parking lot mechanics 101: the miracle of initiative

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Over the weekend we woke to a low tire; it had a slow leak. So, it seemed like a good opportunity to teach my son about basic mechanics.

It’s a good thing we didn’t delay the work, because it snowed!

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you can always find true north by looking at a perfect tree

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When you find it, don’t lose it.

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playing in god’s backyard

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Pay attention: it’s harvest time! You might ask what grows in the middle of winter in one meter of snow on top of a mountain–we grow happy children; kids who love the outdoors, playing together, and warming up with hot cocoa! Enjoy this years harvest of smiles…

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We recently celebrated the Christmas holiday with family in Colorado. We had a wonderful meal, shared gifts, and ascended the mountains for a good time in the snow!

Christmas 2015.

 

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where do you look for pretty rocks?

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First day of vacation adventure: looking for arrowheads! A friend of ours let us hike around his property looking for arrowheads and pretty rocks. We packed in our lunches and a variety of clothing and hiked for hours!

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meet the holy family (all families are holy)

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We recently visited a living nativity display. Families from a local church dressed as bible characters while another read the Christmas story. It was great to meet local farming families. They invited us in, the kids had a birthday party for Jesus, did an activity, rode a hay wagon, and saw the living nativity–all in beautiful rural Colorado!

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we think it’s beautiful

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We where on our way out the door for a family hike when a snow storm blew in. We figured it was going to snow, but we went anyway! We enjoyed walking the rough terrain. We saw black ducks (scoters?) and a large jack rabbit.

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a little saturday: santa, saints, and heroes

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I took my son on the Christmas Train in Antonino, Colorado. For our tickets, we donated toys to the US Marines’ Toys-for-Tots, and canned food to the local food drive. The steam train took us out a few miles into Colorado’s wild beauty and back to the station. We loved it!

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After the train ride, we stopped by Our Lady of Guadalupe–the oldest church in Colorado. It’s a beautiful structure and worth a visit.

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Along Hw 285, there is a war memorial for all of the good people of Conejos County who gave their all in WWI and WWII.

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We were also near the birthplace of renowned boxer Jack Dempsey. So much history in the area!

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