Monday, August 22, 2011

Five years down, Eternity to go!

While we were in St. George Brad and I had a lot of time to spend together. Brad's parents had a youth activity for their ward and invited us. So we got to go repelling. Brad has done it before but it was my first time. I have had so many firsts with his family!! It was a lot of fun. A little scary at first but we all had a great time. Jason wanted to do it so badly but wasn't quite big enough.

Brad and I recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Brad's parents were kind enough to watch the kids for a couple of days so we could take a trip to Vegas just the two of us. We had such an amazing time. When we first arrived we checked into our hotel and headed to dinner. We decided to go to PF Changs. I know, not the most exciting place to eat at when you go to Vegas but we were extremely happy. We took a coupon for an appetizer thinking we were going to save some money which is always good. As we are eating the manager talks to us and we tell him it's our anniversary and a few minutes later the waiter asks us to choose a dessert. Sweet! Free dessert! Well when he brings us our check we see that the price says $0.00! We were shocked. It was very sweet and it was a great way to start our vacation!!!

At dinner
We first went to the Love cirque du soleil show. It was awesome. I am a pretty big fan of the Beatles so I was into it. Brad enjoyed but I could tell it probably wasn't his favorite. So the next day we bought tickets for Ka. We both Loved it. Very excited and dramatic.
Us walking the strip
At the M&M factory
Oh how I love this man. Brad.... not the blue M&M :-)

Mamaw and Papaw's house

At the end of July we were able to take a trip to Southern Utah for a couple of weeks and spend time with Brad's parents. We always have such a good time and I know Jason and Bailey Love all the attention and the time they get to spend with their mamaw and papaw and aunts and uncles. We stayed pretty busy while we were there. We did four wheeler rides, went to the splash pad, played outside a lot, played with toys, did some potty training and got lots of snow caps! And when I say we I mostly mean Jason, Bailey and Brad's parents :-) Brad and I were lazy. It was nice to have a break and get to relax.

Taking a ride. Bailey had no hesitation when it came to riding the four wheeler...Jason took a while to convince.

Jason just doing some rock climbing
I love this picture of Jason he always makes this face to other little kids and I think it scares them.

This is what Bailey did most of the time....just hangin out with papaw.
Is he having fun or what??

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Camping trip 2011

So far we have had a great summer. We love having family come out and going to see family. So at the beginning of July Brad's parent's came out to visit and we had an awesome time. The kids loved taking a ride in the box.

Look at those blue eyes.
Bailey wants to be just like Jason! :-)
We went swimming which is always fun.
Bailey has no idea where the camera is.... haha this girl can see a camera pointing at her from a mile away!
Jason kicking his feet in the pool.
So the big reason they came to visit was so we could go camping and let me tell you that was quite the adventure. We left Saturday around 11 we had just planned on driving up into the mountains for a couple of hours and find a spot near Breckenridge. Well, that didn't really work out we drove past Breckenridge and stopped to eat lunch real quick then we got back on the road determined to find The best camping spot in the Rocky Mountains! We decided to keep driving south we hit Alma, CO then we headed over to Buena Vista, CO. I know I had never heard of them either! However, as we were driving through Buena Vista we drove past this little hole in the wall burger stand that had a mile long line. So Brad and I are dying to go back just to try that place. Just so you know this is about 4 hours into our trip. So we head on up to Leadville, CO. We have actually been here before. Brad's parents lived here for a little while and we took a trip here when we first moved to Colorado in January when it was Freezing and there was 3 feet of snow on the ground. I was a nervous wreck the whole drive. Anyway, back to my story. We finally reach Leadville and after about an hour of driving around there we finally find THE spot. We were literally in the middle of the continental divide.
The kiddos getting comfortable in their new camping chairs.
Our adventure didn't end once we found our camping spot! Oh no, it had only begun. Once we arrived we started unpacking the cars and genius here locked the keys in the car. Luckily we did get everything out that we absolutely needed. Then the next day we ventured out to the little town of Leadville. We tracked down the county sheriffs station and they gave us some lame story about getting sued for helping a lady unlock her car blah, blah, blah. So then we headed over to the towns police one there. Seriously!! Then off to the fire one there! so we tried calling the one and only locksmith in the whole town, who by the way is only available when he is not working down in the mines! When we told someone we called the locksmith first they laughed then they said " Good luck with that" :-) That gave us a lot of confidence. So we came to the conclusion we are going to have to break a window! So on our way back to the campsite we just happen to drive pass the fire station and see the fire chief pulling in. Brad jumps out of the truck and tells him our fun story. Within 30 minutes our car is unlocked and we are so happy and so very grateful for the Leadville fire department.
I had to go to the piggly wiggly in Leadville to get these sweet shoes for Bailey! :-)
This is what Jason and Bailey did the whole time. They loved exploring and getting dirty.

Check out these views. Was it worth the 5 hour drive that should have only taken 2 1/2 hours. I think so!!!!!!

We had such a great time and after the locked car incident everything went great! That is until we were driving home. We were so excited to go home and only drive two hours. We get 6 miles away from our exit and we come to a dead stop on I-70. I guess a semi had tipped onto its side and spilled fruit all over the interstate...I am being serious! So they had to reroute us onto the side road and it ended up taking us four hours to get home. Oh boy were we happy to be home! It was a fun trip with lots of adventures and fun memories and we wouldn't have changed it for the world.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bailey's Birthday continued

At the beginning of July Brad's parents came out for a visit and we celebrated Bailey's birthday together.

Bailey's favorite present! Her baby doll. She is such a good little Mommy.

So these two pictures say it all. Jason is such a careful and cautious little boy and always has been. Bailey on the other hand is a little more free spirited.

She is so sweet. While we were singing to her she got really bashful (which is very unusual) and was trying to hide. It was pretty sweet. That is my attempt at trying to make lady bug cupcakes. HA!