Friday, April 22, 2016

Quick trip to KC

I have been feeling that life has been flying by and we have not been able to go and see. So I planned, for about the 3rd time, to go camping in Utah. The kids had not been there, and I have had a great time there every time we visit. But again, the weather came in, and would make our camping trip a cool wet mess. So we decided to run away from the weather. We planned to drive halfway to KC on Thursday and then check into the The Great Wolf Lodge. It started with lunch at T Rex

The restaurant itself was was really cool, but the food was awful. Even with low expectations it was bad, but the decorations was really fun, and the kids loved it.  Then we checked into the Lodge. They have a indoor waterpark, and we spend the next about 36 hours waterlogged. The kids really, really loved it. Lauren went down the slides about 100k times, and smiled and squealed each time. Cooper found a new friend every few minutes to play basketball with. It was really fun.

    On Sunday we headed over to World's of Fun. They recently added a new Snoopy section for the little kids, and we headed right for them.

First stop train

Lauren and Dad are ready to hit all the rides

Snoopy is the best

Our favorite ride was Woodstock flyers - super fun

Another fun ride

They had an exhibit of Dinosaurs Alive. The automated lifesize dinos were really cool.

When we were driving up to the park, Joel noted if we made it to 3pm he would be impressed. Not only did my little parties make it, we rode rides until the almost closing time. Joel actually rode his first roller coaster in about 30 years, and think had a little fun on it. Cooper and I rode the Detonator. It was one that goes up and down really fast, and he said was awesome. 
  After 72 hours of playing really, really hard, we were tired. The ride home was long, but we were very glad that we got busy livin'.

Monday, April 04, 2016

A Very Sad Day

Dogs have been a big part of both of Joel and my lives. Joel got Baloo right out of college. So we have had a dog in the house our entire adult lives. They have given us so much love, joy and enjoyment over the last 18 years (15 for me ).  We sadly lost Molly last Thursday.  Both she and Baloo were amazing dogs, and we so glad they were in our lives. I thought I would put a few pictures from over the last years with these great dogs.

Both Baloo and I would be grinning when we hit the trails
Hiking in the snow at Lyon's Gulch
Molly has always ready to try new things
Or get in a tight spot

Baloo enjoyed fetch.... Molly enjoyed taking the ball from Baloo
Right from the beginning
But my Baloosy never gave up
Once she took all the toys she was ready for some down time
And she was good at it....
Really good at it :)
They were the BEST dogs for the kids 
 When they needed a hand
 or a seat...
Molly was a good seat.... even if she did not want to be

A boy and his dog... the best friends

 Molly wanted a dip
Molly and Baloo were the best of friends, and they will be missed for the rest of our lives. I am sure another dog is in our future, but they will have some big paws to fill. We love you Molly and Baloo and we miss you!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A big day out

Earlier this year, we were discussing taking a camping trip over Cooper's Spring Break. Hoping the weather would cooperate with us, we wanted to head out to Utah for a few days. Sadly our sweet Molly is not doing very well and we did not want to leave her. We also ended up having a HUGE snowstorm( about 20 inches)  on the day we were wanting to leave, which would of made out trip across the state really hard. So it all ended up okay.  So trying to get some excitement into the break, we headed to the aquarium and Natural History Museum.

Sitting with Sharks outside the Aquarium
 New views for the fishes
 Lauren loved the mermaid show. She sat still for 10 minutes before it started without moving a muscle for fear of missing it.
 Cooper playing around while watching the sharks
 This little girl LOVES her Daddy (which I agree, he is very loveable : )! )
 Petting the sting rays
  After a really good lunch at Joel's new favorite taco stop, Torchy's Tacos. We headed over to the Natural History Museum.  The traveling exhibit is about chocolate, so I was really excited about that one.

How great would it be if these were real
 Lauren is always happy at the Discovery Zone water table
 Coop stuck with the dino dig
Here is a recent photo for Lauren with Molly. She celebrated her 14th birthday last week. She has had a recent growth on her hip that they believe is cancerous (kind of see it in this photo). So we are giving her all the love we can!! Thought I am not sure if she is crazy about all the love that we have to give :). She is a great doggie!
We are now back to school and hope to get a shorter camping trip in a few weeks when Cooper has long weekend.  We also just booked tickets to Florida in June, so more adventures are coming.

Friday, March 04, 2016

About that time

We have not been able to get in many hikes this winter, but with Spring right around the corner, we will try to get out more. Lauren was on a role, and was mad when we told her we had to head home. We just checked out a trail a few miles from the house. It is near Eldorado State park, and we had a great time enjoying the beautiful Colorado day.

Great view of the Flatirons

 Walking thru a canyon... a small one
Dad helping Lauren
Let's GO!!
Cooper and Lauren checking out the roots on this huge tree.
The kids did great.. I think we made it about 3 miles. So I think they are ready to try some bigger hikes this summer. The only problem is they always want to stop for a snack after about a quarter mile. We need to work on maybe giving them a backpack with there own snacks then can eat while they hike :). Otherwise it will take us about 3 hours to hike 3 miles.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Lauren's 5th Birthday

I know..... I have REALLY dropped the ball on this blog.  When I downloaded the pictures on the camera, I did find a few from the last few months... but not many. With the daily grind of school and all we just have not been doing that many exciting things:). But I can say with no doubt that Lauren's 5th birthday is very exciting. It is so hard to believe how fast it has all gone. She is just a joy in our life, and that needs to be celebrated!

Mom put the streamers up..... but Lauren got out of bed before I was aware. So this is her crawling back in....... so we can run threw!
Lauren on her 5th birthday with the BEST bed head :)

Lauren helped me make her a birthday cake. It was enjoyed by all
 Dad, Cooper (7), and Lauren ready to eat cake
 My joy ....... when they are not trying to make me crazy :) 

We headed over to jump city after school on Friday, with Sarah and the girls. We all jumped and had a lot of fun.

Reese(6) having a great time
 Cooper is all boy. If we can shoot it, chuck it, or destroy it, we want it!
 Reese and Lauren playing Dodge Ball
 Lauren getting some Skylar(3) love!
 kids playing with interactive screen.... 
 Cooper and Reese had a great time on the climbing wall. Lauren wanted to, but needs to work on her arms strength a little more.
 Then once we reach the top, we had to launch ourselves off the wall.
Lauren with her new Barbie house
We had a great weekend, and loved being able to celebrate this beautiful, smart, sweet, caring little girl.