Sunday, October 15, 2017

Aspen Jazz Fest

Dad and I got to have a new experience this Labor Day, by going to our first real multi day music fest. The weather was amazing, the bands were fantastic and the scenery couldn't be beat.
My favorites were Keith Urban and Maroon 5 (of course!) but it would be hard to have a bad time at such a cool place.
Dad and I enjoyed some pretty hikes and a bit of time by the pool too!
Always nice to have a little date weekend time but we miss you both any time we are away!!

Back to School!

Summer was over before we knew it. I think this was the best summer for you both yet, with some very cool camps, hikes, family trips and adventures.
You both seemed excited to start another year although there has not been a first day of school that has gone by where I have not cried.
So far, so good with the school year.
Brady, you love your teacher (Miss Snowden) more than you have ever loved any other ever before. She is interesting and funny and makes learning enjoyable. I haven't heard you talk about school like this ever before. I think school is going to be a great experience for you this year. Although you are testing your boundaries with a few incidents in the classroom that have proven to be learning experiences for all of us (chromebooks and Snowden store tickets!!)

And Lylah, you have started off in your class as such a leader.  Miss Bartlett says you are a joy to have in class...so smart and good and leading by example. I am very proud of both of you!

It's been a few months since I have written, so I will catch you both up in this one post.
Lylah, you had an amazing dance recital at the end of summer. you looked beautiful and did such a great job during both of your dances.
And Brady, you tried out for the competitive soccer team this year and you made the Blue Rush team. What a stud!!! You have grown and progressed so much at soccer and you practice so hard, even on your own time.
You have started running with me on Sundays. We started at 2 miles and today was our longest run yet, finishing at 4.2 miles. It's been so much fun to have this time with you.
Lylah, you and I have had so much fun shopping for fall. you have quite the fashion sense now and you are a great buddy to shop with. You have also become quite the little soccer player, excelling at offense more now than ever.
We had a few firsts this past month. While dad was on a hike one Friday, we ventured out to the US Women's National Soccer game and had a blast (although dinner took forever. We made the best of it!).
And then we went to our first CU football game. What an experience. We decided college games are super fun, the seats from Children's Hospital were THE BEST and the CU campus was pretty darn cool.
Brady started playing the trumpet in the school band and Lylah started a cheer/pom class which is a whole new experience.
So fun to watch you both explore new things.
I can't wait for what fall has in store for us.
Love you both so much!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Happy 10th Bday Brady.....10 years?!?!?

Brady,
Happy double digit bday my bubba! you are amazing. On the night of your bday this week, I laid in bed with you and we read old Blog posts that I had written on each of your previous bdays. You were really into it and asked me to keep reading more. I can't believe how fast the years have by.

Best part of the day, other than the time with family, sushi dinner, Despicable Me Movie and time in our pool was when we laid in bed and you told me I was the best momma in the world, dad was the best dad and Lylah was the best sister. How are you so cool????
I think you enjoyed the day.....you ate more sushi than I have ever seen you eat!!

and we hit a milestone for sure! It was definitely bittersweet. Out of the blue, you asked me if Santa Clause gave you the Xbox or if we did (well of course Santa did!)
What you were getting at was the inevitable question of whether or not Santa was really real? and what about that Easter bunny, you asked?!
Well, I pulled you in my room, shut the door and told you I would not lie to you if you asked me anything.
So you asked and I told you the truth. We talked about that while the story of Santa may not be real, the magic of him and everything about the holidays is definitely real. The traditions and the joy that "Santa" and the Xmas spirit brings to families like ours is amazing and I couldn't imagine growing up any different. We told about the birth of Jesus and the celebration of Xmas. And I thought you would ask next if you still get Santa presents but instead, you sweetly asked if that was really expensive for dad and I to buy Santa presents and presents from us. How kind of you think about us when you had just learned that we were playing the role of Santa!
You are getting older, wiser and that much more grown up. I so love our talks and am glad that you feel comfortable coming to me when you have questions. so while I am sad that there is no more Santa for you, I am so glad that we are growing together as you grow up!
XOXO Happy Bday!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cousin, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparents, "Oh My"


What a fun time this trip was!! We got to go to Buena Vista to see Grandmamma and Grandbob, Uncle Bob, Aunt Kelly, Karsten and Keira. Love our family time!

Couple of trip highlights you kiddos may remember:
Hiking-longest one mile hike that was super fun ...Lylah lost her precious stick that she threw in the water
Fish hatchery -hundreds of fish jumping out of the water and splashing us for food
Whitewater rafting-So fun! I was scared at first but once I got on and saw how much fun Brady and Lylah were having, I joined in on the laughs and screams too. Poor Keira cried more than half the ride!
Hot Springs-soaking up the mountain water
Pool slide -built into the side of the mountain
loft sleeping -kids had a blast sleeping up in the loft together . Grown ups didn't get much sleep :-)
toilet paper roll puppet show -highlight of the trip was the puppet show all four cousins put on for us the very last night we were there.
They planned out an entire show, writing scripts, editing, making up characters and then acting out the show.
It was AMAZING!!!






Tennis, Hair and summer fun

Lots of fun this summer....and can't believe that 2nd and 4th grade are over!....camps have been a huge hit, from Harry Potter camp for Brady to Week at the Spa and Kids Stage for Lylah.

This summer marks the first year that Brady has been able to play full on games of tennis with me and it's so awesome! He is really getting into it (playing four times in one week) and has some really good shots. I love that this is a sport we can all play together! we had a blast at a Rapids game together...Rapids won and the kids got to go on the field right after the game and Brady found out he made one of the competitive soccer teams this year!

And sweet Lylah.....the past 6 months, you have been all about doing your own hair. It's hard me for to not be able to brush your hair anymore but you have wanted to take over. And you brush and brush and brush....when you wake up and right before you go to bed!
You learned some amazing hand massages at your Spa camp and you have been sweet enough to give me one or two. And you had your real acting debut where you learned your own lines to play the Butcher and Candlestick maker in Beauty and the Beast.We were so proud of you!

We were able to sneak in two hikes so far....hoping for a few more but one was on Mom's Day and everyone had a complaint free hike in honor of me :-) Super fun morning.

This summer has been full of time at the Grant Ranch pool with friends, backyard pool time, mini golf, sleepovers galore, tennis lessons, family time and more.

I love these days where we get more time together and get to play outside!!








Surprise!!!


Walt Disney World and Universal Studios 2017!
I've called it the Trip of  Lifetime and that was no joke. I can certainly say I will never forget the magic of this trip and I hope you two feel the same way.
This was a tough one to pull off as a surprise. As you guys have gotten older, it's harder to keep you from discovering when I am planning something. But in this case.....we did it!!
We had you all the way to the airport and you still thought we were picking up Uncle Bob for a work trip when we told you that instead, we were getting on a plane to Florida.
Lylah was excited and smiling from ear to ear and Brady, you were a lot like me....shocked that you had been surprised and asking about school and sports. Once it soaked in and you digested this was actually happening, then the excitement set in.
Everything about the trip was amazing!!!
Day one was Animal Kingdom...with backwards roller coasters, rafting rides and a safari. The one ride that got us all was called Dinosaur and it turned out to be a whole lot scarier than any of us expected, which made it that much more memorable!





We stayed at the Beach Club Villas, on a cute little lake,across from the Boardwalk at Epcot. It was perfect and allowed us to have ice cream every single night at the Ample Hills Creamery. YUM! We loved watching the street performers and having your caricatures done.

Day two was Universal Studios where your dreams of going to Harry Potter Land came true. Butter Beer and Hogsmeade Express, Flight of the Hippogriff coaster and the magical wands. Nothing there disappointed! We actually really liked Universal in general....fun rides including the River Raft ride that soaked us all and created lots of laughs. The Men in Black ride that spun and spun at the end that none of us expected.

Day three was Magic Kingdom which brought back memories of our trip to Disney Land four years earlier. But this time there were more rides that you were ready to try...Space Mountain for Brady. Snow White's Roller coaster, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion (where Brady clung so tight to me!) and the Monsters Inc Laugh floor where we all laughed until our faces hurt (and they used Brady's joke in the show!!)

Fireworks each night (although one main night where we watched from the bridge)

And then Epcot on the last day.....so much fun on the Test track ride (2x), Mission Space, Soarin, and several interesting and educational rides that you both seemed to enjoy about mother earth, farming, etc. and a tour of the World Showcase.
We made the most of every minute of the trip and had some of the best laughs and together time we have ever had.

I am so thankful that we were able to create these memories and have the fantastic photos to show for it after.
These types of trips don't happen often (especially to be able to pull off as a surprise) but I am so very happy that we invested the time and money into an experience we all will never forget as a family.
Love you bunches!
Mama

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!
Mama

Family Sledding Day

Family Sledding Day