Friday, February 10, 2017


Moving along through December and into Christmas week.
We had lots of company coming and it was exciting!
My brother, whom we haven't seen in over a year, was the first to arrive. Yay!
It was so much fun having him here for a visit! The boys just loved it and were totally his best buds the entire time he was around. Once he woke up, we took him out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast place with the cinnamon roll pancakes and then whisked him off to Manitou Springs for some video game playing.  
We were so busy playing we didn't take very many pictures. While we were there a policeman walked up to me and asked if he could borrow my kids. We were super confused and he wouldn't just right out state what he wanted them for so we all followed him to the main street where he opened up his police vehicle and revealed a car full of toys. He then let the boys pick out any toy they wanted from the car. Apparently that's tradition in Manitou Springs, the officers will give gifts to children around the town. It was very sweet and the boys were so excited. When we finished at Manitou, we scooted off to the airport to pick up our next V.I.P.s, my parents!
It was a chill night after that. Lots of catching up to do. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner and spent the night just chatting away.
The next day, December 23, we met some friends up at The North Pole Amusement Park near Woodland Park for a chilly day of fun. It's not on a Disneyland scale, but it was definitely a perfect way to spend the day before Christmas Eve. The rides were tame enough that the parents could enjoy them but also thrilling enough that the kids wanted to go over and over again.
My legs were in the Christmas spirit. Not going to lie. It was a little too chilly just to wear leggings.
First ride of the day was the SkyRide.

Lots of Tilt-a-Whirl sessions occurred. My head is still spinning.
And we continued to move around the uniquely adorned park.
After our day of excitement, we got one of our great baby-sitters to come over and hang with our tired boys while we went out to a delicious dinner at Ivywild and then strolled around The Broadmoor. It was a perfect, PERFECT day. By the end of the night my stomach was sore from laughing so much. I love being around my people--my parents, my family.


Thursday, February 2, 2017


We've had a really mild winter so far over here in the C-O. It's been cool, but there hasn't been a lot of snow. Just wind and that winter sunshine that never truly warms you but creates enough light to lift those winter drolls.
As you know, Lucy is a slave to the sunshine.
We've had people walk up to our door and ask us if she's okay because she looks like that. Yes, she's okay, she's just a corgi.
And that is how her royal highness responds when you call her name. Oh, what's that? You want me? Well too bad.

We had a few fun activities scheduled with friends over the holidays. One of those activities included making Gingerbread Houses aka Lots of Little Boys Eating All the Sugar. Although, Gibby and his buddies took the building much more seriously than the older boys.

And we're back to Lucy. Her paw is still injured. It's been a long and frustrating process. She is going back to the vet today actually to get fitted for a brace. It looks like a boot someone has to wear when they've broken their foot. But, she spent lots of time lounging and trying to stay off the injured paw (the lounging part comes so naturally for her). Her favorite place is atop her blanket that sits in front of a roaring fire.
Knowing the craziness of the crowds last year, I braved the Zoo's Electric Circus by myself this year. It was chilly, but really a good night.
The boys enjoyed it.
You can't quite tell by the picture, but that is TOTALLY my DONE face. 
And we were done. It was a good night.