March Update-Part 2

This guy was pooped after working 16 hour days for three weeks. Daddy’s girl took advantage of his napping for a snuggle.

Who needs to go to California or Arizona to vacation in the warmth? Not us Coloradans! We basked in the sunshine and 70 & 80 degree weather for most of the month and it was heavenly. 

I decided that the kiddos needed a wider repertoire of culinary skills. We’re going to work on that. They can make mac n cheese and grilled cheese and Tasha can make a few more things…So, here’s Kevin trying out his pancake-making skills. He did it all himself, start to finish.

Here’s our own little tiny dancer. She didn’t love ballet, but does love to dance. We’ve enrolled her in a combined dance class in April that integrates jazz, hip-hop, ballet and lyrical dance. I think she’ll love it!

This is Cindy Lou-hoo’s older, more beautiful sister Tashy Boo-boo. Isn’t she a doll?! 😉

March Update

The month of March was a lovely summer surprise. We enjoyed summer weather most of the month; taking advantage of it with lots of walks & visits to the dog park. The kids went for bike rides, played at the closest park and looked for garter snakes.

I was cleaning out the back of my car (which desperately needed it, as you can see) and Rocky decided that we were going for a ride. I tried to explain to him that it wasn’t what he thought…but he stubbornly decided to stay put while I cleaned 

This is the first time I’ve ever seen a rainbow in the clouds like this…it wasn’t an arc shape and didn’t touch the ground. It was just like a rainbow cloud. It was THE coolest thing!

Free pancake day at IHOP. We had an early dinner

This girl is the only one who finished her giant stack of pancakes!!!

One Friday night, we hit Ikea for dinner and some fun. After dinner, Annika hung out in the kids play center while the older two walked through the showroom with us. They oo-ed and ah-ed over all the fun furniture and things they saw.

Tasha found her dream bedroom! A huge california king bed; all in white and turquoise. 

A Mommy-daughter date to the Container Store, Pet Smart and to get her ears re-pierced. Tasha hadn’t been to the Container Store before and was in her organizing glory. She loves, loves, loves to organize things and couldn’t get enough of all the pretty matching containers and such. Fun day!

Yay Tasha! Too bad I was in the midst of planning a big church activity that day and totally forgot about the ceremony! Thankfully, a friend texted me a photo of Tasha with this certificate and I hurried my booty over to the school and took Tasha out for frozen yogurt to celebrate.

We tried a local place. Yum! I veered away from my usual chocolate-y choices and went tropical with a caramelized pineapple and coconut yogurt topped with fruit. It was pretty amazing.

 

 

Dr. Seuss Week

Kevin & Annika had Dr. Seuss week at their school, in honor of the late quirky author. One day you were to wear red or blue, another a hat, etc.

This was mismatched day. I think she has it down! So fun!

February Update

February was full of fun! We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a yummy, indulgent breakfast:

Chocolate-chip  pancakes (white flour) with whipped cream, strawberries and BACON!!! Yum! 

In the evening, I made homemade chili-mac, which the kids all love and we rushed off to see “Trolls” at the local dollar theater.

Tasha’s best friends, Phoebe & Lily came to visit for an evening in a crazy snowstorm. I claim them as my other two daughters! They’re kindest, most loving, fun girls and they fit right into our silly family. (case in point: the photo above)

For Christmas, we bought the kids these Chick-fil-A calendars which include a card that allows you one specified free item at their restaurant each month. One morning we took the kids for breakfast and they enjoyed their yogurt parfaits and played in the play area, which they had all to theirselves.

fondue

My Christmas present from Ammon was a gift card to The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant I’ve wanted to try for 12 years! We went a week after Valentines Day and were not disappointed. Above is the incredible bacon, jalapeño, gruyere fondue; one of the four courses that we indulged ourselves in. Seriously, this place is a dining experience not to be missed. 

At the end of the month, the kids had a blast with their cousins who came to stay with us for the weekend. There was lots of electronics and crafting going on. I’m so glad we live closer enough for these sweet kids to get together. They have so much fun!

 

Happy New Year 2017

The day Mom left, my Dad came to visit for a few days. We made the most of our visit with breakfast at a local diner, shopping for the kids Christmas presents (from their AZ Papa!) and playing lots of games. Oh, and eating. Oh and did I mention….eating!

There were also pillow fights, tickle fights and an epic hour-long nerf-gun war that helped us wear off all that food 🙂

Such a fun visit! So glad you came Dad!

Merry Christmas 2016

Mom joined us for 8 days and we had lots of fun baking and shopping and playing.

Mmm….croissants!

Selfie-time

We didn’t have any fun at all!

Tackle Santa!

The perfect gift for this Mama! 4 lbs of Belgian dark chocolate-yes please!!!

Even Rocky was festive and loved being a part of the celebration

What a hot Santa!

Group hug! (Kevin is in there somewhere;) ) This was a thank you for all the fun Canadian food Grammy brought for us to enjoy.

December Happenings…other than Christmas

This Santa was the most authentic Santa I’ve ever seen! He was awesome! He was at the younger two’s school for a craft day.

Disney on Ice! I’ve never been and always wanted to go. I happened to win tickets through a local radio station, so the kids and I enjoyed an entertaining evening of skating, fireworks, bubbles and snow! It was pretty amazing!

We made and decorated our annual gingerbread house. We always just smother the whole thing in frosting. That way it’s faster to decorate, and keeps the gingerbread from getting too crunchy to eat.

Someone looked pretty handsome laying by the tree

Happy Birthday to me! We went to the Texas Roadhouse Grill for my birthday, which is one of my favorite restaurants. I love their rolls and their ribs!

This guy is the best! He made sure to make my birthday special.

Kylene and I have been besties since college. I’m so grateful that we live close enough that we can get together frequently. She took me to breakfast for my birthday and then we did a little power-shopping.

My little cookie helper!

Pretty Christmas angel

Christmas-y Sunday pic

Santa’s cute helper

Cute little santa girl

What a good sport!

 

O Christmas Tree

We got rid of our $15 thrifted artificial Christmas tree before we moved from Ridgway, so we opted for a real tree this year. It had been 11 years since the last one and we were looking forward to it.

This is the one! Great Noble Fir. Wow, did it smell amazing!

Even Rocky got to come to our tree picking!

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Ammon’s parents hosted Thanksgiving this year and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves; eating, playing and shopping!

Every gathering must include a massive wrestling-tickle-fight with Uncle Arvin!

Pokemon time!

Way more yummy food than my tummy could hold, but oh so good! 

Cousin-bonding 21st century-style 😉

Fall Update-Part 2

Happy Birthday to Ammon! He requested the limiest key lime pie I could make. So that’s what he got! It was pretty limey, but the sweetened crust and whipping cream offset the sour perfectly.

Isn’t this pure joy, right here?! We don’t have trees in our yard, but our neighbors trees provided plenty of leaves to play in!

Rocky thought it was pretty nice of Ammon’s Dad, Lee, to bring him loads of firewood so that he could strip the bark off.

Congratulations to Kevin who earned the highest rank for a cub scout-the Arrow of Light award! So proud of him!!

Rocky sits in as a music stand…