Saturday, May 27, 2017


Naomi was really into twinning last week. Here are two of the outfits she was able to match with other family members.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sometimes you sneak out into the garage after a diaper change, put on your rainboots and try to ride your bike...

Thursday, May 25, 2017


I was recently chasing Drew around our cul-de-sac and saw a worm. I picked it up with a stick but then he just grabbed it with his fingers. He was completely fascinated by it and showed it off to all of the other kids playing outside.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Last Snow?!?!

This is our ninth spring in Colorado and the first time that it has snowed after Mother's Day (on May 18!!). Several years it has snowed on Mother's Day, but usually you (and your plants) are safe after that.

It was a really wet snow, but there was enough on the trampoline that Naomi and Davey wanted to go play in it.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cinderella Play

A few weeks ago, the girls and I got to go see a high school production of Cinderella with our friends. It was such a fun experience for all of us. The girls were so happy to meet Cinderella after the show.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

DR Day 11

Day 11, was our final full day in country (we flew out early the next morning). We spent the morning packing up and swimming and then our family drove back to Santiago which is where we flew in and out of.

Final swim.

Lunch at our favorite waffle place before leaving Cabarete.

Drew spiked a fever on our last day which made him a little grumpy and sleepless. Thankfully those were his only symptoms and we made it home without any issues.

Leaving the Horst family (who were incredible hosts).

We arrived in the DR at night and had to make a two hour drive through the mountains in the dark. It was terrifying (especially since there are hardly any road signs, it was raining and we weren't used to DR roads yet). Driving that same road in the daylight, after Andrew had mastered DR driving was a delight. We could not get over the views. These pictures don't even begin to capture the beauty; it was stunning.

We stayed at a hotel right by the airport because our flight was early the next morning. We swam in the pool and reacquainted ourselves with warm showers, air conditioning, etc.

We had to grab dinner by ourselves that night and landed at KFC. Santiago is so much bigger than Cabarete and we were overwhelmed and tired with decisions so we went with familiar.

So that was our trip. It was pretty amazing. We are already dreaming of our next big trip.

DR Day 10

Sunrise from our balcony (Alli and Chris's house is to the left there).
We adventured into Puerto Plata to ride the Teleferico...

... which is a cable car up to the top of a mountain.

At the top they have a mini statue of Christ the Redeemer.

The fog rolled away while we were at the top and we got some fantastic views.

We got in a little beach time with the older kids while the littles napped.

DR Day 9

On Day 9, the rain subsided and we were able to go on our birthday outing for Alli.

Sweet Juni.

We hoped in a small boat and headed up the river with our trusty guide Wilson. The river was really full which made the ride extra... interesting!

We met birds...


... and tarantulas. We also saw alligators, crabs, turtles, and snakes.

More bird pictures.

The ride back to our van shows how the river empties into the ocean and the mountains beyond.

Our beloved van (with its senior picture pose).

That night we walked up and had pizza on the beach.

Monday, May 01, 2017

DR Day 8

This was our rainiest day of the trip and it was also Alli's birthday. We had to readjust our plans for the day. Thankfully there are some creative people (not me) in the group who came up with the Olympics for us all to participate in. 

The toddlers were not as engaged with the Olympics as the rest of us. 

When the rain let up a bit, we went out for Alli's birthday lunch at a cool restaurant called Ali's.

The kids found a turtle in the water (and made us all very nervous that they were going to fall in).

Alli made herself birthday cupcakes to end the night.

DR Day 7

Day 7, we headed back to Sosua in hopes of finding a calm beach. 

It was not calm, but the kids still had fun.

At night we walked up to get smoothies... Drew enjoyed chasing a lizard while we waited.

After, we walked home on the beach in the dark.