Mother’s Day Hike

According to Nathan, ‘normal’ moms want to go to a movie on Mother’s Day, not hike 13.5 miles, climbing into and out of a 500-foot canyon twice. Who wants to sit in a theater when I can be out on the trail with these crazies? Besides, ‘normal’ is not a word that has been used in our house in a looooong time.

Hope all the moms out there had a wonderful day!!

Ready to head out

Just keep walking…

500 foot Alamo Canyon. We went down and up, twice.

Yup, we’re going down there!

Beautiful Alamo Canyon

Company on the trail

Potsherds out at Yapashi Pueblo

With 350 rooms, 6 kivas, and a reservoir, Yapashi was the largest settlement in Bandelier.

Stone Lions

Flowers were blooming everywhere!

At the Track

We went to a middle school track meet yesterday afternoon. I am not sure what all those boys ate for breakfast, but they were all so fast! I was so impressed watching them all run. Liam had a great day as well. He tied for 1st in the high jump at 5′, placed 3rd in the 400m open, and his 4x40m relay team took 1st! We are looking forward to the next meet this Saturday!


The twins have both enjoyed 6th grade Rocket Club. After two months of hard work building and painting their rockets, it was finally time to launch! We arrived at school early this morning for last minute instructions and pictures before the launch began.

There goes “Maverick!”

All of the kids were told that if they were able to catch their rocket before it hit the ground, they would be given $1. About half of the kids were able to do this. The best catch was worth $5, and it went to a girl who ended up sliding sideways down a hill, before snagging her rocket string on her finger at the last moment. It was all very entertaining to watch!

“Steve the Pop-tart Kitty” has launched!

Nathan was quite excited because the paint job on his rocket won him another rocket kit. He went with a patriotic color scheme and named his rocket “Maverick.” As an added bonus, he was able to catch it before it hit the ground, earning himself $1. Catheryn had been quite nervous that her rocket would not launch. Her worries were laid to rest as her rocket, “Steve the Pop-tart Kitty,” flew high into the sky. She was not able to get to it before it landed, but she was so happy that it actually flew, that she did not seem to care one bit. “I was sooo close,” she said to me later. Which she was… And thus marks the end of Rocket Club…

Happy Twinnies

And just because they make me laugh…

Nathan: Wait a minute, what do you mean launch is over?
Catheryn: My rocket launched!

Nathan: Are you sure it’s over?
Catheryn: Oh my goodness, my rocket launched!

Nathan: It just doesn’t seem possible…
Catheryn: I’m so happy my rocket actually launched!

Nathan” But… but… but…
Catheryn: My rocket launched!!!!

Nathan: Nooooooooo!!!!!
Catheryn: Did you see that? My rocket LAUNCHED!!!



First Tournament!

Nathan had his first wrestling tournament last Friday. The tournament was broken over two days with different age groups wrestling at different times. Fifth and sixth grade went on Friday night, so there were only three kids from Nathan’s wrestling club there.


We arrived in Santa Fe at 5:00pm, but the tournament got off to a late start due to basketball practice. Once they got the mats rolled out, though, they kept the matches rolling rather quickly.

dsc_0270Nathan had two matches. He lost the first and won the second. Liam was great at giving him tips and showing him moves that would be helpful. Nathan did really well and was super excited to place 3rd in his weight group.


His next age-group tournament is next Friday, and then they will have the team tournament and duals. The season is almost over, but Nathan has learned a lot and is looking forward to wrestling in middle school next year.