Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dancing In Durango!

Yesterday was the National Day of Dance! Dance is Biblical! Dance is fun! Dance = Joy!

 "Shuffle, Step!"

When my girls were little I put them in a little Tap Dance class. It was just so cute watching them! And for about three & a half years the girls & I took Hula Lessons. (One of the MOST Beautiful types of Dance ever Created!)

I'm in the solid blue, my girls in floral on either side of the front row!
Performing in the Arizona Aloha Festival!

I took Dance all through High School. It was my Favorite class & some of my best High School Memories. When my girls were getting ready to start High School I told them they should take Dance, I knew they would love it as much as I did. They had all 4 years of classes planned out. They had to fit in all their regular classes & what they'll need to get in to College, with Band, Choir, other interests of theirs like Art & Photography, etc. let's just say they have a full schedule. So they decided to take Dance their Freshman year as their one needed P.E. Credit. But me being right (As Usual!) :) half way through the year, they decided to audition for next year, which they made Intermediate Dance, & rearrange their class schedule so they can take Dance ALL four years of High School! Just another example of Mother Knows Best! :) So now you can come into my house at any given moment & find one or two (or sometimes more) girls Dancing around our house! Or at the park with friends Dancing!

So when we found ourselves on Vacation in Beautiful Durango Colorado, as we were walking around taking in all the Beauty, we couldn't help ourselves but wonder what it would look like to combine the art of Photography with the art of Dance in such a Beautiful setting! We had so much fun coming up with Dance moves to try in different places. We got some really funny shots taken too soon or too late, that looked like either a marshal arts move or someone falling in mid air! :) But we got some really Beautiful shots as well. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we enjoyed taking them! (While wondering what everyone around us was thinking as we were doing it!) ;) 

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water:

Tunnel of Love:

 (Well, he couldn't let his Daughters show him up 
with their Dance Moves! :))

 I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen:

Mama Mia:

  (Hip Hop! :)) 

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music:



We Are Family:
 (Even Austin had to bust a move!)





Well there's our Dancing pics. I'm just so happy I now have someone to watch So You Think You Can Dance with me. :) I love watching them learning & falling in love with Dance! So from us to you: When you get the choice to sit it out or Dance, I hope you Dance!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Getting High!

Colorado, Rocky Mountain High, that is! :) 
John's Sister Pat moved to Durango, Co. almost a year ago. 
John helped her move there, but the rest of us had never been there. 
And we were in for a real treat!
Take a look . . .

Around the Animas River:
The girls & I

Cute Cousins!

Don't forget to Look Up! 

 And once in awhile it pays to look down. 

 Sisters Hanging Loose! 

Me & my Love!

 Daddy & Daughters making music on giant Xylophones in the park! 

 Once a Band Geek, always a Band Geek!

 Pat putting her feet in.

 Austin is King of the World! (Or at least the River)

Erica found a perfect Triangle rock. 
Did she keep it, or skip it? ;)

 Lovely Lexi!

Brother & Sisterly Love!

Doing Durango:

Horsing around!

Visiting Pat's neighbors horses.

Making Friends. 



Lexi with the Bees at Honeyville in honor of her favorite book:
The Secret Life Of Bees!

Cute Crepe Cart in Downtown!

 Breakfast outside

Lovely little town! 

Durango And Silverton Small Gage Railroad Museum:
 There's some really cool stuff in here! 

 "I think I can, I think I can!"

All aboard! 

"Play us a song, you're the Piano Man"

Cute Caboose! ;)

 "Lean on me, when your not strong.
I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on.
For it won't be long, till I'm gonna need somebody to lean on."

Adventures in Purgatory:
 Yes, we were in Purgatory.

Austin & Erica on the Chair lift

It's Beautiful at the top!

Pat and her Men; BF Steve and Grandson Austin

I don't know why so many people are afraid of going to Purgatory,
It's Beautiful here! :)

I'm on the top of the world looking down on creation . . .

 Getting ready for the Bungee Trampoline!

 Erica's up first

 Here we go!

 Flipping out! 

 Lexi's turn. 

 There was no way, she was gonna try a flip. 

 No, it's not Superman, it's Austin!

 Music in the Mountains
with my Music Man!

 Austin on the Alpine Slide!

Erica racing to the bottom!

Lexi, Last but not Least!

 Water Runner with Erica

 I think Austin won this battle!

 Oh yeah!

Bubble Trouble!

Biker Babes:
 Steve about to give Erica her first Harley Ride!
A retired Police Sergent, who's been riding since
he was younger than she is now.
Who's expertise would soon be put to the test.

 Little did we know what was about to happen . . .
 It started with some rain and Luckily my little girl loves the rain!
Erica had all her hair up in a bun, 
which kept the smaller helmet from fitting her head, 
so Steve gave up his helmet for her.

But it didn't stop with rain, it turned into a Downpour and HAIL!
Mom and Dad were scared to death! Thankfully she wasn't.

Even though she said the Hail hurt,
when they got off the Bike Steve told us:
You're gonna have to watch out for this one; she's loving this! 
So she now has new rules:
She can NEVER date a boy with a Motorcycle, fast car, 
or any dare devil tendencies what so ever! 
I told Steve & Erica now they can say
They've been to Purgatory & they had to go through Hail to get out! :) 

Lexi getting ready for her turn on the bike.

Now that Steve's head is dented from the Hail, 
guess we'll let him wear a helmet this time! :0
Lexi loved it too! I think we've created Monsters!

Austin got to go too!
And loved it just as much as the girls.

 This town is just so Adorable! 
So Quaint!

We ate at a place called Handlebars!

 So cute & such Amazing food.
Or maybe after Erica & Steve's wild ride, 
we were just so happy to have made it there alive
it tasted so good!

The rain left some Beautiful Waterfalls behind!

 It's the ripple effect!

Vallecito Lake:
 TOEtally Gorgeous! ;)

 Lexi, Austin and Eri taking it all in!

 John and I enjoying the view!

 A storm moving in over the lake.
God is pretty Awesome if I do say so myself!

It was hard to have to leave such a Beautiful place.
But Durango left it's mark on each of us!
Forever in our hearts.