Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas at Thanksgiving plus more St. Louis

We are in the habit of celebrating Christmas with my family while together for Thanksgiving.

Cousins before they opened their presents.

We had beautiful weather while in St. Louis. 
Here the kids are testing out Drew's new stomp rocket.

Of course we had to go to Ted Drewes.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanksgiving in St. Louis

This year we road tripped to St. Louis for Thanksgiving. In the 12 hours it took to get from our house to my sister's, we only stopped twice! We were so impressed with our kids.

Nap time somewhere in Kansas.

Making turkey decorations/place cards.

Vegging out after eating.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Horse Puzzle

Davey got this horse puzzle for her birthday. She worked diligently on it and only got help with a few pieces from the rest of the family along the way.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Nutcracker Ballet

A few weeks ago, I took my girls to see the Nutcracker. We had a friend who was dancing in it on pointe. It was so fun to see. 

Here the girls are at intermission, with our friend (whose sister was dancing), enjoying some props in the lobby.


Last week all four kids were on some sort of skates. It was entertaining and terrifying.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carving Pumpkins

We got a lot of pumpkins this year when we went to Miller's Farms. Andrew and the girls spent a lot of time scooping out seeds and carving.

The girls also painted some of the smaller pumpkins, so we had quite a festive porch.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


The kids all dressed up in Star Wars costumes this year.

Yoda, Rey, Chewbacca and Darth Vader

Drew/Yoda was so fun this year!

The girls enjoyed sorting and exchanging candy afterwards.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Morning Adventures

Since it is not easy to get school done while Drew is awake, I have been trying to get out in the mornings on nice days to adventure. A couple of weeks ago we went to a nearby creek that we had never explored before. I am amazed that we have lived here for 9 years and we are still finding new things to check out.

We randomly ran into some friends we hadn't seen much recently. While walking them back to their car (that was parked in a different area than ours), we found a maze like one we had just read about... they used to build these to entertain kids during harvest time.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Castlewood Canyon

Last month we went back to Castlewood Canyon to explore. Although there were some bad attitudes initially, once we hit the creek everything changed and we ended up having a great time. The kids all enjoyed scrambling on the rocks and were not bothered at all by the icy cold water.

We hiked into that waterfall...

... and spotted a lizard on the sedimentary rock on the way in.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garden of the Gods

Last month we met my friend Molly at Garden of the Gods. I forget how close and beautiful this place is.

Drew's cheese face.

Malia and Davey loved climbing on the rocks.

Naomi was a tree climber.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Puffy Eye

A few weeks ago Naomi got a mosquito bite on her eye and it gave her the cutest puffy eye. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hot Spring

While explaining our trip home, a friend mentioned that they had just been to a hot spring around the area we were going. It turns out it was exactly on the backroad we were planning on driving on after our peach picking. You literally just pull off to the side of a little road and find groups of people chilling in pools made of rocks that are heated by a few natural hot springs. It was really fantastic.

Davey is fearless in the water. The river water was frigid but that didn't stop her from getting all of the way in with Andrew. The rest of the crew was content to stay in the naturally heated smaller pools until Naomi swam in the cold water just before we left.

This is how small the trickle of hot water was, but it was so hot!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rifle State Park Falls

When we were planning our return trip, I got a piece of junk mail that advertised local businesses but that also had an article about waterfalls in Colorado. I read the article and discovered that we had a triple waterfall right along our path home.

I think this was our only family picture of the 10 days away. Quite the backdrop huh?

There were some caves to explore around the sides of the falls. The kids enjoyed that and we were thankful for the headlamps that they just received from Emmie and Pops.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Peach Picking

Another thing we did on our way home was peach picking on the western slopes of the Rockies. We found a great spot in Paonia, CO. I wondered if we were too late in the season to pick, but they had a whole section of the orchard still full of peaches. We picked two boxes and wanted to keep going but we had no more room in our car!