Friday, December 31, 2010


The kids have been itching to skate ever since the rink opened. We finally found some time last Sunday afternoon to go. The had fun, and the smartest decision Reid and I made was wearing our boots instead of skates.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

christmas morning

We had a wonderful, peaceful Christmas. The kids had fun opening presents, each with their own style. Charlotte fast and furious, moving from one present to the next. She wanted to see her whole lot before she began to play. Timothy chose to savor each present for 15 or 20 minutes before someone urged him on to the next one.
This was a pretty big Christmas for the kids and I am thankful that they will not (I hope) remember next year to compare.
I am pretty sure we stayed in our jammies all day.
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in the meantime

I know, I know, Christmas pictures right?? They are coming very soon. In the meantime, I have to share an adorable conversation that I had with Timothy last night. We had just finished reading books and were laying in my bed. When he said:

T: I'm not tired
M: Okay, let's talk for a while. Tell me about your day at Mrs. Donna's. Who did you play with?.....Did you play with Charlotte?
T: yea
M: Did you play with Mason?
T: yea
M: Did you play with Kieran?
T: no
M: Well, who else did you play with?
T: Avery, she's pretty.
M: oh, she's pretty.
T: Yea, but I cannot pick her up. Charlotte can pick her up.
M: Oh
T: I'm gonna cuddle wif (with) her.
M: I bet she is a good cuddler.
T: Yea, she's not scary.

Be still my heart. He is adorable, and so sweet and gentle. For all his tough boy side he has just the opposite soft, gentle side. I think he broke it down to the basics pretty well. I wonder if he will be thinking the same thing about girls 14 years from now?

Monday, December 20, 2010

santa x 2



We saw 2 different Santa's this year. One 2 weekends ago at Cinch's nursing home and one last weekend at the Children's Museum. The kids did not want to get off his lap either time!! They thought he was the best. Charlotte asked for a horse (3rd year in a row), and Timothy asked for flowers-pretty cute :)
Charlotte then asked when we got home "Mama, why did that Santa look different from the other one?" Ummmm-I thought I had a few more years before I would get a question like that. So much for blind faith :O)
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Saturday, December 11, 2010


tree adventures

We didn't head too far off the trail this year for our tree. The kids thought it was a blast for Papa to pull them on the sled down the trail. They only tipped over a couple a couple of times in the deep powder. It was a bit humerous and a bit frustrating at times to help them in powder up to their thighs. I can only imagine how hard it was for them to try to walk in that powder too. We made our selection quickly and headed back to a nearby hill for some sledding.
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ready for christmas

Here are the kids and Ava getting ready to load up in the van and cut down our Christmas tree.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010


Night one of the Nutcracker performance was last night. Charlotte was beautiful, and even though she looked a bit apprehensive she was eating it up. She could see us and some other people she knew from the stage and she just had a blast smiling and waving at us, it cracked me up. Timothy had fun watching her up there too and trying to follow along with the story. One more performance tonight and we can relax tomorrow.

I think this last photo is my favorite :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

our first snow

We finally got some snow this year!! As soon as Timothy saw the snow outside he said "I want to scoop it up and dump it out." As soon as he was dressed, he was out the door, he found the snow shovel and was shoveling the drive! I had to snap a photo.
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Reid had a great idea he wanted the kids to paint our mailbox. They had a blast. I feared we would end up with a brown mailbox, but with a little direction they did great. And now the front of our house looks a little less sterile and a little more fun.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween

Does anybody else think I am in for trouble??
the pirate and the fairy princess.
Here is Charlotte's scary pirate face.
Charlotte's ballet class.
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more riding

she rides

She can do it! Charlotte has been riding her bike without training wheels for about 2 months now!! She had been practicing some on her balance bike (before it got stolen), and was doing pretty well. Then one day, her friend Willow came over with her mom, Stacy. Willow brought her balance bike and she and Charlotte rode like champs for 30 minutes. Charlotte learned a lot from Willow in that 30 minute window, she really focused on picking up her feet and balancing more.
When we got back to our house, Charlotte wanted to try her big girl bike. The girl was determined. Stacy worked with Charlotte for 30 minutes and I couldn't believe how persistent Charlotte was-falling and trying again-numerous times. I think it really helped that Stacy was with her and not me. That's all it took-she has been riding ever since. She rarely needs help even getting started these days. She goes so fast that she is waiting on Timmy and I all the time. Timothy is riding his big wheel and sometimes I push him very fast just to catch up to her.
She is very proud of herself, and really wanted to be able to show everyone her riding. I let her know I was going to put this post on the blog, and she said "no!" at first, but I explained that she may not see some of you for a while and that she could show all of you then.
Her new skill has made a fun new outing for us, and next summer I am sure she will be riding along with us-we will have to teach Timmy next (and find a new balance bike too).

family adventure

We recently went on a family adventure. We headed to Laramie to see a football game, then we went on to the historic town of Centennial. Next we headed to Saratoga to soak in the hot springs. On our trip we got to go fishing, camp in our new popup camper, go inside a train caboose, and see an old fire engine. We had a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

pumpkin patch

We had a blast at the pumpkin patch yesterday with friends. We loaded up a van full of kids and headed just past Riverton to a beautiful patch with "thousands and thousands of pumpkins"-according to Isa. The kids had so much fun riding in the wheelbarrow, picking out pumpkins, rubbing pumpkins, and jumping around that we could have stayed all afternoon.

We already had our carving pumpkins at home, so it was fun to just choose some pretty varieties-green, white, striped, orange/red. I am such a sucker for color and form; I could have easily bought twice as many!

I have been meaning to post on here something Timothy said this week about our carving pumpkins. Charlotte and I picked the pumpkins out at the grocery store and placed then by the front door, when Timothy saw them later that afternoon he exclaimed excitedly "Mama, tomatoes for Christmas!!!" I have been laughing about that one all week. He was on the right track.

Monday, October 4, 2010


It has been such an amazing Fall here. The weather has been mild for at least a month and the Aspens are now peaking. Timothy, Charlotte, Oma and I headed up to Sinks Canyon to meet the Schneider's for a beautiful afternoon walk, snack and, playtime. Charlotte fell asleep on the 10 minute drive and Oma was wonderful enough to stay with her while Timothy and I ventured out.
It looks as if we missed the whole month of September on the blog, so I have some updating to do. We have been super busy wrapping up summer, starting preschool, finishing house projects, selling a business, and starting a business.
Charlotte started preschool in September and goes to Child Development Services, CDS, 4 mornings a week (Charlotte cracks me up-she calls her school EFG instead of CDS). It took her a few weeks to get in the groove, but a field trip on the bus every week has given her something to look forward too. She and I have been reading a book about the butterfly life cycle, and we were out on a bike ride when all of a sudden she said excitedly "Mama, I see a butterfly hatching from a tuba!". She meant pupa of course, and I was cracking up. She is making such leaps emotionally, mentally, and physically lately. Look forward to a blog post soon where she will announce some of her new skills. For one she is an accomplished liar these days, sometimes she even fools me. She has more patience with her brother and they now play wonderfully together and get into much mischief together as well. At school she has been learning about Fall, working on her letters, and learning teamwork. She has gotten pretty goofy lately, and it is pretty funny to watch.
Timothy has been silly right along with her. He still follows along with whatever she does, but is starting to have directives of his own as well. He is full of words and sentences and is quite a good talker. He is still as particular as ever and knows just what he wants and is getting a bit better at letting us know what that is. Lately if he is talking, and you answer or join in his conversation, he will let you know that he was not speaking to you. He says "No, I was talking to ______." Sometimes in the mornings he will shower me with kisses and then say "Give me kisses, I like kisses." He melts my heart. He is such a boy, he greets anyone he is excited to see with a growl/yell, and it is fun to watch him get excited about things. We went camping this month in our "new" popup camper (we sold the airstream this month), and Timothy talked the whole week before about our upcoming adventure in his camper. I have really enjoyed the fact that he has spoken early and often, it gives me insight into him and his thoughts. I did not know that children his age were capable of so much.
Reid sold his frame shop!! And is on to dreaming of new ventures. I am very proud of him.
I am sure there is much I am forgetting, but hope to have more time this month for posts. Thanks for hanging in there :)
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

construction zone


Our house has been busy this week-track-hoes, drywall, and concrete-oh my!! The highlight so far for the kids was the track-hoe that came on Monday to dig a huge hole in the yard, and make a huge pile of dirt and rocks right next to it! Oh boy some clean-up ahead. We have been working to drywall the section of wall that was removed, pour a concrete pad for the wood stove to sit on, and put in an egress window in the guest bedroom downstairs. It has been exciting and I do love seeing things coming along.
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The girl is obsessed with the word "coconut" lately. I am not sure how it happened but she calls everyone "coconut". I must hear that word 50 times a day (better alternative to some others that have been flying out of her mouth lately). Uncle Grant and Aunt Leah had the great idea to buy the girl a coconut so she could see just what it was all about. She had fun trying out the milk and the fruit, and maybe seems slightly less obsessed with them now?
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