Tuesday, July 28, 2015

April Flew By

April began with the celebration of David's 8th birthday and we continued the partying with two more birthdays that month. Our foster boys turned 6 and my husband, stayed the same age he thought he was last year. His old age is a making him forget how old he really is.
EasterOur Easter was pretty low key. We arrived to church earlier than normal to help with the pancake breakfast. Then the younger children hunted for Easter eggs and my husband preached a wonderful sermon. Later that evening we had a smaller crowd over and enjoyed supper and dessert with the Clemmers and Sampers!  
To close out the evening our children performed my favorite song from The Sound of Music. Enjoy! It's so sweet.

Our church softball team went out with a bang! By the end of the season I'm pretty sure the last team we played was a little shocked at how well we kept up with them.
FieneAt the end of April our friends, the Fienes, came out for a visit. Katie was a real trooper and listened to my girls read to her at the same time, attended baseball games, and even went to speech therapy with me and one of my foster boys. We did make it out to do a little shopping and hit up Starbucks. The last day of their visit we took them to Estes Park and we had dinner at Hans', now favorite Estes Park restaurant, Cheesy Lee's.

For as long as I can remember we've constantly been searching the MLS or Zillow for houses. My husband has flipped a few, and we've always been interested in a home with a bigger lot. Back in March we saw a home that we were interested in buying. By the end of April we decided to put our home on the market and start wheelin' and dealin' on the home we looked at back in March, thus begins the crazy that has become our life recently. Stay tuned for how it all went down. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

March Happenings


March found us with quite a full calendar. Along with Lenten services on Wednesday evenings we added church softball to our schedule and also began a little baseball for 5 of our children. Palm Sunday came at the end of the month. We love that Sunday and children were super excited to help out with palms again this year.

Two baseball games tonight at different fields. Wish I could go to both games. #NLLL #TheyLookLikeChristmas

Opening day of baseball was cold and dreary. In fact, it was canceled when we arrived at the field. It was that kind of a season for us. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

After the Valentine's Day Party

Wow! It's been over 2 months since I've blogged anything. Thank you for your kind comments and emails about my lack of blogging. Hopefully, I can get you caught up on what's been going on around here. 
The last half of February took a cold turn right after David completed level 8, Rachel level 6, and Anna level 2 in the Catechism memory program at church. We found ourselves with quite a bit of snow causing us to hit the slopes and do a little sledding. We even convinced one of our church members to join us after he plowed our driveway. We're so spoiled! The cold weather didn't stop us from heading out to see the Glass Slipper at the Buell theater. It was the perfect Valentine's day with another couple to boot!

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.