Monday, February 29, 2016

FEBRUARY: SNOW-POCALYPSE

The end of January came with a sprinkling of snow, playing with friends and a much needed haircut for moi. Random fact: I've usually been going about 6-7 months between haircuts.
Frozen
The moment I decided I needed to do something about my hair.
The boys have become good friends with another set of brothers who are the same ages as them. They had a Star Wars playdate and the battles and noises were epic.
The older boys wanted their picture taken doing Star Wars poses and Gibby wanted in on it. After being told he couldn't be a part of that particular photo he pouted for a minute until he realized he was actually still in the photo. The following photo sequence in ah-may-zing.
And I loved it so much I made a sequence collage.

The last Friday in January arrived. I got my hairs did and then the husband and I had a much needed date. We went out to dinner at Sonterra (which was delicious) and then met some extended family at a hockey game. 
I got about four inches chopped off and then my hair gal set about the trying task of straightening my messy mop. She did a pretty dang good job.
Ready for date night!
Mango margarita of my drrrrrrreams. So yummy.
The next day the wind rolled through with a vengeance and we started to hear talk of a massive storm rolling through. Caderyn and the husband went to a hockey game with the Boy Scout troop so Gibby and I goofed around at Target, got some frozen yogurt and then found out we couldn't go home because the wind had knocked over a powerline right by our house.
After picking the guys up at the game and finding an alternative route home, Jeff and I settled in with some champagne and a movie. It was the calm before the storm.
We woke up Sunday to snow. I took Caderyn to Sunday school and then quickly went and grocery shopped to make sure we wouldn't need to leave the house. The snow continued to fall and fall and got worse as the day progressed. By Sunday night they had cancelled school for the kids and work for the husband, so we settled in. Monday brought a day of massive snowfall but also a really fun day of sledding with friends. There is a hill on the golf course just behind us that we walked to and then Sled-fest 2016 began.
Have I mentioned before that Lucy loves the snow? She does. She loves snow so much she can't stand to be inside. She goes out and races around and frolicks to her hearts content.
That there is a big pond and the Country Club. It was snowing so hard and so much it was sometimes difficult to take pictures. I love the calm quiet that comes in with snowfall.
Some of the sledding troops.
If you look closely you can see a perfectly formed snowflake resting on Katie's eyelash. Isn't that cool!
video

After sledding everyone came back over to our house to warm up in front of the fire. We made lunch and some cupcakes and then played some games before everyone had to head home. It was really nice, just a perfect day. One of my favorite memories yet.
The snow continues to fall and fall with a fury. We started documenting it and used our jogging stroller as a starting point.
The top picture was taken at about 11:00 a.m. right before we went sledding. The middle was taken around 5:00 p.m. and the bottom picture was taken at 10:00 p.m. And the snow was still falling!

Another snow day was in our horizon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

JANUARY: PINEWOOD DERBY

We continued to move through January, just like it was any other month....oh wait. It was.
Caderyn was back in the school routine and glad to be back with his friends.
Isn't that the CUTEST thing you've ever seen?!
 The biggest focus of the month was the Pinewood Derby for Boy Scouts. We don't really have a ton of tools, but we did the best we could with what we had. Caderyn did a lot of the work on the car and it turned out very nicely. It didn't win- and trust me we were just fine that it didn't-but it didn't fall apart. It held its own on the racetrack.
  
Mr. Man was pretty proud of his "Hogster," so aptly named because it hogged the road.
It was funny looking at all the cars and seeing which parents took more liberty in the creation process than others. Some looked like ours, where the boy definitely had more of a hand in the creation process, and others looked like they were bought in a store they were so pristine.
Caderyn and his little den proudly showing their awards.
Gibby and his buddy had a blast playing cars together. 
Caderyn won for "Brightest Car."
Some close up pics of the Hogster. 
After the races we went to the park and the boys played Star Wars for about two hours. 
Gibby is an expert spaceship driver.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JANUARY: SKI TRIP WEEKEND

But first, a picture of three-year-old Caderyn dancing in the car. Awwww.
 Over the three day weekend in January, we planned and went on a ski trip. This was the first time for both kids to try out their ski legs and it had been over a decade since the Hubs and I had skied.
We chose to go to Monarch because in all my research, their hill was voted the most family-friendly and their lessons for kids didn't break the bank. The drive there was pretty and on a winding two lane highway that drove through valleys and canyons.
Here are some mountain photos taken from the front seat of our car.
 It was snowing pretty good when we arrived at the hotel (exciting!). We got all settled and then headed into Salida to grab a bite to eat and watch the Broncos game. We found a delicious restaurant called The Boathouse, and stuffed our faces while watching the Broncos tally another win.
Caderyn read and read and read then entire time we were at dinner until his book was done. This kid, I tell ya, he is a reading machine.  
Mmmmmmm yes.
After dinner and the game, we went back to the lodge and swam for about an hour before meeting some friends in the hotel lounge for a snack. Then it was off to bed, but oh, wait! Our room was a bazillion degrees, the kids were hopped up on vacation sugar, and our room happened to be right across from the game room where beeping and PacMan echoed through our room every two minutes.
But finally, we controlled the heat problem, got the kids to calm down, and borrowed a fan from the hotel to help whisk us away into dreamland.
We were up with the sun and grabbed breakfast at the lodge before loading up to get the kids to their lessons.  Once the boys were set up, the Hubs and I got our gear on and did a few test runs and warmed up on the bunny slope before hitting the big hill.
The weather was perfect, just a beautiful day for skiing. The runs were great and it wasn't very crowded. We got in a couple of runs before the kids were done and ready to be picked up from their lessons. We ate some lunch and then took Caderyn down the bunny slope a few times before heading back home. He was upset because they'd practiced their skiing on a different hill, so this bunny hill was actually steeper that what he'd practiced. He fell a few times and was getting to that frustration point of no return, but we told him he had to keep trying and that we would be right there with him. On the last attempt, he held my hand the whole way down and worked on his pizza. Toward the bottom he bravely let go and coasted on his own. We were pretty proud. 
A good way for our family to get into and get back into skiing. Now I kind of have the bug and want to go again!