This past week was our first week long stay in Leadville. WIth school and other kid activities it just hasn’t happened yet. The week started off with Daddy’s race. The girls happily went along to cheer Daddy on to the finish line, as long as it would be followed up by another visit to the rock store.
On Sunday we decided to take a small hike so that the two older girls could get in some badge work. Kayla is usually backpacked on hikes but this time we decided to let her walk. She thought this was a great idea. Especially when there are fun things like rivers and bridges to walk across.
The trail was pretty rocky and Kayla would take the opportunity to tackle each and every huge rock. Once the rock was conquered the rest of the family was required to cheer her on. Once she was satisfied with our praise we were able to once again move on.
The big girls brought along their binoculars in case they spotted any birds for their birding badge. Kayla soon demanded that Sydney hand her binoculars off to Kayla. There was not a bird in sight so it ended up being okay. I don’t think Kayla quite got the purpose of binoculars. What she did figure out is that you walk around holding them up to your face like this. Notice that you place them right below your eyes so that you can still see past these things in your face.
While Mom and the big girls did our badge work, Daddy often walked behind with Kayla. The pace was definitely slower then he is use to. But I think he liked it just the same. Nothing like seeing the trails through a toddlers eyes now and then. Everything is so new and exciting again.
Soon enough the kids started whining about being hungry so we made our way over to Turquoise Lake. We found a spot on the beach and relaxed for a few hours while the kids played in the freezing water and built this in the sand.
On the 4th we decided to take a little day trip to Breckinridge. None of the girls had ever been to this town and Dad promised lots of shopping. They were in! In town we happened upon a great little furniture store which made all kinds of “cabin” style furniture. The outdoor furniture is what first caught my eye. We lucked out with a great adirondack style tea set bench for the deck.
As well as a nice relaxing swing for the yard. We were also able to finally find a great aspen log bed for the guest room. So as of now I think we are officially done with cabin furniture. Onto the decorations.
Breckinridge was absolutely packed as everyone was in the mountains for the holiday. Didn’t matter, we were dedicated to seeing the fireworks in our own little town of Leadville for the first time. We perched ourselves on top of a hill to watch the show. Not a bad show for such a small town. We even had the excitement of seeing the firemen in action as they had to put out a small grass fire caused by some low fireworks. This was Kayla’s first time seeing the “Boom-Booms” in which she actually enjoyed them. She would run around sitting with both Mom and Dad to make sure we didn’t miss these amazing lights in the sky.
We spent much of the next few days just playing around the house both inside and out. In the moments that Kayla was confined to the inside with Mom. She made herself a little desk so that she could also get some work done. Just her size.