July 27, 2015

a hike, NM

The next day after fishing, we decided to try another spot in the mountains for fishing. This place was very very hard to get too by car, I would never recommend it for anything other then a 4x4 truck or jeep. It was very scary, very steep and I bottomed out several time with my car. Soon as I got home to Colorado, I had to re-place the brakes on my car. It was however very beautiful and the view was amazing at the top. We didn't catch anything, but we did enjoy a very nice walk. 

July 21, 2015

Fishing Eagle Nests Lake, NM

Part three of our New Mexico trip, we went fishing. It was my sons first time ever, he caught his first fish and was over the moon happy about it. All the fish were small, but it was still fun. I caught three myself. Was my family and it was memories that I'll keep forever. The view here was amazing, was a very pretty lake nestled in the mountains of New Mexico called Eagle's Nest Lake. We all brought our chairs and fished in sunshine for hours. No boat, shore fishing.

Uncle Gary showing Caleb how to hook a worm

Caleb hooking his first worm, mom & dad in the background

He caught his first fish!!

July 11, 2015

Being with family + Botanical Gardens

I miss my family, dearly. I live a state away from them and can't move to be with them. My sons father lives here in Colorado, so with visitations we won't be moving away anytime soon. So several times a year, we pack up and make the 7 hour drive to visit. My family comes here to CO as well, so we do get to see each other more then a few times. Time always seem to go by so quickly, then you leave with a hollow feeling in your heart. Caleb always takes it the hardest, he loves his grandma.

So we planned a summer vacation and got to enjoy a week off, in New Mexico. We did so many fun things, one in which was camping in a cabin way up in the mountains. I will break our vacation down in a few posts, took tons of pictures! The pictures from today were from the Albuquerque New Mexico botanical gardens.

 my brother & caleb

see photography runs in our blood, my mom

June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites #11 // Mountains + a Mountain Keychain Giveaway

I love the mountains, its peaceful and quite and just breathe taking. I'm lucky enough to live in Colorado, near the Rockies. Today's Friday favorites is dedicated all to the mountains.

To make this even sweeter, I'm giving away one of my Hand stamped mountain keychains!! Giveaway comes from my Etsy shop yourcharmedlife, you can find this same keychain in my shop here. I reduced the price from 28$ to 20$ for 7 days only, if you want it now! Giveaway is open to USA only, runs 7 days, will email winner, please respond within 2 days or moves to next person

June 25, 2015

Trail Walking

We spend allot of the summer, just walking trails outside. Its a way for me to de-stress and connect with nature. To get away from it all and just enjoy the beautiful sights. We are lucky enough to live across the street from a state park and its a nice one. We get a seasonal pass and camp here yearly as well as enjoy it at other times. Here are some pictures from this day, Caleb brought his bug sucker and collected all Roley Polly's

June 24, 2015

DIY Summer Sensory Play Tub

I have done this several times through out Caleb's life, starting him quite young. I make sensory tub's filled with water beads. They feel fantastic on your hands and fingers, they are tiny beads that soak up water and become larger. Super easy to do. Here is how I did his Summer bin:

Use a tub to hold the beads and water
I purchase these beads here on amazon for only 1.77 a package, I used two packages for this tub and bought a few extras for next time
Open the packed and empty in tub, read the directions of how much water to use.
Usually takes around 1 hour to bloat up
I then purchased these summer play animals here on amazon as well

That's it, simple and fun play. I don't believe these beads are toxic, as I originally got the idea from other Pinners on Pinterest. They may be a choking hazard for younger ones and you should keep a eye on them when playing with these. 

June 22, 2015

First Day Of Summer & Last Day Of School

Was actually yesterday, but hey! Its finally here! We have been waiting awhile for this, flip flops, pools, camping, trails, summer camps..Its all fun for us. Caleb is out of school and we are staying very busy and enjoying this time off. I am a little late sharing his last day of second grade pictures, but here they are anyways. I special ordered him a autograph shirt, so get got all his class mates signatures on his back. Found the shirt on Etsy here

My sons second grade teacher, she was one of the best of the best! He cried many days up to this day, hes going to miss not being in her class!