Mountain Escape

We were in Dillon for a long weekend that happened to be on Elise's birthday. We also had our friends join us the last couple of days. They have three kids the same ages as our three oldest. We had so much fun together.

Skipping rocks on the lake

Concert at the amphitheater

Boating on Lake Dillon

There was some strange filter that I can't change that makes Jared look dirty. ha!
 Daddy and his girl
 Two three year olds--so cute

Hiking Lily Pad Lakes
Ethan & Greyden
 Ella & Elise (cutest girls on the trail)
 Daddy & Cole matching


Five going on Sixteen

My sweet Elise is five. Hard to believe how quickly it goes. I felt like her years flew by because she was barely two when Cole was born and we all know where the attention has been since then...

She all of the sudden thinks she is very mature and tries to change diapers, put Cole down for naps and do things on her own that she really shouldn't. It is so funny. She even told me that I could leave her home alone to watch Cole and Vanessa. I wish! Elise is such a pleasure in our home. She has such a sweet heart and loves to give hugs and snuggles to everyone but especially her daddy. She is so helpful and loves to help me cook and bake or do anything for Cole and Vanessa. She is as girly as they come but can also keep up with her brothers and other boys. She is also surprisingly independent which kind of drives me crazy at times but is a fabulous trait. I will tell her something and she will tell me I am wrong. Constantly. Apparently my five year old knows more about the world than I do. She really is like a teenager. haha.

We were in the mountains for her birthday and spent the day swimming at the rec center. She has been wanting to get her ears pierced for a long time so that was the big birthday gift. She had big alligator tears but sat still and dried her eyes as soon as she looked in the mirror at her glittery pink heart earrings. She kept flipping her hair and saying how beautiful she looked. Oh my.

Height 43 ¼ in (70th %)
Weight 37.2 lbs (45th %)

The traditional quiz:

What is your favorite food?
ummm. healthy food. burritos & breakfast burritos

What is your favorite vegetable?

What is your favorite fruit?

What is your favorite thing to do?
paint my nails

What are your favorite things to play with?
barbie dolls

What is your favorite color?

Who are your best friends?
Addie & Ryan & Colin

What do you like to wear?

What is your favorite sport?

What do you want to be when you grow up?
a mermaid & a princess

What are you really good at doing?
soccer, coloring & painting

What is something that is hard for you to do?
put cole down

What makes you sad?
when somebody hurts me

What makes you happy?
somebody playing with me (like Addie)

What makes you mad?
somebody breaking my toys

What is your favorite TV show?
The Parent Trap

What is your favorite book?
Princesses on the Run

What is your favorite game?

What is your favorite animal?
cheetah & leopard

What is your favorite song?
All of the Frozen songs

What is your favorite thing about mommy?
going on dates to paint nails

What is your favorite thing about daddy?
going on dates to paint pottery

What do you want for your birthday?
all the Elsa & Anna dresses and shoes from Frozen

What is the best part about being 5?
being able to be by myself with Cole & Vanessa and taking care of them


Mommy G Date

I just LOVE little dates with my kids. Four kids at one time is overwhelming so its nice to have some one-on-one time. I was thrilled Grey picked pottery painting--something I love too. :)
 We obviously did not know where to look...


Children's Museum Fun?

My mom talked me into going to the Children's Museum with her. I have a love/hate relationship with that place. It gives me anxiety and headaches, but the kids love it and always sleep great afterwards!
My mom thinks V hates her. I disagree!
 I can't get enough of these safety glasses
 The fish just weren't biting


4th of July

We had an amazing and intense 4th of July this year. It was our first one away from Wash Park so we are working on starting our new traditions.

We started our day off with lunch & swimming with friends from our ward and stake. There were lots of fun games and contests. Grey caught a frisbee off the diving board. He was pretty proud.
Look at these chunky thighs & arms. I LOVE HER!

We then had a BBQ at our house with some old friends.

Then on to fireworks at the Columbine Country Club which were actually pretty awesome. We saw two shows from afar before the show on the lawn started. Nobody cried which I call a success!
 Cole snuggling up to Eve. :)
I get teary when I watch fireworks. I always think of the reason we have them--the way we became a free country. I am grateful for the men and women who still sacrifice for our freedoms. We live in a blessed country.



Cousins Addie & Ryan came to have a sleepover at our house and it was so cute. Addie adores Elise and I caught them skipping and holding hands while we were walking to the park.
Ryan & Grey played soccer for a while together.
I also caught Ryan & Grey taking selfies with his camera. Too young for that!!
Grey had his first sleepover with a friend. We typically don't allow sleepovers with friends but we allowed for an exception with our neighbor across the street. After Grey left, I found this little note on my pillow. He is such a sweet boy.
 And also kind of crazy. :) I think he is wearing some sort of face mask here??


Wandry Girls Weekend

My father-in-law is so great and suggested we change our annual girls weekend to a bi-annual weekend. So now we get to go in the spring and fall. It was absolutely perfect as always. I am so lucky to be a part of this wonderful family. We ate yummy food, watched a movie, went to the farmer's market, played cards, went for a run and walk, went shopping at the outlets and talked & laughed a lot.
Starting things off right with Mexican food
 This girl was so happy the whole time
 Grandma & Vanessa snuggles. She got a LOT of attention.

Jared sent me these pictures while I was gone. I sure am lucky to have him. He takes good care of our family! Also the picture of the snake was because they found it at the park by our house. He told me how he was trying to pick it up to show the kids better and it kept rearing up and hissing at him. Um yeah. Only a dad.