This year we took a winding road trip through Amarillo, Texas then Durango, Colorado and ended up in Moab, Utah to see some national parks.
Arches National Park
First we hiked to the Landscape Arch. That span is over 300 feet.
Then we saw a steep path up the side of a rocky hill and climbed to the highest point.
The next morning, we watched the sunrise through The Window Arch.
There were so many amazing sites here, but my favorite was the Double Arch.
We got here early in the morning and had it to ourselves for a while.
Canyonlands National Park
Just down the road we explored the edge of a huge canyon and looked through another arch.
After two days in Moab we headed back towards home.
Basically in the middle of no where we stood at the Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico borders.
We headed back through New Mexico. I made several left turns in Albuquerque then stopped off in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
After an elevator ride down 750 feet we entered a subterranean wonderland.
From here we drove all day and finally made it back home to Round Rock.
Spring is here in Texas. Now if it’ll just get warm enough to swim in our new pool…
Actually it’s still wet, but it already looks great.
We’ll be swimming by the weekend.
Amazing progress after one week. Now we’re just waiting on the concrete crew and the gas man to connect the heater for the hot tub.
I never thought we’d have a home with a pool, but it looks like it’s really happening. Check back in about 10 days for pictures of the pool.
I’ve noticed that since I’ve joined Facebook I do not update this blog very often. Facebook is just so easy. But I have also realized I do not update that very often either. I think I have become a blogging slacker.
The sun came out a little today and it is nice to think of spring, even though I am a winter season girl. I’m sure Matthew will enjoy getting to play outside more especially now since we have officially joined a mom group and the playgroup that goes with it. We went for the first time Wednesday and it was really great for both of us. Matthew got some playtime in with some fun kids that are close to his age and I got to meet some tremendously nice women who have been very welcoming. The interesting thing is that most of the moms I’ve met do not seem to be from here either. One of them just moved recently from Minnesota and talking to other ladies who have uprooted and recently moved here as been very reassuring. We could all understand what it is like to live in a new place with no family or close connections near by, in case of an emergency or a situation were you really need someone to watch the kids. Like doctor appointments…I believe Matthew is really sick of being drug along to all my doctor visits. He doesn’t really complain but thanks goodness for Leapster and kid’s games on the iPhone!
So I guess we are getting settled in here. It’s only been, what…a little over a year? And we love to have friends and family down here for a visit. That part has been very fun. So come see us anytime, okay?
And we are definitely looking forward to it. Matthew will be five years old this Christmas. Can you believe that? Five years old? We were talking about his birthday today and he asked me if we had his school clothes ready. I asked him what he meant and he said, “Well Mom, I’ll be five soon and I can go to school.” I really hated to tell him that he cannot start school until late August or so. He seemed disappointed, poor guy. Looks like the only one crying on the first day of school will be me.
Merry Christmas, friends and family! Hopefully we will be seeing most of you soon.
I really feel like I am coming to the end of this pain thing. I have a great reduction in pain and pain medication and feel like I can see the light at the end of this over a year long tunnel. (Thanks, Dr. Harris) I still have some bad days but I feel the tide is turning. Soon the good will out number the bad.
I also had a very nice person read about my prolotherapy experience here and contact me. I can’t tell you what it did for my spirit just to email back and forth with some one that is pretty much in the same boat. Until now, I’ve never had contact with anyone who was going through prolotherapy and even though it was just a few short emails, it does me tremendous good to know I’m not alone in this. Yes, I knew other people were having prolo but to have an exchange with an actual person who is, just made me feel more optimistic about my situation. I guess really knowing you’re not the only one makes you feel connected some how. Makes me think I should have tried to reach out long ago.
…since Tony has abandoned this site to me. Poor guy, I guess I ran him off. I haven’t had much to talk about these past couple of months. Still struggling with my Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and there is only so much you can say about that before even I get tired of hearing it. It is a two steps forward, one step back situation, so I am taking it day by day. I was wondering today if things will ever get back to normal. Things like working again, energy level, and another child we thought would be here by now.
Matthew had his first Multi-Sport class last Thursday. He did really well and was overwhelmed at some point in the middle. Considering that the place, people and situation were all brand new to him, I think that is expected. I did let him work things out for himself and didn’t rush in to tell him it was okay (with some restraint from my husband – sure the teacher loved you for that, honey). We talked about it after class and he was okay and wants to go back this week.
Meeting the other moms was an experience. I’ve got a lot to learn in that department. I know not to be a braggart, so I listened and oohed and ahhed, not comparing Matthew to one mom’s child. Then she found out that Matthew can read, her older child can’t, and long story short – she stopped talking to me! No big deal, I then found a mom who is more like myself and we had a good chat. She has three boys and the no nonsense attitude that comes with raising three boys. Is there a handbook about interacting with other moms that you’ve never met?