Friday, July 18, 2014

colorado, pt. 2

We spent a couple of additional days in Colorado Springs doing our own thing - the kids are getting a whole lot more fun to travel with. There was a bit of fighting, etc. - but no more than at home - and overall they were really fun to hang out with.

We went and played at Focus on the Family - we are BIG fans of Adventures in Odyssey so the kids had a lot of fun seeing all the characters and playing at Whit's End:

And of course we had to spend some time hiking - I only have pictures from one of our hikes, but it was a lot of fun. I may have done a little too good of a job training the kids to stop and take pictures - there was a whole lot of posing and they all wanted turns. Wesley's latest thing is to flash peace signs every chance he gets.  I will spare you all of them, but trust me when I say I have a least 10x the amt. of these pictures:

Then we decided to eat at Joe's - the kids haven't ever been to one and thought the bibs were hilarious:

and also Waffle House - one of our favs. Best greasy breakfast ever - and killer hashbrowns. Whenever we are out of town we try to hit one up:

 We took a tour of the Olympic Training Center too - some of it was a little over the kids' heads, but overall they liked it - and maybe even learned a thing or two along the way:

Fun times! I love Colorado and love these people!!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

colorado springs, pt. 1

Last month we made a trip out to Colorado Springs for a few days - the first few days we spent with some of our friends that live out there. It's always fun to chat and catch up with them. I love how we can pick back up right where we left off, and so far the kids seem to be able to do the same as well - they just hop right into the business of playing!

One of the mornings we went down to a penny arcade in Manitou Springs - it's super cute with tons and tons of games.  Very few which are actually a penny to play - but fun none-the-less:

And this girl hit the jackpot and got over 700 tickets. She was so cute to watch at they just kept coming and coming and coming - woohoo!!!!

We also went to this fabulous park with a fun sculpture fountain the kids ran around in. It was so gorgeous and warm out - hard to top it.

I usually get a group shot of our two families and completely forgot!! Oh well - next time!! Thanks for the good times, my friends.
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Monday, July 14, 2014


In June our church put on a week of Daycamp and VBS - my dad and I co-led a group of 3rd grade boys (including Wesley). It was a blast! It's amazing how attached you get to the kids after a week of craziness. I'm used to teaching 3 and 4 year olds so the jump to 3rd grade was a bit of an adjustment - but I'm so glad I did it! What better way to spend time with your kids? The days involved tons of wacky, and a lot of Jesus. I teared up almost every day watching them worship together - it's a beautiful thing!

And one token picture of Shep at VBS in case you think he got left out. I didn't get to see much of what he was up to - but I know he had a blast with his friends!

Until next year . . . 
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Saturday, June 28, 2014


Welcome to Instafriday of sorts. WHAT???!?! I know. It's Saturday and it's been awhile - but it is what it is.  Enjoy the sneak peek into our past week(ish)

Kids have been enthralled with the idea of going to the IMAX for awhile now, but there's never a kid appropriate show playing there. A long time ago I told them whenever the next kid show comes up we will go.  The day How to Train Your Dragon 2 came to the IMAX they noticed. So - we finally went:

 Wesley happily playing in the rain. I wish you could hear his commentary - he made the 3 pointer that tied the game up for the shockers. AH-MAZING!

 These pictures are screaming summertime - a morning/afternoon spent with good friends. 

Two more that scream summer fun - we have been totally digging having a pool in the backyard. I'm ansy for some good sunny days, but the earth is sure loving all the rain we've been getting lately:

A ginormous piece of carrot cake sent home for Shepherd from some friends. It's one of his favs.  He was supposed to share but Bethany and Wesley didn't want much so he got lucky!!

Their first go at a lemonade stand.  I love that it occupied their time - and they made a whole dollar too. They were pumped. Never mind the fact that it came from a landscape guy that stopped by our house to check on something.  His kindness was much appreciated!

It's fun watching your kids grow up sometimes. He was so apprehensive about getting X-rays but was a total rock star. If only I could be inside their little brains - I would love to see them working through things.

 Bethany and I were all ready for family pictures then they ended up getting canceled due to rain.  We had to rock some pictures of our own.  I will spare you the 30 others that were before and after this one:

Cuddle fest. The cuteness is too much for me to bear:

 New books from the library = quiet car.  I love that they love to read and be read to.  Hopefully that continues to the very ends of their lives:

 Ben and I got really wild on our anniversary this year - and shared some wine after the Harry Potter party.  Wild or not - there's no-one else I'd rather spend it with. Happy 11 years, my dear Benny boo:

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