Friday, August 26, 2016

Soaking up summer

Summer is coming to a close but there are so many photos I still want to share.  I saw yellow leaves for the first time today and the kids are back in school.  Sports have started and the sheer craziness of fall.  Our summer was filled with lots of events but my favorite will always be the simple times at home. I love that Bri is twelve but still loves just being a kid in some ways.

I guess when you are kid number five you jump from the tricycle to the big boy bike all in one day?  No fear or the others may call you a baby?  This little one is growing and changing daily.  He loves to be outside with his siblings and they are truly his source of joy!

We have a road by our house that rarely has cars. It is great place to play and ride bikes.  This of course only lasts for awhile as the big kids like to explore and go on long rides.  Thankful for space to play and soak up summer.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

10 years old!

Last Friday we celebrated having two birthdays in our house. Andy and Katie become double digits at 10!  It was a day full of celebrations, cousins, and pool time.  

These two are growing so fast.  They are such opposite kids and each bring unique perspectives of the world to our home. 

My love for this young man is huge.  He has a personality that draws people in.  He is full of questions and wonders about the world around him. His request for his birthday was to get his own turtle.  He has a new friend in a tank in his room.

Katie has a huge part of my heart.  I talk her language of books and the love of quiet.  She has a beautiful smile that warms those around her.  Katie's request for her birthday was a camera.  Oh my dear girl you are really speaking to my heart!

Happy Birthday Katie and Andy you are so loved!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beginning of July

 Looking back to a couple weeks ago. A friend and family celebration for this young lady.  What a wet day it was but the sun came out right as the party started!

At twelve her life is about friends and her cousins.  It is about learning who she is and figuring out her place in this world. With middle school around the corner I miss that little girl of mine, but she is still there with her heart of gold.

What can I say about these two nieces except I love them so!

She is their first granddaughter.  She love them so much!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bent's Fort and Friends

A trip to Bent's Fort to see some very special friends and learn through living history.  The story of us meeting started as a virtual friendship which turned into real life meet ups.  How great it is to be with another family that has been created very much like our own.

I love the way Luke is holding hands with this little lady that will steal your heart. Her brother is such a little ham.  This family was waiting for him to come home the same time we waited for Luke.  Many emails were sent as we waited for answers and prayed our boys would be home soon.

These two boys have a lot in common.  They are so amazing  together!

Finding some shade as we waited for the others to be done.  This mama teaches me so much every time we meet up!  Her blog is at quilt-n-mama .  She will inspire you with all that she does!

All of our kids had roles to play at the fort. Katie was a journalist.  What a great role for her. However, she would like to be a trader next year!  Andy was a laborer and built adobe bricks.  He loved it and would like to be a hunter next year! We will see, either way it is at the top of our list to return next summer!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 12th Birthday Bri!

Happy 12th Birthday sweet Brianna.  She is growing up before our eyes.  Middle school will be here soon.  Her summer has been filled with adventures with both family and friends.

As she moves into the teenage part of life I am trying to keep up.  We do have a teenager already but there is a difference with a boy and a girl.  At least that is what I am thinking so far:)  I remember the day I first held her in my arms.  That sweet baby girl. I had dreams that day for her and now her dreams are her own!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Wedding

Last week my family headed to Pegosa Spring for a cousin's wedding.  It was set in the beautiful Colorado mountains complete with a beautiful barn reception.  We danced the night away outside the barn complete with white little lights above our head.  

It has been awhile since we have been to a wedding.  So fun to see the sight of young love with their whole futures ahead of them.  Of course the little ones in the wedding have a way of stealing the show!

We were lucky enough to be in one of the front rows to capture a couple of shots.  

My aunt and uncle and grandparents of the bride. I thought they looked so cute!  They have been married a long time.  Wonder if they thought back to that day they said their own vows?

My niece who is affectionately called "Minnie Me".   She came out from the shade to get closer to all the action.  

My sister had some babysitting time as we waited for the wedding to start.  

With that the wedding was over and the fun would start.  A wonderful dinner and then a fun dance. My sisters and I love a good dance floor. Really there is no better way to end the night celebrating love and new beginnings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Smooth Waters

Our first kayak trip of the season.  Felt so good to be on the smooth water in the sun.  Felt good to be outside as a family.  
All of the kids can go out by themselves except Luke.  A little slice of freedom for them.  
We figured out how to take Luke out in his casts. He loved it and was all smiles on this day! It is not always easy all of us together each day so grateful for happy family moments.
Summer is too fast.  Then again it always is.  Hoping for some more family days like this!
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