Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Annie Gets Married!!!

My oldest, and one of my best, friends got married!
Annie was my first friend.
Her Dad was the pastor at the little community church that I grew up in.

 

Over the years, we've lived close...and we've lived far apart, but we have that friendship that never misses a beat.
She was by my side the day I said my I dos and I am so honored that I was by her side this weekend when she married a great guy!

The wedding was in a beautiful mountain setting.
The girls hung out all day and got ready together in the apartment above the barn at the ranch.

I snuck in a pre-wedding #bridesmaidselfie : )

Annie let us each pick out our own dress.
Bless you Anne.
I was so in love with mine and my accessories!
And my hair...Brian's {the groom} sweet cousin fixed my hair for me...could not have loved it more.
I told her that I like "big hair."
And well, she nailed it.

Let's back up a second...speaking of dresses...Anne's dress.
I have no words for how much I love her dress.
It was perfect.


I totally stole this perfect picture of the couple off of Facebook.
It just makes me happy : )


Post wedding, I was able to get a pic with T and GW before they became covered in watermelon, cake pops and smores.
Um yeh, watermelon, cake pops and smores -- most fun {and laid back} wedding reception ever.

LOVE this pic of me and my littles!!


I think hope my Mom has a picture with Justin in it on her camera?!?!


My sweet Mom and Dad.
Aren't they the best?!


Seriously, by the end of the night, I deemed this little man "cake pop drunk."
This picture is watermelon, which he obviously enjoyed, but when he found the cake pops, it was over.


And the perfect end to a perfect night -- a sparkler send off of course!




So, in case you couldn't tell...my awesome friend had an awesome wedding.

Love you Mr. & Mrs. Bonn!!!
Thanks for letting us be part of your special day : )

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

One of my best friends got married this weekend.
ROAD TRIP!!!

The morning of the Fourth, we loaded up the Yukon and headed towards the mountains.


We stopped in Pueblo to stretch our legs and grab some lunch.
See this boy...orneriness oozes from him.

 

First item on the agenda, rehearsal.
The wedding site...A-MAZING.


Then it was time for the super fun rehearsal dinner/4th of July party.
Totally fun!
The grooms mom rented an awesome {huge!} house by the Royal Gorge in Canon City, that's where the party was.
The food and drinks were great and she put together really neat goodie bags for all of the kiddos filled with red, white and blue swag.


It was a great way to spend our Fourth!

Swimming Lessons!

T and GW finished up swimming lessons last week.
Last year T did group lessons in Hugo and they were great.
Exactly what she needed as an introduction to the water, but this year we decided to go with private lessons in Limon.
The teacher in Limon is very experienced and very good.



T got SO much out of these lessons.
It was fun to watch her improve over the course of the lessons.

GW...well, let's just say he didn't like the idea of being handed off to a stranger.


Most of his time in the pool was spent crying.
He'd rather catch some rays poolside...with his Mama.

Although, he didn't really like it, I still feel like it was good to get him in the pool.


We loved Miss Brenda and look forward to coming back for more lessons!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Living Life Large

Whenever I go on vacation, I always live by "I can rest when I get home."
Well, I guess I'm going to have to extend that to my life with the whole "I can rest when I die."
"I can rest when I die"...is that a thing, or did I make that up.

Anyways...another fun-filled weekend in the books.
Saturday afternoon we went to Hugo to the Colorado Championship Ranch Rodeo.
Look at these two little buckaroos!
This is a new favorite picture for me.


One of the highlights of this rodeo is that I get to see my friend Tori.
Tori lives straight south of me.
About six hours straight south of me, in Earth, TX.
I met my sweet friend through blogging and I just wish that that six hours was more like sixty minutes because I would love to get to hang out with her more.


So, this cute little blue-eyed, blond-haired cowboy.
About half way to Hugo, I look over at John Wayne and tell him that we have a problem.
We forgot the bop.
GW was fine the whole time we were at the rodeo.
He was way into all the action, and Great Grandma kept him well supplied with snocones and M&Ms.
But the second we strapped him into his carseat for the ride home...oh my goodness, let me tell you, it was not pretty.
The ENTIRE 40 miles home were filled with the biggest hissy I have ever witnessed.
To say we have a bit of a bop issue, would be an understatement.
{*For the those of you wondering what the heck a "bop" is, in our world, a pacifier is lovingly referred to as a bop.}


Sunday, we loaded back up, armed with a whole supply of bops, and headed to the big city for Farm Credit's employee picnic.
We went to the Sky Sox game, Colorado Springs minor league baseball team.
The kids had never been to a baseball game and were pretty excited.



The park has a fun "kids zone" complete with a couple of bounce houses, slides and a pitching area.
John Wayne beamed as his kids rocked it at the pitching area.
"Step and throw," T would repeat to herself each time she stepped up to throw.
GW did pretty good too!


The game and activities were fun, but it was super hot out.
So we concluded our day by visiting Lolo at Dairy Queen to get ice cream.


So we started another work week with bags strewn about and piles of laundry that I'm not sure if they're clean or dirty, but we're living life large, and for now, that's all that matters!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mama, Let's Chit Chat

Never did I see a little gal so excited to go to the dentist.
And well, quite honestly, I was pretty excited too because it meant that me and T got to have a girl's day.
But I was quickly informed by Miss Tressie that it wasn't a "girl's day" because Gaga wasn't there, it could be Mama and Tressie Day.

So as I was saying, Mama and Tressie Day started at the dentist.
Let's just say that we both became members of the "silver star club" as our dentist calls it.
T had no idea what went down at the dentist.
Oblivious that she got a shot in her mouth or that they drilled on her tooth.
She bit the inside of her cheek when she was numb, that was her biggest issue.

Thankfully the dentist was a quick and pain-free, drama-free stop.
After the dentist, it was on to FUN things!

First stop, the nail salon.
It was the Little Lady's first time for this special treatment.
She of course chose pink and purple for her colors.

And then what girl's day Mama and Tressie Day is complete without Starbucks?!?
She sipped her Frapp and played games on my iPad like a little coffee shop pro.


After some shopping {do you know how much more fun easier shopping is without little brother in tow?!} I gave her some options and let her choose where we went for dinner.
She chose Noodles.
Good choice Little Lady.

I must say, sorry John Wayne, but this was the best dinner date that I have ever been on.
She just wanted to visit and hold hands and tell secrets.
But the moment that takes the cake is when she turned towards me, grabbed both of my hands, looked me in the eyes and said, "Mama, let's chit chat...about our relationship!"


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had another busy weekend.
Highlight of the weekend was for sure meeting our new little cousin Baby Titus.
He's such a little peanut {6 pounds} and so cute!

I warned John Wayne, "This will give me baby fever..."
..."Simply remind me that I will throw up for 9 months."
That should take care of it.

But seriously, look at him!

The littles both loved him.
On the drive home from the hospital {or dentist?!?! as T kept calling it}, T was already asking when we could see Baby Ty again.
And after T got done holding him, GW stuck his arms out like, my turn.

Congratulations Kendra and Matt!!


Saturday while we were in the city, we of course had errands to run.
I am the parent who is so not above bribery.
I told the kids that if they were good, they could get a new movie.
So the Lego Movie it was.

So of course, Saturday night was movie night, complete with Vanilla Float Dr. Pepper.
Mmmmm, yes.
Dr. Pepper is holy water in my book.
And so this, this is like, HOLY water.

And then some Boom Chicka Pop.
All I can say is oh my goodness.
Have you tried this?
If you haven't, don't.
Because you will be addicted.
I usually get the big bags at Sams, but we weren't there this trip, so I just got the normal bags at Target.
Um yeh, the normal bag only lasts me two nights.


Sunday we went to celebrate little Miss Maddie's first birthday.
The theme was "Uno" and her Mama {my bestie} did a great job with the party!


And then we actually had to skip out on Maddie's party a little early to make it back home for a church BBQ that my Mom and Dad were hosting.

The Gug was way into holding his own stick when roasting the hotdogs and marshmallows.
#mrindependant 

The kids were SO excited that some of their sweet little friends were coming over!
And I was so excited because one of their Dad's brought this amazing strawberry rhubarb ice cream!

 
So a great kickoff weekend to the summer.
It was busy.
I have laundry and other random things scattered throughout my house {which makes me mental}, but I know I'd be complaining if we were sitting at home with nothing to do : )


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sticky Situation

I spent the morning volunteering at a local school's summer day camp program.
Today, they were doing a lesson on cattle and animal by-products.
And...we made glue!

It actually went really well.
We didn't really boil hooves for our glue.
Ours involved powdered milk, vinegar, and baking soda.
It was pretty easy.
And...it actually worked!



After they made their glue...
They actually used their glue to make By-Product Bingo cards.



I enjoyed telling the kids about all of the things that are made using beef by-products.
"Ewwww, my marshmallows have cows in them?!?!"

And...I only wanted to slap one kid.
So in my book, that equals a very successful day!