Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kellen turned 8

That time when Kellen turned 8 this past summer ;)  
Whew... now I think I'm almost caught up here, on birthdays at least?!

Last minute we had a little neighborhood parTAY. 

His favorite food is a cheeseburger so this giant cookie cake was perfect.

Our traditional birthday breakfast at IHOP. And also the morning that the retired military man sitting next to us paid for our breakfast. He told me I was raising good young boys and it takes a special mom for this job of mothering 4 BOYS! He was impressed at our conversations and how I talked with them. I was shocked and flattered and cried of course. They were being well behaved this particular morning ;) You just never know who's paying attention! 

We also hit up Dart Warz at Kellen's request. He's our higher maintenance birthday boy lol. He always has lots of requests on his special day. Not surprising. 

John took him indoor skydiving. This was A's request last year too for his bday. 

John joined in.


Happiest of birthdays to Kellen. Eight going on eighteen! Our little charmer and future salesman of something very expensive.

July 4th in Vail

We usually spend this holiday hanging in our hood for the 4th. This year we wanted to check out the fireworks in Vail for something different. It was so much fun and the fireworks were amazing. We were so close them we actually had ashes in our hair.

So peaceful and fun. 

Catching candy.

He'll be taller than I am in no time.

We lunched at an awesome pizza place. It was like a date night, almost. The kids were entertained in the courtyard with chess, corn hole and frisbee. We got to talk without interruptions. Amazing :)

Good times. We'll be back next summer!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Preston turned 9

Back in March :) P-Dog, P-Dizzle fo shizzle turned NINE! His birthday week he had a trip to the urgent care after a cub scouts meeting. They were learning how to use a pocket knife and practiced widdling soap. He almost cut his little finger off-- Oops. They saved his finger and he healed up well!

Then he got his lower braces put on the day before. Poor guy, we should have been taking him to Disney for his birthday to make up for his awesome week of activities at the urgent care and the ortho.

Instead we went to IHOP and went bowling. Thank goodness our kids are easy to please on their birthday!! ;) 

Mason even made him a cake!

I can't believe he's nine, about to turn ten in just five short months. How time flies when your busy living life. He's still our sweet P. Still rather shy and wouldn't hurt a fly. His smile full of braces now a days... still lights up a room! He's chill and always go with the flow and I hope it stays that way. Love you P!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kellen turned 7

How could I forget Kellen's 7th b-day post? I'm pretty sure I just have gotten too busy for this little family blog of mine. But the show must go on-- I have to keep posting here, this is the best memory keepsake I have kept up... well, almost kept up with :) 

I need to get this out before the next one comes along soon. Here is Kellen last year when he turned 7!! 

Oh that personality is so much larger than the little body that carries it. I think I've been aware of this since he was about 2. All is possible in his mind and he doesn't doubt himself about anything. And I can't believe I'll be adding a post soon about this sweet child turning 8 in a week. Wahh!

We give each child one "BIG" party usually before 3rd grade. They get to invite their whole class. Usually these are pretty expensive, hence we only do one big one per child. I see the money spent on these being a bigger benefit in their savings and college funds. More boring than a bash but necessary :) Adulting and being responsible is fun... err um yah.

All other years they either invite a couple friends to do something special, or sometimes they just want to have a family day based around whatever they wish to do (awe sniffle, sniffle). By the time they get older the smaller special days are totally acceptable. They don't even ask for another big party. 

On this "BIG" birthday it's so much fun for our kids to open up so many gifts and pick something fun that they think their whole class will enjoy. 

Kellen picked a place called Xtreme Challenge. Sort of like a Ninja Warrior course for kids. 

I'm pretty sure all the kids had a blast.  It looked like so much fun.

At least 10 of his classmates were on vacation. That happens in the summer months. There was just one girl. She was a trooper and could totally hang with all these dudes. 

Stay little for a little bit longer, please.

Kellen had another little party on his actual "birth" day. We had the Blosser Family staying with us. It was like a built in par-tay! 7 boys to play, hang and celebrate. 

Bonus pictures.

Last summer Adrian went to an acting camp for a week. He played the part of an orange munchkin and a talking tree. He loved it but declined doing it this summer.

Preston chose an invention camp last summer. He made goo, solar energized bugs, thingymabobbers, and so much more.  I could totally see this child inventing something amazing someday. 

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.