Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Break and Family Fun

Caleb had his spring break last week. We decided ahead of time that staying home for an entire week was not an option. We knew we'd get too bored and we'd all go a little stir crazy. At the same time, we didn't have a TON of money to go on a big vacation (our big vacation this year is going to be our San Diego trip in June).

So, about a month before spring break, Caleb and I started talking about doing a mini-vacation within our great State of Colorado. We threw out several options; Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Estes Park, and Denver. When we discussed the things we would want to do with our little ones, Denver ended up being the best option.

Last week ended up being one of the best weeks we've had to date as a family! We had the perfect blend of routine down time at home, spending time with friends, having time with our own little family and extended family, and filling a few days with fun activities. Goes to show you that you don't have to spend a ton of money to go out and make memories.

Spring Break started off with a birthday surprise for Caleb. Caleb and his best friend Joe both turn the big 30 this year so Kim (Joe's wife) and I wanted to plan a fun weekend for the two of them.



Kim and I arranged for the kids to be with their grandparents (we're so thankful to have such loving and willing parents nearby) and to spend the weekend in Denver doing fun "guy" stuff.



The four of us went out to dinner, went to an Avalanche game, went putt putt golfing (this was plan C when paintball fell through), played some card and board games and relaxed at the Warwick hotel. Honestly, I think we just enjoyed having time together and acting like we were young again. We stayed up late and got to sleep in. It was wonderful!





When we returned home on Sunday we decided that we weren't ready to part ways so Joe, Kim and their two boys spent the night in our small home. We had 4 kids ages 3 and under in our house for 24 hours. It was crazy, but also so much fun. The next day we took the kids swimming, went out to lunch and then parted ways.


Love this family!

I spent most of Monday and Tuesday morning unpacking, doing laundry and repacking for our next little adventure.

Tuesday afternoon we told Ellie that we had some surprises planned for her and we took off with both kids to another hotel in Denver.

Ethan especially enjoyed the mirror and the heater/air conditioner in the room. :)





Tuesday night we went to The Spaghetti Factory. There was a balloon artist there that made a purple cat for Ellie (at her request).





Wednesday morning we woke up, had breakfast and spent the whole morning at the zoo.






Even Ethan enjoyed himself.





Elliana got to try cotton candy for the first time.



After the zoo we went back to the hotel for lunch and naps.

Wednesday afternoon we met up with my sisters Jenn and Alli, my brother in law Brian, and all of Jenn's littles at Park Meadows Mall. We didn't tell Ellie that she was going to see her cousins. It was so fun to watch all of the cousins run to each other when they saw each other. We just strolled around the very large mall and let the kids stop and play when they needed to.





Then we all had dinner together in the food court and parted ways after dinner.

Thursday morning we packed up all of our stuff and went to the children's museum. I had no idea how much fun that would be! Both kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. There was so much to do for both ages.













After spending several hours at the children's museum, we had one last meal out and then went home.

We finished off our spring break at home enjoying some down time as a family. Saturday I took the kids to a St. Patrick's Day parade with Jenn and her kids.

It was a wonderful week and we made lots of great memories. I don't know if it was the PERFECT weather (60s and 70s), or the fact that the whole family enjoyed last week so much, but now I'm really excited for the rest of spring and summer. Life is good!

1 comment:

Mindy said...

Yeah, how much fun!

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I am a daughter of the King. Saved by grace. Follower of Christ. I love my God and I believe that he is faithful and true to his word! I'm still figuring out and trying to follow his plan for my life. I am a wife to my best friend Caleb, a mother to my miracle babies (they are my greatest joy and challenge), a sister and best friend to 3 passionate women, and a daughter to 2 amazing parents that continue to teach me what it is to be real and faithful to God and his word. I am lucky to get to be a stay at home Mom (thanks to God's provision). I love music, singing, coffee, cooking, baking, traveling, our beautiful state of Colorado, and mostly being with the family and friends that I love!

Husband, Caleb

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Caleb is an amazing husband and father. He is always so good to me. He is my best friend. He is the romantic one. We love to laugh and spend time together. We've been married for 7 years and I just love that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

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Our 1st Miracle
Elliana Faith... God blessed us with our first miracle little girl in December 2008. She is sweet, smart, spunky, funny, strong willed, precocious, extremely outgoing, vocal and so full of life! She brings us so much joy.

Our 2nd Miracle

Our 2nd Miracle
Ethan James,.. God blessed us with our little boy in March 2011. Ethan was a bit of a surprise and an even bigger miraclle. Ethan is ALL BOY! He is very active, into sports and running around. He is also sweet, introverted, affectionate, and laid back. These days he often has us laughing, he's starting to show a little bit of "clown" in him. He makes our hearts happy too. :)

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Our 3rd Miracle
Emsley Jeannette... Our surprise baby girl was born on June 11th, 2013 and came into the world 4 weeks early. Her first 2 weeks of life were spent in the NICU, but due to God's hands and the prayers of many people, she grew quickly and came home to join our family! She is an easy, sweet baby and we are enjoying getting to know her personality.

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