Monday, July 16, 2018

These Boys

Adrian and Preston tried something new last year and both attended the STEM Academy this past school year. This was them the day we went for pictures at their new school. I'm 93% sure they love when I take their picture over and over.

My lil studs looking too old and mature.

Class pictures this past year.

Adrian turns 11! Great Wolf Lodge

We surprised Adrian with a night at Great Wolf Lodge back in October for his birthday. We told the kids we were going to the grand opening of the Colorado Springs library math facility. "Math" of course we had to make it super lame so they'd be very unexcited and bummed to go there. We took a video of our drive in and they still had no clue. They didn't realize until we turned around and pulled into the hotel at the Lodge. 

They were super excited not to be spending the day learning math at the library :) 

We started out with our traditional Ihop Birthday breakfast.

Four happy kids!

A great artist, a wonderful big brother, a lover of books and always up to learning something new. Our first born turned 11. Boy is time flying! Wah!!!

14er Mt. Democrat

Stacy and I conquered Mount Democrat last year. It's so much fun having someone that enjoys the challenge and mega long day trips to complete these AND who's willing to fly all the way out here for it. It's become a yearly tradition.

Lunch with a view.

Spotted a fellow Browns fan on the mountain. Super rare.

There was a social networking contest we entered for Burn Bootcamp to win some free swag. I won a tank top... woot!

My 4th 14er in the books. These views never disappoint but pictures just don't do the mountains justice.

Preston turned 10

Double Digits!!

Preston entered the double digits a few months ago. John and I took Preston, his brothers and 4 buddies to Boondocks for a day of laser tag, bowling and fun at the park.


Snowball fight in the March 70 degree weather.

Our sweet P! Gentle, kind, sweet as can be. Such a thinker, an artist and making comic strips is his jam. A mellow even keeled young boy.

It was a full day of fun for P and his buddies (and bros!)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ohio Visit - Summer 2017

Last summer (still catching up on the blog.... always!) we took the gang to Ohio. I had my high school reunion in June so we took this as an opportunity to head home for 2 weeks and make rounds to visit our families. 

Our first stop was in St. Louis. We took the kids to the City Museum. Our friends had just been there and said it was a must visit place kinda place. It did not disappoint!! 

It's over 8 floors of fun and half of the museum is on the roof. 

You can climb on everything. 

I dressed all the boys in red. It makes it so much easier to keep track of them.

The kids loved the ferris wheel ride on the roof. Talk about a view!

Climbing through this had John and I a little scurred. It's a small wire tunnel hanging in the air. Crawling through some people had dropped keys and wallets.

The place was huge and on the first floor there were tunnels all through the ceiling. We lost all of the kids within 15 minutes of arriving. It was comical to see all the parents running around looking at the ceiling in a panic trying to keep track of their children from below. We were all in the same boat. 

Next, we headed to Columbus to visit Val, Seth and the kids for the night. 

It was great getting all the cousins together. It doesn't happen nearly enough. 
They're all so big! And Kaleb being the size of a man now-- it's crazy.

After C-Bus Presley road to John's parents with us. They had a little family reunion/cookout for us. It was so nice catching up with everyone.

Hillbilly pool in the drive.

Random wheel things from the garage. Entertained the kids for hours. Terri was getting her role on with Mason. 

When in Hartville the Hartville kitchen is a must. 

The kids were obsessed with taking rides on Papa Honey's 1980's moped.

We took the 5 kids to the flee market. Fun stuff!

Next, we headed to big Woo town. 

We met cousin Gene and my aunt Mikki at the park for lunch. Gene taught the kids how to catch crayfish.

Checking out the crayfish.

Rollin through town with Geno-nino.

Made it to aunt Amy and uncle Jeff's. 

 The boys with two of their girl cuz's. Presley and Vivian. Rollin 6 deep from ages 5 to 10. Crazy!

I was dying. Grandma was teaching the boys her "bed" exercises. They were diggin it.


I jumped at the chance to have a pic with both of my sweet lil nieces. I was totally still in my PJ's :)

We hit up Coccia House... but of course.

Making our rounds we visited my dads house.

I used to climb that tree when I was K's age. 

We headed across the street and met up with Rachel and Stacy and alllll of our kids. 

Enjoyed my high school reunion. 

My girls!

Met up with the crew afterwards. Hey cuz & hey bro. Twas a fun night!

Lu didn't get the memo lol.

I just love a good progression pic.

Circa 2017 vs. Circa 2003 (Florida days)


Until next time O-H-I-O