or a cage in between.

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Johnny got to ride a few rides at the zoo – which was his first time ever!  There was a loose peacock in the train area, and you can see how Johnny felt about that in this picture. 

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Something about this next pictures makes me choke up.  They just look so grown up.  You know, like they are having a conversation on the subway or something.

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After the train ride, it was pretty much impossible to get Johnny back in his stroller.  He did *ok* walking around by himself, at least for a while.

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This was the bear exhibit.  There is a big pond stocked with enormous fish that you can see from the viewing area.  Johnny would tap on the glass and these huge fish would swing around and come towards him.  Again, terrified screams.  But he didn’t want to leave!  He loves fish.  Just apparently when they aren’t swimming towards him like they want to eat him.  (As a side note, I have no idea why these shorts are so long… they are a size 2T but they look like man-pris!)

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If I’m being truly honest, this is the main reason I come to the zoo.  Regardless of a dairy allergy, when I see dippin’ dots I have absolutely ZERO self control. 

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Johnny was a fan for sure.

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While we were eating, this little bird hopped over next to us.  Apparently, he wasn’t threatening enough to warrant screams.  However, Johnny did start yelling “a BEER! a BEER!” (how he says bird).  It really doesn’t matter where we are, it is always entertaining when he yells about birds (and horses or “whores” as he calls them).

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THEN we ate lunch.  Why not have dessert before lunch some times?  Gotta live a little.

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(Yes, this is a Camelbak drinking tube… my pack was below and there is a convenient hole in the side of his stroller where it fits through.  Handy!)

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After lunch we rode the carousel – another first! 

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I was a little worried because when I try to get Johnny to ride the mechanical horses at King Soopers, he screams. I took one step towards putting him on a horse and he wanted nothing to do with it. So we found a sleigh and he still got to enjoy the experience.

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After going through the monkey and gorilla house, this guy was d.o.n.e.

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So we said goodbye to the zoo for now.

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When we got in the car (two hours after nap time) he was asleep within 5 minutes.  Snoring within 10. And drooling spit bubbles within 15.  That’s when you know it’s been a good day!

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