Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scenes of Denver

The Lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel
We went on the coolest tour here. The hotel historian was weaving tales of gold, ghosts and brothels. The hotel has so much history. We took tours of the Presidential suite, saw Napoleon's treasures, and searched for intentional artistic mistakes in the hotel.

(me sitting on the President's bed)

Denver has the best and biggest maze of an REI store. I think Cory was in heaven. I was just hoping to not get lost.

We went to a Rockies game in Coors stadium. Afterwards, we ate the best meatball sub I have ever had (actually it was the only meatball sub I have ever had but I'm still sure it is the best).

We took a tour of the Unsinkable Molly Brown's house (big lions on her front porch) and went to the King Tut exhibit.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Birthday Wishes


you have the most infectious laugh . . . remember when we went to the Oakley rodeo and the dog's did all of those funny tricks? no one around us was really laughing at the dogs. they loved your amazing, hearty, eye-watering laugh and were laughing right along with you.

you are so good with your little cousins . . . and any other toddler you spend time with. we are always so proud of your patience, tenderness and responsibility with them.

you are smart, determined, loving and kind.

happy birthday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Yesterday I shuffled the kids off to school and decided I needed to start cooking/baking again. I always "joke" that we eat out six times a week. This is only a joke because we don't eat out six "times," we eat out six "days." Often Lunch and Dinner. Since we remodeled the kitchen, I can't seem to master my oven. Its a nice professional oven. Apparently you actually have to be a professional cook to use it. With the kids out of the house I decided to make Lion House rolls and homemade Oreos. I started the roll dough only to discover I have no salt. Really? Who runs out of salt. Since my parents are a few doors down, I have an emergency stash to access. I got in my golf cart, pulled out of the garage, and bent down to put the golf cart in forward gear when I noticed something in front of me. I looked up and less than five feet in front of me, I see a huge buck . . . just standing there staring at me.

I didn't know what to do. I couldn't reverse . . . fence
I couldn't go to the side . . . retaining wall
Pulling back into the garage is a slow process
Couldn't go forward . . . buck

So we both sat. For several second although it seemed like a lifetime. Then suddenly, my golf cart started to buzz. It has a buzzer that lets you know when you are in reverse.
It never works . . . until now.
The golf cart starts to buzz, I jump from the noise, the deer takes off.
I snuck in and grabbed my camera and tracked him down across the street eating the neighbors apples from their tree.

Monday, August 23, 2010

School is In

Its official . . . School has begun.
No more Mondays at Cowabunga Bay
No more sleeping until 10:00 every morning
No more afternoon movies

We held our 2nd annual "First Day of School" breakfast. We set out donuts, pastries, fruit and drinks on our front walk for all the kids at our bus stop to enjoy. Since our bus stop consists of Zach, Grant and Ella, their four cousins, and their five closest friends in the neighborhood, it works out well. It also helps to take away those first morning jitters.