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.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Arriving in Hogsmeade

We have been reading the Harry Potter series for the last year with Cooper. So when we decided to go to LA for vacation, we knew we had to go see the new Harry Potter's world at Universal Studios. 
Cooper, Jill and Lauren heading into the Park

Of course we headed right to the Harry Potter ride. It was really fun, and a little more intense then Lauren wanted. The ride stopped for about a minute when we rode it the first time, so they let us ride it again without waiting in line. Lauren declined, so Cooper and I rode again. They also had a small roller coaster, that Lauren did love and rode about 10 times. Cooper had gone to cast spells with his new wand, and we could hear Lauren screaming with joy from the coaster, just walking past it. We also checked out a few of the other rides.

Saying Hello to the Minions

 After checking out several of the other rides, like Minions, The Simpsons, and Jurassic Park Log rider (which was awesome), we headed back to Hogsmeade(the name of the town in the Harry Potter books). Cooper had decided even before we left home for our trip that he wanted to get a wand for his souvenir. So we grabbed some lunch at The Three Broomsticks and then over to Olivander's.

Hogwarts Express and conductor

Cooper with his Butterbeer
Proud owner of a new custom wand
  Now to casting the spells. They had about 12 different spots within the Hogsmeade that you could use your interactive wand. They had brass circles in the ground that would show you what to do with your wand to make something happen. For example, you would have to draw an R like shape in the air and a tape measure would go do and back up,  or a flower would bloom at the flower shop. It was really fun for the kids and we spent about 1 1/2 just walking around and doing them. 
Taking this very seriously :)

  While in California, we also spent one day at the beach. It was cool enough that we had the beach to ourselves. 
Joel with the kids
Lauren was happy to be buried in the sand just to warm up a little
    We had a great time in California, and I hope the kids enjoyed it. We were all really tired after 5 days of constant motion, but were happy to have the life experiences. Now to plan the next trip :).