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March, 2010:

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part VI – 03/22/10

I learned that . . .

. . . when you expect crappy snow on the slopes, you may be pleasantly surprised.

. . . when you expect large crowds and long lift lines during spring break, you may be extra pleasantly surprised.

. . . 9 year olds will not listen to you when you tell them they need to take it easy the first run or two to get the feel of a brand new board.

. . . 9 year olds will whine and complain and fall a lot when they refuse to adjust to their new board.

. . . it takes approximately 2 runs for a 9 year old to relax and just “feel” the board instead of trying to control it.

. . . trying out lots of new runs is a TON of fun!

. . . boarding with friends is always great.

. . . getting random calls from friends who happen to be on the same slopes on the same day is awesome!

. . . the more kids you have in a boarding/skiing group, the funnier it gets.

. . . my kids are fearless.

. . . my friends’ kids are fearless.

. . . it takes a lot of self-control to let your kids be fearless and experiment on the slopes.

. . . kids love to go through the trees and launch themselves off the jumps on the other side.

. . . kids are very flexible.

. . . kids bounce and bend when they fall.

. . . boarders and skiiers can have a great time together on the slopes.

. . . skiiers are awesome for being patient enough to wait for you to strap in at the top of the runs every single time.

. . . 1 fruit cup and a Gatorade costs $8 on the mountain.

. . . $8 is enough to instantly rejuvenate a drooping child near the end of a full day of boarding/skiing.

. . . my kids LOVE the mini terrain park.

. . . Dude thinks that because he rode a small slope up onto a wide rail and rode the rail to the end that he can “grind.”

. . . Princess gets pissed when she doesn’t go fast enough to make it across the entire rail and has to jump off in the middle.

. . . Princess will not make the same mistake two times in a row.

. . . it’s so fun to see your kids so excited about something new.

. . . I’m so glad my kids are willing to try new things.

. . . my Hubby will go in the terrain park with the kids.

. . . I was not willing to go into the terrain park on my last day on the slopes.

. . . I was SOOOO excited to end an entire boarding season without the slightest injury!

. . . we have wonderful friends who will invite us to their condo for awesome spaghetti dinner after a long day of boarding.

. . . friends are priceless.

Stay tuned to see what I learned in Part VII of Spring Break!

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part V -03/21/10

I learned that . . .

. . . there are a very limited number of used snowboards available for trade at the end of March.

. . . it costs $50 more to purchase a new board and bindings than it does to rent a board for one day and trade for a used board and bindings when one the right size is available.

. . . I am willing to buy Dude a new board and bindings rather than rent one and go back again next fall to trade for used.

. . . I will get $85 back when I trade the new board and bindings in after he grows out of them.

. . . 9 year old boys are ecstatic when you buy them a new snowboard and bindings.

. . . 9 year old boys like bindings with one strap.

. . . 7 year old girls will tell you a jacket fits perfectly even when the sleeves hang past her knees.

. . . pink is a magic color.

. . . pink is especially magic when configured with polka dots.

. . . it is possible for 4 people to bring home a great amount of smelly clothing after a 4-day minication involving snowboarding and natural hot springs.

. . . I love that my Hubby does laundry.

. . . even when my kiddos have a bazillion friends over, it’s still easy to get work done.

. . . I love that my kids are getting older and more self-sufficient.

. . . my kids don’t need me as much anymore.

. . . my kids not needing me as much makes me happy and sad at the same time.

. . . a 2 1/2 year old yellow lab can sleep in the same spot for 9 hours after playing at Camp Bow Wow for 3 days.

. . . not even the smell of food or the call of nature will get said dog to move.

. . . cats CAN survive home alone for 4 days.

. . . cats yell at you when you get home after leaving them home alone for 4 days.

. . . 8 year old neighbor girls are very responsible when you ask them to come to your house daily and feed a cat while you’re away.

. . . 8 year old neighbors will also do a great job of cleaning the litter box.

. . . Tonks is spoiled.

. . . even after days of snowboarding, my fam can get very excited about one more day on the slopes with friends up in Breckenridge.

Stay tuned to see what I learned in Part VI of Spring Break!

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part IV – 03/20/10

I learned that . . .

. . . for the 3rd morning in a row, my kids did not eat a good breakfast.

. . . Hubby took the kids to get donuts while I showered and packed.

. . . my kids could probably live on sugar if I let them.

. . . they were ready to get in the car and drive home so they could play with their friends.

. . . they were less than thrilled when we said we wanted to walk across the bridge to shop.

. . . they were very excited when we took the GPS with and found an earth-cache!

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. . . the hot spring earth cache is cool!

. . . you need to answer some questions and post a picture of yourself by the cache before you can consider it found.

. . . skunks do not survive when they climb into a hot spring.

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. . . one reason Hubby loaded the 2nd cache into the GPS was because it was at the airport.

. . . Dude refuses to believe that the GPS isn’t exactly on target.

. . . Dude will stand exactly where the GPS told him to be and pout when he can’t find the cache.

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. . . Dude will refuse to consider the clues for the geocache when trying to find it.

. . . Hubby and I will continue to look for the cache while we consider the clues.

. . . Dude will be ecstatic when we find the cache.

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. . . Dude will be bummed when there aren’t any cool things in the cache.

. . . Princess is more than happy to trade her really neato Hot Springs Resort and Spa hotel card for a rubber purple bracelet.

. . . a hotel card fits perfectly into an Altoids tin.

. . . all pilots will think that a plowed runway with mountains in the background is cool.

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. . . my Hubby will wade through shin deep snow to try to get a picture of said runway and mountains.

. . . my kids will moan and groan when you tell them we’re eating dinner at a Mexican restaurant before we leave town.

. . . my kids will love the food and eat a ton of it.

. . . the drive back on Saturday is more car-filled than the drive to there on Wednesday.

. . . when semi-trucks have an accident on the highway outside of Alamosa, the cops will flag you to take a detour.

. . . the detour is not marked.

. . . the detour is not paved.

. . . the detour is a sand road in the dessert.

. . . you just drive around on the sand roads and hope you get back to the highway.

. . . you may run into a semi truck that looks like it got stuck in the sand 10 years ago and have to turn around and find a different sand road to take.

. . . following the dust from the vehicles in front of you is helpful.

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. . . someone had big plans for this area of land.

. . . someone went through the trouble to plot lots and even name roads with road signs for the new neighborhood.

. . . the neighborhood would have had a great view of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.

. . . the neighborhood never happened.

. . . the road signs are all rusted and bent.

. . . it was kind of sad to see someones dreams and hard work not completed.

. . . driving over Wolf Creek Pass in the snow gets your car wet.

. . . driving on a sand road with a wet car makes your car dirty.

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. . . snowboards on a hitch rack also get dirty.

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. . . there are still small towns out there that are actually small towns.

. . . gas stations do exist that sell only cans of pop.

. . . the drive over La Veta pass is pretty.

. . . you need to pay attention and be ready to completely stop on the highway behind a huge line of cars.

. . . you need to be flexible enough to realize there’s nothing you can do about it.

. . . you need to be fun enough to push your kids into the snow when you turn the car off and get out.

. . . 11 year old boys think they’re the smartest people on the planet.

. . . 11 year old boys think that 37 year old women don’t know what rumble strips on the side of the road are for.

. . . 11 year old boys need to know when to stop talking.

. . . kids think walking down the middle of a 2-lane highway is really cool.

. . . it is possible for there to be 2 different single-semi accidents on the same highway in the same day, causing detours and backups.

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. . . Texans need to take courses in gas station etiquette.

. . . two vehicles with Texas plates will pull into a busy gas station and stop at the first pump, making you throw your hands in the air and mouth “Um, really?”

. . . owners of two vehicles with Texas plates will innocently mouth to you “Oh. Do you want me to pull forward to the next pump?”

. . . those kinds of things annoy me.

. . . my Hubby is much better at not getting annoyed by those things.

. . . gas station bathrooms are still gross.

. . . taking swimming suits used in natural hot springs out of plastic bags is yucko.

. . . even if you unscrew the hose from the faucet, the water in the hose will freeze.

. . . when there’s frozen water in a hose, you can’t use it.

. . . when you can’t use the hose, you have to use a bucket and sponge to clean off dirt-covered boards and bike/board racks.

. . . cleaning dirt-covered snowboards and bike/board racks in 30 degree weather makes your hands chilly.

. . . my family sleeps really well when get into our own beds after an awesomely fun mini-vacation.

Stay tuned to see what I learned in part V of Spring Break!

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part III – 03/19/10

I learned that . . .

. . . one night makes all the difference!

. . . sunny warm weather with icy snow on Thursday can turn into cool cloudy weather with awesome powder on Friday.

. . . I will never tire of driving over Wolf Creek Pass, especially if we’re headed to the Hot Springs Spa and Resort to get the “free” lift tickets that come with our room.

. . . even 9 year olds can board hard enough to wreck their board.

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. . . it’s difficult to complete your turns when you’re missing an entire edge on your board.

. . . Texans go home on Friday.

. . . there are no lift lines after the Texans go home.

. . . every lift at Wolf Creek requires you to walk up a hill.

. . . Dude doesn’t care if he has to walk up hill as long as he has a cool rental board instead of his broken board for the day.

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. . . the bottom of Hubby’s board is as fun as the top.

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. . . Dude is very proud of the board he picked out for Hubby.

. . . boarding on powder is much more fun than boarding on ice!

. . . the same runs are completely different when it’s snowing out than when it’s sunny.

. . . the moguls are much easier with powder than with ice.

. . . flat light makes it difficult to see the moguls.

. . . with the fresh powder, you never know if the moguls are going to go “poof” when you hit them of stop you in your tracks.

. . . it’s a lot of fun to try all the new runs on new lifts.

. . . I don’t like riding up chairlifts that go almost straight up at the end to get above a double black diamond run.

. . . this is not what I want to see when I get off the scary chairlift.

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. . . I would like to have more visibility than this at the top of a run I’ve never been on before.

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. . . moms will always worry about their kids getting hurt.

. . . even though my kids care less that there was a bazillion foot drop off right at the edge of the catwalk to our blue run, I will always be nervous for them.

. . . watching my family board off into the great unknown makes me nervous.

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. . . boarding down new runs in the fog is fun!

. . . it’s easier to board when you can see what’s coming.

 . . . when you can’t see what’s coming, you slow down too much and get stuck on the one flat part.

 . . . you don’t make that mistake the second time you do the run.

. . . you board out of the clouds about half way down the run.

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. . . the run was beautiful.

. . . there were some steep hills on the run.

. . . I made it down the steep hills safely, and even completed turns on them!

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. . . when you turn around and don’t see your Dude behind you, you should stop.

. . . when you hear your Dude yelling at you from the trees you just came out of, you should listen.

. . . 9 year olds forget that you shouldn’t board close to trees because of the huge sink holes.

. . . Dudes that forget this and try to go over a jump between two trees will fall into said sink hole.

. . . it takes a 9 year old Dude approximately 3 minutes to dig himself out of a sink hole by a tree.

. . . it would probably take Dude less time if he’d unstrapped himself from his board.

. . . I’m the kind of mom that will sit there and watch my kid and laugh while I dig out my camera.

. . . Daddies and Daughters are awesome!

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. . . we have all gotten considerably better at skiing/boarding this year.

. . . we are willing to try just about anything and have fun doing it.

. . . I am willing to pay a bazillion dollars to eat mountain food for the second day in a row.

. . . our second day of skiing/boarding does not last as long as the first.

. . . even though you’re going downhill, it’s still a great workout.

. . . it’s very difficult to board on a board that needs wax.

. . . when they say it will take 10 minutes to wax your board, they really mean 30.

. . . my little Dude is old enough to take $5 and go to the cafeteria by himself to get a Gatorade.

. . . my little Dude is sweet enough to realize that if his costs $2.50, he has enough to buy one for his sister.

. . . my little Dude knows that I will be OK with him buying a Gatorade for his sister, even though I told him to bring me the change.

. . . Paradise is a short 30 minute drive from Wolf Creek ski area.

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. . . Paradise is apparently 108 degrees.

. . . the Hot Springs Resort and Spa is worth every penny.

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. . . 21 natural hot spring pools are beautiful.

. . . 21 natural hot spring pools do not smell beautiful.

. . . kids will always think a window seat is cool.

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. . . kids will moan and groan when you tell them they cannot sleep on the window sill.

. . . there is a free coffee/capuccino/juice bar in the lobby of the hotel.

. . . I couldn’t have anything there because I gave up sugar for Lent.

. . . the Lobster Pot is hotter than Paradise.

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. . . my kids make cute lobsters.

. . . I’m fortunate to be able to do fun things like this with my family.

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. . . my kids understand how fortunate they are that we get to do fun things like this.

. . . my kids are spoiled.

. . . my kids are not rotten.

. . . the natural hot spring water is, well, hot!

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. . . too many parents allow their kids to run wild.

. . . too many kids need more attention from their own parents so they don’t hang all over me in the pool.

. . . I will never understand people who sit in a 109 degree hot tub with a hot Starbucks in their hand.

. . . waterfalls are always neat.

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. . . a camera does not take a good picture when there is a big water spot on the lens.

. . . your kids are more than willing to get out of the pools to go eat dinner if you tell them you can get back in the pools after dinner.

. . . all you can eat catfish and shrimp at the Dogwood Cafe is AWESOME!

. . . it’s easy to eat too much catfish and shrimp.

. . . even when you’re incredibly full, your kids will remind you that you did indeed tell them they could back in the pools after dinner.

. . . the Lobster Pot is not the hottest pool.

. . . the Burg is 114 degrees F.

. . . the Burg really smells like sulfer and the rest of the cocktail of minerals that make up natural hot springs.

. . . the resort controls the temperature of each of the pools by adjusting the rate at which the water is pumped into each pool.

. . . the hotter the water, the more it smells.

. . . it snows in the evening.

. . . natural hot tubs feel really nice while it’s snowing.

 . . . your ears get cold when you’re sitting in a hot tub while it’s snowing.

. . . your body gets cold when you walk between hot tubs while it’s snowing.

. . . the Burg does not feel so hot when it’s snowing.

. . . wet robes don’t keep you very warm on your walk back to the hotel room.

. . . snow-covered flip-flops do not keep the bottoms of your feet warm when you walk back to the hotel room.

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. . . the smell from natural hot springs stays in your hair through multiple washings, just like campfire smoke.

. . . the minerals in the hot springs make your swimming suit stiff.

. . . the smell from natural hot springs stays in your swimming suit through multiple washings.

. . . I really really really like hot springs!

Stay tuned to see what I learned in Part IV of spring break!

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part II – 03/18/10

I learned that . . .

. . . in addition to the size of the hotel room, my kids base the niceness of a hotel on the content of the free continental breakfast. Apparently a hotel rocks if it has one of those cool flipping waffle makers . . . and blueberry muffins.

. . . Princess will ALWAYS be the last one to get regular clothes on, and the FIRST one to get her winter gear on if you’re heading outside.

. . . driving through tunnels never gets old:

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. . . people from Texas are afraid to drive through tunnels. I know this because they slow down to 20 and turn their flashers on 50 yards before entering said tunnel.

. . . ice glacier thingies on the sides of the mountain are way cool!

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. . . parking is free at Wolf Creek!

. . . Wolf Creek is old school. I haven’t seen a wire holder and folding sticky lift ticket since 1985!

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. . . I am not above using my child’s small size to lie about her age and save myself $30 per day on a lift ticket.

. . . a purple striped lift ticket is all it takes to make Princess happy – because it matches her outfit.

. . . people from Texas spend all their money on the clothing for one week of Spring Break. That Roxy person who sold them all that gear must be rolling in the dough! :-)

. . . Princess might actually DIE if we don’t get going!

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. . . Hubby looks good in his new jacket and board!

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. . . I will NEVER get tired of looking at mountains.

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. . . there are approximately 50 different games Princess can think of to play while riding up a chairlift.

. . . Princess expects you to play every game she can think of.

. . . Princess does not need help getting on the chairlift!

. . . black does not always make you look slimmer.

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. . . everyone should be required to take mountain etiquette classes before being allowed on the lift.

. . . too many people think saying “excuse me” gives them license to be rude.

. . . 50 degrees is great weather to be outside boarding in.

. . . 50 degrees makes snow turn into ice on the slopes.

. . . you’re never too old to try something new. My first time in moguls!

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. . . you cannot float like a leaf through moguls.

. . . no matter how soft the moguls look, they are not actually soft.

. . . not all blue runs are the same.

. . . it’s impossible to not try a run called Kaa The Snake.

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. . . Kaa The Snake is a fun run, even after the 6th time.

. . . people from Colorado wear helmets while riding.

. . . people from Texas do not wear helmets while riding.

. . . people from Texas do wear goofy hats while riding.

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. . . my kids think people from Texas are crazy for not wearing helmets while riding.

. . . I’m very happy my kids think people who don’t wear helmets are crazy.

. . . people from Texas think jeans and t-shirts are great clothing choices for riding.

. . . Dude has the best blue eyes ever.

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. . . Dude needs a haircut.

. . . I’m willing to pay ridiculous prices for lunch on the mountain as long as I don’t have to drag food along in a cooler on a mini vacation.

. . . Wolf Creek does not accept credit cards for food.

. . . Princess will always be charmingly goofy.

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. . . boys will always think snow caves are a great place to be.

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. . . it just feels wrong to open the moon roof on the car when leaving the mountain after a great day of boarding.

. . . my kids will try just about anything we suggest. Snow roll anyone?

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. . . Princess is more daring than Dude.

. . . there are some great little, and big, houses in South Fork.

. . . a 12 year old girl will not go into the men’s restroom under any circumstances, even if it means she has to throw up on the floor of the restaurant instead of in the toilet.

. . . the local church has free movie nights. On the 18th, it was G-Force.

. . . the local church gives you popcorn, kool-aid, and cookies to have during the movie.

. . . G-Force is as bad the 2nd time as it was the first.

. . . I love that my family has so much fun together!

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Stay tuned to see what I learned in Part III of Spring Break!

What I Learned Over Spring Break Part I – 03/17/10

I learned that . . .

. . . going to my kids’ parent/teacher conferences is a waste of time. They both get great grades, we know their friends, and Hubby and I spend so much time volunteering at school that we know what goes on there. We did enjoy having them show us their work that they were so proud of, so I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

. . . even when I pack all the bags and set them out for Hubby, I will still be nervous that we forgot something because I wasn’t home when he loaded the car for our mini spring break.

. . . the 4 of us can fill an entire Highlander full of crap for a 3 1/2 day mini vacation.

. . . nobody else on the planet drives Hwy 160 to South Fork on a Wednesday.

. . . we can drive the 4 1/2 hour trip to South Fork in 4 hours on a Wednesday.

. . . I REALLY am glad we put the DVD players in the Highlander when we bought it.

. . . I am thankful that my kids are so well-behaved and self-sufficient.

. . . not all kids are well-behaved and self-sufficient.

. . . Wolf Creek ski area is a vacation destination for people from Texas.

. . . Wolf Creek ski area is not a vacation destination for people from Colorado. Out of all the cars in the hotel parking lot, 80% were from Texas. 3 were from Colorado – including ours and the car our friends drove. The rest were from other random states.

. . . my kids base the “niceness” of a hotel room on the size of the room. It doesn’t matter that the walls were banged up, the carpet was old and patched, the pillows were as flat as pancakes, and the TV was straight from an apartment in 1975 – the room was a suite with a kitchen and a separate bedroom, so it was “nice.”

. . . Dude is Hubby’s son. When I ask Dude to unpack his clothes, this is what I get:

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. . . Princess is my child. When I ask her to unpack, this is what I get:

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. . . a 4 hour car ride in great weather produces nothing interesting to say :-)

Stay tuned to see what I learned in Part II of Spring Break!

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Princess wore shorts to school today.

No, You Can’t Wear Shorts

Dear Princess,

I understand that it was almost 60 degrees this past weekend and that you chose to wear shorts and a t-shirt one day. I also understand that you have this love of wearing dresses and summer tops that show your shoulders; however, it is still March, and we still live in Colorado. And no matter how many times you ask me what the temperature will be on a given day, “No, you may not wear shorts to school” will be the answer. There is snow on the ground. Yes, the jeans that I cut off to just above your knees DO count as shorts, so no, you cannot wear those either – no matter how cute they are. When you choose to wear a dress, you will not wear flip flops. You will wear tights or leggings, shoes, and the sweater that comes with said dress. No you may not wear the new summer skirt I bought you on clearance last weekend. It. Is. Not. Summer. Again, there is still snow on the ground, and it’s still falling out of the sky. Trust me, when it’s warm enough for shorts and flip flops, you’ll know because I’ll be in my room hootin’ and hollerin’ yelling “Yay! It’s gonna be so warm out today – let’s go hiking!” Until then, just assume that you can’t wear shorts or strappy dresses or flip flops. And when you choose to wear lip gloss to school, don’t put said lip gloss in your pants pocket. If another one of those things goes through the laundry, you might just find that every single tube of lip gloss you own is suddenly missing.

Love,
The Meanest Mom On The Planet Who Won’t Let Her Seven Year Old Daughter Wear Shorts To School In March When It’s 20 Degrees And Snowing Out

First Grade Music Program

Princess had her first grade music program last night – she was so excited! It was her first program at her school. They were sooooooo cute! They sang the cutest songs and got to play xylophones and sang together and actually watched their music teacher direct them and kept each other in line and giggled and smiled at their parents. Soo cute! Why don’t I have any pictures of my daughter’s first music program?

Because they pulled down a movie screen in the middle of the stage. Screen, big. First Graders, small. Screen covered up half the first graders. I asked the administrator if they could raise the screen because we couldn’t see half the kids behind it, and she said “No. The screen is there to show the kids’ illustrations.” Um, but we can’t see the KIDS . . . I’d much rather see the kids than the illustrations that we all saw them bring home last week anyway. Nope – no raising of the screen – what (pause for dramatic effect) EVER! Good thing is, Princess is small, so we could see the middle of her head down to her feet and actually saw her sing – and HEARD her sing – with 71 other first graders, I could actually hear my little Princess’ voice.

QT and I were looking at the program and noticed this on the bottom of the list of songs . . .

The music in this program may be derived from religious traditions.
It is included here for its educational value and does not imply
that the school district endorses any particular religious viewpoint.

So we kept listening to the songs, and you want to know what the “religious” reference was? It was when they were singing “This Old Man” and got to the part about “Seven up in Heaven.” Yup – that was the all terrible dangerous religious reference they were singing about. While I love our kids’ school and I firmly believe in our public school system, all I could do was shake my head and say “Seriously? That was it?”

I’d hate to see what would happen if someone heard that we talked to the Daisy Scouts about the Pledge of Allegiance last week and talked about the “Under God” part and why the sign language for that is what it is.

Family, Luck, Hiking, and Dreariness

We had fun with Grandpa Mike here! He got here Thursday afternoon, so the kids were way excited to get home and see him. Princess had made him a fun banner for the front entry way that said Welcome Grandpa! It was so cute :-) They had fun jumping all over him and playing games. Princess even got some alone time with Grandpa while Hubby, Dude, and I went to the Boy Scout Blue and Gold banquet. She talked him into taking her to McDonald’s for dinner and playing some games . . . how awesome that they got to spend some alone time together! We were sad when he left on Sunday morning, but he had to start heading home so he could get repacked for his trip to Europe with Hubby’s middle brother – lucky!!!

Speaking of the Blue and Gold Banquet and Lucky . . . Dude is the luckiest person I know! We had a small raffle for a DVD player, kid sized sleeping bag, and kid sized 2 person tent. He wanted the tent so badly – as did all the other scouts. But of course, Dude WON it! He was so excited . . . he brought it home, and we set it up in the basement to check it out. He and Princess decided they wanted to sleep in it, so I dragged it upstairs to the living room and there they slept – camping out in the living room :-) Back to Dude’s luckiness . . . that kid has NEVER lost a coin toss – I’m not kidding. When we can’t remember who’s turn it is to choose the movie or whatever, we’ll do a coin toss. Princess refuses to do them because “But Dude ALWAYS wins!” We make her do it anyway because it’s the only fair way and she has to win some time, right? Nope – she NEVER wins . . . and it doesn’t matter if she calls it or he calls it or I assign heads and tails . . . he still wins! Should take that kid to Vegas.

We’ve had absolutely beautiful weather here the past week – mid-50s and sunny – awesome! We took advantage of it yesterday and went hiking. It was a bit icy and snowy, but we had a great time. We loaded 3 geocaches into the GPS, but didn’t find any of them :-( 2 required too much scrambling on huge boulders that we weren’t willing to do with the snow and ice. The other we were right at according to the GPS and clues, but just couldn’t find it. I’m guessing that when all the snow melts, we’ll have a better shot at finding it . . . we didn’t want to get too close to the water with the snow and ice because we weren’t exactly sure where the reservoir started. So we had a great time, but got skunked on the geocaches :-( Oh – but Dude, Grandpa, and Hubby DID find Dude’s 4th geocache on Friday after school . . . it was extra exciting for Dude because the clue said “Bring a Tall Friend.” Turns out, it was up in a tree! Dude had to climb the tree to get to the pulley to let it down – he of course LOVED that . . . and ended up with a “European” Match Box police car . . . the doors open and the steering wheel is on the right side – he thought that was super cool.

Alas . . . it’s now Monday again – and thankfully it’s cool and dreary out so I can actually sit her and work. Anyone who knows me knows how hard it is for me to sit inside on a nice sunny day :-) And thanks to Hubby for rescheduling the accountant so he could go to Princess’s classroom this morning and I could stay home and work.

Happy Monday to all!