Sunday, April 23, 2017

Special time

Hi Bubba and Lylah Bean,
Last week I was lucky enough to spend some really special time with you both.
I was able to volunteer in Lylah's second grade class, where I read the fractured fairytale Cindy Ellen to the class. I LOVED it and the kids seemed to like it too.
It was so cool to see how you interacted with others in class, participated in the learning and kept giving me your sweet Lylah smiles. You seemed to really like me being there and that was amazing.
Earlier  this year, I brought lunch to you in school and sat with you and your girlfriends. So fun! You have some really  nice friends and it was fun to bring you Which Wich and watch you devour it!

And Bubba, two cool things lately! I was able to visit you for lunch at school (4th grade) and took you and your close friends outside for lunch. they were very jealous of your Smashburger but they thought it was awesome that they got to go outside and you seemed to enjoy having me there.
and then just you and I went to a Nuggets game together. Best game I think I have ever been to. The Nuggs played against Westbrooke and of course he played amazing. You had the biggest cotton candy I had ever seen along with some pizza and you were the best date ever (ok..your dad is a pretty good date too :-) . You and I had some good talks in the car on the way to the stadium. I love that we can talk to each other about just about anything. and you were so polite and kind and appreciative. I am a  lucky mom for sure.

Love you guys so much!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Daddy and Me

Dad and I had the chance to go to Las Vegas recently on one of his work trips. We are lucky to get to travel together once or twice a year on special trips for just the two of us.
We always miss you guys a ton but we think it's important to have time for dates together and adventures that we don't normally get to do.
Marriage can be hard. It can be challenging and work and frustrating and exhausting. But more important and what that we love each other now more than ever.
we have grown into the very best of friends and respect and care for each other. Our love has grown from where it started, partly because we had you two which brought us closer together but also because we have matured, spent more time together and learned to work together as a couple.
we may disagree on several things but we find a way to find common ground and respect each other's opinions. We look out for each other and we both feel truly lucky to have ended up where we are.
Dad and I hope that both of you are able to find someone, when the time is right, who is your best friend and who makes you a better person....someone you laugh with, experience new things with and trust with your heart.
I know your dad loves me and loves this family and he knows the same about me. That is a good feeling!!
True love is hard to come by. Always make sure you are being treated the way you deserve to be treated and in return, treat the person you love with kindness, respect and honesty. and don't forget to be silly....your dad sure is , and I supposed I have my moments too :-) XOXO

The Beav-Spring Break 2017

Best Trip! we had so much fun in Beaver Creek....just the four of us for 6 nights and it was fantastic.
I felt like I got to know the kids so much more in those special days with no work, no interruptions or distractions and I loved every minute of it. I already knew we had amazing kids but they were extraordinary on this trip.

We had fun dinners out, went tubing in Vail, and skied for four amazing days in Beaver Creek. We had beautiful weather and decent snow and skied our booties off every day. The kids are a ton of fun to ski with and have improved to the point where they ski better than I do...faster, more moguls and jumps and lots of black runs.

We cooked in the condo, went in the hot tubs, saw Beauty and the Beast and spent the last evening watching skiers with glow sticks come down the mountain followed by fireworks!
We had lots of laughs and I am excited for future family ski trip!

B's notes

you continue to amaze me every day. You have grown up a ton even in the last four or five months.
You have become an amazing writer at school. It may not be your favorite subject, but you are really good at it. I have had so much fun working with you on your book reports this year. You have put a ton of effort, time and energy into not only getting them done well but going above and beyond and I am super proud of you.
You are doing very well in school....and have learned some valuable lessons....staying on task, getting organized and controlling your temper on the playground during sports (remember Miss Birch's office...argh!) :-) All things that are part of living and learning and you are becoming an even better kiddo because of some of the things you have learned.
You have talked about becoming an engineer, like Uncle Bob and cousin Chandler and in your spare time, you want to be an MLS or NFL player.
You have become an amazing skier...your favorite thing to do is the will look for them on any slope you can find. And mini terrain parks. you have quite a few blacks under your belt and you beg to ski until the lifts are closing down. It's been a ton of fun this season for dad and I both.
You are very busy with soccer and flag football again this spring. You tried out for the competitive team and made it once again for soccer and you are truly a joy to watch on the field. You are a very strong player and make smart decisions on the field. You are equally as talented at flag football. Watching you as wide receiver is a blast as you have skills kid!
You have wrapped up the Harry Potter series ( I think you read it three times) and are onto the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. It's fun to see you get into these books that my brother used to love.
You enjoy your screens when you get them....TV =Lab Rats, Pro Soccer, Broncos games, AGT and anything else we will let you watch! And you love your, Basketball, racing, etc. Any time you can go to an Arcade, you have a ton of fun. and then there's Dart Warz. I think I love that place as much as you do. So fun!
You have balance and I love that about you. You love to read as much as anything else and you are an active healthy kiddo who loves to eat just about everything.
You are a family kid.... you love your sister even though she drives you crazy sometimes. But when it comes down to it, you keep an eye out for her.
you are so polite...always thanking us for the things we do for you and you have really started to think of other people and have turned into a sweet young man.
you just might be starting to develop some crushes (Harper??) but doesn't seem that important to you quite yet. I know you are learning a lot, from swear words to boy/girl "Stuff" and it's new territory for all of us but we will navigate it together!
It's so FUN and rewarding being your mom and I couldn't be more proud and thankful that your are my son!
I love you!

Sweetie Pie's Bday

Sweet Lylah Bean....
I can't believe you turned 8. You are growing up so fast and make me smile every day.
I was still a bit sick with the flu around your bday but that didn't stop us from a yummy dinner at Yabby Hut on your big day and a super fun bowling and arcade game with 14 little ladies.
I love so many things about are snuggly and sweet, funny and cute. You are super smart and take great pride in your school work.
You just read the first 6 Harry Potter books in just a few months and you LOVED them.
You really love Hermione and Harry and Ron...I think they are your favorites. And this week, you saw Beauty and The Beast and loved that too (the movie and the music).
You are starting to get into fashion and you enjoy the dance classes, gymnastics and two days a week of soccer that you are doing right now. Busy, busy girl!
You love to sing and have quite the Beanie Boo collection now. You really do love your brother (Bubba) even though you two drive each other crazy sometimes . You guys have so much fun skiing together and you like similar books and movies now.
You cooked macaroni and cheese for the family (minus dad) recently....yum yum....quite the chef.
You love your family......and you are learning about kindness, courage and being independent. You have tried lots of new things this year and I am so very proud of you.
you ski black moguls better than me, tried ice skating lessons, have tried new amusement park rides, started ordering from restaurants by yourself :-) and have become quite the fun little lady to shop with.
you are the lady of the doubt! and we couldn't love you more!!
Happy 8th Birthday sweet baby girl.
I love you to the moon!

Friday, February 3, 2017


I had my first experience with Vertigo in January this year, January 2nd to be exact!
I woke up after a great night's sleep and as soon as I sat up and tried to put my feet on the floor, I thought the whole world was crashing in. I stumbled to the bathroom, got sick and crawled back to bed, where I stayed put for two full days.
I have never felt anything like it.....couldn't move my head or sit up without feeling awful. It was scary and frustrating and I felt so out of control.

The kids were so amazing...Jon too. Both kiddos would come in and check on me and give me hugs. they brought me things I needed and kept me company and I will remember that forever.
Lylah and I watched movie together in bed while Brady was at a Bball game and they watched me eat raspberry sherbet when nothing else sounded good.

It's now been 4 weeks and I am feeling much better. I am back at work, exercising, etc but I still have moments where I feel out of sorts.

I hope I never feel what I felt back at the beginning of January again though. It was awful!!
Moments like those make you thankful for good health, happy family and just little moments.
Love my family so much!!!!

*****it's now April, and I ended February with Influenza B! First time ever getting that. Let's just say the year was off to a bumpy start. Lylah had strep throat,  an ear infection and a scratched cornea too (Lylah I will never forget the eye drops at the Urgent Care!! :-) . Knock on wood....the boys have been healthy!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

winding down the year, memories to hold dear

 Lylah and Daddy snow man making

 Broncos game versus Kansas City
 Our little soccer star
 Halloween Fun!
 Fall hikes are the best!
 Holiday lights, Hudson Gardens
 Visiting Santa at the South Campus South Pole
Pumpkin prepping. First year carving on their own!

Family Sledding Day

Family Sledding Day