Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Geocashing Aventure

The kids call it Geo"Catching" :) We've got some friends that do this and I thought it'd be a perfect adventure for the us to all do together as a fam. So we downloaded an app on our phone and let the treasure hunt begin. They're are hunts in every part of the world I believe, so we can do this on vacation if we want. 

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt appropriate for people of all ages. 

This one was a bust. We found nada. But that view though!!! <3 p="">

Pictures of all of them together make me smile so big!

We had one success. It's a treasure filled with junk and plastic gadgets. The kids thought it was awesome. We've made our own to hide next and we can put in on the Geo site for others to hunt. 

You take an item and replace it with something else (like more junk ;) 

So much fun hunting together and we got fresh air and exercise. Bonus! 

This one was a little harder. We actually had to figure out how to get around a creek and through some brush. We accepted the challenge and prevailed. 

New aviators. I think we have one pair left now. Broke or lost, it's typical. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10 Years!!!!!

It was our 10 year anniversary in March. We always thought by this point in our world, we'd renew our vows on a tropical beach somewhere with some family and the kids. Not so much (maybe year 20?) but we were lucky enough to be able to sneak out for 28 hours of adult time. We'll gladly take it! We headed to the mountains and stayed at a Blackhawk casino hotel. We ate good, had cocktails, gambled, won then hit up the slopes for some snowboarding fun the next day. We really crammed a lot into those 28 hours!

I feel absolutely, unbelievably lucky to have John as my husband and father of our children! We've gone through a lot of changes in the 12 years that we've been together-- 10 years of marriage, 7 household moves, 4 kids, 3 states and 2 star-up companies later... we can take on more than I thought and survive it ;) and it's been a fun ride to boot. He is my rock and our everything!!! 

John loves it when I ask him to pose for a pic ;) love that smile John... ha!

The perfect gambling break.

He randomly threw in $10 and won $300 in 2 minutes. He replenished what I lost that night. Thank goodness. See we really balance each other out! The ying to my yang!! 

It was a perfect powder day. 

I love that we can do this together. And John loves it even more! He's always wanted me to get into snowboarding. Good thing I sucked as skiing, almost as much as snowboarding. So I chose boarding for him. After some lessons from John over the last couple years and a lesson from a real instructor, I'm getting much better. #goals

We rescheduled our anniversary weekend 3x for a number of reasons. This was one of them. 3rd winter in CO happened in the middle of March. 2 feet of snow. I took the boys to the pool this day-- before it was snowing hard core (pool is just 1/2 mile from our house) and I got stuck in John's car on the way home. It was crazy. I ended up having John come to the end of our road and take the boys home via sled ride. We left his car at the end of our road for a day until we could dig it out. Crazy.

The sun came out the day after and the snow was gone within 48 hours. Crazy Colorado weather.

Preston, P-Dizzle, P-Dog Turns 8!!!

Lot's of catching up to do! Blog post overload coming up.

Preston turned 8 years old last month (2 months ago actually)! He invited a couple friends to hang and get crazy at Jumpstreet. We had loads of fun and wore those kids out in a matter of 2 hours. Whew.

our shy, reserved, sweet little boy. He is an easy child, content, creative, honest and a caring soul. I love his spirit for creativity and learning. He loves his siblings. The other day he said told me he tries not to brag about having 3 brothers. He doesn't want other kiddos to feel bad if they don't have siblings or don't have 3 sibs like his ;) I was shocked and proud of this comment. He's a very empathetic little guy.

We painted the rock at school for his birthday. Next time we will roll the rock instead of spray. It only took us 45 minutes, not really but close.

Here's Preston learning to sew. He participated in DI (Destination Imagination) this year and his team had a competition that they had to complete all by themselves, including making their own costumes without any help from parents. This was hard for me. I can be a take-over-kind of parent. I am working on that! 

He did a great job sewing.

His DI team! Proud of these little hippies, they did a great job!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Snowboarding Adventures (Videos)

We've been lucky enough to squeeze in 2 trips to the mountains so far. John's dream come true. This is one of the reasons he wanted to move to Colorado. We went up for a night with our neighbors and Adrian's BF Vanessa. Adrian and I squeezed in a lesson - which I needed. We were appreciative to have my mom watch the younger boys for the night/day so we could go play in the snow.

John's high top view. I'm still on the smaller hills yet :)

Adrian and his instructor. I randomly found him on a hill. This was after another little boy snowboarded right into me. We both fell and ended up like a pretzel. I was stuck on my stomach and his poor head was stuck under my snowboard (he couldn't get out) which meant his head was pretty much laying on my butt. Poor kid! After someone came to untangle us we were both totally fine :) and we all laughed really hard!

RIP chapstick. Never to be recovered. I looked hard on the way down, but nada. 

My instructor and another student. It was like a semi-private lesson half way through the day since a couple others dipped out early. The sun turned to thick, wet snowfall.

A storm rolled in.

Adrian and Vanessa. BFF's

Cute little troopers!

Our neighbor Chris is hilarious! Can't you tell :)

The kids had a blast drinking hot chocolate and watching/dancing to karaoke. 


Here are some of the videos below that we captured on some of these trips. We're slowly getting the hang of it :) It's been a lot of fun! John's pretty pumped that we haven't given up yet. 

Adrian Snowboarding from Christa on Vimeo.

Adrian Snowboarding 2 from Christa on Vimeo.

and he wipes out at the end.... I even put 6 pairs of underwear and some extra bball shorts on him. Unfortunately, it didn't matter.

One day a couple weeks ago Adrian and I played hooky and went up during the week when we knew it'd be slow. We stayed on a beginner hill for the day and had so much fun bonding and practicing. I love being able to share this with him and John too!

Eventually there will be four kids going up, most likely. That will cost us an arm and a leg! Kellen took a ski lesson this year and is pumped to take a snowboarding one next year. Preston isn't too sure yet and Mason just wants to do EVERYTHING! :) 

Random. A van full of zombies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mason has a Birthday - FOUR - Cuatro - 4!!!

Our "baby" turned 4 on New Year's Day! I think I'll always call him our baby. A Bittersweet day, birthdays are just that. The kids grow another year older. I'm happy because they are so happy, but inside I'm a little sad and wonder how this is happening so flipping fast!?!?! 

They're growing up and finally after 7 or so years (since Mason didn't sleep through the night until age 2 or later :-/ I'm finally getting the recommended hours of sleep per night (yeah!!) which has definitely been nice! I can go to early morning boot camps and the kids don't wake dad up. There's more flexibility in our house. We can go out and do more with the kids now that they're older. There are adventures and camping and beautiful sites we have on our "travel" list to venture to this summer. It's nice to reach this phase of the journey we call parenting. But... birthdays are still bitter-sweet. I want them to be older and I want them to be babies again, sometimes all in the same day.

Mason picked out his cake, or cakes... He wanted the variety selection of mini cakes, his choice. 

He may have been spitting a bit.

Doctor Mason

Such a gentle touch.

We celebrated by taking all the boys to the Skating rink. Mason was so excited! Oh what a trip it was. John and I hadn't put regular roller skates on in probably 15 years, at least. We weren't too shabby at it. The boys took turns using these elderly walkers (what a great idea these things were!) I told the boys maybe we'd take skating lessons this summer. Sounds fun!!


Such a ham!

He started pre-school in 2016!! Big moment! He love, loves it and is thriving. 

Game night with friends.

The kids turn eating dinner at game night. 9 boys and 2 girls. Those girls can hang!

At game night the kids played their own game of Pie-In-Yo-FACE! They all had a blast and laughed so hard!

Snow day.


More games. One of Mason's favorites. 

Preston's such a great teacher. He made Mason a step by step outline of how to make the letter "M". We're working on getting Mason to hold his pencil the correct way. 

He was obsessed with this game for about a week.

What a hot mess!! NYE appetizers or dessert ;) I hadn't made jell-o shots since we lived in Florida. So it'd been about a decade. It took me a while but I managed to whip up 100 of them for the party we went to. Thanks to Pinterest I was able to get very creative with them! #margaritashots #lemondrops #jollyrancher #sunkiss

Post jello shots NYE.

Bring on 2016!