Nature’s Wrath

I’m sure by now, you have all heard of the Waldo Canyon Fire that has been raging outside of and in Colorado Springs this week.  The events that transpired over the last week are like something out of a nightmare. Or an action-packed movie. Not something that you would imagine in our calm life. We watched, day by day, as this fire built in size “safely” over the ridge of the front range. I never in a million years thought the fire would come into the city. Tuesday, everyone’s worst fears were realized as the fire jumped TWO containment lines and spread down into our lovely Northwest side.

 

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Top of the hill

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(the view from the top of our hill on Tuesday afternoon, right before the fire came over the ridge):

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(Photo credit: Marco Antonio Marchiani)

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(photo credit: Dana Smith)

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(photo credit: Chris Pareso)

We were among the 32,000 residents that evacuated – fleeing for our lives as this massive wall of fire entered the city.  This was hands down the scariest experience of my life (my sister said it even tops my labor with Johnny, which is saying something. I have to agree).

Today, we came back home.  The firefighters were able to stop the blaze about 2 miles before it got to our house.  Doug, Johnny & I are all safe.  Johnny is soundly sleeping in his bed.  This is more than I can say for a lot of folks who lost their homes or loved ones to this fire.

The scientific side of my mind makes sense of this fire with a formula that is something like this: over-growth + dry conditions + wind + spark = mighty big damn fire that wreaks havoc.  However, the emotional side of my mind can’t process this yet.  My heart weighs heavy for lives lost.  My heart weighs heavy for those who lost everything they had.  My heart weighs heavy for our beautiful vistas that are charred, burnt, and still smoking.  My heart weighs heavy for all of the beautiful hiking trails and open spaces that were destroyed… the places where we have made many memories as a family.

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Like a phoenix, the “burning down” of things, makes way for a new evolution – better than before.  I know beautiful things have & will come of this… a greater sense of community, a LOVE and adoration of brave, selfless firefighters, and nature’s power and beauty that exists, even in flames.  I hope, in time, the pain and heartache this community has felt will start to fade.

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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)!

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!