Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Mini-Vacation (Part 1)

Yay for summer vacations! This year we took a trip in our own backyard, just 1 hour away to Estes Park. We often go up during the summer to hike Rocky Mountain National Park, but we hardly ever stay overnight (unless we're backpacking!). We rented a cabin outside the park with Grandma and Grandpa - which is just perfect when you have 6 adults and 1 toddler needing to spread out!

We got up there on the 4th of July and immediately it started POURING rain! Not a mild shower - a deluge!! It stopped long enough for us to get to our spot to see the fireworks at the lake, and then started up again with a vengeance. Poor little E was miserable! I took her back to the car in the rain to take a nap and when she woke up the weather had cleared. We even got a rainbow out of the deal. It was still pretty cold, but the fireworks were nice, as always, and E did great! No crying or being scared.

We are working on our colors right now, and I was telling her what colors the fireworks were. After a while, I heard this mumbling from her. When I listened, she was saying "blue, purple, red, green, yellow, purple . . . " with each firework that went off. It was so funny! I don't think she got too many of the colors right, but hey, points for trying! Here we are all bundled up and trying to stay warm - silly Mommy forgot socks for baby and for herself! Guess who's feet got to be covered by the blanket!

E and I both had snazzy new outfits for the 4th of July - but both were too summery for this chilly day up in the mountains and had to be covered up with jackets. I finally got around to making the spring top from Sew, Mama, Sew for me - I really like it and am planning on making at least one more before the end of summer. Emily's outfit was an A-line tank top with a button closure on the back of the neck and a pair of capris. The tank is in a cute red and blue bandana pattern, with a red ruffle on the bottom. I'm happy with it because I had to do some alterations to make it fit correctly. She's just so skinny and tall! I ended up having to make it 1/2 toddler size in the chest, but 3T in the length for it to look the way I wanted. The pants, too, were supposed to be long pants but they would have been too short, so I chopped them off a little more and made them capris. Hopefully I will have a picture of both outfits soon to show off.

More on our vacation tomorrow or whenever I get the film developed. I have a good shot of a moose on there that I want to show off.