This past weekend we traveled to Ft. Collins, Colorado to move my brother. We left Thursday afternoon and came home Sunday. Quick trip but we had fun. Zo has settled into a nice apartment in a nicce part of town (actually from all I saw there was not a bad part of town, it all looked very nice, safe and clean). We are sad that Zo moved but we know this is what he wanted and that he will do well wherever he is at. Love you Zo!!
It was about a 7 1/2 hour trip (we could have gotten there ealier if we didn't have to make so many pit stops for nana) ;0) The kids did great, they slept, watched movies and Hunter played with a wipe for 2 Hours (not kidding)!!
Friday We headed out early to Estes Park which is only about 45 minutes at the most from Zo's Apartment. We stopped at a friends cabin that is just before you get into Estes Park and on in we went. Reanna says "These mountains are beauties"--As we entered into Estes, there were tons of Elk crossing the road and then laying on the side of the road, I have pictures but for some reason I could not get them to load. As we went on to the down town area there were more HUGE elk on the side of the road and I am talk HUGE....my husband and dad were loving the scenery.
Dad driving through the "beauties"
After walking through the shops we stopped and ate at Bob and Tony's Pizza. Delicious!!!
Reanna chowing down on Real Rocky Mountain Oysters....She says, "Mom, this is Good chicken!!", someday I will tell her what they really are!!
They were tired out from Estes.
That evening we met a good family friend of ours, Rob, and went out to a wonderful restaurant called The Rodizio Grill--A brazilian Steakhouse. It was so good, they had appetizers, a huge salad bar and 16 types of meat to try and they just kept bringing it until you said stop. Needless to say we were stuff.
One of the man servers serving the food.
Our family with Rob. We have not seen him since I was pregnant with Reanna so it was so good catching up with him.
On Sunday afternoon, we met up with more of our family friends. Shopped at the Loveland Outlet Mall and topped the night off with supper at Mimi's Cafe.
Reanna, Hunter and Ava
All the kids---Our friends moved in next door to us we I was in 8th grade. Our parents are great friends and us girls are good friends and went to school together and so were the boys.
Us with our kids. For Steve and I, Ava is our niece for now!! We added the husbands in this one.....They are important too :) Couldn't have the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews with out them :)
Nana with the Grandkids.
We left Sunday morning. It was bittersweet and tears were shed leaving Zo. But I am positive that we will be making more trips to Colorado!!
Last pic with the kiddos before we left.
Goodbye Colorado, Goodbye Mountains....Until next time!
Yesterday Nana took the kids out to play in the snow since mommy was at work. It is on snow days like this and during the summer time that I can't remember why I didn't become a teacher :-) Thanks Nana for taking some pictures.
Helping shovel snow for Papa before he gets home.
Hunter's 1st time playing in the snow--19 Months
Going Back.....Reanna's first time playing in the snow....14 Months
Here is our week of Christmas (WARNING....Lots of Pictures)
On Monday before Christmas, we met the Allen's at Winter Wonderland and the kids went on the train ride. Sorry I don't have many pictures...my camera died....The kids rode and rode and rode again :-)
On Christmas Eve, we went to my parents house and celebrated with them, my brother and my father in law. Hunter wasn't feeling the greatest but we thought we could get through supper and gifts. After all the gifts were open he just kept getting worse. He was really lethargic and could hardly hold his head up so we took him to the ER. Found out it was yet another bug and a a couple days later he bounced back.
The kids in their new chairs from papa and nana.
She was so excited about everyone opening the presents she got them that she let almost everyone else open in front of her. Proud moment!!
Papa Ray opening
Papa Dana opening
Mama helping Hunter open since he wasn't in the mood.
Nana's gift from Reanna
Papa helping Hunter put up his new train....he did love that!!
Uncle Zo opening
Hunter and his new big boy bike from Papa Ray
and Finally Daddy
Our name rock from Nana and Papa
The next morning Santa came to visit, first thing they saw was their new basketball "cold" (as Reanna calls it)
Hunter was still a little under the weather but opened some more gifts
Santa came in and redid the kids' bathroom into more kid friendly colors!!
Reanna's first response to the bathroom was "Dad look at the bathroom, it looks horrible" Luckily it began to grow on her and now she loves her polka dots....
Later Christmas day we had lunch at my parents and my grandparents came in to join us.
And of course the Christmas Story was playing the whole time :0)
After lunch, Aunt Duh, Uncle Craig and Tucker came bearing gifts. Reanna got an Easy Bake Oven....hopefully she can teach mommy how to cook!!
GG and Papa Don....Papa Don was trying to give GG some Christmas Kisses....LOL
Hunter got an inch worm.....
Then to finish Christmas out, we had one more at my Grandparents house (GG and Papa Don)
My brother and I's self portrait
Hunter opening his stocking.....
and gifts....he got the most adorable cars robe.....
Reanna opening gifts
We want to thank everyone for a wonderful Christmas and for all the great gifts!!! Happy 2011!!! May you have a blessed year!
I am a working wife and mother of three-- A 10 year old girl Reanna and a 6 year old boy, Hunter and Kooper Riece--our Angel Baby. My husband and I have been married for 13 years. I am so thankful for him, he is good to me and a wonderful daddy! Thank you Steve for all you do! I enjoy spending all the time I can with my family. My kids are my life.