Monday, September 26, 2011


Luke's stats at one year.

Height:  31.75 inches....94 %tile
Head:    48.7 cm............96 %tile
Weight: 24 lbs 6 oz.......72 %tile

I was asking Luke's doctor questions about what was considered normal ages for walking and talking, etc. He replied, "The first two years of a child's life we try to get him to walk and talk, the rest of his life we try to get him to sit down and be quiet...R.e.l.a.x." I really like this Pediatrician, especially since I was born a worrier.   :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Signs of Autumn

I love the smell of pumpkin spice in the Fall. (Walmart for $5, not too shabby)

I love setting out the Fall home decor.

 This morning there is even a nip in the air, leaves are slowly starting to change colors... and Bryan is doing what he loves most about the Fall. He is on the hunt!!! 

Well, Bryan was actually up at 5 am and went bow hunting for an elk, but no such luck. (Darn it). Since the lighting was not optimal that early in the morning I decided to stay in bed and take a picture when he came home, purely for lighting reasons only. He was kind enough to demonstrate his "Crouching Predator, Hidden Bryan" stance.

Autumn is officially here for us (even though the calendar proclaims two more days).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Castle Rock Stake 5k Run

Last Saturday we ran a 5k with our stake. Bryan was kind (and humble) and decided to run with Luke and me the entire race. We definitely didn't set any records, but we enjoyed running our first "race" together. 

Some of our friends in our ward that also ran that morning.
I actually ended up taking first place in my age division. Well, I guess I took first and last place since I was the only one in my age group, ha! I love that the award was a "Cold Stone" gift card. That is exactly my idea of what the award should be for running a 5k--- not power bars/gels, water bottles or fancy-shmancy drinks. Finally, someone normal out there.

We cashed in the winnings last night for FHE. I think Bryan will be running at his own pace next year with the knowledge of what he could possibly win. We're not counting on a repeat from me, unless I have the same amount of competitors.  :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Some Girly Time

My friend, Alysa, had her sweet baby boy about 2 weeks ago. We were lucky to have the big sister come on over and play with us for a few hours. We had a great time!

Luke was still asleep for the first little while so Presley and I were able to make some pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins. The smell and taste of these muffins make me feel like it is full-blown Fall. Presley was a great help making the muffins!

I didn't manage to take any pics of her and Luke playing, but they had a great time getting into all sorts of mischief.

Thanks for coming to play Presley, come again soon! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Luke is officially a ONE-year-old!!! We kept the day pretty quiet around here, but still let the little man know that he is loved, especially on his important day.

"OOOooohhh, it's my birthday!?!"
We'll show you what we were up to today...

Opened presents.

A Laptop??? Seriously???

Close...a winter coat in a laptop box! :)

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Nielson!! We promise Luke is in the coat...somewhere!

Played outside.

Last, but not least, demolished a cake.

Started off a little timid...

Warmed up once he realized that he wasn't getting in trouble for his actions.

Decided to even share some of his birthday cake, so kind. YUM! 

Love this last picture of the "cake smash" or as we are calling it the "cake obliteration."

What a crazy, wonderful, exhausting, fulfilling, heart-wrenching, amazing, love-filled year.  I know there have been moments that I thought would never pass and other moments that I prayed would last forever. We feel so blessed to have Luke in our family. We love you Luke.

"While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about."
~Angela Schwindt

Luke's Birthday Morning

I read an article about a family who made it a tradition that on each of their kids' first birthday they would place four objects on the opposite side of the room and see which object they would pick first.
They would attach more or less meaning to the objects such as if the child chose the piggy bank it meant that child was going to be a banker later in life.
I decided that this could be a fun tradition to adopt into our family. I do not have the intentions of this being a fortune telling tradition, but rather something that is simple and fun to look back on with our family.
The four objects we chose for Luke:

Binki: Loyalty
Book: Scholarly
Dump Truck: Hard Worker
Piggy Bank: Money Bags who will support his parents

...does that make Luke a hard worker who will be loyal???

P.S. I realize that I'm contradicting myself about the fortune-telling thing, but it is pretty fun! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

364 Days

Bryan is off at a church meeting tonight and I should be productive while he is gone. Instead, I'm letting my mind wander to how our world was about to change for the better one year ago...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Mister Max

Luke's new pal, Max, moved into our ward a few months ago. These two boys were born only 5 days apart! Luke really likes to play with Max. However, Luke can get a little too close at times with all of his excitement, but luckily Max is a forgiving friend and I think they really "hit it off".  :) Thanks for coming to play!

Book Worm

Luke has turned into quite the book worm. We enjoy reading to him and having him sit on our laps for more than 10 seconds!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Kotter for the book!

The Laundry Helper

My chores around the home are now being shared with little man. He is a GREAT helper! I now need to teach him how to fold and put away the clothes. :)

P.S. Sorry the video is sideways. One of these times I'll figure it out, well, maybe. :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

T-o-M-A-t-O-e-S !!!

I planted two itty-bitty tomato plants and they have turned into two GIGANTIC tomato-producing beasts! We are enjoying many tomato-basil-mozarella sandwiches and adding fresh tomatoes to just about anything! I wasn't able to keep up with all of these tomatoes, so I decided to try canning some of them. I ended up with 6 pints, not too shabby for using just 2 days worth of tomatoes. No explosions and they all sealed, in my book that equals success!

For the Kentucky Kotters...

We also enjoy those speed limit signs that dare to be different.  :)

Tri Numero Dos!

After one triathlon, the rest are easy right?!? :) My friend, Sarah, drove out from Utah last weekend so we could do the "Iron Girl Triathlon" in Boulder.

The night before the tri we made sure to carbo-load. Carbo-loading is, quite possibly, the best part about a triathlon.

It was a Sprint Triathlon; I like those shorter distances! We completed a 1/4 mile swim in the Boulder reservoir, an 18-mile bike ride and a 5k (3.2 mile) run. It was great to do a tri side-by-side with Sarah!

"Me Go"

When Bryan was a little tike, he would beg to go with his Dad and older brothers hiking/camping/backpacking-anything outside by pleading, "me go!". Bryan's persistence paid off when his parents bought him his very own backpack. He felt like one of the big boys.

Fast-forward 25+ years...looks like history might repeat itself.

That is THE backpack from Bryan's childhood days. 

Vigorous stair work-outs to prep for the hikes.

Conquering obstacles that might arise on the trail.

Of course, one must only pack the neccesities.

"Me go???"

Ah Shucks! Maybe next year!
(A mom can wish) 

USA Pro Cycyling Challenge

As it says in the title, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was held in Colorado for the first time. There were several "stages" a.k.a. races throughout Colorado over about a week. We drove down to Colorado Springs to see one of the time trials. It was a 5.5 mile course. On average, it took 8.5 minutes for a cyclist to complete. That means that they were cruising at about 38 mph!
We were able to see the best of the best. Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour de France, the Schleck brothers, Levi Leipheimer to name a few.

Bryan is the one responsible/to blame that I know these guys. I have to admit that a few years ago you would NEVER have caught me at a bike race...boring. However, I was loving it and finding myself wanting to be one of the crazies that you see on TV, you know, the one running alongside the bike with paint all over his body. I restrained myself-it was too hard to keep that pace with Luke in the stroller.

We tried hard to blend in and not to embarass Luke's father. Luke rocked his shades for a solid 20 minutes.
 He was C-O-O-L.

Bryan is hopeful that one day we will make it to the Tour de France. For now, this was perfect! :)