Wednesday, August 19, 2009


"I do" love weddings! Aunt Kelli and Uncle Kevin got married August 7th! Mommy, Daddy and I got to be in the wedding:).

My cousin Jordan pulled me down the aisle in this wagon.
Here I am with Auntie and my cousins Ansley and Jordan

Hangin' out with Daddy before the wedding

I got to wear Converse shoes... see?
... and Mommy :)
I love you Auntie and Uncle!

I had to go to bed, but Mommy said the ice cream was really good!
Daddy and some other boys did a funny dance.
Daddy, Uncle Bear, and Uncle Ryan danced with Aunt Kelli to Beauty and the Beast.

Mommy hung out with Auntie lots!
I got to stay home and play with Ansley and Grandma while Mommy played with Auntie before her wedding.
Ansley and I rode in a car together.
Then Jordan came over and I got to drive!
I loved crawling around with Ansley; she sure can move fast when she walks!
Uncle Bear let me check for cavities. He is so fun!
I love you Uncle Ryan!
After the wedding, we had to go home. I watched the planes come in and out!

I love flying:)

... and my push-toy!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Longs, Horsetooth, Winter Park, Estes, teeth and Movin'!

So my amazingly crazy (more amazing than crazy -- just barely) teaching partner, Lisa, wanted to tackle Longs Peak ( a 14,000 ft.+ peek in northern colorado) this summer and thought I'd be just crazy enough to do it with her. Humm... a chance to hike -- see a sunrise -- climb a tall mountain -- be outside -- hang out for 12+ hours with one of the neatest people I've ever met ... let me think... YUP! I'm IN! :)

We took off at 3 a.m. (so early to be off the summit before afternoon thunderstorms hit) on the morning of the 27th (a year from the whole get-hit-by-a-car-in-Estes deal).
The sunrise was beautiful!

We're headed to the top of the peak in the background. The trail leads to the key hole, a cut in the rock to the very right of the picture.
Heading towards the boulder field, which is about a mile from the key hole.
Here we are eating "brunch" near the boulder field.
The last 1/2 mile or so before the key hole is a hands-and-feet climb up.
We made it!
The view from the key hole is stunning!
We made it to the key hole around 10:00 and decided to turn the corner to the left and continue on to the summit. It's a pretty intense climb when you turn left of the keyhole. The trail scales the backside of the peak, and is marked for hikers by these red and yellow "targets".
Little did I know I was hiking with a gecko:)... we turned the key hole and Lisa took off... while I was slowly choosing each step with care, Lisa was shimmying from target to target like a mountain goat... Billy (goats gruff) I called her...:)
We made it 30 minutes past the key hole when it started to snow... not wanting to risk being above tree line during a thunderstorm, we had decided to turn around (we were probably about 60 minutes of "target climbing" from the top).

14 miles, 5,000 ft. elevation gain, great weather and an awesome friend... Life Is Good! :)
A month of hiking!

Caleb and I also got to hike to the top of Horsetooth with some of my students from last year. Is was a cool, foggy morning, so we didn't get to see much by way of views, but I SO enjoyed hanging out with "my kids" :)!

A few of us on the trail:)
Climbing the "tooth"
Mr. Caleb nappin' while we hike... what a guy!
When Dustin was in Michigan working, Caleb and I took a trip to Winter Park to visit my good college friend, Ali!
It's true, this picture is a little scary-looking... let me explain:)
The little guy has been teething LIKE CRAZY the last few weeks. He's got the 3 on the bottom, the 2 "fangs", and just yesterday the top two FINALLY broke through the skin. He's been a champ, but these front two have clearly caused him a bit of pain... he's fussier than usual, and this past week has struggled falling asleep at nap time and bed time.
I took this picture a few nights ago. After 60 minutes of crying (he pulls himself up in his crib now and has spent the last few days standing and crying when we put him to sleep) he finally fell asleep sitting up... then hunched over:).
Dustin, Caleb and I hiked to Gem Lake in Estes Park, then met up with Jeff, Kelly and Sierra!
Doin' a diaper change at the trail head:)

Gem Lake :)
Playin' at the lake:)
Jeff and Sierra:)

Kelly, Jeff and Sierra:)
After the hike we all went to a picnic ground to cook out... our traditional Minnesota camping meal: meat, veggies and potatoes in foil - cooked over the fire (WITH KETCHUP :) of course!) YUM!
Sierra and Caleb hanging out

Sittin' by the fire

Yup, those are pink shoes... thanks Sierra:)
My big boy in his favorite chair:)
Caleb is 9 months old today. It is SO FUN watching him grow. He's getting pretty good at walkin' with his walker. I told him that a year ago around this time I had a walker too. :)
After his favorite basketball...
New discoveries every day... LOL:)
We're off to Arizona for Kelli and Kevin's wedding this week. We love you two!