Monday, August 24, 2015

back to school

Summer has ended and school has started.  Everyone was excited to get back into the routine and see their friends.  Happy first day of 4th grade, 3rd grade, and pre K!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Barrett's birthday party

We celebrated Barrett's birthday at Top Golf with some of his friends.  It was a fun party!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Viva Las Vegas

Cody and I have been saying for years, probably since before we were married, that we wanted to get our vows renewed by Elvis in Las Vegas.  Our 15 year anniversary seemed like the perfect time.  This was my first time in Vegas and we had an awesome time.  We stayed at the Mirage which was great. Chris and Heather went too and Jeremy and Tammine came later. 

We had lots of good laughs and quotes to remember (most of them would be inappropriate to write here). 
For our memories:
Casino Royale
Craps Machine
Hot dogs
double entendres
"Yo!" ~ Chris
The picture Heather took in the limo

For the vow renewal, "late in life" Elvis had us say some special vows that went like this:

"I, Cody, promise to always Love You Tender, to never leave you at Heartbreak Hotel, to never have a Suspicious Mind, and to always be your Hunk, a Hunk of Burnin' Love."
"I, Jessica, promise to Love You Tender, to never Return you to Sender, never Step on Your Blue Suede Shoes, and to always be your loving' Teddy Bear."

After we said goodbye to Elvis at the chapel, we took a Limo ride out to the Las Vegas sign with a photographer to get some great shots with the awesome city icon. We also went to the Neon Museum which was really cool and interesting, but very hot. 

Oh! And we went to see a very entertaining show called Absinthe where we sat directly across form the human dream catcher himself, Steven Tyler!  I love him! (There was an Aerosmith concert the night before.)

Moulin Rouge Sign rearranged to say "in love"

Steven Tyler and a heart-shaped cloud 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Colorado Trip

We have had an awesome travel-filled summer!  After we got back from Florida, we started packing up for Colorado.  We stayed in a cute 70's A frame chalet complete with awesome wallpaper, a Radarange (pre-microwave), and a tent bunk room.

Left picture is of the "far-out" wallpaper in one of the bathrooms in our beloved 70's chalet.

We all acquired new nicknames on this trip.  Barrett is Thunder Bear, Kyle is Rocky Nacho Libre, and Annabelle is Toot 'n' Tote 'em...Or Thunder, Rocky and Toot for short.
Cody is Boots McGee, and I am TeaPee.

Thunder, Toot and Rocky standing on the very spot where I want to build a little vacation home...(sigh) a girl can dream.

Everyone's favorite part of the trip was our day in Crested Butte.  We got off to a slow start with construction closing the road down to one lane in multiple spots, but we soon forgot all about that when we drove into this cute town!  We rode the chair lift to the top of the mountain, played mini golf, panned for gold and jewels, bungee bounced, and had an awesome dinner on a patio overlooking the Butte with a live concert playing on the other side of the railing.  It was a magical day and the kids even let me take a few pictures.

We also rafted on the Arkansas River and the kids explored, looking for gold between the rocks.  We also enjoyed a day of dipping in the hot springs on Mount Princeton.

On our last day, we not-so-fearlessly drove to the top of Pike's Peak.  The wind was shaking the car which was overheating due to the incline and I was freaking out just a little bit...okay, a lot a bit...I made Cody turn around when we were probably one switchback short of the peak.  Then we went to Garden of the Gods which is nicely planted firmly on the ground with views of Pike's Peak.

We picked up 3 coon skin hats on the way to Crested Butte for Toot, Rocky, and Thunder

Kyle on the bungee jump thing and the deer we saw from the ski lift

 "It's a Butte, Clark, it's a Butte!"

 Garden of the Gods

 Searching for gold, pretty rocks, and other surprises and Annabelle playing with a chipmunk on the way up Pike's Peak

 In front of Pike's Peak

View from the *almost* top of Pike's Peak

These next photos were taken with a film underwater camera while white water rafting and at the hot springs...I am SO grateful for digital photos!

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