Monday, October 27, 2008

The New Zoo

A few weeks ago Alex (a friend of ours from church) and Dave decided they wanted to plan a weekend of fun for our families. They wanted to go to Colorado Springs and go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. What a great idea Rachel (Alex's wife) and I thought! We talked about a date and minor details but left the planning up to them........humm. The day before we were to go nothing had been planned or mentioned. Oh men...... :-) Rachel and I got on the phone and finished planning. We packed lunches and looked for coupons and planned a time and when Saturday came we were off. This zoo is so cool!!! It is up on the mountain and the animals habitats are apart of the natural surroundings. The first thing we did was feed the Giraffes. Yes, you can feed and pet the Giraffes!!! It was so cool! I forgot my camera.......blast! But I got some shots on the phone. This zoo has so many fun animals and you can get so close to them. The bears were swimming and catching fish, the porcupines were up in trees, the mountain lions were trying to eat Jetta. She came running out of their den(you could walk in/under it while in enclosed glass) and tripped. One mountain lion came sprinting off the mountain he was on and slammed into the fence trying to get her. Crazy! Good thing the fence was there. We saw moose, wolves, beaver, turkey, wallaby, nile hippo, and so many others. While we were leaving we saw a bunch of wild deer. It was quite the zoo and I think will be going back! We had so much fun!! Thank you Alex, Rachel, and Oliver for going with us.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bathtime Bliss

Bathtime has always been fun at out house but lately it has been especially exciting. Jetta likes to wear goggles and jump up and down and splash and create a mess. Henry likes to make a mess on Jetta, the wetter he can get her the better! Most of the time she does not like Henry's idea of a good bathtime fun but in the end they end up best friends.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

gratitude pt 2

5 things I am grateful for today:

1. good friends who called and wrote concerned comments
2. the most beautiful loaf of homemade bread I have ever seen
3. my husband who picked up some groceries and made dinner
4. priesthood blessings
5. an understanding boss

So, yesterday I thought I was getting better. By 4:00 in the afternoon I had had crackers and sprite and kept them down. I was feeling pretty great. My friend came by with some homemade bread, I had some and still was feeling great. Dave came home with groceries and dinner and I had a little of that and felt sneaky tummy........what a tricker. 11:30 pm I was full on sick again. All night I was in the bathroom. I got only 4 - 1/2 hour increments of sleep. I was in so much pain. 8:30 am Dave comes in and says he called his boss and is taking a sick day. Thank you Dave's boss. He was downstairs with the kids doing breakfast and playing and had things under control. Thank you Dave. He kindly asks what he can do for me and humbly I ask for a blessing. I was in serious pain. My stomach was swollen and painful to touch....I could not even have elastic bands of clothing around it because it hurt so bad. I have never been one to ask for priesthood blessings often, only when I really think there is nothing else I can do. I should have asked for one sooner. Dave gave me a blessing and I was sick only once after. I was able to stand straight, walk to the bed and slept from 8:30 to 12:30. I am feeling better and want to say thank you again to everyone!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


5 things I am grateful for today

1. healthy days
2. the short distance from my couch to the bathroom
3. movies
4. kids that watch movies
5. tums

I woke up very early this morning sicker than a dog. I am still sicker than a dog but i a hoping to last the day. It is all I can do to get up off the couch to put in a new movie or get the kids some food. I think I just ate something that didn't agree with me because everyone else in my family is fine. My poor sensitive stomach. I really am thankful for my list mentioned above, however it is days like this and many others that remember how far away I really am from family.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

the first Peter & Alecia Richards family reunion

We had a blast in Utah for our family reunion. We went to Heber Valley Girls Camp. It is a beautiful LDS owned and operated camp in the mountains. We camped in cabins, cooked in dutch ovens, did the ropes course, hiked, and got snowed on. Henry and Jetta did great! They loved it, all of it!! We had so much fun with all the family and cousins. Thanks mom and dad for putting this together!!

The Richards Clan.....Awesome sweatshirts made by Candice the graphic designer of the family.

The beautiful leaves at our camp.

On the ropes course. Even Henry loved the ropes course. He scaled the tree no problem.

The cowboy camper

Snow baby

The last day of our reunion we went to a place called Jump On It. It is in Lehi, I think, and it is filled with tons of trampolines. You can jump from wall to wall and off walls and all over the place. It was so fun! My sister McCall was a champ and jumped with my kids for quite some time. Thank you McCall.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

say PIE FIGHT!!!!

Henry watched "The Great Race" a while ago and ever since he has wanted to have a pie fight. When we went to Utah to visit family, my mother-in-law created a pie fight for the kids. It was so fun!!! Dave and his dad were good sports and joined in the fun. If you have never had a pie fight, I strongly recommend it!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


I've been canning. I think I like it. Is that weird? So, about a month ago I visited my family in Utah and my sister McCall was in the middle of canning peaches, salsa, and jam. I was so impressed and wanted to copy so badly. I went and purchased a steam canner and some jars and then watched for the fruit to go on sale. Went it went on sale I was so excited, I got pears, peaches, and tomatoes. Yes, I canned them, yes, it was an all day process, yes, it was a mess and yes, I liked it. There was something about seeing all my jars sitting on the counter and seeing the "fruits" of my labors. :-) Thank you McCall for the inspiration.