Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Valentine's Day Happened...

_MG_0461.jpgFebruary seemed to creep up quickly for us. One minute it was still January and the next we were planning a get-together with friends for Valentine's day. We have a great group of homeschooling families in the area that we don't see nearly often enough. We tried to get together to decorate cookies for Christmas, but this mess happened and we never had a chance to get together.
_MG_0462.jpgSince we were feeling better in February we decided to host a little Valentine's party complete with cookie decorating.
_MG_0467.jpgSome new friends moved to town recently, so we invited them over, too.
_MG_0465.jpgThe kids had a great time making messes masterpieces.
_MG_0477.jpgThere were even a few cookies left for us moms to decorate a few cookies.
_MG_0481.jpgClearly, they're nothing like Kellee's cookies, but you've got to start somewhere, right?
_MG_0473.jpgThe children even created Valentines for their friends too.
_MG_0475.jpgEveryone went home with full bellies, decorated cookies, and a bag of goodies!
_MG_0479.jpgAnd, since I put this plastic tablecloth on my table clean up was a breeze!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Zoo in January

_MG_0381.jpgIt had been over a year since we had seen Mimi and Papa, so way back in January, they came to visit. It was such a beautiful day outside that we decided to take them to the zoo. Would you believe it if I told you just a few days earlier we had snow on the ground?

_MG_0389.jpgIt looks like the brown bears just finished lunch and were taking an afternoon nap.
_MG_0392.jpgThe gorillas were pretty entertaining that day, walking around near the windows.
We always enjoy the Gibbons when we visit. They do amazing acrobatic stunts, at least in my view, when they're swinging from the ropes or branches.

_MG_0399.jpgThe rhinos were a big hit with the spectators.
They now share their home with the elephants for our easier viewing pleasure. Since moving to this space it seems like they are more active when we visit.
Check out these crazy animals that climb logs. They don't even cage these guys up. They seem to roam free all over the zoo!

The tricks that these elephants perform are always fun to watch and the facts we learn about them are pretty amazing.

_MG_0423.jpgWho needs a penny when you can stamp it with a zoo logo.

Anna wanted to take off and find the giraffes, so she and I snuck away while the others were were perusing the hyenas and foxes.

It's a beautiful day to be at the zoo! #DenverZoo #zebras #giraffes #meandmybaby
Then we came across the zebras.

_MG_0431.jpgThe zebras were putting on a show for us without any coaxing.
_MG_0433.jpgSmile for the camera!
Once I tried to get the lion to smile with Mimi and Rachel he turned away. He wasn't having any of it. 

Friday, April 10, 2015


A little Jäger to warm up with before the game!! #DenBestFans #DenVsInd #GoBroncosWay back in January, after we returned from Phoenix, we were totally pumped to attend the Broncos first playoff game after getting a bye into the second round. This photo right here pretty much sums up the great time we had at the game. It was all good. . . before the game started. Comcast hosts a fabulous tailgate party complete with Jaegermeister shots, beer, vodka mixers, and plenty of food to soak up all of that alcohol.
_MG_0168.jpgMiles, the Broncos mascot, had the crowd roaring before the game.
_MG_0177.jpgThe Broncos made some impressive catches,
_MG_0180.jpgand a few good runs,
_MG_0186.jpgand even scored a touchdown.
_MG_0191.jpgThey made some great tackles too!
_MG_0200.jpgBut really, it was all downhill from there.
_MG_0204.jpgFrustration set in and little CJ had to hold the massive Ryan Clady back from getting in a fight,
_MG_0206.jpgwhile the little Ronnie held on to Franklin's jersey.
_MG_0201.jpgThe Colts just made better plays.
_MG_0221.jpgThey played a better game which sent a lot of fans home disappointed when the Colts won 24-13.
_MG_0242.jpgCan we just go back to that tailgating party before the game?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


imageAfter a sad loss to Oklahoma, we went out for a retail therapy to forget about the loss. I think it worked!
2015-01-03 at 19-36-16Later that evening we had dinner in the sky above the city of Phoenix at the Compass Restaurant. The food was fantastic, as was the staff at the restaurant. It was similar to the Space Needle in Seattle, although not as high in the sky. As the restaurant slowly spun in order for us to take in the city views there were note cards along the wall to describe what we were viewing. It was quite entertaining. We even found out that we were eating dinner in an old Playboy Club. Yikes! Hue Hefner and his buddies used to party there?
imageAfter dinner we walked over to the Herberger Theater for a show where we sat right in the very front row. I snuck in this photo before it started. It was a hilarious show about marriage. If "You Say Tomato, and I Say Shut Up!" comes to town you'll be rolling, laughing if you go and see it.
2015-01-04 at 16-34-53After church on Sunday, we hit up Piestewa Peak to work off the fabulous dinner from the night before. I can't remember the last time I saw cactus that was taller than me.
2015-01-04 at 16-29-52The city views were beautiful.
2015-01-04 at 16-52-37It was quite a popular hike that draws a ton of people. It's the second highest peak in Phoenix, and for that I am thankful that we came down from high altitude. It made catching my breath a little easier on the steep inclines.
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It was sad to say good-bye to Phoenix, especially knowing that we would be returning to snow, but it was also a little too quiet for us without 9 children jabbering in our ears all day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Cactus Bowl

_MG_0047.jpgThere's something about skydivers that really gets your adrenaline going. Am I right?
_MG_0049.jpgSeeing the skydiver carry your school's flag,
_MG_0065.jpgand then our country's flag also gets the adrenaline going. The crowd started going nuts!!
_MG_0069.jpgOur team took the field and the rush kept going!
_MG_0094.jpgIt was so exciting to watch the Huskies take the field in their awesome shiny helmets.
_MG_0095.jpgThe helmets, however, did not help them play exceptionally well, which is what they needed to do in this bowl game.
_MG_0113.jpgThe first half of the game was quite disappointing and I had lost all hope of our team winning the game.
_MG_0129.jpgThen, as the third quarter began it looked like comeback was beginning.
_MG_0139.jpgWe scored not one, but two touchdowns!
_MG_0141.jpgOklahoma came out strong, so we had a lot of catching up to do.
Hoping for a comeback. #CactusBowl ��#GoDawgs ��#GoHuskiesIn the end, our team lost 22-30. It was sad and disappointing, but we recovered quickly with some retail therapy the next day. ;)