TravelENG to Four Corners

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are all having a lovely week :-) .  This past weekend, our school girl had a 4 day weekend, so we decided to take a trip out of town since our actual Spring Break plans got canceled last month.  The last time we took a road trip was a year and a half ago and it was less than pleasant.  Crying, crying and more crying.  It’s like we had a baby or something.  Wait.  I guess we did.  IMG_0250 (853x1280)

Our first stop was the Meteor Crater near Winslow, AZ.  I thought this sign by the entrance to the building was appropriate to be our first picture on this trip, since we have three monkeys.

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The winds were INSANE.  We had plans to go on the guided tour, but about 10 minutes before it was scheduled, they canceled it due to high winds.  Sixty.miles.per.hour.  How is that even possible?!

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I’m such a sucker for these penny machine thingies.

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Oooh, this little monkey sees his shiny little prize.

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Panoramic view of the crater with hubby’s phone.

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“OMG – Did you hear what he said and then she said?  No way!  Like for real?” – I can already hear how her phone conversations will go in about 5 years.  Or maybe that’s just how mine went?  No dating until you’re 20, young lady.

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We told them to act scared like dinosaurs were chasing them.  I said dinosaurs, real dinosaurs, kids.  Not Barney.  Sheesh.  Their acting skills need some work.  ;-)

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No way.  You mean to tell me this thing is an actual phone?  What’s up with the cord? Mine got cut at birth, why didn’t yours?

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We spent our first night in this hotel.  We actually made no reservations because we live on the edge.  I really wanted to stay at this historic hotel and thankfully they had one cancellation for that night.  Apparently, they are booked out a year in advance.  Crazy. It’s such an adorable, charming hotel.  I would actually consider booking a room and spending the whole day at the hotel.  It had everything, really.

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All of the light fixtures were so pretty and unique.

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This is the art gallery upstairs.  (No pics allowed of the artwork – boo.)

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Patio overlooking the garden.

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I wanted to take this home with me, but it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.  :-(

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Gah.  I love old desks.

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It even has a library.  They really thought of everything.

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I could live here.  So charming.

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The floors were stunning and creaked every time you walked.  Annoying to some, but it was music to my ears.  l might consider installing something like this in our house for when the kids are teenagers and think they can sneak out at night.

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I like little balls of butter.  I want a butter baller now.  So fancy and cute.

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My little Liam refused to be in the pic.  He so doesn’t enjoy being in the camera most of the time.

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The next day we went to the Petrified Forest.  The winds were crazy this day too…45mph.  Good grief.  It was pretty to see, but 28 miles of it…yawn.  It did make for some great photos though!  I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if it weren’t for the winds. It made everything so miserable.  Sand + wind = my poor eyes.

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You can really see the sand blowing around in the distance.

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The cuteness of this photo might actually kill me.

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There were quite a few Indian petroglyphs on the rocks.

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Digging for bones.

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Panoramic view of the desert with hubby’s phone.

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Digging for gold.

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On the third day, we headed to Four Corners.  It’s the only place in the US where 4 states come together.

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Still searching.

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We hit up a consignment shop in Winslow and I found a Bible.  This kid went crazy for it. I had no idea it was a Mormon Bible, but he just had to have it.  He’s like me, he likes the cover, the pages, the overall feel of the book.  Never judge a book by its cover? Meh, I always do.  Anyway, if someone comes knocking on your door on a Sunday and you aren’t expecting anyone, you might not want to answer.  It could be this kid and his Bible.  He is pretty dang cute though, so I’d invite him in for milk and cookies.

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We headed home on Monday and had winds the entire way.  I got some pretty nice pics, even thought they were taken through the windshield.  Even though I didn’t like the high winds, I loved the sepia tone/feel of the storm.

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The areas we drove through were so desolate.  You’d see houses scattered here and there and I just wonder how they live out there with no services for miles.  I couldn’t do it.  I guess they do order stuff from Target though because UPS delivers.  I’m just guessing it’s Target.  That’s what it would be, if it were me anyway.

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My wonderful hubby drove the entire way, while I read.  He’s so nice.  I am a really good backseat driver though.  No really, I am.  He loved it.  There may have been moments of being close to death, but I don’t know for sure.  He says no, but the jury is still out.

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We also had snow flurries on the way home and a whopping 36 degrees.  And you all thought Arizona was a blazing hot desert.

We had a great trip and will definitely do it again.  When I was younger (like birth to 32), I hated, hated, HATED car rides.  I couldn’t go more than 30 minutes in the car without complaining.  However, I’m getting used to the fact that this has to happen if I want to leave my little suburban bubble.  It really helps that the kids have a dvd player to watch movies the entire way and I have my book.  There are times (like every 2 minutes) that somebody wants or needs something.  We want food!  We’re hungry.  We’re bored. They always want something.  Sheesh.  It’s like I’m their mom or something.  Don’t they understand, I’m READING.  Hello???

Anywho, I’m looking forward to many more trips and memories to make!

Working on the Outdoors

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My favorite season is typically Autumn, but Spring is a close second.  I love planting a garden and I think my black thumb is turning somewhat green.

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An herb garden is a must.  I’ve already used basil and rosemary and mint will be next for mojitos this summer.

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We had 5 tons of rock delivered for our front yard and it’s really spruced up the space nicely.  I did all of the work myself.  Am I bragging?  Maybe.  I’m not sure if that bush on the left is dead or if it’s coming back to life.  Pretty sure it’s dead, but I don’t want to be the one to pull the plug.

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The weather has been crazy.  It goes from hot to cold, two months of no rain and then lots of rain.  I’m not sure what Mother Nature is up to.  Our skies typically don’t look like this, but after a good rain, it’s so nice to see those puffy white things.  The kids were very excited to put on their hats and gloves and jump in puddles.

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We put up a shed.  It was a pain and I’m glad it’s done.  The end.

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I also planted a couple of these plants.  I forget the name now.  Fireball?  Fireflower?  I don’t know.  Anyway, I bought two.  One was half dead for five bucks and I’m hoping to revive it.  This is the more alive one.

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First time I’ve had to dig a trench for installing watering hoses for the new plants.  Let’s just say I don’t want to do it for a living.

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I’ve been “dragging” my boys along for my runs in the afternoon.  I only do it twice a week because they aren’t fans of my shenanigans.  It usually goes down like this…I say we’re going on a stroller ride…they cry, kick and scream…I’m about to lose my cool…I bribe them with snacks…they’re hesitant, but oblige…five minutes later, they’re asleep and I enjoy my peace and quiet for 3.5 miles…we pick up big girl from school…they wake up as soon as we get home and then party til 11pm.  Now, if someone offered to push me in the stroller for a nice ride and view of the outdoors, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t throw a fit, but whatever.

I’ve been redoing our entire laundry room.  That makes it sounds like it’s a huge room, but it’s really not.  I just mean that everything is being redone in there.  I actually have my hubby working on framing the window for me.  Then, I need a shelf built.  I hope to share it all real soon, that is if I live to tell about it.  He gets kind of cranky about when I ask him to build stuff.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to frame a window that is crooked as all get up and everything needs to be tweaked?!  I told him we could be the Chip and JoAnna (Fixer Upper – LOVE that show!) of the desert, but I think he’d rather poke his eyes out with a dull pencil.  I’d marry him all over again, but I’m beginning to wonder if the feeling is mutual.  Hmmmm?  Hey!  Remember that time that I shoved 5 tons of rock all by myself?  Ya, me too ;-)  Happy Tuesday!

What The Quail?!

Happy Friday Eve!  I honestly can’t believe we’re half way through April already.  I’m ready for summer break and so is my school girl.  She loves school, but I think she’s ready for no homework, late nights and fun with family and friends!  I’m ready to have all 3 of my little ones back in the nest during the week.  Ask me a week into break how I feel ;-) .IMG_0013 (1280x853)

Speaking of nests, I spy quail eggs underneath our grill. They usually do this every Spring and I LOVE that I get to show the kids this part of nature.  Unfortunately, this year, the mother quail decided that this is the spot to leave her un-hatching eggs.  Is that what you call them?  I don’t know, but anyway, nothing is happening with these.

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Ok, so last Friday, the hubby was going to take our middle kiddo out for a bike ride and ran inside to tell me there was a mama quail and her babies out and about in our yard. Eeeeek!  I ran to get my camera in attempt to get some good pics.  There is the mama and all her babies (10 or 11, I think) under her wings.

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There they are following the mama and ready to flee from me.  They blend in so well with the sand/rocks, don’t they?

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Look at the little peeps.  Cuuuuuuute!

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Over the river…

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And through the woods…

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To the neighbor’s house we go.

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So, fast forward to tonight, when another neighbor found two baby quail in their garage. They were separated from their clan and unsure of what to do.  They brought them to our backyard because we have no outdoor pets and thought they’d be safer here.  I knew I’d skip right from 3 kids to 5.  I always thought if we tried for a 4th, it’d be twins.  I was right.  Surprise.

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If this doesn’t scream cuteness, I don’t know what does.

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What’s up my peeps?

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We were going to put them in our shed with food and water for the night, but they’re just so tiny (1-2 weeks old, maybe?) and we didn’t know if they’d make it through the night.  So, we set up a giant cardboard house with a little heating pad, blanket, crushed food and some water for them in our garage.  I really, really hope they make it through the night.  If they don’t, I might have to take bereavement leave.  I’m kind of attached.  I hope the family of quail are back in our yard tomorrow morning, so we can release these two to them.  Fingers crossed!