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Little Miss Cranky Pants

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Ever had one of those days where your toddler seems to be throwing one big temper tantrum all day long? My daughter turned 2 a couple weeks ago, thus we have entered the “terrible twos”. There was a time when I wasn’t really a believer in the terrible twos, but this was before we actually got here. Now I believe!

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Hiking Lost Creek Wilderness – Lizard Rock Trail

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Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

I have hiked several trails in Lost Creek Wilderness, however this was the first time that I have hiked Lizard Rock Trail. This was a quick little day hike that Lisa and I did as an out and back, but there are several opportunities to make a loop at different points along the trail. This hike would not be good for young children, however it is a good hike for families with teenagers.

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Building a Toddler Table

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My daughter will be turning 2 in just a couple of weeks; I can’t believe how big she is getting. It seems like just the other day we were rocking her to sleep as a newborn and now she is running around, talking and generally being an awesome little kid. We finally decided it was time to get her a little table where she could sit at and color, play with blocks, read or whatever else she wants to do;instead of going out and buying a toddler table and chair, I figured I would take a shot at building one myself.

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23 Things I Want My Daughter to Know

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I have a lot of things that I want to tell my daughter that randomly pop into my head, however at 23 months old she probably won’t understand most of it. I’ve actually tried telling her some of these things, but I usually get the famous toddler response of “No!”. So what I decided to do was jot some of these down and then I can either tell her when she’s older, or maybe she’ll even read this blog herself! Anyway, here are some of the things I wrote down that I would like to tell her.

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A Lesson In Fatherly Love

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Anyone familiar with popular music of the ’80’s has heard the song “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner. It has a certain lyric that has always captured my attention: “What’s love, but a second-hand emotion.” I never quite understood what this line is supposed to mean, but I’m assuming it’s a sarcastic or hopeless commentary on …

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6 Cool and Inexpensive Outings For Toddlers

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I work from home, so the majority of my days are spent inside my home office. At some point during the week I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and do something with the family; it really seems to help everyone’s mood when we get out of the house and do something, especially something outdoors. A lot of …

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Hiking the Heizer Trail

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Difficulty: Strenuous NOTE: This is not a hike for younger children; mid to older teenagers is the youngest I would recommend for this outing. Heizer Trail is a very nice trail just west of Colorado Springs; it is not very well-known so there are no crowds, even on weekends. One Sunday afternoon instead of going to the gym, Lisa and …