Sunday, November 17, 2013

{Skate to Celebrate}

I can't believe Kaleb turned 6 in October and it is already almost December and he is already almost 6 years and 2 months. Time flies without even realizing it passed and then you look back and say phew! Did that really just happen??? My boy is no longer a baby…he is a handsome young man, smart, kind, compassionate, creative, athletic, and independent. 

Allowing him to exercise his independence I let him pick what he wanted to do for his birthday party this year and he picked a skate party. Any type of party is an opportunity for me to use my creativity so I was all about a skate party {I also let him choose what he wanted to do for his party this year because I already know what I am doing for his birthday next year (pumpkin patch) and the year after (his golden birthday) of course only if he is ok with these party ideas ;)}. 


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Glow sticks, # 6's with wheels, and fun bright colors…perfect party atmosphere:)



Kaleb's little friends received a party favor bag with lots 
of fun goodies in it that said, "I am wheelie glad you came."




We ate, skated, and celebrated! 

This year Kaleb was so excited because he invited a bunch of friends from school. You should have seen the look on his face when they showed up for his party. He was the happiest boy in the world. As always our amazing family was there celebrating alongside with us. Thank heavens for tvs in the cafe area though because it was Sunday and if you know my family it is flooded with Bronco fans and me being unaware of game time that Sunday I planned Kaleb's party smack dab in the middle of the game. You know you are really important when your family will skip a Bronco game to go to a party. 

                           

Simplicity was key for me this year and I went for 
a simple brownie cookie cake. It was a hit!


My handsome birthday boy! He was patiently waiting to 
have his Daddy light the candles so we could sing to him:)



He was so excited about all the gifts he received!



They had these cool rolling skate aid things that a lot of the kids used. 
It helped them feel more confident about skating for sure!


Check out the boys' shirts…That how I roll! Made special by my amazing sister!!!

We had so much fun skating around with our family and friends and jamming to tunes like the YMCA, and Pump Up the Jam. It brought back memories of Friday nights spent with my friends at the skating rink and even more so memories of my Grandma Laura talking about her roller skating days as a young girl. It is funny how an activity can evoke so many wonderful memories. We definitely need to go skating more often because not only is it so much fun, but it is a great workout too!



Surrounded by lots of great family and friends





Sunday, November 10, 2013

{A Season of Soccer}

We had a great soccer season this year. What made it even better was that it was Kody and Kaden's first year of playing so all 3 boys were able to play on the same team. My cousin Brian {Kody's Dad} even volunteered to coach. Needless to say, we had a lot of fans on the sideline rootin' for these three soccer studs! Also, their team was quite good and even though you don't keep score at this age, I think they won most of their games. 





Sideline buddies!


Hight kick


Corner kick


Kaleb was good about cheering on his teammates when he wasn't playing


Collision course…right after this Kaden and the little boy in the hat ran right into one another. Bumps, falls, and stumbles are just part of the game…especially for my little man Kaden who seems to fall a lot!


Game face


One of our cute fans


Throw in


At the end of every game the kids got to run through a tunnel…at this age the
 most important thing is that the kiddos are having fun and really learning to 
follow directions, learning how to work as a team and building friendships.

It was a wonderful season!!! Thank you to all who came and cheered the boys on this season. You all don't know how much it means to me and them that they have so much support behind them.

{Backtracking…just a bit}

Now that it is Fall and almost going to be Winter, when I am feeling cold I always like to look back on our Summertime fun and remember the warmth of the sun on my face as I played outside with the boys and their laughter as they enjoyed the freedom to run around with no shoes and no cares in the world…this warms me up right away!


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I was browsing through Summer pictures and I found some images from a very special day we had together as a family. It was probably one of my most favorite days we spent together this past Summer…playing games at the Penny Arcade in Manitou and enjoying an afternoon of picnicking creekside and wading through a trail of watery exploration. So even though Summer is long gone, my memories of this day aren't and I just had to share.


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I am so blessed by my boys big and small. I don't know what I would do without them in my life. I am also blessed that I have my camera to capture these memories so they will last forever!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

{Back to School}

In August I held Back to School Minis and of course I had to get my two cute boys in on the action. Here are some of the images from my session with them!


My handsome boys!


Brotherly love!


 


"When I grow up I want to be a zookeeper!" My boys loves animals!








"When I grow up I want to be a circus elephant!" Well at least Kaleb can take care of him!

{The Start of Something New}

This new school year is in full swing and we have so much going on...homework, fundraising, parent teacher conferences, pto meetings, awards assemblies, class parties. It is such a busy and fun time in our lives. Kaleb is spending his days at school and soaking in lots of information and Kaden is attending preschool 4 days a week now in the afternoons. 


Kaleb is doing wonderful in kindergarten and making lots of new friends and discoveries. We just had his parent teacher conferences and he got great marks. Kaleb is one smart boy and I get told all the time from his teacher that he is a good and kind friend as well. He even tells his teacher that she is pretty and looks nice. That's my boy! We just attended his first awards assembly this past week and he received a white card for doing well in school and he was even chosen to play a game for his class and he won. I am so proud of Kaleb and all his growth already and it is only the first semester in school.



My Kaden is doing great too. The extra time at school is drastically expanding his knowledge and growth. I sure do miss him though. It was hard for me at first to let him go two more days than he did last year but I know he loves it. I go and volunteer in his classroom and love being around all those cute  little preschoolers. They are at such a fun age...so curious and soooooooooooooooooooo cute!



As you can probably tell I am one proud mama and continue to applaud the accomplishments my boys make in and out of school. I know I am biased but they are pretty darn handsome and smart little boys and I look forward to all their successes in the future!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fresh Air & Adventure - Camping Part 2

Just a few more pictures from our end of Summer camping trip. I don't think there is any need to explain...the pictures tell the story of all of the fun we had and the beauty of the great outdoors around us that we got to experience. 















Andrea loves Kyle!


Laura loves Clint!