Monday, August 18, 2014

Solitude! 2014

We -heart-Solitude!! 
One of all of our favorite traditions that we have is taking a weekend and heading up the beautiful mountains to Solitude Ski Resort in the summer.  Brent has got it so that he has requested the same condo every time we've went.  We joke we'll buy it someday. They say 90% of jokes are the truth.  Hopefully, we'll be able to continue to go every year or just buy the darn place!

Friday night we stopped at Smash burger before heading up the mountains.  The first night, we usually swim and relax up there.

Saturday is our adventure day.
 This year we made it to the Loveland Aquarium. 

Walking the tight rope in the Safari area.

 This guy is the 'baby.'

 Jason's favorite are the turtles.
 Those are the cutest fishies I've ever seen!
 Pregnant sea horses.  The males are the pregnant ones. I can thank Ross from 'Friends' for that knowledge.
 After the Aquarium, half of us wanted to head home, half wanted to stop at Scheels.  On our way to Scheels we saw the following.  See way over there? Those are flames shooting out from the white car.  See the white Truck and Suv?  That's where we were waiting to turn left whilst the car continued to fume.  We were sitting ducks.  No where to go really, and it was scary to just sit there waiting for the turn signal while the car started to really catch fire.  I was super surprised the cops didn't stop traffic. 
 Want to hear the kicker?  Some guy in the parking lot of Scheels, where this photo was taken, saw me taking the picture and said he went past it too. He noticed the sticker on the car on fire.  It was a 'buy me for only $$$$ sign' indicating that it was for sale by a car dealership. The guy mentioned that the couple in the car on fire were on a test drive.  :) 
 We'd never been to Scheels before so we had to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and get some free fudge samples.  Sidenote: I was just finishing up a book about the first Ferris Wheel at the World's fair in Chicago ( The Devil in the White City),  it was fun to  see how far we've come.
 Sunday is our out to breakfast, swim, relax, and card playing day!!  The card playing is my most favorite.

 Brit has mentioned that Jason is the Emma whisperer. ;)  She laid like this for like 30 minutes, didn't hardly move, but never feel asleep!  It was darling to watch them cuddle!

 Still not asleep!

 Then came the card playing time!!!!! One of my most looked-forward to times all year.  You might be thinking, Wow Jul! Way to shoot for the stars. A card game is the highlight of your year?  But, first, before you judge, you have to play cards with our family! 
 We eat junk food, poke fun, and laugh a whole lot more than we play cards.  Brent has, as he puts it, outgrown the game.  He waits around patiently until it's over.  This time he took the kids down to get ice cream and then entertained them with movie trivia.  We're talking like, who is the second cameraman in Back to the Future type trivia.  And the kids were totally eating it up!! It was hilarious and darling all at the same time! The kids were enthralled,!  I captured a bit of it and you can hear our squeals of laughter in the background.  What a fun night!!!

 Monday we packed up and left...alway not fun.  We went to Jungle Jim's and Pizza Pie Cafe for lunch. We even got in another round of cards while letting the kids play.

Such fun!!  Can't wait till next year!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Fourth and weekend...

We had just returned from Chicago the week of the 4th and then it was the 4th... party, party, party!
We are usually in the parade but just didn't have the gumption to this year.  So, we lazily sat and watched.  I must say, it's a lot easier to just sit and watch.

 Especially, when you get to see princesses!!

This year, we shook it up a bit. We went swimming instead of a movie.  It was fun!  The kids loved it!

 The Rich's hosted us yet again but their redneck neighbors didn't make it home in time for their annual drunken firework show,  so all the boys and Taycina went and sprung for some fireworks.  

Water volleyball was a hit!

 That weekend we got together with some of our fave peeps and had dinner at one of our fave spots.  That's a lot of faves... These two are second cousins.  H was suppose to be born about a week or two before Allie.  Allie was born a month before H due to preclampsia.  They both lost their two front teeth within days of each other.   What cute kids!!

We went out to my brother's cul de sac of fire that evening.  It was fun!

They have baby birds in their neighbor's front yard.  So cool!

 Okay, so the night prior to this, Allie was all kinds of wrapped up in my arms in fear of the fireworks.  Wouldn't hardly go near them.  This night, one night later, she's out in the middle of them, playing around.   ????    How does that work??

 This little guy wandered into our backyard and stayed with our family for a few hours.  He and Sadie got along swimmingly.  They nicknamed him Rambo.  After a few run away attempts, we just let him go.  We figured, he probably knew his way home.
At least he had his freedom for a minute.  I'm so grateful for our freedom!!

Happy 4th of July!

A fun weekend! Ellyse's birthday!!

 Treats at Harmons.  We had to explain to Allie that even though her name was on the coke, it wasn't her's without paying for it first.
Saturday was Lagoon!  Wahoo!!  Lots of fun and lots of sweat!  100 degrees is not fun when you're in the sun all day.  The girls and I got there about noon and stayed till about 11!  Fun, fun, fun!!!

The girls had just got soaked.

We celebrated Ellyse's 10th birthday with the family.  Thanks to all those that came!
Emma is adorbs!

We've redecorated Ellyse's room for her birthday this year.  She chose teal walls with black and white zebra print accents.

After - Sort of.... not completely done yet.
  She's super into zebra's right now.  So....

 My attempt at zebra stripes.  Ummm,  if you squint real hard.... they TOTALLY look like zebra stripes. 

 Ellyse showing off her darling outfit giving by grandma's.
Ellyse's real birthday isn't until tomorrow but here comes the gushiness.  Lesee Lou, you are just the glue that holds everything together some days!  You're attitude toward helping others and being the peacemaker really makes our lives so much better!  I love you're girly girl life!  You can put an outfit together better than me most days!  You're love for shoes is truly a testament to girls everywhere.  I can't imagine our lives without you in them!  You are so beautiful, kind, funny, and loving!  I love you more and more each day!!  Love, mama.   Happy birthday sweet pea!

Later update:  Her friend water party:

On her actual birthday, we had a water party for her.  When the guests arrived, they got to decorate their water bottles until everyone arrived.  

 We played a water sponge target game.
 A fill up the bucket the fastest game and threw water balloons at the losing team.
 Ate some cupcakes.
 Sang the song.

 Had some popsicles, and presents.

 That evening, she chose Taste of India as her birthday dinner. 
 Her ONE surprise present (because most of her presents were in her newly decorated room).
 An Anna doll, which she guessed before opening it.  What?!  How'd she know?