Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer summer

Crew was certainly bummed to be done with preschool but we have jumped into Summer with both feet, trying to get a better schedule in place with the two boys. Thankfully they are both easy going enough that we can mix things up a bit, experiment, without epic meltdowns.

Once he got over the disappointment of having to hit off the tee, Crew has really enjoyed tball. He hits hard and loves when it is his turn to grab the ball and run it to first base. Just like with soccer, treats seem to be the most exciting part of the game, but he is also great at sumersaults in the field and keeping warm between innings. (We had a game last week where the temps were in the windy 50s.)

Our summer reading program has a science theme. Here is Crew putting up his bubble. He loves to read and mark off his chart.

Summer seems to require plenty of cold sweet treats. We love to walk to a local treat/hamburger place around the corner. We have also tried our hands at homemade Popsicles.

Crews courage at swim lessons in growing. Floating, blowing boubles, back swims, doggy paddles and jumping are his favorites.

Walker remains a perfect champ and is always ready for the next adventure.

Dad's Day

Because Coles golf trip was part of his Father's Day this year, most of our celebration was tied to food and just letting him know that we think he is the best!

The highlight of the day for crew was getting to bring breakfast in bed to Cole. The bacon infused waffles were a big hit and as you can see, even Walker tried to get in on the action. 

My parents spent the weekend in Colorado with my dad's parents so dinner celebrations included grilled yummies while watching Crew jump on the tramp and just have fun.

I am so grateful for Cole and the awesome person he is. Work is busy and can be difficult when you have little kids,but he never brings it home. When he is here, we get all of him and he always willing to help with the boys, play catch, build forts, you name it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

O Christmas Tree

Crew's preschool Christmas program was so much fun to attend and watch. Each class learned their own songs, in addition to the songs they sung with the other three classes. Crew's class theme was Christmas trees; so their "costumes" and songs revolved around that theme.

Crew seemed to most enjoy "Jingle Bells" and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song the teachers had the dads and grandpas sing to the kids. Cole was a great sport about the festive "accessory" the teachers requested each of the men wear.

We were also excited that the program fell within Mimi's trip to Utah to help with the baby. Have I mentioned it is nearly impossible to get my lil guy to look at the camera?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Christopher Columbus

We are still alive. Just suffering from too much to do and a dead desktop housing all of our photos. The hiatus has served as a reminder that as much as these personal blogs are "so five years ago," I still love them and feel such an attachment to this little piece of the Internet that is ours for the updating. 


Monday we were lucky enough to have Cole all to ourselves for the day. We slept in as much as Crew will let us these days, fueled up at our favorite drink stop, paid rock bottoms prices on a fabulous pumpkin family and then headed south to enjoy the Alpine Loop. 

The government shutdown meant that we saved a few dollars at the entrance but it also meant the every pavilion-side restroom or portapotty was on lockdown. Tough news for this pregnant mama. But in happier news, the colors were spectacular and Crew had a blast tromping in the mud and snow.

After a late lunch, we squeezed in some putt putt and games. Such a fun day with my favorite boys!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Adventures in the Treasure State

A couple busy summers have kept us from a visit to the family cabin in Swam Lake, MT. Cole and I were determined to make it happen this year.

The drive is long but the relaxing, fun and family time is always worth it. As an extra bonus, we were joined by several members of the extended family who hadn't seen Crew since he was about 6 months.

Crew was in love with the lake water, catching minnows, "flashing" anything with his mini flashlight, camping in the "little cabin" and of course, "mountain biking." Cole and I got to completely unplug (aided by the limited-to-no-cell-phone-reception situation), play, read and just enjoy each other.

Crew and my Cousin Carson enjoying the fruits of Huckleberry Days

Stand up paddleboarding, while kneeling, proved to be my favorite and my frequent activity of the weekend.

Minnow catching efforts

My dad relaxing with just one of five furry friends who joined us at the cabin

Crew and Cole working to get the loaner boat to work

My mom and Aunt Lori soaking some rays

Mid "mountain bike" ride for Crew

Cousin Caleb catching footballs off the dock

Our only family photo. :)

Late night games

Showing off the weekend project of extending the deck

Goodbyes and final thoughts for the cabin journal