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Summer Solsticing (and Traumatizing) at Granby Ranch

[photopress:Hadleyprofile.jpg,full,pp_image]A week ago, we attended Granby Ranch’s Summer Solstice. The resort went all out for this celebration that included fireworks, BBQs, chairlift rides, face painting, golf, crafts, a climbing wall, trampoline, massages, pony rides and mountain bike demos. To name a few.

We reallllly wanted to go on this trip because:

1) It sounded fun. Duh.

2) The following weekend would be our dreaded camping trip with the children and we wanted them to have at least one positive experience with the great outdoors. Even if it meant enjoying it from the great indoors of our slope-side condo.

If you’ve never been to Granby Ranch, you must not be a hip, nature-loving family with young children because that is 90 percent of their audience. The other 9 percent consists of suicidal mountain bikers who barrel down the resort’s new mountain bike park. The remaining 1 percent? Toileting-papering, hike-traumatizing city folk like us.

Three VTech Prize Packs Up For Grabs!

Congratulations to Julie Weathers, winner of our designer Baby Lulu outfit!

[photopress:Vtech.jpg,full,pp_image]If you’ve had any complaints about boredom from your children, VTech is coming to the rescue! Their fantastic prize pack includes the following:

V-Motion: This is one of the summer’s most educational toys on the market. This Wii-like educational game gets “active minds in motionâ€? when it goes head-to-head with today’s must-have technologies, providing a motion-activated gaming system appropriate for 3 to 7 year olds. $69.99

V-Motion Smartridges™: Children’s favorite characters come to life and encourage action-packed play on the V-Motion Smartridges. The prize pack includes a game from one of the summer’s hottest movies: Kung Fu Panda! $24.99

Movie Theater Prize Pack: VTech will also throw in an AMC Movie Theater gift certificate to go see Sensei Panda, along with candy and popcorn to enjoy. Not that we are endorsing smuggling of any kind. 🙂

We are thrilled to OFFER three of VTech’s prize packs! To enter, simply email us at [email protected] with “V-Motion” in the subject line. Please include your mailing address (this prize is available to Colorado residents only). Contest deadline is July 5, 2008.

Contests, Sales and Freebies–Oh My!

This is your one-stop shopping spot for a whole lot of mom-worthy information. What do Hanes and Disney have in common? Where can you find fun activities at a luxury mountain resort for free? Where can you enjoy summer shopping, lemonade and sweet deals on the hottest Colorado-based mom and kid products around?

Look no further!

Hanes + Disney = Family Fun
Hanes makes more than just great undies (I should know—their comfy shirts are a summertime staple at my house.) Hanes is also about making dreams come true! The company is partnering with Disney to give SEVEN families the chance to “Vacation in Comfort��? during The Year of A Million Dreams at Walt Disney World® Resort. The contest runs through August 30, 2008. Visit to enter.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek + Fridays at the Park = Luxuriously Free Fun
Want a taste of the good life without taking a gouge out of your wallet? Fridays at the Park return to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. Beginning June 27 and continuing through August 29 (excluding July 4), Fridays at the Park provides FREE activities for all the family to enjoy including gondola rides, live music, fly fishing demonstrations, giveaways and much more. For information, call 970-949-1234.

Colorado Companies + Lovely Confections = Discounted and Tasty Fun
The Sweet Summer Sample Sale is THE place to buy Colorado’s hottest baby and mom items, all discounted 30 – 60 percent! Possibly the best part? The Sweet Summer Sample Sale will be at Lovely Confections Bakery where the true sampling begins! The sale is July 12th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information on participating companies, go here.

No Safe “Secrets” with the F-Bomb

Guest blogger Heather lives outside of Denver with her husband and two young sons. When not blogging at A Mama’s Blog, Heather is an almost full-time stay-at-home mama, who also works part-time a few days a week. When she is not trying to keep up with her two active boys, Heather enjoys blogging about daily life with her sons, pregnancy and birth, and more natural living. On the rare occasions when she has spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, gardening, exercising and reading.

My son Ryan is participating in a language development study. He was a participant about two years ago, before he was talking. The research team recently contacted me and said they wanted to have some of the original children participate in their latest round of research, and asked if we would consider having Ryan participate again.

The research involves having Ryan wear a vest, with a slot for a special recording device. It is about the size of an iPod. It records for 16 hours a day and will pick up everything within a 6-foot radius of the child, to “hearâ€? what the child hears, and then determines what the child says.

It is a little odd on recording days, because I am very mindful that anything and everything I say will be recorded. Same goes for Joe. The researchers assured us that they have heard it all- even awful, drug-out fights between parents. Fortunately Joe and I haven’t had one of those yet on recording day, but it does keep you on your toes.

Today was a recording day, and I felt well enough to go to work. The boys went to daycare. I stayed a few extra hours at work to catch up, and honestly I was kind of glad I didn’t have the “pressureâ€? of dealing with the recorder.

All went well, until the last half hour before Ryan went to bed.

Someday, Our Kids Will Blog About How Their Moms Blogged About Them

Scene: Typical state university dorm room of 2022—poster of Kermit the Frog, lava lamp, mini stainless steel fridge, UN flag round out the decor. A group of freshman students lounge on the beds and floor. They pass around an Xtreme Red Bull Brand Pomegranate and Ultraviolet Baby Leaf Tea Wine Cooler with DHA and ARA and a candy cigarette. We join the conversation in media res.

Blayden: Steve or Joe?

Emmayden: Joe! Mr. Noodle or Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle?

Poppy: Totally Mr. Noodle. Did you hear Mr. Noodle died when his head exploded after eating too many pieces of popcorn chicken? It’s too bad they had to stop making them.

Joel: Yeah. When I was like four-years-old that was all I ate.

Cecilia: Me too!

Joel: I think my mom probably wrote about it on her blog. Like everything else.

Hannah-Savannah: Tell me about it. My mom had like five blogs.

Joel: My mom had one, then three, then one again, then two. I bet there are still blogs out there she has hasn’t updated in fifteen years.

Savannah-Montana: Did she have a digital camera?

Keep On Truckin’ (If You Must)

At the risk of sounding like Jerry Seinfeld, what’s the deal with trucks?

I realize that I’m practically inviting hate mail by posting this here at Mile High Mamas, where I’d bet more than two-thirds of our audience owns a truck, but it’s been a while since I stirred the pot, so I figured it might be fun for all of us to scuffle over the merits – and demerits – of driving a truck.

If your line of work requires you to haul stuff in the bed of your truck on a daily basis, that’s one thing. But if you drive a truck because you think it makes you look like a honky tonk bada**, then I can’t help but snicker at you.

Trucks aren’t quite as off-putting to me as motorcycles with those decals of naked ladies in silhouette. You plaster those on your ride, and you are setting yourself up for failure – practically guaranteeing that no chick will ever wrap her arms around your waist and press her cheek to your back. Sorry to break it to you.

But trucks do run a close second (and they’re right on par if you’ve installed naked lady mudflaps). Simply put, they’re a waste of space. Since most people don’t use the truck bed on a daily basis, they’re hauling around a lot of extra vehicle weight unnecessarily. The extra space is in the truck bed, where no one – not even a dog – ought to be riding. They’re just plain illogical for both families and single people.

I’ll admit that I know a few women who drive trucks

Ears, Fears and Not Enough Tears

I have a niece who for the longest time referred to pickles as “shupet.” Like filet or valet or CABERNET. In fact, for the first five years of her life Megan spoke the most adorable make-believe FRENCH I’ve ever heard. Megan is now 13 and there isn’t A TRACE of foreign in her day-to-day speech and text-messaging. But there was a time when her mother wondered if Megan’s lagging speech development had something to do with a hearing impairment seeing as how “shupet” has but one thing in common with the word pickle: It’s a cute name for a pet hamster.

Luckily, it wasn’t her hearing. And, much to my dismay, she eventually started referring to pickles as… well… pickles.

My three-year-old Kyra doesn’t speak quasi-French the way that Megan did but, like many toddlers her age, she struggles with certain sounds. She says “queese” instead of “please.” She says “wike” instead of “like.” She totally avoids words like “bourgeoise.”But who cares, right? She’s THREE.

Well. As it turns out, there was more to Kyra’s speech impediments than we realized. Thankfully, my husband Allan put two and two together before it was too late. “Do you think Kyra is hearing okay?” he asked me as she was whispering jibberish to herself one day. It had never occured to me that she wasn’t. But he’d noticed

Family Affection (or an extreme lack thereof)

[photopress:HadBode1.jpg,full,pp_image]I love to cuddle up with my little family but when it comes to expressing physical affection, my children could not be more different. My spitfire Hadley has little interest in warm fuzzies; she is too busy conquering the world to waste her time with nonessentials such as touching her fellow humans.

The only exception is when she is puking her guts out and clings to me like a koala. Call me crazy but snuggles should not include projectiles of any kind.

Especially when that projectile is vomit.

I used to have a difficult time accepting her lack of endearment towards me until I recognized that she just expresses herself in different ways. I.e. saying “I love you” repeatedly throughout the day or generously eating all the cookies in front of me because she knows they are not on my diet.

My son Bode was exactly what this snuggle-deprived mama ordered and at 23 months old, he still freely kisses and hugs me. After a few days with Grandma when I was sick last week, we raced towards each other like a scene out of Chariots of Fire (juxtaposed against his 4-going-on-14-year-old sister who warily looked at me as if to say, “Oh yeah. YOU.”)

My solution for the vast divide between the two of them

Designer Baby Lulu Clothing Giveaway!

Congratulations to Ashley Marshall, winner of our Mod Mum baby sling!

[photopress:babylulu_1.jpg,full,pp_image]My children’s daily swim lessons have catapulted me into beach mode. Well, minus the beach. We do live in Colorado, after all.

But the California-based designer baby clothes by Baby Lulu resonates with me. I fell in love with their beautiful garden prints, inspired by Founder and Designer Erin Murphy’s childhood memories of her mother’s lush home gardens that are showcased in this collection within a pink, orange, blue and green color palette. Featured items include adorable cropped leggings–a popular trend in children’s wear–2-piece play sets and whimsical, tiered skirts with mesh overlays.

Baby Lulu has broadened their offerings to include a line of sleepwear, swimwear, undergarments, bedding and necklaces under the expanded Baby Lulu brand. Baby Lulu is available locally at Real Baby and Bambini,

This Mama’s Turn Around in Perspective

Guest writer Shannon lives in colorful Colorado Springs with her news anchor husband and two sons. When not fixin’ up their fixer-upper home, hiking, gardening, cooking, changing diapers or chasing children, this Colorado Native is sure to be found blogging at The Cole Mine.

I have taken it upon myself to change my perspectives lately. I am a stay-at-home mom. My husband works evenings. For so long, this weighed heavily upon my soul. I was disappointed we didn’t have a “typicalâ€? family that could sit down to a family dinner every evening. I grew up with conversation galore and both parents sitting down to dinner with me every night. I mourned the loss of this usual and socially acceptable structure in my life. It is how I always thought life would be and we had it for a short while when my son Josh was tiny and my husband was on a different career path for a brief 10 months.

Now, he is back to his much-loved career and I felt resentful toward him and his profession and blamed them both for the aloneness I felt every night. To me, it seemed most moms got a break in the evening with Daddy giving baths and orchestrating bedtime. Where was my break? Why do I have to do everything?

I’m not sure if it was Josh’s recent stint in the hospital or just a simple and pure realization that I do not HAVE to take care of these children. Instead of “have to,” I now say “get to.” A while back, I read many a blog post about re-framing thoughts toward a “get toâ€? perspective rather than a “have toâ€? perspective.