Monday, July 28, 2014

Haircut, Mountain Towns, Urgent Care, and Projects: Our Weekend

Ever have those weekends that you look so forward to and then just so many things go wrong? Yeah, that was our weekend. 

Friday started out innocently enough. We had a pool morning.

I got a new haircut and was really happy with how it turned out! I went a little shorter than I usually do but it was definitely time for a change!

Friday night we found a new playground/park that had some awesome mountain views.

Hmmm how can I step up my sass??

Friday night as we're getting home from the park Brady slams his fingers something fierce in the car door. He screamed a scream I've never heard from him. We pull open the door, free his fingers, and instantly go ice them. He cried for awhile but he could somewhat bend them so we figured we were ok as long as we kept an eye on it.

Saturday morning we decided to go explore a little. Brady's fingers looked decent. We iced and wrapped them again and set out since he said he was ok. We'd heard a lot about both Manitou Springs and Cripple Creek. Manitou Springs is a cute little town at the base of Pike's Peak and Cripple Creek is a cute mountain, old mining town an hour from Colorado Springs.

We really wanted to go to the Incline but just getting a close parking spot, even early Saturday morning was not going to happen. So we decided to explore the town a little.

Drinking from a mineral spring. This one was pretty good! 

Then we found Arcade Adventures where the kids were in heaven.

We were like the only ones there 

Brian by another mineral spring right by all of the rides. This one was not so good. Bitter and left a weird taste in my mouth. Brian of course, enjoyed it. And for the record, that is our camera case, not a murse (man purse) Brian is carrying. He wanted that to be clear.

There were some very eccentric people in Manitou Springs and there's lots of other places we would have explored but we really wanted to get to Cripple Creek before we lost the kids to whine city.

After a beautiful drive through the mountains, we made it to Cripple Creek. It was at about 10,000 ft and offered some spectacular views.

Take our picture with this man!

The town of Cripple Creek.

The main attraction we wanted to hit up was the Narrow Gauge Railroad since our kids are train crazies.

We got on the train and it was surprisingly really, really quiet. Except for Layla, she talked every single second of the ride.

"Could she just be quiet for one minute?"


It wasn't just a train ride but a tour of the mining areas. I didn't hear too much of it. Here was a second where Layla was quiet. The other times, "Is this over yet? When do we get off?" "Hi mountains!" "Bye mountains!" "Ooohh look a baby tree!" "Are we done yet?" "Awhhh it's a puppy. He's green! When I grow up, I bring puppy on a train." (A couple brought their Chihuahua on the train ride.)  "Look, it's a daddy butt!" (To a guy standing up, I could die).  "ALL ABOARD! CHOO CHOO!!" This girl. 

The train ride was a little scary. This was just a sheer drop-off. And we're in an open train car. 

But the views were beautiful.

Some of the mining areas.

We started backing up. Just behind us is where the tracks stop. And there's a sheer drop-off. I just had to close my eyes and breathe.

The kids with the train conductor.

Afterwards we went to a casino and had ice cream.  The town was cute but I probably wouldn't bring the kids back. Tons of casinos, lots of smoking outside the casinos, and just not much more for them to do other than the train ride and ice cream. We wanted to make it to the jail museum too but they both had a bad case of the whines so we decided to leave instead.

Beautiful view of Pike's Peak on the ride home.

Also on the ride home we had to swing by the furniture store to pick up our new loveseat. It wouldn't fit in our car so Brian had to rent one of their trucks to haul it. At this point Brady starts screaming that his tummy hurts.  We get the loveseat home. It doesn't match our furniture whatsoever (we must have been drunk when we thought this color would be close) and there was a big rip in the seam (they're sending someone to fix it). Now we still have to go return the truck (so we have to follow Brian back to the furniture store, 30 minutes away). Brady is still screaming that his tummy hurts and both kids are whining and complaining like crazy.

We get home, take the tape off of Brady's fingers and his fingers are huge. And bent really funny. So we decide we need to go to Urgent Care. And then Brady pukes everywhere. Luckily not on the new loveseat. Brian took Brady to urgent care while I stayed back with Layla.

Brady's fingers at Urgent Care.

Brady being wheeled around at Urgent Care. Beautiful photo, courtesy of Brian. While at Urgent Care he threw up 2 more times, both times all over the carpet in the waiting room. So, so sorry urgent care. They took x-rays of his fingers and luckily not broken! Whew! Just badly bruised so they wrapped him up. They said he probably just had a stomach bug, just bad timing, and probably not related to his fingers or being at high altitude during the day.

Not feeling good. :(  He threw up a couple more times that night but by the next day was feeling better.

Sunday we took it easy, got the house cleaned, and worked on restoring this dresser. I didn't get a good before picture but it was basically just a white wood dresser that needed some love.

Working on one of the dresser drawers. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to show you what it looks like in its room (the guest room).

So that was our weekend! A little crazy, a little fun, and a whole lot us.  Now we're just praying that what Brady had wasn't the stomach virus that we're all going to get. We have lots of visitors this week and I'm sorry, stomach bugs are not allowed in July.  And if you have time, don't forget to VOTE!. Voting ends this week on Thursday. I'm #40 and I really appreciate it!! :) Have a great week!!


Jen said...

I love your hair and am so glad he is okay!!

Becky Dougherty said...

I love your new haircut! :) You guys sure know how to keep things interesting!

Jenn said...

First of all, your hair is amazing. Second, Layla cracks me up with her train comments. Sorry about Brady's fingers and tummy! Our door to our apt is heavy and closes on its own. Someone decided to hold onto the door frame while taking his shoes off the other day.... and the door did its thing and... tears. Nothing like Brady's but apparently it still "hurt very so much." Here's to a fun, yet uneventful week! :)

Janelle Vannice said...

Aw, your post made me miss CO! The worst time to find parking for the Incline is Saturday mornings, by the way. That's when it's busiest! Cripple Creek is a fun little getaway if you guys ever get a babysitter for the night.. and they serve free drinks as long as you're playing in a casino! We would go there and play the penny slots and have free drinks (well, we tipped $1 every time so the waitress would keep coming back, haha), and stayed in a hotel... we did that every few months, and it was a lot of fun! Cripple Creek is beautiful. Over the summer they have Donkey Derby Days, which would be fun for the kids. I think it's in May or June, though... but I actually don't remember.

Traci@TheHallway said...

Goodness, poor little guy... But the pictures and everything else look great! Hope he is feeling better

Nicole said...

I keep voting! I love to read your blog. And now that you've moved to Colorado… even better :) Good Luck. And I can't wait for you to go to the incline and blog about it. It's on my travel list for sure.

The Chick Nest said...

Pretty hair, friend! I bet your kids loved that train! Beautiful views! Hope poor Brady is feeling better! :(

Aubrey Holloway said...

Layla is so adorable! Anyway, it's a fair bet that Brady's stomach bug and swollen fingers were not related. It's always a good idea to bring him to urgent care as a precautionary measure, so it's great that you and Brian did just that. His fingers must have been banged up, that's why it became swollen. I do hope his fingers are doing fine by now. Take care!

Aubrey Holloway @ Primary Care Associates

Corine Traina said...

Actually aside from your son hurting his fingers it sounded like a wonderful weekend. The pictures of your view from the mountain and from the train are beautiful! What an amazing view you must've had. And to top it all off you got a cute new hair cut! Looks perfect. Can't wait to hear what's in store for next weekend!

Corine Traina @ U.S. HealthWorks San Jose

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