Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Gabriel's 5th birthday FINALLY arrived. After probably a year of asking when his birthday was, the big day finally arrived.
He was SO excited. We had a home party this year and the theme was- BATMAN. Duh. Did you think it would be anything else? I tried. I tried to convince him, but he wouldn't have it any other way. So the party day arrived and he was ready. We started the morning with a few pictures before letting him open a few presents.
I had to scoot off to work but my parents were here for the celebration and while the boys went to their sports camp, my mom and dad helped transform the house into the Batcave. 
We taped Batman bad-guys to different colored balloons and then let the boys run around the back with squirt guns shooting at them.
Party ready!
We had a great group of little boys come for the celebration. They had a blast doing the obstacle course. They saved Gotham City by diffusing the bombs, they had treats and cake, and then we ad a piƱata...which was then followed by a huge water fight. Perfect because it was SO hot and humid.
And of course Jeff fell asleep.
Lucy too.
My dad got in on the big water fight at the end. 
Funny story. This isn't the cake I ordered. But you work with what you've got, right?
After dinner we lost my dad and Jeff to different events. So my mom and I just relaxed and then decided to take the boys out to dinner at Red Robin. Gibby was still going a million miles and hour and then he crashed SO hard at dinner.
All in all, another great birthday.

Monday, August 28, 2017


June arrived and we blasted into summer without batting an eyelash. 
I tried to load the kids up as much as possible this summer and take them out to explore and hike or just have an adventure. Yes, the complained--mostly on the way there. Kids do that. You just ignore it, or assure them of the fun you will have, or change the subject...or if they don't stop, sometimes I might threaten them. But we only had to do that once. 
Our first fun hike of the summer was the Seven Bridges Hike. This is my favorite hike in the area. 
Standing next to his soon to be age number. Like a boss. 
And now a new series called "Why is Jeff Sleeping?"
Jeff is sleeping because he was hungry. 

Gibby started swim lessons, had them for one day, and then the pool broke. It was a bummer because he was so excited about them. We had him take some private lessons in Montana this summer, but he's getting ready to take more intense lessons again starting next week. 
Caderyn continued with swim team into the summer. He participated in a few fun meets that were really a good way for him to end the summer season. We've been resting and having fun swim, but he will be starting up swim team again next week. 
My first ever painting project. I was hyperventilating at this moment. It turned out pretty good. 
Jeff had a birthday. We kept it low key, inviting his buddy from Denver down to celebrate with us. The cake was deeeeeee-licious. 
Gibby's best buddy Logan moved away in March, but he came back for a visit and we were able to have him over to play. Logan requested I make cookies while he was there, so I obliged. 
Caderyn had a BIG swim meet at the Olympic Training Center. The pool is huge and he got tired, but he swam to the best of his ability. 
I took him out to carb-load after his big swim day. We tried Rasta Pasta--its Bob Marley themed. He complained about eating noodles at first and then shut his mouth the second the food arrived. *Insert annoyed mom eye roll here*
We had a big kickball game and BBQ for a bunch of friends that were moving this summer. UGH this summer was a hard one. So many friends moved. It was a rough one. The kickball game versus that kids was amazing. I was pretty sore the next day. 
These sweet little twin fawns were born at my work. I got to spend a few minutes watching them and taking pictures as they hobbled around their new home. 
Lucille. In her element. 
Caderyn's last swim meet of the summer.