Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mowing Mowing Mowing

And the mowing adventures continue. So funny seeing these 3 cuties mowing the lawn together. :) I can only imagine how hilarious it will be when all FOUR of my boys are mowing the lawn. Guess we will need to get another play mower by then.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Noah is 10 Months

Seriously, how is it that Noah is another month old? I think it was just yesterday that he was born...but instead he is crawling everywhere, up the stairs, pulling himself to standing and holding on with only one hand (he's pretty stable,) getting into items in the pantry, sprawling toys everywhere, and learning how to use his voice! He kind of shouts when he wants attention, not that he never receives any with two big brothers who love playing with him and holding him. For whatever reason, Christian calls Noah his "little dire boy" ? Noah is a pretty good eater overall- still not keen on all veggies and prefers fruit. But he loves black beans and wants whatever big brothers are having. I didn't even realize it until it was already there, but Noah cut his 6th tooth on the top left within the past week. So now he has 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom- kinda funny lookin'. ;) Noah loves to cuddle with his little Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. I haven't really noticed him gravitating to any particular toy, but he does try to put every. little. thing. in his's amazing what he finds, and what he can fit in there! It can be kind of a challenge since Christian and Lucas love Legos and rubber bouncy balls, and all sorts of little toys. Noah is definitely enjoying exploring and learning and playing.

Update: This Monday, 8/18 Noah had a well checkup and weighed 18 lbs 11 oz, putting him in the 9th percentile for weight and was 29 inches tall, putting him in the 49th percentile for height for boys his age.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Christian's First Camping Trip

Christian and I (Steve) took a camping trip to the KOA lakeside just north of Fort Collins in early July. Despite the potential for rain we loaded up the Jeep with treats, firewood, and camping gear and headed to the site. As I frantically tried to put up an 8 person tent before the rain started Christian happily fished in the lake just next to the tent site. What a perfect spot!

The tent was set up just as the rain started, so Christian and I hid inside to wait out the storm, where we proceeded to snack, tell stories, and play sleeping bag monster until the rain stopped. Once the storm passed we headed out to explore the rest of the campground. First stop was the paddle boats on the lake, which were closed until the storms were out of sight (we had to put this on our list for next time). Instead we hopped on some pedal bikes and rode around the whole campground. After working up an appetite we ordered pizza for dinner (easy mode camping). With the day drawing to a close we started a roaring fire and made S'mores for the rest of the evening. 

Early the next morning we set out to enjoy more of the campgrounds. After biking around some more we played a round of mini golf before heading back to clean up our tent site. The trip was short but it was an absolute blast. Did I mention that Christian fished in the lake every opportunity he had (any spare moment.) We will definitely be camping soon, perhaps with Lucas as well. Never too early to start getting those camping legs :)

When we returned home Christian was so excited about the adventure that we immediately went to the backyard to recreate his experience using the kiddie pool and some grass and weeds as "algae" (which is all we ever catch). 

We will be camping again soon! -SDR

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lucas is 2 1/2

Oh sweet Lucas, already 2 1/2 as of June 26 (Yes, I am behind again.) Here is what Lucas is up to these days:
  • Lucas has an excellent vocabulary and puts sentences together. We are impressed by how much he knows and verbalizes.
  • Lucas loves books, trucks, pushing his toy lawn mower or firetruck, exploring, and is often in his own little world. ;o)
  • He still very much attached to his dear doggie and blankets.
  • He generally loves playing with Christian, but has become a little rough with Noah especially as Noah is becoming much more mobile. Lucas really loves Noah, and often wants to get him in the morning by opening his bedroom door. ("Wanna get No-mah."
  • Lucas LOVES to go to "Pawnga and Pawnga's" (Grandpa and Grandma's) house and "Ne-na and Papa's" - so blessed to live close to both of our families and all of the cousins!
  • Lucas likes to "go" and often doesn't want to go back home after our outings. ("Wanna go home" - actually means [Don't] want to go home. - Gotta love the world of contradictions for a 2 year old.)
  • Lucas is definitely displaying some "strong opinions" and becomes easily frustrated these days. For someone that has an easy disposition, I am ready for this phase to pass....
  • Potty-training has been a bit of "challenge" this time around, but we are truly hoping that something with click sooner rather than later.
  • Oh yes, and candy- Lucas has always been a pretty good eater, but he has definitely developed a sugar tooth. (I have no idea who he got that from!)
Love, love this sweet boy on easy days and hard days alike. He has the sweetest smile and brightest eyes, an adventurous spirit, and spunky personality. We love you Lucas Jude!

Compare: Christian at 2 1/2

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Please stay small. That is all. ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Noah is 9 Months

Noah has grown and changed so much this past month! It seems like so much development in such a short time. He cut his 4th tooth (upper right) shortly after turning 8 months, and then just a couple days ago Noah cut his 5th tooth! He is still eating purees and some solid foods, but is noticing our "big people" food more and fusses because he wants to try them. He started crawling (no longer army crawling) after turning 8 months, and now is super speedy getting around. Noah kneels to get into toys (which directly go into his mouth,) and even pulls himself to standing with support. Noah has also figured out how to crawl up the stairs- yikes!! He may actually be our first boy to learn how to walk before 16 months. Gotta keep up with big brothers! Noah is also doing some more "talking," although I think he mostly likes to hear himself. He is such a love bug- definitely loves Mama right now...and I am okay with that, even the face grabbing and big slobbery kisses. ;o) Treasuring these sweet moments and memories, because in three short months Noah will be ONE!

Kisses from Aunt Kim!

Compare: Christian at 9 Months
Lucas at 9 Months

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4th of July 2014

We had such a wonderful 4th of July weekend. The morning of we participated in my parent's neighborhood 4th of July Bike Parade. Children decorate their bikes and ride through the neighborhood. Nana jazzed up Christian's bike while the rest of us walked. After that we attended the Highlands Ranch festival with Uncle Ryan, Aunt Kim, and cousins Linden, Shepherd, and Hudson. It was hot! and we waited quite a long time for Linden and Christian to get their faces painted. C loved his super cool shark! We then attended a BBQ at my Aunt and Uncle's home in Monument. THEN- we did some small fireworks in the street which was really the first firework experience for both Christian and Lucas. They loved them! Lucas kept saying, "Mo (more) Fire!" We had put the boys "to bed" only to get them out half an hour later because we had an awesome view of the Highlands Ranch fireworks in my parent's backyard. On Saturday we saw my brother and his family again- for dinner, fun at the pool, and Papa purchased more fireworks because the kids just loved them so much. So thankful and very blessed to spend time with our family in Colorado, and more importantly for our freedom and those who have sacrificed for it!