Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

The weather for memorial day weekend was awesome so we took advantage of all 3 days. 

Saturday we woke up bright and early and headed up to Estes Park for a hike. We had wanted to hike Bridal Veil Falls, but the parking area was already full. So instead we headed to another nearby hike "Pearl Lake." 

It was an amazingly beautiful day and a great hike with friends: 

Here we are at Pearl Lake:

Sunday night we headed over to the drive in theatre with a bunch of friends from Jack's school. We showed up early at 6:30pm and there was already a huge line. Thankfully we still got good parking spots and we had 2.5 hours to kill before the movie even started.

That's why it was great to go with so many friends. The kids just ran around and played football, frisbee, bubbles, etc. They had so much fun before the movie even started:
Finally the movie started around 9:30pm and Jack and Lily were able to stay awake for the entire movie. There was a second movie that started at 11pm but we decided to head home and call it a night since we had another fun day planned for the next morning.

Monday morning (memorial day) we headed out to Flatiron reservoir for a BBQ with Jack's school friends. We got there early to set up and the girls went straight to the sand pit. Josie gave herself a sand bath:
Jack and Luke fished and caught one good size fish that we were able to grill up
We had a BBQ and s'mores. The kids had a great time
A big storm rolled through, so for about 5-10 minutes we had to take shelter under the pavilion. It was a perfect opportunity for a group picture
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful area. 
Josie's lunch consisted of cheetos and oreos. She didn't seem to mind
The kids had so much fun running around the whole area. It was great to be outside on such a beautiful day.
But we were exhausted after the long weekend. Luke fell asleep on the couch when we got home... and I took advantage of that opportunity:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Other May Happenings

May has been a great month! Finally the weather is turning warm and we can see summer is coming. The girls went shopping and got some bathing suits to prepare for pool days: 

The days are getting longer and busier. Poor Josie is just along for the ride. Sometimes she is just so tuckered out that she has to nap whenever/wherever she can:

Jack's 2nd grade english class wrote and published a book. We got to go to the official reading of the book. The story was based on portals and each kid got to write one page of somewhere the portal took them. Jack wrote about a place called "baby land' filled with lots of babies.

It was finally warm enough to start wearing shorts again. I pulled out this really cute hand-me-down from Lily's old clothes.
The kids and I went to the "Kites in the Park" event by our house. Unfortunately there was no wind that day. The kids just had to run to try to keep their kites in the air.
We have had many park days. Lily knows how to swing herself. It is such a liberating accomplishment.

One afternoon we went to Odell's brewery for a flyfishing event. The kids got these free tshirts and then we entered into a raffle and won all sorts of other really cool prizes. It was pretty awesome.

One Sunday afternoon we took the kids for a 5 mile bike ride/run. They rode their bikes, Luke and I ran. Both kids did amazing with very little complaining.
On our way home we stopped by the park to let them cool off:

Lots of fun videos this month:

Here is Josie at gymnastics swinging into the foam pit. She has such an adventurous spirit

And here is Lily flipping off the bar at the park. Another adventurous soul:

Josie has learned how to say her name and it is the cutest thing ever "Doe dee" 

Lily has always loved to sing in the car and now Josie is taking after her sister. I just love to turn off the radio and listen to them sing when I drive:

Josie is a spunky one. So much sass and spitfire in this girl:

We started teaching Josie how to play hide-and-seek this month. She is so much fun!

Josie loves ants and all little bugs. Her and Lily can be entertained for hours watching an ant crawl around the house: 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lily and preschool

Lily graduated from preschool this month! The last month of preschool was filled with all sorts of fun events. One of which was a field trip to the farm. Here are Lily and her friend Reese on the big tractor:

Lily singing in the silo

Feeding the goats

Lily and her best friend Reese

On her last day of school Lily had a graduation party. Lily dressed her very best, she still loves her high heeled shoes the most

All the kids got to sing for us:

And afterwards we had a pizza party.

Hard to believe our little girl is going to kindergarten next year! She is a rockstar!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May fishing

The kids have been fishing a ton this month. Almost enough fishing that Jack declared he was "fished out!" We have been fishing with friends at a park by our house. This little pond has so many hungry fish that they were practically jumping onto our poles. Every kid caught at least one fish. Jack caught so many that he finally got bored and went to play on the playground instead: