Sunday, December 03, 2017

We are SO thankful

      This time of year is always so crazy with school, and sports , and just life, so it was nice to get a break and go and celebrate Thanksgiving in Oklahoma this year. So we loaded up on Tuesday and headed south. The drive was not too bad and the kids were rock stars the whole way, with one a few minutes here or there where intervention was necessary. 

And loading them up with sugar is always a good idea.
Obi was probably the best behaved of the bunch.... my cute boys :)

    Thanksgiving day, we did not have to be to Cousin Kim and Barry's house until about noon, so to help the cause, we loaded up the kids and one dog and headed down the street to hike around the lake near Frumpy and Yak's house. It was a really great hike for the kids having very little elevation, but rocks to scamper on, and just enough technical things to keep it interesting. All the kids did great and we ending up doing a little over 2 miles on our morning Turkey Trot.

All the kids had climbed up on this rock
The Beautiful Lake - Martha and Jack's house is on the other side from where this pic was taken
Hard to see, but Obi is leading the charge up the hill, with Lauren, Cooper, Skylar and Reese following

  After getting back to the house and cleaning up, we headed over to Kim and Barry's house, and fun was had by all. It is really great that so many in the family were able to get together.  We sadly did not get to taking pictures until some of the group had already dispatched, so this is only part of the party.
And this is after about 7 kiddos had left
Our Bunch, missing Obi and Lily

Action shot of the boys playing football - (L to R) Ty, Kaden, Zack and Cooper
No Trip is complete without going to the barn to see goats and kitties
Amy, who was generous enough to take all the pics, snapped a good one of Joel and I

     On Friday, we headed over to the farm to feed some cow, run around on some hay bales, and get to drive the 4 wheeler. It was a really great trip, and a good reminder on how blessed we are. 
Lauren is ready for her turn

Hay bales are fun

Finally - the must have to every trip to OK - Braums Banana Split

Friday, November 10, 2017

Quick Trip to the Mountains

Joel's buddy needed someone to watch their pup over the weekend, in exchange, we were able to use their condo in Summit County. It was a great trade off, and in all honesty we would have watched Pia either way, because she was a really sweet dog, but a free place in Summit is always great.  We waited until after the after the kids games were over to head up, and had a good dinner.
   The next morning we head up for a hike to Lily Pad Lake. As always it is great to get out into the mountains.
My cute, and getting big, kiddos

An old mine
A Girl and Her Dad
We made it too Lily Pad Lake, and we are pretty excited about it


The leaves were turning

  The next day we took Obi with us, and we were trying to get to Boulder Lake, but missed a turn. Again, you cannot have a bad time running around in the mountains, so we all just enjoyed the day. 

We  missed the Lake, but got some really pretty views

Down in the valley

Not a lake, but  it works


   We had a really great weekend, and are thankful that we had a chance to explore. 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Fall Sports

Well it is that time again, or just past that time, because I am pretty bad about posting these days. Fall sports started up again, Lauren playing soccer and Cooper Flag Football.  Both kids enjoyed their seasons, and both are getting better.

Cooper Running in for Touchdown

A Throw?
He really loves Football


Lauren chasing the ball- with her headband meant to keep her hair out of her eyes around her neck :)

   Cooper has some really great players on his team and they continue to get better every season. We are really grateful that he has some really amazing coaches, that we teaching him great skills. Lauren was also on a great team this year with several classmates and she works really hard at improving. She scored several goals this season. We had a great time, but will enjoy our time off before spring season.

Friday, September 01, 2017

School Back in session

Well, it is that time again...... school is back in session. Cooper is starting 3rd grade (WOW), and Lauren is going into first grade. We had to wait until the weekend before school started to find out who the kids had as a teacher, but glad to see that Lauren has Mrs Mueller, and Cooper has Mrs Hosek. I think both teachers are a great fit, and since I am late in posting this, both kids do seem to enjoy school this year. Honestly we have such a great school, I do not see how they could not love it.
 Here are a few pics....

Cooper (9 Years)
Lauren (6 years)
Happy kiddo's 
Proud Papa :)
Proud mama - and maybe a little happy that school's back :)
Walking to school
Getting ready to walk in
Lauren in Line 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The boy turns 9

       
      Hard to believe that Cooper is nine years old.  I know I have said this tons, but time flies, and I think it is starting to go even faster the older they get.   We had a pretty laid back birthday. I took the kids to the museum the day before, and then the evening of we were having a community night out. 

                                               Letting the birthday boy hold the fire hose
Little sis gives it a try


We had a great day, and are so happy to have this amazing kid in ours lives, sis especially.