Thursday, July 28, 2016


Our new hose came

with  a wonderful gift.

The gift of neighbor kids!

Not only are there so, so many kids,

but kids Babycake's age

and kids FULL of adventure!
 Every afternoon is a block party

or bikes, scooters,

sprinklers and Popsicles.
 And as a bonus,

one family is also an adoptive family

with black kids,

so Babycakes fits right in!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Creek Splashing

Our new homeschool group

hosts a LOT of outings

in the summer!
 Heading to the creek
 was a favorite
 and we most certainly will be spending
lots of time here!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Yes, this is exactly

what we've been up to!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Chaos Reunion Weekend!

This weekend has become

a bit of a tradition.

These awesome kiddos

come to visit us

once every summer,

and the giant herd of them

watch movies,

play games,

and fill my house with

Nerf Warfare!
 I've had the privilege of seeing

all these amazing people

turn from little kids

to teens,

and now some are adults,

and they are awesome!

I remember my worry about raising teens

and ALL of these kids

have helped me learn

what an awesome thing it is

to parent teenagers!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Another Weekend, Another Convention!

I haven't even finished the laundry,

and we're off on another adventure!

Yes, another con!

I was accompanied by

 Rey from Star Wars
 A fine lady from Downton Abby
 and The Man in Black

from Princess Bride!
 This was a much smaller venue,

and we had friends to visit with,

so it was even more fun!
and adding a Kylo Ren

really added to the fun!

Monday, June 27, 2016


And we're home!

I really needed that!

Now, but to school,


and fun!

Saturday, June 25, 2016


A trip to Denver is not complete

without a trip to IKEA!
 Hubs had never been,

so after we walked along

and looked at all the fun displays

and test dove the furniture,
and walked and walked and walked.

He was happy to finally

see the end,

until we told him there

was a whole other floor!

Luckily, we had time to stop

for a snack

before we powered on!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

More Fun! Ziplines!

This place is Mac's

absolute favorite Denver destination.
 He asks to go every

time we're in Denver.

But it was Babycake's first time

and he was SO nervous!
 He stood at the edge,

than he sat at the edge,

then he stood again,

and finally, he went!
And that blurry picture tells it all!
The boys spent the whole afternoon zip lining

and one little by took a great

nap right after!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fun in Boulder

Today was a day trip

to Boulder.

We wandered down the

Pearl Street Mall,

where the kids climbed

all over the statues

and the teens

checked out the cool shops.

 He begged for an hour

to play in this fountain.

and I finally said yes,

and he wouldn't get wet!
 After lunch,

we headed up the mountain

for a hike,
 and threw rocks into the creek.

 It was too wild to play in the water,

so we found a nice park

where the creek slowed,

and played there!

The water was FREEZING!
But we had fun playing in it anyway.
We saw several groups going down

the creek in tubes,

which looked fun,

but I'd be afraid of hypothermia!

Today was so much fun,

we will be making it

an addition to our usual fun in Colorado sites!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Safety Fair

We took the younger boys

to a Safety Fair while we were here.
 They had so, so many things for the kids to do
 And every single stand we visited had stickers

which this young man happily slapped

on his chest again

and again

until his shirt was COVERED.
 SO he moved on to applying them

to his head.
 The boys climbed all over

 fire trucks,

police cars,



It was so much fun!

And a big thanks to Papa

for the invite!