CO Road Trip

We wanted to spend this summer exploring Colorado. We've lived here for two years now and there is still so much for us to see and experience.

Eric carefully planned and plotted out a road trip for us. Weather cut the entire trip short, but you wouldn't know it, seeing how much we did get to do.

Went rafting in Canon City

Drove through the continental divide

spent quality time with Aunt Sue

hiked to the top of Mt Crested Butte

Riley got to visit JoJo

Crossed the Royal Gorge Bridge


Spelling Bee Champion

This year Riley started her pre-kindergarten class. She spent the summer transitioning into the new class with her former teacher. The teachers decided to challenge the kiddos and put on a spelling bee.

We received a list of words for Riley to practice. And practice she did-- we made flashcards, we placed them into stacks to know which words she knew and which words needed more work. She studied right until the morning of the spelling bee.

The teachers did an awesome job setting up the spelling bee in its true format. The class full of 4-5 year-olds sat in two rows, and one by one, each child was called up to the front and given a word to spell. We watched Riley breeze through words like "bat" and "frog" until it was down to her and one other child. The other child was given the word "star," a word that was also one of Riley's more challenging words. The other child misspelled it, and in true spelling bee form, Riley had to correctly spell "star" to clench the spelling bee championship. And that she did!

I have suspicions that the teachers skewed the contest to favor Riley, seeing as Eric and I were two of three parents who arrived to witness it in action. That does not at all take away from how proud I am of our baby girl. She stood and spoke with confidence. She worked hard, and her hard work paid off. And what may seem to most as a silly little spelling bee will remain one of my most favorite memories of Riley.


Words To Live By

One thing I always seem to hear when I talk to others about my young children is "they grow up fast." And lately, that has felt like an understatement. In a few months, my first-born will be five years old. I have no idea how that is even possible.

One of my favorite things about having young children is the way they pronounce certain words. They eventually grow out of these mispronunciations but I never want to forget them. I find it so sweet and adorable, and I hope to document as many of these words as possible.

Connor calls his sister "Rally"
One of their favorite things to eat for breakfast is "shaw-shig"
When we go to the pool, Riley wants to put on her "bay-bing suit"
Connor came home and told me his school had a practice "potato drill" (tornado)
When racing, Connor wants to "beep" the other person (beat)
"milkshakes" are currently "shake milk"
"dessert" used to be "bessert"