Happy Birthday to Tasha…officially a teenager!!!!! (13)

Well, this one came like I knew it would, but it was still a little surreal. How can we have a teenager?! How did I blink and have our baby become this beautiful, sweet, organized, stubborn, teenager? 

Tasha’s birthday breakfast request: Chocolate croissant and strawberries. We bought her a desk back in the spring, which was technically her birthday present, so we just got her some goodies that she loves. Ammon was working, but we still found a way to make him part of the photo 😉

Tasha’s request for her birthday: go to Ridgway. Well, we went to Ouray instead because there isn’t really anywhere to stay in Ridgway. Our friends were out of town that weekend…But since Ouray is my favorite place on the planet…I wasn’t complaining!

In all the years we lived in the area, we’d never been up to Cascade Falls. It’s a short walk up a long hill in Ouray. Worth seeing. It was lovely!

We played like tourists in Ouray and spent a lot of time with these gals. Phoebe and Lily have been the kindest, most loving friends to Tasha, that a girl could ever have. They also happen to have birthdays two weeks before Tasha’s and two weeks after, respectively, so a giant party was in order. We went to the new Montrose rec. center and swam our little hearts out. Then, we came back to eat a feast and open gifts.

This is part of the motel property at which we were staying. Annika and I took some time to sit outside and enjoy it. 

 

Summer Adventures

The kids and I took a short trip to Denver to check out the Denver Museum of Dolls and Miniatures. It was in an old 19th century home, full of tiny toys. My favorites were the dollhouses of course. I would’ve loved a dollhouse like these as a girl. It was fun to check it out and do something different.

Because he just had to know if he could fit. LOL

 

These were FANTASTIC! Tasha likes to bake every once in a while and decided to try out these strawberry-buttermilk scones and wow! So delicious!

There’s a great park not far from us that has a small river that runs through it, a little train and a petting zoo. I decided to take the kids one afternoon so we could enjoy it all. To my surprise, Kevin and Annika spent hours just playing in the river. They didn’t even bother with the other stuff! I love it when they just enjoy the simple things. Makes a Mama-heart happy!

 

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Starting with Rocky because, he’s just cute! He enjoyed a doggie ice-cream bowl from Good Times and boy did he have a good time….oh yes, I just did.

Family Home Evening Activty: Go to Dairy Queen! Yes!!!

Pretty little ladies, all ready for church!

Taking a ride on their “horses”

Happy Birthday dear Rocky (or Rock-etta?)….

We did a cousin-swap for a few days and we had the boys! We had a fun weekend of nerf wars, swimming, bowling and movies. It was pretty fun time and I just adore these nephews of mine. I’m so glad that Kevin has some awesome boys in his life since he’s surrounded by mostly girls at home 😉

I took the kids to a local splash park to enjoy a picnic and some time to cool off. They didn’t have any fun at all!

 

 

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Photo-Heavy Update

Well, I pretty much failed at our family blog posting in 2017, but better late than never. In all honesty, I don’t know that many people look at the blog much anymore, so it’s really more for our reference. 

 

Ammon and I and some friends attended an incredible musical performance called “The Lamb of God”. It’s a combination chorale and orchestra and they present the most beautiful oratorio about the last month or so of the Savior’s life. There are 5 vocal soloists representing Peter, James & John and then Mary & Martha. A cello represents the Saviors voice. I’ve never heard anything like it.

Date night at a Brazilian bowl restaurant and Beauty & the Beast while the kids are at their cousins for the weekend. 

Beautiful signs of spring

Watching General Conference together. A moment where sisters actually love each other 😉

Decorating easter eggs with our adorable and spunky Sister missionaries (Sister Peterson and Sister Cardoza). Love these girls!!!

As if our own doggie isn’t enough, we have to get our puppy fix at Petco when they have adoption events. Just because, well, they’re puppies!!! Do we need more reason than that?!

The girls love to walk over to ARC thrift store and Once Upon A Child (consignment) and spend their money. Annika found this darling romper and wore it all summer long!

Date night…uh, afternoon! We had a gift card to spend, so spend it we did. We managed to get three dates out of one $50 gift card for Hacienda Colorado. This is just two appetizers!!!

Speaking of dates, Kevin and I enjoyed a fun afternoon playing mini-golf and having lunch together. =) I love my boy!

I think the boys must have been at a campout of something, ’cause this night, it was just us gals. We did all things girlie: watched The Princess Diaries, had our water in fancy glasses, ate caramel popcorn, veggies with dip, fruit and maracons! Yum!

Scary! 

This is the face you make when you have a blizzard in May. Yuck!