Adventures in Vacuuming!

Everytime I vacuum, Kevin is right there in front of it. There’s a light on the front of the vacuum, and being a boy, anything that lights up and makes noise equals big fun! The only problem is that he walks in front of the vacuum the whole time and doesn’t let me move anywhere!

Today, Kevin thought it would be funny to take his truck and ram it into the vacuum as I was cleaning the family room. A whole new challenge! What a boy!!!!

5 Years……and counting

Hard to believe that Ammon and I have been married for 5 years already! Our first three anniversaries were spent in a different state, or island. For the first one, we hiked the Napali Coast in Kauai; the second we went to AZ, the third was St. Augustine, Fl. Last year was low-key, so I guess Ammon decided to mix things up again! Friday was our anniversary and I had no idea what Ammon had planned. I knew it was something special, but the only clues he would give me were: to “trust” him and not get mad, to clean the car as if a celebrity were riding in it and to wear something formal….

I dropped off the kids to the Mannings around 5 and picked up Ammon from work. He gave me the impression that we weren’t eating out anywhere special as part of our evening. I thought we were going to Good times or something. He informed me we were going somewhere I hadn’t heard of before. Well, he headed downtown and started “looking for parkin”. Then we pulled up to the Valet at The Brown Palace Hotel. I could not believe him! What a little sneaker! Now I understood why I’d had to clean the car. So, he took me to eat at the Palace Arms inside the hotel. It’s one of the few 4 star restaurants in Denver and still has a dress code. We sat down to a quaint little table by a huge gilded mirror (see picture below) and I looked to see a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table. Ammon had ordered the bouquet to be on the table he’d selected ahead of time. What a cutie!

We enjoyed an incredible meal of Cesear Salad for two, A Chilean Turbot with potato ganache, artichoke salad and truffle vinagrette froth. I finished with Chocolate Soup (to die for) and Ammon had the coconut Tapioca with Mango Sorbet. Everything melted in your mouth and the combination of flavors was spectacular.

Ammon informed me that he had one more small surprise for me; he’d rented a couple chick flicks and we’d watch them when we got home.

We walked around the lobby and went upstairs to look at the stained glass atrium. It was so pretty. The hotel was built in 1898 and has been stayed at by many Presidents and celebrities. It still has alot of the original features.

Anyways, we were walking down to the car, I thought, when suddenly Ammon stopped and opened a door to a room. I walked in to find the room sprinkled with red rose petals. He was even sneakier than I thought!!!! It was the perfect evening and morning though. Total relaxation and no little ones to worry about. The room even had those white terrycloth robes that I always thought it would be fun to wear!

We didn’t have a camera with us, just our laptop, which takes just ok photos. So, we got some off the web.

What a sweet husband I have!!!! =) It was the perfect anniversary.

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The outside of the hotel

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The hotel lobby

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Our actual table is the one by the mirror, straight ahead


This is similar to the room we had

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See all the rose petals!! =)

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The happy couple, in our hotel robes! hee hee

Easter Adventures

We had a great Easter weekend in Colorado Springs with the Narayan’s and the Mannings. We’d only planned to stay one day, but ended up making it a weekend trip on account of some nasty weather. We all had a great time, eating brunch and doing an egg hunt on Saturday and then going to church and visiting on Sunday. There are lots more photos, but I figured these ones were enough for now! Take note of Tasha’s new pretty glasses. I think she looks older with them. She’s such a good girl about keeping them on.


Tasha holding her new baby cousin, Malika
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You can tell she doesn’t adore babies at all!!

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Tasha stylin her new glasses

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Daddy and Kevin snuggling


Cruisin around the basement

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Auntie Julina and Cousin Ethan

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The kids got their own table!


Christina (the proud Mommy), baby Malika and me

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Me and my sweet little niece

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Cookin up a storm

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Egg hunt-over! Time to dig in

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I found lots of eggs. Look at my loot!

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Oh-oh, you caught me! I’m eating all my chocolate


Easter Sunday snuggles


Pose for a picture, ya right!

On hiatus…..sorry

We wanted to say sorry to anyone who might have checked our blog in the past few weeks and found nothing but old news. The month of March was kind of a rocky one. Between colds, working on house projects, Tasha getting glasses and her also ending up in the hospital….we had our hands more than full!!! Anyways, we’re back and all is well at the Manning house. =)

Here’s what you missed: Kevin can now say many more words than even a week ago. He’s saying “Yes”, “Eat”, “Love you”, “Thank You” and I’m sure there are more that I missed. A lot of words he’s saying on the first try! It’s cute to hear his little voice actually say something decipherable….(is that a word? If not, it is now!)

Tasha has been using her imagination more and more. She still dresses, feeds, bathes and generally babies her favorite friend, Snowy. In addition to that, she pretends that pillows are tv’s playing various movies of which she creates the plot and tells me all about it. She also will frequently pretend to feed me imaginary culinary delectables that she has made. And, the latest is wrapping up miscellaneous items in a piece of paper and giving it to me and singing happy birthday to me. This of course is a b-day present for me. It’s so fun to see her use her imagination!

Singing silly songs is a frequent occurence in our house. Kevin loves it when I sing to him and will always ask for more. Tasha is really starting to love singing herself and can sing the ABC song all by herself. She’s still working on “Twinkle, Twinkle….”. Today I was exercising and had a music mix playing. Cherish by Madonna came on and you should’ve heard Tasha belting out her off-tune, nonsensical melody. It was adorable!

As for the house, the cabinets are finally almost finished! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just have to paint one small one and put the doors back on half of them and then we’re all done! The banister and railings are done so we’ll have a photo of that soon so you can see the end result. We love it. After the kitchen is done (have to paint the ceiling too) we’ll move on to the fam room. We’re just going to paint, nothing else for the moment. We;re going to take a break from projects for a while.

Well, that’s enough of a novel for now!


Tasha has been able to do up snaps and zippers for quite some time now and insists on doing them up on her own clothes, but as of Sat. she can now undo and do up buttons!

As for Kevin, not buttoning yet, but he has sang part of his first song. “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star”.

Feelin’ warm, warm, warm

The weather has been fabulous for March in Colorado for the past few weeks! We’ve had weather in the high 50’s up to the high 60’s and the kids and I have been eating it up! Taking walks and playing outside every chance we get! It’s supposed to be 71 today!!! I hope it continues, but it I know Colorado….

Anyways, since it’s supposed to be so warm, Tasha got out her summer clothes. I thought she looked so cute a picture was necessary! Here she is.

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Pretty, sorta cheesy smile, but so cute!

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My dancing girl getting into the photoshoot!

Weekend Photos

We took some funs shots of the kids over the weekend. Enjoy!


Rockin’ out together

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Snuggles and giggles

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This one is from last weekend, but I forgot to post it

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Big smiles

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Flying with Daddy

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Playing coy

Projects, projects and more projects!

We’ve been busy working on painting our cabinets and Ammon took a wall down and is adding a banister and railings. I thought you might want to see our works in progress. They’re getting there!

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Bye-bye wall! This is the wall in the kit. that goes upstairs to the bedrooms

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Almost there!




A work in progress

Tasha Antics

Tasha really gets into feeding Snowy, her baby doll and well, just about any toy these days. One day I was upstairs putting away clean clothes and heard a funny noise. I peered downstairs to find my little angel, helping herself to whatever pieces of silverware her toy of the week wanted to eat with. She’d pulled a dining chair over to the drawer to see better what she was choosin and I caught her in the act!

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Funny things kids say!

A random note: today Tasha told me she was going to take the bus home! This is particularily out of the blue since, we’ve never taken a bus with her and I didn’t even know she knew what a bus was, other than a schoolbus!  It was also a little strange because well……we were at home at the time! =)