Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween from our Village to yours!
We let the kids pick their character from the Village People.  It is funny how much they match their personalities.
 Hank the cowboy is wild and rowdy.
  Karlie the biker babe can be sassy or sweet.
Kaitlin the police woman is a rule follower and enforcer.
Hailey is our animal and nature loving free spirit.
Me, well, I keep the troops in line as the MKHKKH CEO.
Max is our hard workin man.  A pretty hot one too.
YMCA!!

Halloween Fun

 There are so many fun things to do this time of year.  Max helped the kids make a haunted gingerbread house on Sunday.
 Aside from the construction, it was kid made.
 I made some Candy Corn Zoku Pops for the kids to have for an after school snack.
 Last night we carved our pumpkins!
Max took it up a notch and used the jigsaw to cut out the shapes.  It was much faster than with the knife but it was really loud.  I am not sure I am ready to convert, but it sure made quick work of it.
 They each scraped out their pumpkins.  Ahh, I remember the days of drawing, carving and scraping 4 pumpkins.  So glad they can do most if it themselves now.  I might even get a pumpkin for myself next year!
 They love playing with pumpkin guts.
 Hailey and Karlie did 100% of their pumpkins.  Hank and Kaitlin told Max what to draw and carve.

  Hank wanted the Batman symbol
 Kaitlin's Hello Kitty pumpkin.
 Karlie created a spooky ghost face. 
Hailey carved the classic Jack'O lantern.

All my pumpkins.

Riding High in Flagstaff

 Our last day in Flagstaff Max took the bigs mountain biking on Schultz Creek Trail, supposably some of the best single track Arizona has to offer.  We drove to the top so they got to do 4 miles of downhill.  That's my kind of ride!
 The girls loved riding while the trail lived up to the hype, according to Max.  The trail was great for Hailey as she spent much of the time waiting for Max and Karlie to catch up.  It was a great learning experience for Karlie as her skills improved tremendously over the 4 miles.
While they were riding I had a chance to capture some of the golden fall colors.
The littles and I got a special treat.
After meeting back up with Max and the girls we headed to Snowbowl to take the skyride to the top of Arizona on the San Francisco Mountains.  
 It is an open chairlift ride that takes 25 minutes to reach the top of the 11,500 ft. extinct volcano and Humphreys Peak.
You can see for 70 miles. We could even see the rim of the Grand Canyon.
The kids got to play in a little snow.
We can officially say we have used the highest toilet in Arizona.  What an accomplishment.
 I rode up with Hailey and Kaitlin and down with Hank and Karlie.  Lets just say my ride up was more relaxing.
 At the bottom they had chalk for the kids to draw.
 Hank's merman (oh brother).
 Kaitlin drew LOVE.
Hailey a horse of course.
Karlie a flower.
Chalk it up to a good time for all.  Max and I sunned ourself as we listened to live music, watched the kids draw and took in the beautiful mountain views.
 But our ride was not over.  Glenda (our GPS's name) has a habit of taking us off road to get home.  Last year she took us for miles into the forrest to a dead end.  You would think we would be wise to her little tricks.  But we followed her again.
 We got an uneasy feeling as our road led to a fence.  We had already invested 20 minutes down her path and she promised just 10 more.  Those 10 minutes more remained as 10, 15, and 20 minutes marched on.
 Another fence and a smaller road.  Did we turn back?  Did we see any signs of civilization?  No.  We just kept going.
 We did get to see some beautiful views.
 We finally made it back to the cabin but Glenda's forest "short cut" took us twice as long as she projected.  The good old Bat Bus took care of us as we rode all over Flagstaff.



Grand Canyon


 While we were in Flagstaff we figured since we live in a state that holds one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World we should take the kids to see the Grand Canyon.
It is massive.   In fact, it is so massive it is hard to take it all in.  Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed.  Max and I drove by it in college but it was freezing so we just hopped out and glanced at it as we pushed on our road trip.  I was hoping this time to spend the day hiking around it and really absorb the moment.

 There are plenty of paved paths to sight see but you are in the cattle herd of all the other tourist  gawking and taking pictures.  That in itself detracts from any sort of reflective moment.  Add a couple kids and one crazy boy trying to climb the fences and no reflection is happening.  The one non paved path we did see looked too treacherous to take kids on.  
So, no "Ah ha" cosmic moment was felt by any of us.  We are planning to return when Hank is big enough and white water raft down the Colorado River.  Maybe spending a day at the bottom will give us that impression we were expecting.

But we had a moment to have lunch in a place that people come from all over the world to see.  In fact a man from England asked us to take his picture.
The kids had more fun climbing rocks than looking at the strata that has been formed over thousands to billions of years (depending on your persuasion).
 Our moments came as we goofed around.  Karlie got sap on her rear and there were lots of jokes about her sticky buns.
 Max did manage to snap a few impressive photos.
And our little guy gave us each a special moment in time.

He wants to be JUST like Daddy.  
But he always comes to Mama for some lovin. :)