As soon as September hits you can't throw a rock around these parts without hitting a store selling Pumpkin Spice something-or-other. I'm not a staunch fall hater, per se, but I am extremely reluctant to let go of our summer days. My interest in wearing boots and sweaters is remarkably low. Give me chaco tan lines, outside entertainment, long visits with friends, and summer birthday parties any day.
A couple of weekends ago had such a great day exploring at Radnor Lake State Park. Both of the kids were on critter patrol and Charlie must have picked up a hundred leaves. A whole crew of wild turkeys crossed the path just feet away from us and Henry snapped photos the whole time with his little hand-me-down point & shoot. It never fails though, that the last half mile of the hike ends up with someone being carried and everyone needs to pee and they're starving half to death don't you know.
Mr. Zuill and I went on another little outdoor adventure last month. Well, maybe not so little.
With the kids happily tucked away at Camp Gaga & Pappy for a few days, Will and I flew to Denver for a few days of exploring. I think this was our first parents-only trip since we went to Peru five years ago and we were really excited! The photos above were from our day of hiking at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It was so beautiful. After a few hours there we spent some time in Manitou Springs- now that is a unique place! We played in open air video game arcades and literally got caught in the rain eating ice cream. We also spent a day at Denver Botanical gardens. I must have said to Will fifty times, "My Mom would LOVE this!". But the main attraction of Denver for Mr. Zuill was that on our last night there he was sitting just a few rows back from this scene-
Once we got back to Tennessee it was time to get back to business. Home school business. I can't tell you how intimidated by this I had myself worked up to be. Honestly I'm still not sure I'm doing it completely right, but so far its gone a lot smoother than I expected. Henry has really impressed me. He gets up, has some breakfast and dives right in. As you might guess, our tiny little helper can be the biggest challenge some days, but she's right there tagging along for the ride and is so glad to have her Henry home with us.
Charlie had some business to take care of when we all got home as well- ditching her diapers! She potty trained SO much easier than we expected and I think only had 3 or 4 accidents. The first couple of days she was on the potty alllll day, milking us for every m&m we had. She's no fool.
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