The Birthday party was a success - sort of! It was really hot that day (in the 90's) and the T-Shirt thing didn't go quite as planned - but overall it was a great day! I was so busy that I didn't have time to stop and take it all in. After everyone went home and we were cleaning up I looked at my little girl; who seemed so big! I swear just last week she was barely crawling. Where did the time go? After the day was done, she looked at me and asked if she could have another "par-ree" tomorrow. I smiled and told her everyday was a party at our house, which appeased her!
The kids all said they had a great time (with exception of a few - but hey! You can't please them all right?) The pinata was a hit and the pool was a welcomed addition! At the end of the party I put my suit on and got in to cool off - which was my first mistake. The kids decided to dunk me. Then we decided it would be fun to throw Aunt JJ in too! :-) Of course no one captured this event on film. Actually it's a good thing because Im sure it wasn't the most picturesque scene!
Thanks to all my family and friends who helped make the day special!
Here are a few pics of the day!
Errr...see above. Sorry.
Tuesday Jamie and i took the girls to 2 Dollar Tuesday at the Ridge. We had so much fun! The girls laughed and played and played some more! I was missing my brother so I decided to be "incognito" like him. It wasn't near as funny as he was but it still made Jamie laugh. The first few pics are of last year - I thought I had a picture of him being incognito with goggles on - but I can't find them, so these will have to do!
We miss you brother! Come home soon - and come home safe!
The sweetest girl in the whole wide world
The sweetest girl and her cousin decided to attach aunt JJ - and some little boy who wandered by thought it looked like fun - and joined in!Well , I better get going! Check back soon!
I have been putting off writing this blog, because I was really conflicted and emotional about it. Monday, Jamie and I went to the Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow concert and Red Rocks. It was amazing and beautiful and wonderful! We both had a blast - although be both forgot how much of a hike it was to actually get to Red Rocks (ahem, it was A LOT easier in high school). We did miss Brandi's first song (I was almost devastated because that's who I came to see) but I quickly got over it and enjoyed the rest of her set; which was awesome by the way! If you have never had the pleasure of listening to her music you can check her out on my tunes. She really is gifted and her music brings me to tears sometimes (in a good way). Something exciting happened too! I won ticket a 20 row ticket upgrade! So, we moved to row 15 and saw Sheryl Crow much closer! It was so cool! Sheryl was as good as I remembered her and Brandi was even better!
Any way - we got there and I was looking around at the beauty that is Red Rocks and remembering a time before I was a wife and a mom - and all the carefree things that made up my life then. I have to admit that I was a little sad. I do miss being able to take off when I want and go where I want and not worry about bed time or nap time or if I have enough diapers. Back in the day - concerts were my "thing". I would see at least 6 shows a year. They were my escape - my freedom, my dream. I would listen to my idols and watch them on stage and dream it was me and what it must feel like to have "that". "That" feeling is why I went - and obviously the music. Anyone who knows me -knows that I am a music freak. Always have been and always will be. During Sheryl Crows set I began missing my family - I wished they could have been there enjoying the music and the scene and taking it all in with me. I was having a great time - and this is where I realized that I don't really want to take off at a whim anymore - or do what I want when I want. I want my family with me! So it was so nice to have "my time" and to enjoy a night like it used to be... but in the end I was so thankful to come home to my husband and my precious baby girl. Thank you Jesus!
Brandi and Sheryl Crow!
We had a blast!
Love is free
Well, its late and I have to go to work in the morning!
Yesterday Jamie and I took the kids to lunch and to Michael's for a crafting event they were holding. The kids got to make paper flowers, a vase and a cute little caterpillar. They intently listened to the instructor and were so proud when they were finished. Kaitlyn was especially proud of her "snakey worm"!
The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes, but they had a great time.
Afterward, the kids scattered and Breanna went over to Kylie's house to play. We joined Jan and Krista for cards and let the kids play until late in the evening. Mike won first and I got second in a heated three person showdown!
We put "June Bug" and "Bean" on the bed together and put a movie on. They were soon out and sleeping like angels! It's safe to say they had a great time - as you can clearly see!
Well That's all for now - Jamie says she feels another shopping spree coming on! Yay for me! :-)
A few days ago Jamie and I, along with Kaitlyn, went shopping. My Goal was to get Kaitlyn some summer time jammies, and a couple of shirts for me. I now remember why I don't go shopping with my Sister. She convinces me that EVERYTHING is SO cute and I "must buy it now"! So, $100.00 later I decided to buy Mike a couple of outfits to soften the blow! He He! If you're wondering if it worked - sorta. I bought him two outfits - and he says "Thanks. Wish you would have gotten socks." Serious? I could have gotten by with just a bag of socks. Lesson learned. I'm sure next time I'll get it right! :-) For anyone who is interested Kohl's is having a pretty good sale. All the shorts, capri's and summertime shirts are buy one get one free. Most of the kids clothes are buy one get and TONS of things are 40% off. We ended up getting Kaitlyn like 5 pairs of jammies, and 5 or 6 outfits... I lost count. And, by "we" I mean Jamie. She bought her a ton of really cute clothes! Just in the nick of time. This girl is growing like a weed I tell you! She is getting bigger every week it seems. Anyway - I digress . While Jamie and I we're shopping for cute outfits for Kaitlyn, she was trying on shoes. And was quite disgusted when I wouldn't let her buy even one pair of 3x over-sized shoes. She looked at me with a frown and said "BUT - These are really cute and sparkly." I had to pry them out of my sister's hands because as I've learned, if Kaitlyn says something is cute and sparkly Jamie MUST buy it for her. Sigh. So - That's why I'm in trouble. My daughter loves shoes (an addiction I'm all too familiar with) and her Aunt thinks its perfectly OK to buy 5 pairs of shoes that are too big for her just because they are cute and sparkly. (Insert big sigh and head shaking here.) It's funny because back in the pre-mommy (and pre-married) days , I was the same with her kids. I would show up at Jamie's house with hundreds of dollars of clothes and toys (mostly loud obnoxious ones with whistles and lights!) at a time - and I wouldn't even bat an eye. They were for my nieces and/or nephew. Period. And, if Akasha or Jarod wanted something they knew all they had to do was smile at me and say "kee-kee, my would like to have..." and I would melt and get it for them. I know my sister always appreciated it, even if she yelled at me to stop. So, I hope she knows how much I appreciate it - even when I'm yelling at her to stop! :-)
Kaitlyn and one of her new outfits.
Speaking of Jamie - that poor girl is laid up in the spare bedroom, cut off from the world - because she has Step. Eeeew. She was complaining of a sore throat while we were shopping. I thought it might be from the change in the weather and the dryness here. Nope. I took her to the ER yesterday and she did not look good. She looks a little better day - not much. Hopefully she'll be up and running by weeks end. So, I just get Kaitlyn well - and Jamie gets sick. Honestly I thought Mike and I would be sick too - with all the work we had been doing in the past few weeks - but knock on wood - nothing yet!
Mike did finish the dog run - and here is a pic if you're interested! :-) A big thanks to Rayme for all of his help!
Denali and Kody
Well, I better get busy! Check back for updates soon!