Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Zoo


Once a year. It'll be time to try a new zoo location next year.

This turtle... he was huge! Way larger than the picture depicts it.

I love the opportunity to take shortest to tallest pics. Our stair stepped little men. 

Snakes give me the hibigebies. But of course the boys are into them ;-/

The party taxi. I can see it now.

The thought of Adrian driving causes me to have heart palpitations. And then with his 3 brothers as passengers... I shutter to think the day will be here sooner than I'd like. Oy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kellen turned 5

Last month our extrovert, boisterous, chatty little man Kellen, turned 5! 
So now he's 5 going on about 25 :)

He had plenty of help blowing out his candles.

Peace signs... still... always. Bro. Broski. 

Adrian was excited to give him the birthday card that he made. 

We started Kellen's birthday with a brunch date to Snooze. A-MAZING breakfast food. It's sometimes a 1-2 hour wait. It's so worth it!

John and his breakfast burrito made for 3.

Then we headed to the place that Kellen picked to spend his special day.... 
Heritage Square Amusement Park.

The banana was his favorite ride. 

Kellen was pumped to ride the water boats. We could only take one child each, so Adrian volunteered to sit out and be the photographer. Very mature of him.

I was proud of Adrian's photog skillz...

And the ferris wheel photo bomb from the water boat guy. He was playing with Adrian and posing while he was snapping pics. It was cute.

Adrian really wanted to try out the zip line that went across the giant lake. So off we went and it was so much fun! First time for both of us.

High fives. Success. 

Who doesn't belong?

Kellen stood John up. They had a deal that Kellen would ride if John road with him. They went to get on the coaster and Kellen got scared and took off running back to me. John was already on the coaster ready to roll :) ha! Solo....

The alpine slide was up next. 

Kellen was just too uncertain about going on it. He said maybe next time. So we watched John and Preston go. And then Adrian got to go by himself since he's 7. All the way to the top on the ski lift and then down the concrete slide. It took them like 5-7 minutes to make it back down. It's quite a ride!

peace out.

It was a successful birthday celebration and we soaked up all the quality time that day with our 3 older boys :) 

Mason stayed behind since I can't get him to stay in one place yet for more than 30 seconds :) I'm terrified of losing him in crowds still!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ohio or Bust IIII - Port Clinton

Our first visit to sand, a beach and a giant body of water, with the whole family. When we lived by the beach in Florida... Adrian was too little to remember. So, this was all new to our crew.

And of course, they loved it! 

Here's a giant overload of our weekend getaway before leaving for Colorado. 
(I took 1000 pics and narrowed it to 30 for this post, it was hard)

Happy, happy, happy and soaked. We'd been at the beach for about all of 2 minutes.

The peaceful view.

The first night was very windy but the kids were determined to watch the sunset with Uncle Jeff.

We had a date night and hit up some club in Port Clinton. We hadn't been somewhere to dance like that in years!! It was a blast! They had a very cool band that covered some great songs. We felt/acted like we were about 25 year old that night. Then the morning came and well... not so much.

Thrift shopping in Port Clinton. Poppin tags.

The boys were wearing their great grandma out. 

And the beach was wearing Kellen out. He slept one morning until 10am. That never happens. He was smack in the middle of the living room and we had breakfast, watched cartoons, chatted away, and he slept right through it all.

The kayak was a HUGE hit! The adults rotated and spent most of the day taking turns with the kids... out n back, out n back, over and over. For like... 8 hours... straight :)

Mason's favorite place to be!!

Relaxing. Ohmmmm.

Done relaxing.


Adrian and his castle creation... that might need a bra?!? :)

A mini photo shoot with Mason... while he ate sand.

And then smeared it in his eyes.

Chillin and tanning his white under arms.

The sand bar went out so far. It was cool to be able to walk out with the kids.

Famous Amos gettin her paddle on.

The peace sign is such a popular pose for our boys these days. It's great!


Kellen :) his mischievous smile is awesome.

Every man for themselves.

Amy couldn't fill Mason's squirt gun fast enough. Every 15 seconds.

It was a great weekend and a great way to end our 21 day journey! 


Then-- we headed home.

Same deal as on the way to Ohio... hotels, blow up mattress, hotel pools, lot's of driving, me hunched over walking through the back of the van acting as an underpaid stewardess.

We did hit up a couple nice rest stops to run around around at.

Mason totally looks like he's holding that big blue trash can. He's a beast!

And then we safely made it back to Colorado. Missing our family but cherishing the great time and memories we created from our time spent with everyone! And enjoying the million pictures we took.