Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thanksgiving 2016

We were excited to have my dad come hang with us over Thanksgiving. We spent the day preparing a great big feast. 

We walked off some turkey later on that day. The weather was amazing.

This is how the boys feel when they have to tag along to run errands.

Adrian's snowman in November. Colorado weather... t-shirt, shorts & snow :)

Dad's favorite thing to play with the kids is nerf guns!

Probably my most favorite action shot of Pa getting waaaay into the game. lol. 

So we decided to take him to Dart Wars. Fun!! We'll be going back on his next visit. 

We love this place. It's full of kids, teens, and parents. They split the players up into two teams and have a DJ up top that can help see when people get out. Sometimes they play games like capture the flag. They also have refs that help keep track of who gets hit. It was so much family fun for all of us.

Hiding out in a bunker.

John and my dad jamming out. 

Random-- A clip of Mason having a conversation after Halloween.

Random-- Kellen's boyscouts group got to watch and play with a local Sled Hockey team. This sport is played by people with physical disabilities or lower body impairments. These players were amazing and so, so strong. I can't imagine the upper body strength it takes to maneuver the sleds and go all the way from one side to the other. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas in June! 

I'm determined to catch up the blog before our Ohio trip this summer. Here's a glimpse at our Christmas this past year. We spent it at home with the kids doing traditional Christmas stuff.

Same place 5 years in a row. Santa and his chair changed a bit. I love progression pics.



Our handsome 4some! They looked pretty sharp all cleaned up and not wearing their usually basketball shorts and t-shirts. I love that they are all smiling too. I'm sure I bribed that to happen ;)

P's getting smooshed.

Santa told an amazing story while we waiting in line.

We put a camera on the steps every year so we can catch Santa and his butt delivering presents.

Christmas gifts in the mail are always a big treat.

Adrian made a B-day card for John in December. So cute! 

I got the pleasure of volunteering to put together the Christmas party for Kellen's class and Preston's class. It was one right after the other so it was pretty convenient. I'll miss this someday.

Kellen and friends.

Popped in to Adrian's Christmas party to say Hi.

Thank goodness I could recruit John to help out. He was the best hot coco server! 

Playing with uncle Jeff's old train set.

Had to document the cleaning that goes on.... And not just by me. They do their share. Now it's not always easy to get to this point but it's well worth it to have some helpers. 

Annual Gingerbread Houses.

Annual snowmen making.

We had to work super fast. It had snowed a good 10 inches the night before. But just like CO weather, it was almost 50 or 60 by noon the next day. The snow was melting super fast. After they built their men, then played with the neighbors in the river running down the road.

Annual White Elephant party. Most of our hood. 

Mason and I braved the 0 degree weather to run across the street to Starbucks in the winter storm and get mama a coffee the morning after the White Elephant party... it-was-a-must! 

We shared in a holiday Progressive Dinner party with some friends (in our Christmas Jammies :) for the first time. It was so much fun and different. 

Cramming in a van to go to the next stop.

Testing the camera.

I take a progression picture of the boys once a year for our memories. This was an outtake lol. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Adrian Turned 10

It's all happening so fast. Our 1st baby boy is 10! Back in October he had a birthday and he picked what he wanted to do for his special day. Adrian picked indoor skydiving and dinner with mom :) I was just as excited as he was and flattered he wanted to spend it with his mom. 

The skydiving instructors were so much fun!


Pretty lucky kiddo with good taste in food.

Then we saw Bernie at Rocket Fizz after dinner.

Making a wish.

Preston has taken over the roll of reading to Mason when we're busy doing homework with the other boys. He's so good at it, he puts Mason right to sleep!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Halloween 2016

Halloween time!

IMG_4475 from Christa on Vimeo.

Carving and painting pumpkins.

Gangsta, Boxer, Skeleton and Astronaut 

School Halloween party planning supplies. I had some personal things going on in late October and at the last minute couldn't be home to put on Preston's class party. John stepped up to the plate and organized everything. He went to all the stores, bought all the stuff and organized it ALL! He was A-mazing! He got all the kids ready for school, gathered all of their costumes and went to school the next morning and was able to recruit some mom volunteers to help run the games and food stations. He really pulled it off. I was so proud of him and grateful! 

School parties.

Threw in some October B-ball action from Kellen. I call him the Try-er-Out-er. He likes to try everything once or twice when it comes to sports. It's not so much about winning or competing for him quite yet as it is the social interaction of the games. If it's not socially stimulating for him or he 's not making lots of friends, it's probably not a sport he'll like-- at least this season ;)

Coach daddy.

Bedtime with 4 kids can take a long time. Especially with reading and homework most nights. I delegate some tasks to the bros. Preston has become such a great story reader to Mason. 

A rare date night going to see comedian/journalist/anchor guy, Lee Camp. Hilarious, outspoken guy with a thousand good points!