There are over 150 pics (not all are from the party), so be sure to click the page turning arrows (I missed them the first couple of times I was in there). Webshots no longer lets people print, so I am seeing how shutterfly does. You shouldn't need to sign in unless you want to print - then you will need to create an account.
Kelli watching nervously as Paris and Aurelius try to dig the boy from his muddy grave.
The pond has been lowered over 6 feet to make some repaires and the boys were exploring when Aidan got stuck in the mud. For some reason only Aidan was stuck while the other boys were walking around just fine (ahem).
His companions did not abandone him, however. They dug and pulled until about 20 minutes later Aidan popped up but his shorts did not. We almost peed our pants from laughing so hard.
Click on the photos to enlarge. Aurelius and Paris looking at Sasquatch in amazement that he isn't even a tiny but shy about being buck-nakid out in the world.
This is Kira riding her four year old Percheron/TB cross. This is the first time she rode her in the pasture.
Phoenix wasn't quite herself, but she actually did very well. Rastell, who had been left in the pasture to sooth Phoenix while she worked, suddenly got a wild hair and started running around like a mad man!
Apparently he is turning into a new horse. All the weekly acupuncture, massage, and major supplements are doing the trick.
We just started leasing this adorable little Shetland pony named Lightning. He is such a sweetie-pie. The kids had their first lesson with Kira and they did very well. Even Scarlet (who I thought was going to be too scared) hopped right on when Kira asked her if she wanted to ride next. There is an album listed on the left side.
Notice anyone missing? Of course, the ONE photo that I look okay in Aidan was exit stage right.
There was this waterfall that is an easy hike from the hotel. It was really nice.
This was the view from our room. The waterfall is nearly center above the tree line.
The boys went on their own adventure trying to get to the top of the mountain.
The desert sure is beautiful. It was 100 degrees, but it didn't bother us too much. The resort had lots of shade and water and the walking paths were nice and cool.
What a little cutie-pie! Scarlet showing off her gams.
Agger looking like a big boy. Have I told you lately what a true gentleman he is?
Then Aidan went on his own hiking adventure. I was with Scarlet, Adler went walking ahead of us and would not return when I kept calling for him, and then Aidan starts screaming from the hillside. He got a cactus stuck in his leg! Suddenly, out of nowhere, Adler comes running down the path and scurries up the mountain to help his brother.
We had to get help from security to get the darn thing out of his leg. He was wailing so much and so loud - very embarrassing.
Yes, that would be blood.
There must be barbs on the end of the needles that hold the needle in the flesh. Some of them were in nearly 1/4 of an inch and I had to really pull them to get them out. Lots of people were walking by while all this was happening...fun. Turns out that people told Shiloh all about it while he was in his meeting. How did they figure out we were with him? Once the cactus was out he was fine and had to take a bath he was sweating so much. Adler took care of Scar while I was working on Aidan - can you believe that guy?!
We even got to spend some time with Shiloh.
I took the kids up to Phoenix for a day. We went to my mom's grave.
We visited with my Grandpa and Verdine.
It's so hard for Scarlet to get comfy with people.
Verdine's brother lives next door. They are serious ropers.
Verdine gave the boys real ropes to take home. We had so much fun. The kids were going crazy chasing around a neighbor's goats, pigs, geese, and even some tortoises!
Scarlet getting a lesson from Jerry (Verdine's brother).
Adler getting a roping lesson.
It was hard to say goodbye...none of us wanted to leave.
We even got to see Curtis! It was such a short visit though.
Back in Tucson...this is how Aidan and Adler hold their glasses now.
Scarlet and Shiloh "ching chinging".
Aidan and Shiloh "ching chinging".
King of the World!
Koi pond with a golf course in the background.
Scarlet with the koi in the background. The kids went nuts feeding the fish. It was such a nice trip.
The fair was excellent, but it was down right freezing. The wind was blowing like crazy and the news said there were over 150 tornados over the weekend. Although I was dissappointed that Rastell didn't get into the Steffen Peters clinics, I was very glad that I didn't have to pull a trailer in that wind.
Here are the kids hunting for the gator that lives behind the house.
We got a VERY close up view of him/her when he went after Shiloh's lure and just about ran right into the dock. Very aggressive and a solid 10 feet long. You might be able to see him in the center of the bank in the next photo.
We went to Busch Gardens...Disney has nothing on Busch Gardens. The scale and landscaping and the interactive way that everything is set up is just incredible.
The beds are almost done. The condo has only two bedrooms and we have three kids, so I had built-in bunkbeds put in the second bedroom. Each bunk has it's own adjustable light and bookshelf with curtains so that each bed can be closed up and if one kid is reading, he will not disturb the other kids in the room (that's the theory, anyway). The following photo was taken from the dining area as you enter into the bedroom. I love the brick, but the yellow has been a challenge for me to work with. I don't have the guard rail on the top bunks yet, so I didn't put the beds and curtains up there yet.
I would have preferred that the bed curtains were about 5" longer, but I got the dimension from the carpenter and I should have waited until the beds were done. I had no idea that 8 months later the beds would still not be finished...ugh.
What do you think of the orange ball fringe?
I sewed the pillows myself and it was the first time I did piping. Velvet is not the easiest material to sew with. The bolsters were easy enough, but the piping on the square pillow was a bear. All the pillow fabrics are Duralee Thomas Paul.
The following photo shows the drapes with an orange stripe that was added to tie in little bits of orange. I wanted chartruese to be the main color, but I didn't love it next to the yellow brick. Somehow the drapes ended up about 3" too short as well. But, they are done and they are hung.