Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Randomness

It should come as no surprise when I say we've had a very busy July! I don't have time to write about it all, so I'll give you pictures instead :)

Our friends Heather and Domenic had a Fiesta at their house. It was PACKED full of people and food. It was a blast!
The kids had a great time together!

These two are so cute! Kellyn and AJ..

We also went to the pool one day with Ki, Dax and Skylar and then AJ wanted to swing by Gemstone park to play. This is where AJ had his 3rd birthday party and it's really close to where Grandma and Papa used to live.

We also went to Red Rocks to see John Mayer with our friends Summer and Guido

We had a great time at Red Rocks! (and thanks Guido for ruining this picture...)

I played hookie one afternoon, picked AJ up early and hit the pool. Fun times!

One weekend AJ and Jason went camping and I stayed home with Jazz. She and I had a great time together- here we are going on a run together. She's a great running parter and can easily outrun me!

AJ and Jason went camping and did some fishing. You can see here that they caught one!

We also went to the Lego store and played a bit. AJ really wanted me to take a pic with his creation

We went to dinner at our friends house. Here's AJ and Kelan eating (and goofing off)

AJ got this awesome new Dinosaur lego and it took us some time to get it together, but we did it! I took this picture and sent it in to the Lego Club magazine and hopefully it'll make it in there!

Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Jason, AJ and I took a long weekend and went to Cheyenne Frontier Days. It's something I've wanted to do for a few years and we finally made it happen.

I expected this fair to be similar-but much bigger- to the Orange County fair- the fair I grew up going to growing up. I was surprised to find that it was very similar in size, rides, food and people to the OC fair.

We stayed at the Terry Bison Ranch, which is about 10 miles south of Cheyenne and about 2 hours from our home. The ranch was amazing! Jason and AJ have stayed there a few times in the past, but this was my first time. AJ was super excited to show me all around. They have 2 great parks within walking distance, tons of bison, a train which takes you to feed the bison, 5 camels, 2 restaurants and a little General Store. Our campsite was directly across a small road from a park so AJ and his buddies could play.

On Thursday when we got there, we unpacked and then went straight to the fair. AJ was able to ride on some rides and we got some dinner. Then we went to the Rascal Flatts concert. The concert was a lot of fun, but we learned a big lesson (one that we should have known). Bringing a 5 year old to a concert where the opening act starts at 8 and the main event starts at 10pm is not the best idea. He enjoyed the opening act, The Band Perry, and we had fun and danced around a bit. But when Rascal Flatts came on, he was exhausted and even giving him my phone or candy didn't work. We only stayed for about 5 of their songs. I was sad, but totally understood.

Friday we went to the carnival with our friends and bought the kids wrist bands which allowed them to ride as many rides as they wanted all day long. We ate a ton of bad food and junk and rode rides, walked around and just hung out. The kids had a blast on all the rides. Then we went back to our campsite and the kids played at the park while the adults made dinner.

Saturday we got up and went to breakfast at the little restaurant at the campground, then took the train ride to feed the bison. It was about an hour ride and it was super fun seeing the bison and their babies.  After the train, we went back to the fair for a short time to ride more rides. Then, back to the campsite to rest for a bit and then back (again!) to the fair for another concert. We had plans to see Tony Keith and this concert would have been AMAZING! Once again, we weren't able to see much of it. What a huge bummer tho, cause he was awesome! We got thru 2 song and AJ was crying and "so so so tired" he said. I can't blame him. We had a number of 10pm nights or later, prior to the concert.

Here are some pics:

Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Playing at the park in the campground

Ready for Rascal Flatts

Riding with Daddy!

The view from our campsite

The BIG park

I thought this was a funny pic.. This is "Truck Hill"- we parked at a park and ride and all the trucks got to park here.

Surfer, Bronco, Cowboy.. he's got it all going on

Can't go to the fair and not get cotton candy

Meet the newest member of our family.. Flames the snake

On the train!

Feeding the bison!

A baby :)

Trouble makers!

AJ and Todd riding the Caterpiller

Wating for Toby Keith