Thursday, July 18, 2013

Concert in the Park

Our neighborhood puts on free concerts in the park during the summer months. For whatever reason, this was our first time going. Not sure why it took me so long. It was a fantastic time. We took a picnic and found a nice, shady spot to enjoy dinner while listening to the music. Luke and Emma were jiving to the beat, played on the playground and ran around aimlessly. It was laid-back evening with hardly any whining from the kids, success! :)


Emma was LOVING the potato chips. She may have experienced a slight melt down when her mother stashed them elsewhere.

Luke break dancing. The kid has moves. I would break my back trying this move.

One of my favorite parts of the whole night was when we were leaving. Luke was sitting on top of the picnic blanket in the stroller and nodding his head and tapping his feet to the beat. He thought he was Mr. Cool. He was cracking me up, as well as quite a few onlookers.

Slip 'N' Slide

We are loving summer. So many fun things to do. I'm trying to focus on the positive and not think about when winter rolls around...what are we going to do?!? A few days ago we joined our friends for some slip 'n' slide action in their backyard. Max and Luke loved it, Emma terrorized Kyson in the kiddie pool and Krista's popsicles were a hit. Next time, I'll wear my swimsuit so Krista and I can race each other.

Thanks to Grandma Carrie for Emma's adorable swimsuit!

Group Date

A friend sent out an email with a deal on Groupon for go-carts and mentioned she thought it would be a fun group date. With the exception of one gal who is pregnant, we all jumped on board! We had such a fun night with our friends.

The entire group. Reminds me of those awesome dance pictures from high school. 

They could only allow 6 drivers at a time. We did the ladies first and then the guys.
That's right, #1! 
Anyone that has been a passenger in a car with me is probably not shocked by this.

Boys Turn.

Bryan receiving a caution for his reckless driving.

As for the top finishers for the guys...yep, we're a match made in heaven.

After the go-cart racing Elizabeth made reservations at a Tepanyaki style restaurant.
I am always entertained when they do the shrimp toss, especially if I don't have the pressure to catch it in my mouth and can laugh at others' expense. :)

For the record, he caught it. :)

Great night with great friends. Huge thanks to Elizabeth for coordinating all of it!

Oh Deckers...

We love this little spot. We visited it again with our friends, the McCrackens. It was quite the perfect, gorgeous day.

I think both kids slept 3+ hours after all of this fun. Like I mentioned, it was the perfect day. :)


On 7-11 we took advantage of our free Slurpee at 7-Eleven. We went with several of Luke's and Emma's pals. We were quite the crew.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Emma!

Where did that year go??? Wow, time is flying! I cannot believe it was a year ago when I was so excited to be holding our daughter in my arms. I love when they are that new and you feel like you sincerely have a piece of heaven in your arms. Emma has brought so much joy to our family. She is so smiley, silly and sweet.

Emma at 1 year:

* LOVES to play with Luke
* Sleeps consistently 11+ hours a night
* Favorite food is watermelon and mac and cheese
* Hair is long enough that I can do a tiny ponytail on top
* Doesn't like having bows in her hair, which makes the above not happen very often
* Loves to ride the penny horse at the grocery store with Luke
* Crawls everywhere, can go up and down stairs
* Is a climber!
* Says "uh-oh", "mama" and "dada"
* Waves "Hi" and "Bye-Bye" to strangers everywhere we go
* Loves dancing

Her stats:

Height: 29 inches…….34th %tile
Weight: 19 lbs 12 oz…45th %tile
Head: 46 cm………….72nd %tile

On her birthday morning, we set out four of her favorite items, and an accidental fifth item as you will see. We placed bets on what we thought she would go for first. We were all wrong!

Emma has such a social personality, her favorite "thing" really is people...followed quickly by animals. I think she is starting to enjoy the zoo as much as Luke.

Her hot-pink birthday cake.

I let her sneak a taste of frosting while I was finishing up her cake. I was confident she was going to love the cake.

Let it begin!

Why is the plate here?

"Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake!"

Enjoying that much cake is hard work!

Happy Birthday to our favorite girl! We love you.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Land of the Free

We headed up to Snowmass Village to celebrate the 4th of July. It is about 15 minutes outside of Aspen. We went here 2 years ago and wanted to go last year, but since I was 5 days away from delivering Emma, the docs put a veto on that trip. We met the Lee family for a few fun days together.

Our first night there it was just our family. The Lees left Salt Lake City a little after 9:00 P.M. because Jared was out of town and had a late flight coming in. They arrived at 3:30 A.M. (!!!) and their girls thought they had slept long enough! Rough start to the trip for them. We wish they could have joined us at the rodeo. I wanted to go to this rodeo from when we visited 2 years ago. This trip we made it happen. I thought it was such a fun night with our family.

Bryan teaching calf roping to Luke. He caught on quickly and started dragging that calf all over the place! 

Seriously, this kid was owning the calf roping. Buy him a pair of cowboy boots, hat and why not some Carhartt bibs! The only (minor) downside was he created the perfect set-up for kids to clothesline themselves. Roping calves and kids, no biggie.

Next we visited the petting zoo. These poor animals had definitely seen better days, but the kids loved seeing the animals. 

 Watching the chutes...

Luke loved hanging out on the gate. He was convinced that the seat by us was not close or cool enough for him. We thought about entering Luke in the Mutton Bustin' (for about 3 seconds). I couldn't convince him to go on the pony ride, so I thought it was highly unlikely that my persuasion skills would be any better for a sheep. 

Emma was recovering from an ear infection and feel asleep during the rodeo. Maybe next year she'll see all of the action. Bryan leaned over during the rodeo and told me, "I think it would be awesome if Emma was a barrel racer." The rodeo tends to bring out the country in all of us.

Happy 4th of July!

We spent the holiday swimming, hiking, gondola-ing and for one of us in the group, puking (poor Charlotte).

I think the "Gondolos" as Luke called them was the highlight of the trip for him. He rode those things probably 9 or 10 times. The "lifties" recognized us and loved watching Luke's enthusiasm. Just not when he tried to jump in without one of us with him. :)

Sweet Emma catching a quick nap. She was great at just rolling with whatever and sleeping whenever she had a chance.

Luke workin' it with the two ladies during an impromptu dance party on the patio of "The Slice" pizzeria.  

Sometimes, he really is this sweet. 

Headed out for another adventure! Doesn't Charlotte (on the left) and Luke look thrilled???

Hanna and Luke racing up the mountain. Loved their similar outfits.

The next day we visited the Maroon Bells.

We went back to the condo where we grilled hamburgers and swam for a few hours. Later,  while the kids and moms napped, Jared and Bryan played dork frisbee golf, a.k.a. frolthing. That night we thought we might go to a concert they had at the ski resort, but Jared wasn't feeling so hot. I think the Lees might have been regretting their decision to join us at this point! Our family went out for a little drive and looked at some real estate. If you have an extra 3+ million to spend, we know of a few amazing places to show you.

 On our way home through Independence Pass the next day we stopped for a "quick" hike. Turned into slightly longer than anticipated, but definitely worth it!

Luke loved going across the bridges and spotting the fish in the stream. Bryan was definitely proud when Luke would spot a fish.

I snapped this pic of Emma and me at the final destination.  Bryan was back on the trail trying to convince Luke that the lake really was just around the next corner.  Yes, she is chewing on a stick. And yes, I gave it to her.  It's nature's teething ring. How can you get more organic than that? :)

He MADE it! He proceeded to throw every rock he could find into the lake. I think he thought it was worth it at that point.

Such a fun trip for us! I hope the Lee family has recovered and will join us on another trip! I can easily see this destination becoming a tradition for us on the 4th of July.

A few of my favorite outtakes from the trip: