Wet and Wild

Well, along with all the other stuff we have been doing this summer, we have also been busy with swim team.  The kids have had two meets and are scheduled for a couple more before the end of summer break.  The second meet was this morning up in Fraser (Winter Park).  I didn’t take my camera so these shots are from the first meet back in June.  All the kids are swimming really well.  Alice swam the fly this morning in a medley relay and she was really nervous.  Fly is really hard when you have no upper body muscles:)  She did great and started her team out well.  Sam is always up for a challenge so today he decided to swim the 100 medley  AND the 100 free AND the 50 breaststroke. I was tired just watching him. Paige was pretty nervous too but pushed through.  She was especially worried about swimming the breaststroke.  She has been working on it in practice but didn’t feel confident.  She got about halfway down the 25 yards and started to panic.  She actually looked behind her to see if she should go back but with a lot of cheers and encouragement, she finished and was really proud that she had done it:)  I have to admit that I had tears.  It is so hard to see your kids struggle and so wonderful when they overcome those fears.  So, here are a few shots from the June meet in Eagle/Vail.

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Have a great weekend.  This is the last weekend of the summer that we are completely free of commitments and we are going to enjoy it:)


Happy Fourth of July

Just two days late…..

Our last couple of days have been packed full of Independence Day fun so I didn’t get a chance to take updated pictures until today.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and tons of fun (oh, and fireworks!!!!).

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get a great shot of Sam so we are going to go out later for some better pics of his sweet face.





When you think about the Colorado mountains, you mostly think about skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking and camping.  In this house, we hear a lot about horses.  Alice has a new love for horses.  She is “going to camp” once a week for the summer at a horse rescue. She is just in love with these animals and really enjoys helping to take care of them each week.  The kids scoop poop, feed, bath and give general care to the animals at the rescue.  They also are given the opportunity to ride the horses as well which is really what Alice loves.   At the beginning of the summer we found her some cowgirl boots and all she was missing was the hat.  For her 10th birthday, Grandma Peggy and Papa Gary sent her this sweet cowgirl hat and she is in heaven.  DSC_3053_edited-1 DSC_3059_edited-1


The Masonator turns 6…

My baby is no longer a baby.  Well, he will always be my baby but he is getting to be a big boy, way too quickly.

Happy Birthday to our happy go lucky, very early rising, bigger than life, super duper hugger, Mason.

All he wanted to do this year for his birthday was hang out at the park.  That sounded like a great plan but a bit boring so instead of hanging out at one park for the day, we went on a park tour of Summit County.  Unfortunately, the weather derailed us a bit after lunch but we did end up making it to four parks.

Check out our day….

Park #1 ~Mason opened his first present here and was very happy that we had landed at a play spot with a pond.

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Park #2 ~ After a quick stop for some veggie sub sandwiches we headed to Silverthorne.  Mason opened his second present at this park.





Park #3 ~ We haven’t been to this park yet.  It did not disappoint!  We also found a great place to come and fish:)  Mason was thrilled that this park had a huge baseball field where he could play with his present from Grandma Peggy and Papa Gary.  He loves the stomp rockets almost as much as Daddy does.



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Park #4 ~ Luckily this park was right down the street from church where Sam had youth group, so we dropped him off and got our play on.  At this park we had some more stomp rocket fun and even got out the parachute for some family fun.





Our little man had a great day.  After we got home, we had cupcakes and Mason opened the rest of his presents.  It was an awesome family party.

We love you, Mason!

Momma, Daddy, Sam, Alice and Paige