VBS 2017

This year, Riley was of school age to participate in our church's vacation bible school. So we made it a family affair-- I volunteered and Riley got to be in a small group (and Connor in the preschool program). I was a leader for a group of the sweetest fifth graders. And while I was focusing on giving them the message, it was sweet to be able to see Riley interact with her group from the corner of my eye. She was very invested in the lessons and the worship. And seeing my shy girl just praise the Lord in song and dance was an awesome treat.


Earrings for Riley

Eric and I agreed when Riley was born that we would let her make the decision as to if/when she wanted to get earrings. For the last year, she had been asking us to get her ears pierced, but I would ask her repeatedly if she was sure that she wanted them and she would change her mind. This pattern carried on for a long time until the last week, she asked and we told her to take the week to think about it and if by Friday she doesn't change her mind, we would take her. Not only did she not change her mind, she reminded us daily that Friday would be the day. And in typical Riley fashion, she was tough-- no tears-- and left very smiley at her new accessories.
I got sentimental and asked her if I could take
one last photo of her ears without earring holes

and here is that sweet ear with some new bling.


Run, Van, Run!

On my birthday this year, my sweet neighbors along with a couple of glasses of wine convinced me to commit to running a half marathon. The last time I trained for a half, I found out a week prior that I was pregnant with Connor. So I had to take it easy, and since then I have not been able to run more than 3 miles. I had always had in my mind the goal to attempt another race, and this was it. 

Eric was out of town on a men's retreat, so Chi Hai so graciously flew out with the twins to hang out with my two rugrats while I ran. She even accompanied me to a Zumba event the night before.

cousin time at the pool

Zumba with my sis!

The race was more challenging that I had trained for. While the town where I live is full of hills, the race had a massive incline towards the end. But I kept at it and finished in about 2 and a half hours. Which is probably an hour faster than the last race that I ran.
funny sign that kept me running

cutest cheering squad

finish line!

happy race finisher with family
Training was time consuming and of course tiresome, but with the support of my family, I was able to accomplish a goal that I had put on the back burner. While I would never consider myself a runner, there were times when running felt freeing and therapeutic. So much so, that I have signed up for another race in Aspen this fall!


Easter 2017

He is risen in deed! We had just a traditional Easter Sunday. Woke up and made the kids the annual Easter Bunny cinnamon rolls. We partook in some coloring of Easter eggs, and then dressed them up and headed to church. The kids came home with sweet little crafts to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus. We enjoyed a quiet dinner at home, thankful for all that we have because of His sacrifice.


Skiing @ A-Basin

Eric planned a spontaneous ski trip for our family to Keystone. Allow me to set the scene for you a little bit.

Last year, we went to Breckinridge and we tried the kids out with skiing for the first time. I'm convinced Connor spent the majority of his lesson just making goo-goo eyes at the instructors. Riley, on the other hand, picked it up fairly quickly and the instructors had her go on a lift that ended up being a very lengthy run. She was doing wonderfully, but a storm was rolling in and the instructors received communication to get the kids under shelter, as lightening had been seen. My intuitive girl picked up on the tension of the situation, and this traumatized her. She was convinced that she disliked skiing and never wanted to go again.

Fast forward to our trip this year. Up to the very morning of checking them into their class, Riley was insistent that she does not want to ski. We asked her to keep an open mind and try it just one more time, and if she didn't like it, she would not have to do it again. And she stepped up to the challenge and ended up loving it so much that when her class was over, we ate lunch and she asked us to take her back up the slopes.

Not to leave Connor out, he also showed a lot of improvement from last year. Of no surprise to us, this boy was fearless and just flew down the slopes, even if it meant a tumbling stop at times.

The two of them were just filled with so much joy and we had to practically peel them off the slopes as evening hit. I loved watching them fall in love with something new and will always remember the look complete happiness on their faces.

Stayed at a resort in Keystone

My big skiers

Genuine face of happ

Connor in action

Took a gondola up to a snow adventure

we love tubing!

happy that our kids are so happy


Dr Seuss Week

This week was Dr. Seuss week at the kids' school. My old, embarrassing ASB self came out and made sure the kids were decked out for every spirit day theme the entire week.
Connor's crazy hair day

Bird girl for crazy hair day

And while the week of dressing up was fun (believe me, I was way more amused than a grown person should be by this), what I will remember most is Riley improving her reading skills. This week motivated her to pick up Dr. Seuss books and practice her sight words and fine tune her sounding out of new words. So proud of my little reader!


Easy Baker Riley

This week, Riley came home just talking non-stop about this "easy bake oven" that she had heard from a friend at school. I don't think she had even seen one before, but she instantly became fascinated by the concept of baking by herself. So she asked if she cracked open her piggy bank and purchase her very own. 

I volunteered to drive Riley to the store to make her purchase. As we stepped out into the garage, she said "mommy, maybe we should take Daddy's truck, in case the oven is too big to fit in your car." The innocence of this statement is something that will stick with me forever.

Her first batch-- she handed out to neighbors

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