We had a fun day at the Aquarium with Krystal, Dewayne, and the kiddos!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Our little Monkey turned four on August 17. She is growing up way too fast, and she's such a sweet little girl!
Every year we have had pretty big parties for the girls, and every time the whole thing becomes really stressful. We decided to try something new this year: no birthday parties! Instead we celebrated "Four Days of Cadence."
On the first day, the girls were pampered with haircuts at Sweet and Sassy, and then we went out for cupcakes at Bliss in the Southlands. Yummy!
On Cadence's second day, we celebrated at Buckley's Fun Fest.
Cadence's third day of celebrating was her actual birthday. We got up and opened presents first.
We attended a birthday party for one of the girls' friends in the afternoon. The party was at The Plains Conservation Center, and it was a lot of fun!
We finished off day three with cake with the neighborhood kiddos!
On Sunday we finished celebrating Cadence with a trip to the Denver Zoo. It's one of her favorite places, and we were happy to include our Colorado family, the Alexander's!
We had a fun day, but Cadence ended up with a little fever. Poor kiddo fell asleep before she even got to blow out her candles.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Elliette loves swimming and riding her bike, so we decided to let her try a triathlon this summer. She did the Highlands Ranch Splash Mash Dash Kid's Triathlon, and she loved it!
Getting ready! She had never swam from one end of the pool to the other, but we knew she could do it. She was excited to sport her new cap and goggles.
She was a little nervous at the beginning, but she was really brave. The staff did a great job getting the kids into the pool, and lifeguards were in the water next to them the entire time.
Elliette swam the entire length without any problems. She swam a kind of breaststroke, and she didn't need the lifeguard's help at all!
She did great on the bike. She wasn't exactly sure where to go; thankfully the staff helped out on the track. A lot of parents were running with their kids, but Eric ended up having to work, and I was watching our other kids! We also noticed that she's quickly outgrowing her bike.
Rock star! She was so excited to finish her first triathlon. At the end, she said, "It wasn't even hard!" She also told me that she was scared at first but really wanted to still do it. We are so proud of her!
Awesome finisher! She is already ready to do another one!
The little kids had fun watching all of the triathletes!
Elliette and her friend Scout!
So proud of my little Nugget!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We packed up the van and took a road trip to Texas in July. We were gone for about two weeks, and we covered around 2,500 miles (Texas is BIG!!!). It was a great trip, and we loved visiting and catching up with everyone.
I have to include a picture of our packing list. With a couple of days of planning and some help from Pinterest, I had everything organized and packed neatly for our vacation! I separated the kids' clothes and put each outfit in a freezer bag. I only needed a few outfits per kiddo because we had plenty of laundry access. It was a breeze to keep track of the clothes.
We are one of the last families to travel without a DVD player for our kids. Usually they are really great in the car. However, we were planning for many hours in the car, so I wanted to provide the kids with options to help pass the time.
And a road trip isn't a road trip without a bunch of junk food!
Happy kiddos (and dog)!
Our first stop on our road trip was in Sherman. We had fun playing in Nanny and Pops' backyard, hanging out with our family, swimming in Lake Texoma, and running around at the cabin.
Eric and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary while we were on our road trip. We decided to take advantage of both of our parents' offers to watch the kids and have a date for each year of marriage. We event let the kids stay in Sherman with Nanny and Pops while we headed to Dallas for an awesome overnight date! We spent the night with Marie and Jerry, and we had a blast! (maybe too much fun!)
Our second stop was in Lago Vista. We had a lot of fun playing at Nana and Papa's house, taking baths in their awesome tub, swimming in Lake Travis, and visiting Volente Beach!
Eric and I also got to have another great date night. We met some friends at Shady Grove (yummy!), and then went to a bar on 4th Street. We loved catching up with Christinne and Troy, and I'm so glad Marie was able to join us again, too! Austin sure has changed, but it was neat to drive by "our" IHOP... the location of our first date!