Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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Monday, June 16, 2008
They sat exceptionally still and without warning would randomly clap, dance, or point to something in excitement. We had a great time.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Hour 1 //After picking her up from the COS airport we headed to the 'Old Farm Park' for some fun. Aunt Melanie was hilarious going down the covered twisty slide with the kiddos. She almost got stuck!
Hour 5 // We took a scenic drive to the West of Colorado Springs in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. We ascended up Mount Baldy, the second highest mountain standing to the South of Pikes Peak and arrived at Helen Hunt Falls. The tots enjoyed walking around and taking in the big waterfall. Caleb and Carissa were highly entertained by touching the run off water from the falls.Hours 6 // We headed down the mountain to The Broadmoor, one of my favorite places in Colorado Springs. We took a walk around the pond and then settled down for a picnic dinner.
Aunt Melanie and Carissa just hangin' out and enjoying the beautiful evening.
This picture tells it all. Carissa is gracefully walking on the path while Caleb is running towards the geese. Of course Caleb arrived first. We fed the geese and their babies stale bread and occasionally Carissa would even steal a bite for herself.
Hour 25 // We took a jaunt to J.C.Penney so that Aunt Melanie could buy Caleb a pair of summer shoes. I wish I had a video for the shopping experience. Caleb was pulling shoes off of the display at breakneck speed and then throwing them in to our cart. Aunt Melanie, in her effort to distract Caleb, showed the tots 4 foam blocks to climb on. That fun ended with Caleb doing a face plant off the cubes where he achieved a nice rug burn on his left check bone. Carissa pulled her sandals off and kept repeating the word 'shoe' over and over and over. Poor girl, Aunt Melanie wanted to buy her an adorable pair of pink Sketchers but they didn't have any shoes small enough. She only wears a size 4! All in the all the shopping trip was a success. Caleb now has a fun pair of sandals. And, Carissa has a fun pair coming to her in the mail.
Hour 32 // Girls night! I got a babysitter for the tots and we headed downtown for a scrumptious dinner at the Melting Pot. We did what we do best, talk!
Hour 48 // A trip to Colorado Springs wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Garden of the Gods. We asked a young couple to take a picture of us. Amazingly, it turned out! Do you see the heart in the red rock? Apparently many people have been married in front of this natural wonder. Caleb has a new love of dogs. He's becoming a little too fearless though as he approached a Boxer dog before I could bat an eye.Hour 52 // Goodbyes and hugs. It was a special visit Aunt Melanie. Thank you.
Friday, June 6, 2008
The past four days Kelci has been at our house to help me with the babies while Jeff is in Russia with Children's Hope Chest. We have had a fun time with the kiddos and hanging out together. During her visit I have been reminded of things that Kelci loves.
#1. She LOVES movies. Right now her favorite flick is 'Juno'. For her enjoyment I gathered a large stack of movies for her visit - a few from my friend Stacy, a couple from Netflix, and handful from the library. Kelci can watch a movie over and over again without growing tired of it. Yesterday she proved this to be true as she watched 'The Devil Wears Prada' 3 times. I believe the 3rd time she skipped through the boring parts but seriously, how many times can you watch the same movie?
#2 Kelcie LOVES boys. But what 14 year old doesn't? On Thursday during our girls night (w/ me, Kelci, Tammy & Stacy) she voted to watch 'In the Land of Women' solely because Adam Brody was the leading hottie. I admit though, he was enjoyable.
#3 Kelcie LOVES chocolate chip cookie dough. She could barely wait until dinner was over to break out the cookie dough! I personally prefer freshly baked cookies but I was outnumbered 3 to 1, so the other girls ate the dough and I baked a sheet of cookies for myself.
#4 Kelcie LOVES the color yellow. Not only does she have a lot of yellow stuff, the bands on her braces are yellow. I'd be worried about my teeth looking yellow but she doesn't care, she just likes the color yellow.
#5 Kelci LOVES shopping. During her visit we did a fair amount of shopping. When we went to the mall she went in almost every clothing store! I enjoy shopping with Kelci because it is fun to see what she thinks are the current trends. She tried to persuade me to buy a pair of jelly shoes. Hello, back to the 80's?
#6 Kelci LOVES making fun of her 'old' Aunt (me). She found my lack of knowledge about the top 100 music song charts quite amusing. I don't usually think of myself as 'old' but when she pulled up iTunes on the computer and asked me about different artists I felt pretty out of it. She did help to give me the '411' and I truly enjoyed it. I look forward to checking out these new artists!
Kelci is great with the little ones. One day we went to the park and Kelci took them down the covered twisty slide. They loved it! I tried to sport these HUGE sunglasses Kelci ordered from this site but she pulls them off much better than I do!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Caleb started off the hair cut with a loud wail because he didn't like getting his hair sprayed with the water bottle. After calming down he held still and did a great job.
Prior to the big cut Caleb was sporting a curly mullet. Now he looks like a big boy.
Carissa was an angel. She just sat there and enjoyed us oooing and awwing over her.(pictured, Carissa, Angie, Joanne)
The Zaruba's recruited Terri Skiba and family to cater the evening. While listening to local young artist Andy Brown play the piano, we enjoyed culinary delicacies in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I especially loved the guacamole dip and the chocolate crepe dessert (pic. left)!
At the end of the evening we gathered in the Zaruba's family room to share stories about Eric and Deanna and to express what we appreciate most about them as people and friends. There was Laughter, Tears, Hugs and a prayer of covering as they move closer to family in Birmingham, Alabama.
You will be missed in our day to day community but we will not forget how much we cherish you.