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Halloween 2013

Nov
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The Boys

Oct
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Here are a few shots that my friend Melissa took this weekend. I am in love with these boys. big-P funny-boys Nate-with-Boys Nate-with-boys-laugh

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Adele, My Belle.

Oct
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Phin’s YouTube Debut

Oct
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Phin and Eli’s school is finishing it’s annual fundraiser today. Phin starred in this YouTube sensation. Check it out! If you’re feeling philanthropic please donate. Thanks!

http://youtu.be/Idu2bewfNYs

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Eli’s Philosophy

Sep
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I named this album Eli’s Philosophy. Eli reminds me constantly that it’s the little details in life that make it rich. He delights over the bunches in Honey Bunches of Oats. He notices every little creature in our garden. He studies the illustrations in books we read memorizing each character’s facial expressions and imitating them with exactness. He is a joy. Here’s to my sweet little Eli. The one who came screaming into the world.

 

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Phin Kindergarten Pics

Aug
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Spring Break Part IV

Apr
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Hiking with kids is possible. We took the kids to Round Mountian in the Big Thompson Canyon (in between Loveland and Estes Park). It was our last hurrah before Spring Break came to a close. The nature trail (.75 miles each way) turned out to be the perfect distance for our little crew.

Initially, I coached myself to forget about speed and just enjoy the moss covered rocks. It was one of those dorky Enjoy the Journey moments and it made the hike absolutely perfect.  In fact, we stopped to look at various forms of moss and lichen about 27 times. I’m sure of it. The boys squealed and were equally delighted with each discovery. We also stopped to analyze rocks, sticks, and animal footprints. The kids learned that the plural of cactus is cacti. How’s that for an grammatically educational family outing?

We finished the day with a windy picnic in Estes park and caramel apples for dessert. We even splurged and let the boys pick out their own geode from the Ore Cart and a mini singing bowl from a Himalayan shop. Nate and I picked out a big singing bowl for us.

The drive home included pulling off HWY 34 and playing in the Big Thompson River. It’s a magical moment when kids come together with rocks, water, and sticks. I love Colorado.

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The boys had a “secret” look out at the top of the nature trail. The view of the river was gorgeous.

 

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Adele climbed anything she could scramble up. No fear with this little lady.

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The boys had a combination of sticks and rocks in their hands at all times.

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This little traveling companion’s name is Nipper. He was a gift to Phin from one of the librarians in Fort Morgan.

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Enjoying the Big Thompson River.

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Binoculars were definitely a big theme on our hike.

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This girl was at home on the hiking trail. She would have beat her brothers up the trail if her legs were longer!

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Eli was really excited about the existence of moss. He clutched a few pieces in his sweaty hand for the entire hike back down. That’s pretty special moss… eww.

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This is what a great dad looks like.

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Nate signing in at the trailhead

Nate signing in at the trailhead

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Spring Break Part III

Apr
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Garden of the Gods with Boompa. Rocks and a blue sky.
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Spring Break Part II

Apr
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We were thrilled to spend more time in the backyard. The spring weather was good for all of us, even the chickens. We let the chickens out for a springtime stroll around the yard. They attacked my parsley and were grounded to their coop once again. Naughty chickens.

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They boys began to wake up the local worm population from their winter hibernation. (Although I learned that the proper term is estivationEstivation is a form of hibernation that takes place when temperatures get too hot or too dry for earthworms. This is important science for toddlers and preschoolers.)

These boys love to be barefoot in the garden. It’s okay because you need to like barefoot gardening to fit into this family.

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We also started tomatoes, peppers, and basil plants inside. We had a few seedlings die and Phin offered to have a plant funeral. Sweet.

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Spring Break Part I

Apr
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I couldn’t resist these faux neon mustaches in the Easter baskets.

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