July started a little rainy which was amazing. Love walking in the rain and the kids liked playing with umbrellas that spend most of their life packed away.
Then off to the aquarium with Elise as a scuba diver
Vanessa's first time to really care about looking around and she loved it
I let them go in the hurricane room at the aquarium and it was hilarious to watch
Oh my heart--these two love to snuggle and have little sleepovers. Cole adores Elise and finds a lot of comfort with her around.
Grey competed and won FIRST PLACE in baseball skills locally, then won regionally and will be going to compete at a state level. They do a variety of skills such as running bases, throwing, hitting, etc. It is put on by the Rockies. So proud of him.
This girl likes to sneak stuff (like soap) out of our cabinets and hide in our pillows.
A very hot day calls for a hose and washing the dog
Just another Sunday afternoon playing around. Grey wore his new football helmet non stop for weeks.
Birthday check ups at the doctor
We got to all go to Megan's dance recital. She is a beautiful dancer and we loved watching her. Elise went straight home, put on her ballet shoes and danced away.
It wouldn't be summer break without this assortment of books on my nightstand. HELP!!!
My Cole Train is four! It is so fun to watch him grow up and become more independent. He has wanted to be a bigger kid since the day he was born. I feel like he is finally growing into his mindset. He just likes to do things on his own and in his own way. He loves to accomplish things and learn new things. He is incredibly smart. He doesn't read or pick out story books. Every book is about bugs, dinosaurs, snakes, space, etc. He is definitely a non-fiction reader. He makes me crazy one moment and rolling over laughing to tears the next. He is so sweet and loves to hug me, tell me he loves me and kisses me on the cheek. I adore this boy and every bit of him! Happy Birthday Cole! We had a fun water/play/dinosaur party in our back yard with cousins and friends. He had a blast and I love seeing him smile that awesome grin.
Cole's 4-year old birthday quiz:
What is your favorite food?
cake. only cake
What is your favorite vegetable?
What is your favorite fruit?
What is your favorite thing to do?
play with Colin
What are your favorite things to play with?
Elise and dinosaurs
What is your favorite color?
Who are your best friends?
Colin & Allile
What do you like to wear?
This shirt that I'm wearing - a yellow alien space shirt
What is your favorite sport?
football and baseball and soccer
What do you want to be when you grow up?
a giant spider
What are you really good at doing?
What is something that is hard for you to do?
What makes you sad?
that all of you guys are being mean
What makes you happy?
that you are not being mean
What makes you mad?
nothing (as he glares at me)
What is your favorite TV show?
Team Titans Go
What is your favorite book?
Just dinos and bug books
What is your favorite game?
A dino game - I think someone has that game. And I love playing x-box (we don't have one)
What is your favorite animal?
A dino since I love dinos and bugs
What is your favorite song?
I love the dino song that you sing (the song on the game on my tablet)
He got bored after this and bugged so we couldn't finish the whole list of questions. ;)
Sweet Elise is SIX!!! She is still such a doll and I absolutely love having her in our home and family. She is such a great big sister to Cole and Vanessa. She loves to try to get Vanessa dressed and change her diapers. She loves dancing, princesses, makeup, nail polish and boys!
We had a spa/Frozen party for her birthday with a few of her friends. We soaked feet, painted nails & toe-nails, made bead necklaces and did lots of fun girly things. I hired Megan & Brooklynn to help out with the girls and they were so wonderful with them. Happy Birthday to my fun, sweet, kind and loving Elise!
This year's 4th of July was absolutely perfect. We spent the day at a fun pool with food, games, friends & swimming. Then we spent the evening with Dean & Joanne setting off our own little firecrackers while watching the shows across the valley and ahem next door (illegally). So amazing! So grateful for our incredible country and freedoms. I tear up thinking about what our forefathers went through and the visions they had for our great nation. So thankful for them.
We went back to Dillon a week later with our good friends (Denhams). Spent a lot of time talking, going for walks and hanging out at the lake.
We went on one of our favorite hikes--Mayflower Gulch
What we didn't expect were the huge berms of snow and a giant river running down the trail. We all pushed forward and it was an epic adventure. So much fun and we made it to the top.
Elise and Cole started soccer. Although Cole's soccer consisted of crying on the side for one practice and game, Jared & I getting in a huge fight and bagging the whole thing for the season. Elise, however, loved it and when the big boys weren't there, she made some awesome goals!
We also went camping with some friends. It was fantastic until we all squeezed in a tiny tent and Vanessa was awake and crying pretty much all night. I had plans to leave after one night to teach a class--thank goodness! One night was plenty with her. But Jared stayed another night with the boys. Looking forward to many more camping trips--in the future when Vanessa can sleep.
Grey started baseball and pitched AMAZING well his first game. He is a natural & really fun to watch play.
Vanessa is walking! She loves babies, singing, dogs and playing with her siblings. She is such a fun little girl and gets lots of loves from everyone.
We took Grey & Elise to see Wicked with us & Joanne. We have been playing and singing Wicked songs for years so that was really fun to share it with them. They loved it!
Spent some time at our "Colorado beach" at the reservoir. I think we were there for 6 hours and they all still complained when I begged them to go home. They can dig and play in the mud forever.