Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ok, so obviously I didn't get to any blogging while on vacation!!!

The trip went well though, really well. We had a great time and it went by really fast. I'm going to do a few posts to kind of break things up and let you know what we did.
So......

Saturday the 21st we left and headed for Custer, South Dakota. Here we are right before pulling out! We planned to drive to Glendo Reservoir in Wyoming and have lunch, swim for a bit, and then go on. Things went exactly as planned. We arrived at the reservoir just in time for lunch and headed out two hours later. We drove to Custer without any problems at all!! We checked into the Custer Motel: and headed out for dinner:

After dinner we went back to the motel and ended up stuck inside for a bit because it was pouring rain. So James read to the kids.
After the rain let up we went for a walk down the main street and then got ice cream. By the time we got back and washed up we were all beat. Here's a shot of little exhausted Ian:
The next morning we headed out to drive through Custer State Park and then see Mount Rushmore. We took the Needles Highway through the park, here are some shots we took at a couple different stops:




We did see one lone buffalo but we didn't get his picture!
Mount Rushmore was awesome, just as big and cool as I remembered. Gracie was very impressed and has learned who the presidents are, she can name them for you if you ask her!! It was a beautiful day, but VERY VERY HOT! We were told the high would easily be over 100, they were projecting 107!

After doing Rushmore we headed our for our drive across the state. It was a long day because it was after noon before we left Rapid City. We had to skip the Badlands because we got such a late start and because it was so stinking hot it would not have been any fun anyway. We just put the pedal to the metal and took off. We landed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota about 8pm.

Well, that was the first two days of our journey. I'll add more later!

Friday, July 20, 2007

What a crazy day.

Today was final trip preparation day. But for added fun Gracie decided to shove a button up her nose!

She was suppose to be taking her nap. She came down the stairs looking fairly worried and said "I have a button in my nose" while pointing at her left nostril. Great........... So I took a look and I couldn't see a thing. I asked her what color it was and she said white. I asked her how big it was and she said "It was very tiny, tiny, tiny!" So I said, "Ok, well we're going to have to go see the doctor then." Which totally freaked her out and she started crying...which led to snorting....which was freaking me out, I didn't want her to suck the button into her brain! So I started running around telling her it's ok, no worries, let's find a movie to watch, happy, happy, happy!

Once she settled down and was watching Blues Clues I called James and told him he was probably going to have to come home because Ian had just fallen asleep and Gracie needed to go to the doctor. Then I called our doctor, who was totally booked up. So I decided we would have to go to the Children's Hospital at our local ER. James came home, and we headed out.

Long story short, three different people looked in her nose and couldn't see a thing. She kept insisting it was up there though. Finally I called James and asked him to look around. He called back about two minutes later to say "Well.....I just found a small white button in Gracie's bed."

So we left the hospital. When we got home we showed it to her and she said "The button came out of my nose......how did that happen?" So the best we can figure she put it up there and then somehow it fell out while she was getting out of bed to tell me what happened and she didn't notice. Then I assumed she snorted it in and well, the rest is history.

Then later in the day I had to run to Payless to get a couple pairs of shoes for our trip. When we left there were these girls, maybe 6 & 8 sitting in the front seat of a running vehicle honking the horn at everyone that walked by. There was a lady sitting there also, maybe an aunt or a grandma? Anyway, every time they did it she told them to stop but she was letting them sit there in the front seat. They did it twice while we walked past and Gracie started to cry, she has a decent fear of cars anyway and that just scared her to death. We were parked next to them and they did it again while I was loading the kids in the car! So I turned around and yelled at the kids "Stop it. You are scaring her. Knock it off!" The lady just gave me this helpless look, I wanted to smack her. The younger kid was sitting there totally shooting a pissed off defiant look at me. And sure enough, as soon as I started pulling out of the space she started honking like crazy, like 10 times in a row. I was so angry at that point it took all the restraint I posses to not throw the car in park and give that kid a serious scare. It wasn't funny, it was mean. I pity that kid because she's obviously had some pretty poor parenting, and I pity her parents because if that's what she's like at 6ish I can only imagine what they will face down the road.

So, today was a very crazy day. But we are ready. The car is packed. Clothes are set out for the morning. The house is clean. And I am excited!

Chicago, here we come!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

T-minus 3 1/2 days til the first ever Burson family road trip.

I am both excited and terrified. And I should be cleaning the house........

We had Brandi and Ben (and Adri) here on Saturday for a little introduction to our house and some basic instructions. I need to write everything down for them, I'm afeared it will turn into a 50 page manual, I keep thinking of things I should tell them..... I've decided that leaving for vacation with 4 pets left behind is no small undertaking. Will I ever learn (and therefore stop collecting animals)? Probably not!

The cats have taken to a very bad habit of catching baby bunnies. I am housing one such bunny right now on our porch in the wagon. Apparently there is a nest of them not too far from our house. Scout caught one last week and a neighbor got him to let it go. I didn't think much of it til Saturday when he brought one to the front door. It was fine, he didn't hurt it, just carried it to me as a gift I guess. I didn't know what to do with it so I brought it to the bunny rescue lady who informed me it was large enough to be on it's own, so if the cat gets another one just release it near our house and it will be fine. Well it turns out the bunnies aren't really fine once you let them go, they just get caught again. Scout brought me another one yesterday, unharmed. I took Scout in the house and left the poor little thing hiding out under some flowers. Later in the day it was gone. Then this morning I see Horace pouncing on the bush in front of our porch and thought to my self "No, not him too...." Sure enough he had one. This little guys is slightly injured though, he has a cut on his back leg. So I am letting him sleep and rehabilitate in the wagon and I am going to release him later this evening down the path a bit where I know there is a colony of bunnies. Scout and Horace are now on strict lock-down. I figure if I can keep them in the house this week and Brandi can keep them in while we are gone that will give the bunnies two whole weeks to grow up which in bunny time is a lot. Then they will hopefully either have left their nest or be big enough to fight back. Poor little bunnies!!

We wrote up packing lists for the trip, and we are trying to not over do it. We have 3 nights on the road to get there, 4 nights in Chicago, and 1 night on the way home. We can do laundry at my dad and Helen's house, so we are only packing for 5 days with the idea we will wash once. Ian is going in disposables, so no diaper laundry. We are not taking any baby containing devices except a fabric carrier to use if necessary, but I figure for the most part we will want the kids burning off energy while we are stopped so I'm not going to strap them into a stroller. We are taking lots of snacks, lots of movies, and the DVD player. I have planned the trip down to random stops in the middle of nowhere and I have found local things to do for kid entertainment. We will be stopping at a huge reservoir in Wyoming, Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, a local pool, and most importantly, the Sonic Motel, home of friend and fellow blogger Chris Williams. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing and lots of fun.

I will be taking the laptop with so hopefully I will be able to post from the road so you can come on our adventure with us!!! And we are taking the car top carrier, because there's an Ikea in Chicago and who knows what treasures we may have to buy. Last year we took care of almost all the kids Christmas shopping there!

Now, here's some pictures from the dance party we had earlier today. Enjoy!



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

So, what have we been up to?

Well, there was the 3rd and 4th which involved fireworks with friends, neighbors, and the city of Parker.

There was an incident with Gracie throwing rocks into the parking lot and breaking a neighbors windshield.

There has been much bike riding by Gracie, she's getting really good.

And the latest news, this morning Ian has a runny nose. I'm not looking forward to what might develop.

Here's some recent pictures, in no particular order:


Gracie with a sparkler on the 3rd.

Gracie helping set up the cupcake cups on the 4th.
My mini-chef.
Decorating the cupcakes with our friends.
At the park waiting for fireworks.
A couple lazy cats.


A very friendly ladybug.
Daddy and son watching fireworks on the 3rd.
Gracie and Ian with Anna, their favorite neighbor.
Gracie the speed racer!



Monday, July 02, 2007

Today was a first for both the kids and myself. We went to the beach!!! I've never been to a beach here in Colorado the entire 8 years I've lived here believe it or not, and I decided today was the day. The kids have never ever been to any beach. We went to Cherry Creek Reservoir. We all had a great time! We went early and left by noon cause it is scorching hot today (as it is suppose to be all week). I hope you like the pictures!