Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thanksgiving 2017

It was so nice to have mom come visit us for Thanksgiving! Family can make the holidays feel more special. We crammed a ton of things in when she was here. This was the first year that I put up my Christmas decor before Thanksgiving. When your mom is at your house helping out, you seize the moment and get all-your-things-done-- like taking 8 boxes of Christmas decorations down from the garage and putting them all up.

So, it was a Very--Merry--Thanksgiving!

We even baked Christmas cookies.

Not missing a beat on the creativity scale.

Nana didn't let up at her game at Scrabble, not even for the kids. They loved it.

I had been pinning short hair cut pics for a while and finally pulled the trigger. It's been so long since I've had it this short. It was fun for a change and now I'm growing it back out because well... my ponytails suck. I'm just now able to start putting most of it up. When you're used to having a "bun" life or wearing a pony 6 days a week, it's hard to get used to having to actually DO you hair-- and it always looks better when a stylist is doing it for you. 

The Wizard's Chest.

Thanksgiving dinner.

We took the kids to The Garden of the Gods.

Nana and the boys.

Organizing donated Christmas toys for Cub Scouts.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017. In a couple years these boys are going to crush Santa's lap!

Awesome cookies for a cookie exchange I attended. My neighbor found this recipe on Instagram.

They turned out so pretty. They tasted just like a sugar cookie.

Waiting for a table at dinner. They were entertained by crossword puzzles. When we left the restaurant it had snowed 6 inches in about 2 hours. The roads were horrible. We had no idea there was any precipitation coming our way. We made it home safely.

When grandma visits she always brings some pictures along. She brought this one of Grandpa Dean-- such a handsome guy! If he were alive today I'd have so many questions to ask him. I wish he could have met all of the great grandkids that have joined the family. 

Kindergarten Christmas party games.

I have so many memories of spending time at both of my grandmas homes when I was a child. Really great memories!!

This is something I hope that my kids will always remember. Great grandma Julia coming to visit them, making pizzelle's, telling them random stories, teaching them to write in cursive, cutting out tiny articles from the newspaper, reading them books and sharing a cuddles and a blanket with them on the couch 💜

Teaching Mason how to set the table.

Christmas Eve dinner.

I seriously almost feel bad about this. They are all still believers.

Christmas morning watching the boys open gifts. This was the best gift they received. Time with their great grandma! They adore her.

In our Christmas jammies.

John's Christmas work party. Mad Men themed and so-much-fun!! Dressing up and theming out is my favorite!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

14er Mount Sherman

Back in early September I thought it would be a good time for John and the boys to complete their first 14er. John had wanted to hike one for such a long time. However, he really wasn't sure the boys were ready but I knew they could do it! Mason was just 5 years old but given the fact that he might possibly have more energy than our entire family put together, I had no doubts. He is seriously like the energizer bunny. 

I also think since John kept saying he wasn't sure they could make it, that right there gave them the extra drive to prove dad wrong. The urge to prove your parents wrong starts at an early age.

We stayed at the closest town near Mount Sherman which was Fairplay, CO aka South Park. The tiniest, small town, out in the boonies kind of place. There was one hotel to chose from. That made our decision of where to stay super easy.

We got pumped with protein the night before the big hike.

Mason had Cubby Bear for the weekend. A kindergarten assignment where he takes this bear out and about for the weekend and documents it. To say we raised the bar for all of cubby's following adventures might be an understatement. Mason was so excited to take him over 14k feet high.

They had no clue what this was about... But we remember WAY back when.
"Huh huh Kenny"... "Screw you guys.. I'm going home!"

Super early in the morning and heading to the bottom of Sherman.

Just getting the party started!

It looked like SO far to go still. 


My boys. So proud of each of them!

The only way I could feel safe with Mason was to tie a rope around his waste... just in case.

They had so much fun and were so thrilled they completed their mission.


A tiny ladybug all the way at the top. Crazy.

The kids got so many high fives and hikers that gave them props for completing their first 14er. It was so cute to see.

Our Go Pro man.

Discovering nature.

I don't think John will ever underestimate the ability of the boys again. I mean, just because when we walk home from school sometimes (maybe, half of a mile) they complain about being tired or whine when they walk around the block lol. Those are such lame trips, unlike an amazing hike like this one. The scenery and mission can be such a game changer.

Such a fun & memorable adventure with the whole family. I can't wait until we do another one this summer!!!