Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Out With the Boys!


The weather was beautiful last week and we had a nice weekend hosting the boys for a sleepover. After breakfast Nonno (grandpa) took them to a little playground in an open space near our house, while Nonna (grandma) took photos!


Our community is in the process of updating all the different playgrounds, but I hope they keep this piece--it is a favorite for all my grandchildren!



As are the swings!



The boys wanted to do a little more exploring this visit so we climbed on the rocks...



 ...and walked on the trail.



They walked all the way over to the giant red rock formation in the middle of the open space.


They were hoping to find arrow heads or fossils.


From a distance this formation does not look as high as it really is!


Two happy boys and an even happier Nonno!


This large hole in the rocks fascinated the boys--they wondered if a bear could be sleeping inside? 



We did not find any "fossils" but we did see many more holes in the rocks that were obviously shelters for birds, and we saw cacti and this cabbage-looking type plant growing.  Any guess as to what it is?



As you can see the foothills still had some residual snow on them.  We had six inches of snow on Sunday, but most of it has melted.  Snow seems to be our area's "April Showers"!



The high mountains are still getting plenty of snow, as you can see from this peak in the distance. The ski season may last till June, but I'm ready for Spring to turn everything at our elevation green. As you can see, the trees are beginning to bud and the all the birds have been actively building nests. As Easter approaches it seems the earth is happily beginning to renew itself!


 I hope this Spring has also been a joyful one for you!




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28 comments:

Daniela said...

Happy Spring, my dear Pat, in your wonderful, amazing land, spend a happy time with your beloved lovely grandchildren, and Happy Easter too !
xox
Dany

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a wonderful place to play! Buona Pasqua to all of you.

ellen b. said...

What a fabulous place to explore with your grands.

Barb said...

It looks as though Nonno is having as much fun as the boys! My Grands would love climbing on that massive rock - it reminds me of the slick rock formations in Moab. Looks like the wild succulents are already starting to come back from winter. In the mountains we just have snow and more snow. I came to Denver this afternoon - will fly to AZ early next week.

Pamela Gordon said...

HI Pat, I think this little playground park is really beautiful. I love the natural rock formations and can imagine my grandsons wanting to climb them too. What a great spot to play! Your grandsons are pretty cute and it is so nice that you can spend a lot of time with them now. I wish you and yours a blessed Easter. Pam

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like everyone had a fun day Pat! Glad there weren't any bears living in the hole:@)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous place for a walk! Such beautiful scenery.

Michelle said...

You live in such a beautiful place. Nice to see your grandsons enjoying their visit.

Lorrie said...

What a great park for playing and exploring. Both boys and Nonno seem to be having a wonderful time. Gorgeous rock formations.

eileeninmd said...

Pat, you live in a beautiful area! And your grandsons are adorable. I am sure they enjoyed playing with their Nanno and Nonna. Enjoy your week and Happy Easter!

Shey Wicklund said...

Seems like the children had a lot of fun. This is a lovely place to live esp. with the rock formations and superb views.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Good for you guys taking the grands out in the fresh air and sunshine. Of such things memories are made.

The Gathering Place said...

How lucky your grandsons are for a fun filled day at the park with their grandparents. I love this time of year!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely park - the scenery and rock formations are gorgeous.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic place to enjoy playing with the boys! The view is just awesome! Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing!
Happy Easter~

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great place for the kids to play. Little boys love to hike, but if I were a little girl, I'd stay behind and enjoy that swing.

Happy Easter Pat to you and your lovely family.
Sam

Pat Frank said...

Pat, what a wonderful playground for your grandkids to enjoy! Love that it also has the nature trail too. You live in the most gorgeous area; beautiful mountains surrounding lovely homes! Thanks for the great pictures! May you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What an amazing playground your area provides (for the boys and for Nonno and Nonna!) So gorgeous.

Vee said...

Looks like a fun outing for all of you! There are so many unique things to see. Perhaps a wildflower and plant book is in your future, too.

Ida said...

What a fun outing. The boys look to be having a grand time. That rock formation is something. I would enjoy seeing that up close.

La Petite Gallery said...

This was the right move for you both, to be with the Grand Children growing up. Such great memories they will have. Everyone looks like they are having fun. We had snow in Maine also. yvonne

MastHoliday said...

Wonderful rocks!! such, sounds a fabulous place to visit..
Beautiful picture gallery..
thanks for sharing..
Hugs
MastHoliday
http://touroperators-india.blogspot.in/

Shannon @saltlicklessons.com said...

Pat, you always take the best pictures. They're so crisp and colorful!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Well, I can see Vinny really gets into the swing of things with playground equipment! How great to have those big red boulders to climb on. Happy Easter Pat.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I always love seeing Colorado through your lens, Pat. Wonderful photos and the boys look like they are having so much fun. Happy Friday to you!

diane b said...

Oooh what a fabulous way to spend the day with those lovely boys. How old are they. Hopefully our boys will be home next year.

Pondside said...

Those boys sure are getting big!
I've been thinking of you the past little while as we watch the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Colorado playing. One player is from Victoria..........and I know you in Colorado!

Pondside said...

Those boys sure are getting big!
I've been thinking of you the past little while as we watch the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Colorado playing. One player is from Victoria..........and I know you in Colorado!