Friday, March 28, 2014

Once upon a lately...our life happenings in photos from New Year's Eve until St. Patrick's Day!

It's spring but I'm still bundled!

Once upon a time I diligently blogged, documenting our life and sharing ideas.  But!  Once upon a lately, I got lazy.  If habits start to die, it is tough to restart them.  My heart's desire is to always document, always share, always inspire and be inspired.

I will always put pen to paper or keystroke to screen.  Journaling my voice has forever been my passion.  In recent years my journaling transformed into blogging and it has been such a blessing even in this recent season of blogging less.

Another little-big problem that happened is I had some technical, behind-the-scenes issues.  I was unaware until recently that for over a year my blog address has NOT worked for the majority of viewers.  What?! A lot of readers assumed I closed my blog because it wasn't accessible.  I don't understand all the tech stuff, but apparently the little path and maze of junk that leads to my address was broken.  :(  A few people could still directly access, but my blog was basically only available indirectly through facebook or other links.  BIG BLAH.  This issue still isn't resolved but I'm working on it!  I lost contact with a lot of you and I apologize (though you probably aren't able to read this apology...ahhh).

Okay.  Let's play catch up.  
After the holidays, 'til now, 
this is our happenings:

  My parents had the boys over for New Year's Eve this year.  Going to my parent's home sweet home is one of the boys' very favorite things to do!  My mom makes everything extra special, plus I know there are layers of extra love over there.  ;)

They made New Year's art posters with my Dad, and my Mom showed them how to make pipe cleaner star garland.

I breezed over the star garland in my winter decor post but I think this idea is awesome!  It is simple and super cute.  I just LOVE these stars!  They would be fun for 4th of July too.

The HOW TO according to my Mom:

- mold the pipe cleaners around a star cookie cutter
- pinch the edges firmly to hold shape
- carefully lift apart from cutter 
- make more, linking them as you go
- have fun!

While the boys were having a delightful time with Grandma and Grandpa, Chris and I spent New Year's out with friends at a delicious local Italian restaurant.

We do dinners out with friends often.  However, this New Year's Eve dinner rates up there as one of my favorites!  We dug deep, enjoying meaningful conversation, and appreciating one another.

I love these people.

After New Year's celebrations, our other big January fun was our big vacation to Las Vegas.  This was such an exciting way to break up a typically uneventful January! I just posted all the details on that yesterday.

We also spent a lot of our winter being sick.  It was ridiculous!  I don't think our family has ever circled sick germs around as much as we have this year.  Insane stuff, those lil germs.

The best way to embrace the season, is to get out in it.  We did a lot of SNOW PLAYING!  I made a wordsearch game on our blackboard.  The winter words the boys found were the activities that we planned to do over the wintertime.  We concentrated on the classics from making paper snowflakes, waving our snow angels, and going sledding and snow skiing!

Enjoying classic winter fun!

We went ice skating a couple times with friends and family.

And snow skiing on the big Colorado mountains!  
We have more snow skiing pictures on Titus' birthday blog post

When this is our view, it's always a good day.

Winter Food
I also spent a lot of time in the warm kitchen 
during these colder months.  

Lots of hot soups made with all the good stuff.  

Homemade maple syrup and buttermilk syrup 
for my boys on a weekend morning!

And when I wasn't in the kitchen,
we were gathered around little cafe tables.

I am a complete Teavana tea addict.  
Cupping hot hot tea in my hands every night is one of the things I look forward to most in my days. 

Sweetest middle boy ever! Chris and I walked in from a workout to find that Dakotah made us both tea with cloth napkins and a note! Notice he put bits of rock sugar on each spoon too.

Our family also spends a lot of time with our 970 Muscle family in the gym.  We both love using our bodies and celebrating what they're capable of. 

Chris is a beast! Here is he on one of our board day competitions.  Powerlifting is his thing.  I kinda like strong guys...a lot. ;)

photo courtesy of J. Hobbs Photography

The couple who works out together, gets really hungry together!  Two of our favorite things: working out and mexican food. 

I have found a huge passion with running!  Cameron is my running partner.  Almost nothing makes me happier than running with my oldest.  We have gorgeous and peaceful views on our Colorado runs.  

Here I am before my LAST training run before my first big race.  
I was so excited!  I will be blogging about that soon.

When the snow started to leave and we welcomed the new sunshine with Colorado hiking.

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day at my parent's house.  My mom made us traditional corned beef and her delicious Leprechaun Pie.  

She has been making this meal every March 17th 
for as long as I can remember. 


Wear Green!
Here is our Green Day blog post last year.
May you have many happy tomorrows. 

That's a wrap on our virtual photo album from New Year's until St. Patrick's Day.  
I will be sharing fun party ideas for you all soon!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Epic January Las Vegas Vacation

(and yes!  Epic is absolutely the appropriate word for this)

Las Vegas
January 2014

My brother is always surprising us with giant and exciting surprises. He spoils me.  Like here and like here.  He has the most incredibly generous heart!  He still drives me crazy (like lil brothers do), but I love him so much and he makes all of us feel like a million dollars.  Kyle knows how to make everything extra special, holding nothing back, and using his own signature flare.

This January, after the rush of Christmas, Kyle surprised me by taking us to see Celine Dion.  We made a big Vegas vacation out of it!  Seeing Celine Dion has been my heart's wish since I was 14.  It's on my "to do after 30" bucket list too!  I was SO EXCITED.

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We did MUCH more than see Celine Dion though.  While in Las Vegas, we did all the shiny things this city had to offer.  Go time!

We stayed at the Aria.  It is fresh, modern, and youthful.  I highly recommend this casino! Beauty and over-the-top glamour is everywhere.

Our hotel

Also in our hotel was the best sweet shop in the world: 
Jean Philippe Patisserie.
I literally bought a dessert here every day 
(and we were here 5 days) ;)

We went to shows every night...
from Cirque du Soleil to Carrot Top!

going VIP!

Chris really has his mean guy look down, 
but I promise you, he's super nice! lol

...and we toured museums

I even found time to sneak in a run down the strip!  
This was a highlight of my vacation.
I decided I love the idea of running at destinations.

I also walked, and walked, and walked that strip a million times.
So much to see, including surprises in the sky!

Enjoying Vegas classics

We visited different casinos too.  
The Cosmopolitan was one of my favorites.  
It was a mix of modern and girly glamour.

The shoe fits!  I get to be Cinderella for a night.

And...we walked through the flower gardens 
inside the Bellagio and Wynn.
Isn't this flower art incredible?!

We dined at a lot of fun spots. 
This was at Julian Serrano Tapas Bar.

And Jean Georges Steakhouse...

And the giant breakfast buffet at Aria.
My mini chicken and waffle breakfast was adorable.

In the middle of our vacation was the night I had been waiting a lifetime for!

 I can't explain how happy it made me that my brother made this dream come true for me!!  Thank you Kyle!


Let's do this!


Me and my main squeeze getting ready to watch Celine!

Her concert was amazing, classy, and just beautiful.  I wasn't ready for it to be over!

The next morning we went to the Exotic Race Car Track
sat through a quick driver's meeting briefing, 
and then we each DROVE Ferraris and other exotic cars around a race track!

These boys were in heaven.

Yes! I actually drove this thing and the adrenaline had my heart racing.  

I drove a Ferrari 430 with a 
race instructor in the passenger seat.  

I also did a ride along in a 
Corvette Z06 with a professional drifter.  
It blew my mind!  

Our vacation was super fun, an ideal way to break up a January!

No time for sleep in Vegas!

Fireworks outside our hotel window.

Until next time...

 See you later Las Vegas.

I have been extra lazy with blog posts this year and am far behind!  

Coming soon:

Gender Baby Reveal Party,

Paper Airplane Makin' Party,

Lindsay Letters Art,


another big bucket list check mark.

So check back!

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