Monday, October 8, 2012

Garden of the Gods...Take 1

A few days after we got to Colorado we decided to head down to Colorado Springs to walk around Garden of the Gods and then drive up to Pike's Peak.  I brought my camera but the kids were too tired to make walking around and taking pics very realistic.  So we decided to go up to Pike's Peak instead because we could just drive the whole way up, but we had found a nail in our tire and it was slowly leaking.  Didn't want to get stuck on top of a mountain with a flat tire. 

Take 1 of our trip to CO Springs didn't go as planned, but I'm sure we'll head that direction again.  Here are just a couple of snaps I took at the park.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Trek West

We arrived safely in Colorado on the evening of the 25th.  First off, I have to say we have been (and still are being) blessed by great friends in Alabama.  While we prepared to move, we had people watching kids for us, helping us pack, cleaning the house, painting, repairing walls, making dinner, and I'm probably forgetting some things too.  Then on moving night we had about 12 people show up to help us load the truck.  It was truly humbling to see the outpouring of support and assistance and we are very grateful to everyone.

My mom came on the trip with us to help with driving the van because and to help and be with the kids while I drove the truck and had one of the kids riding with me.  The drive out went really well.  We stayed in a hotel after the first night, then hung out with my family in Amarillo, TX for a day on our next stop before heading to Denver.

We had a lot of great help in Colorado when we arrived.  My sister-in-law gathered up a team of people from church to help us unload the contents from our large moving truck to a storage unit.  We must have had about 7 or 8 people there to help.  Plus, my sister-in-law and her family are letting us live with them until we are able to get our own place.  Again, we really are truly blessed.

Unfortunately, I have hardly taken my camera out of the bag since we've arrived in Colorado, but hopefully that will change soon and I'll get some photos up of us out here.  In the meantime, here are some pics from our trip.

My most frequent traveling partner

Not as frequent travel partner...she couldn't watch movies in the truck.  ;-)

Mooching some of grandma's breakfast

Learning to flip at Uncle Beany's house

Cadillac Ranch


Our little vandal


Birthday Party

We had a combined birthday party for our oldest two kids in Alabama before the move.  Thank you everyone who had such fun and thoughtful gifts for the kids, and for Kelly making the cakes!  I think the kids really had a great time and they enjoyed their gifts during the drive out west. 

Happy face
Typical face

These feet did a lot of moving