The Charming Tyrants

The Charming Tyrants

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God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. - Anon

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Color Run

Long about mid September in celebration of someones 50th *cough* (Auntie's) *cough* birthday we had a houseful of people, the most wonderful people in the world and they decided that the monumental thing to do besides the party we had planned for the actual birthday day was to join in the fun of the 5K Color Run.

Team Faberlicious!

Now lest you should start congratulating me on getting off my arse and exercising, I did not go but sent my dear sweet eldest boy instead.  I have issues with my feet and working in retail isn't helping, but that's another story for another day perhaps.  Besides someone needed to take pictures.
Anyway . . . the point of a color run, besides the obvious, there are no winners or losers, is to have fun, that is if you call getting pelted with multi colored chalk along the way fun.  Oh, and they recommend that you wear all white. T-shirts were ordered for the occasion, even though the event provided one as part of the entry fee.

...and they're off!

The aftermath!
Lest you think I walked away unscathed, someone thought it would be funny to place a chalked hand on my backside!

He said he was just adjusting the sticker . . . riiight. . .

I was very proud of my little racer, he ran/walked the whole way.

Monday, October 29, 2012

State Fair

Before I get done remembering September you all will probably be sick of hearing about it, but maybe too you will understand just how busy and hectic things have been around here or it could just be an excuse for my laziness in not blogging about it when it happened.  Anyway I have this idea that somehow I must do these posts in chronological order.

And truth be told I have nothing much to say about our trip to the state fair except that we again enjoyed the company of good friends, while we walked "forever" in the hot sun, the boys rode the rides and saw (and smelt) the animals.

So I'll just say it in pictures.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

First Day of School

Yes I know what day it is and yes I know that this post in nearly two months after the fact.  Sometimes remembering is like that.  Sometime distance creates perspective.

Sometimes I have know idea what I am talking about.

Anyway, September was full to the brim with happenings not the least of which was HT's first day of school.  He is really enjoying himself and most of all loves riding the bus and his favorite part of school is recess.

Someone was not very happy about being left behind and still thinks he ought to be able to ride the bus to school also.

And speaking of school, for some strange reason I volunteered to teach a monthly lesson on "Art Appreciation" to HT's classroom.  Only for the love of my son.  The binder they gave me is full of things that seem to me to be more than a Kindergartener has the attention span for or the aptitude for.  Perhaps I give them too little credit.  Either way . . . heaven help me!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mama Mia!

I don't know about you but these last couple of months have been a whirlwind.  I barely remember the happenings in August, except that one of my very beautiful nieces came to stay with us for a few months.

HT and EM decided that she was Princess Peach and made her a crown.  They also made a Mario and Luigi hat for themselves and a Toad head for their papa.  Can you guess what they want to be for Halloween?

Once they all had their hats on, they went for a walk around the neighborhood.

I'm pretty sure that Papa will be none too happy with me for sharing this picture, but here's the deal:  I love him even more for it.  I love that he is willing to be silly for the enjoyment of his children.  That he is comfortable enough in his own skin to put on a goofy hat and go for a walk.

They probably won't remember this specific day, but I hope that they will remember this (when they are teenagers with an attitude), the love their father has for them, the humility he has shown and his faithfulness to his family.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lava Hot Springs

Yes I know what day today is and that summer has said goodbye and that autumn is in her glory but I'm not done remembering.

So, way back at the end of July we took a little trip to Lava Hot Springs, ID.  It was really lovely and the kids had a fabulous time.

We spent some time by the pools, all of them, the hot spring pools, the olympic pool and the toddler friendly one in Pocatello with the "splash zone".

 This slide had nothing on the next one, which Papa bravely went down.

EM wanted to go on the big slide, but refused to get on the little one.

And since Papa went down the big one, HT decided he would go down the "curly" one.

Especially after he discovered that it didn't dump him into the pool.

We even took a short trip down the river on a raft. (This is not a picture of us on our raft, just a picture I took of some random strangers enjoying the ride, because my camera is not water proof.)

We stayed at a lovely little place called the Alpaca Inn.  It had a wonderful little grassy area where the  kids could play.  The room was small for four people, but it was clean.
The Inn is a side business to the owners main occupation, which is raising, breeding, shearing and selling the wool of these strangely lovely creatures.  They very graciously let us visit their farm to see the alpacas.

Not to be confused with a Llama.

We played mini golf on a course that had seen better days and was infested with wasps.  EM got stung twice.  Glad to know he is not allergic.
Intent on finding a driving range we spent several hours driving all over the country side and finally found this place.  My first thought upon seeing it was "if you build it, they will come".  It really is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farmland, abandoned barns and scrub brush.

 The gardens surrounding the hot springs were really lovely and in full bloom.