Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4th of July

For the the 4th of July, we made our way to Crested Butte so we could check out the wildflowers in the area.  Crested Butte hosts a wildflower festival every year after the 4th of July, so we figured we could check out part of the festival and get out of town on a long weekend at the same time.  B+D were heading back from their long camping trip and it worked out that they could meet us there for a few nights of camping. 

The first night we actually spent in a hotel because it was the 4th of July and we didn't want to pack the kid up after the fireworks and wait in traffic to get out of town.  We arrived in Crested Butte about 1030A, which worked out well because the parade started at 11!  We joined about 20,000 of our closest friends and watched a pretty good parade go through town.  They have a tradition of wearing cabbage leaves during this parade, I don't know what it is about, but plenty of people had them on!  

Everyone in their cabbage leaves
No parade is complete without a guy on stilts
We went back to the hotel for a few naps, then we went down to claim a good spot to watch fireworks.  We had a picnic dinner in the park while their bluegrass festival kicked off.  The music was fun and Noah had a good time walking around and watching all the people.  The fireworks were excellent and after a short walk back to the hotel we were all sound asleep despite the unofficial fireworks show going on around us.

Playing in the field
A lot of people came out for the concert and the fireworks
The phone camera did OK taking pictures of the fireworks
The next day enjoyed the playgrounds of the town before packing up and heading over to our campsite on the Taylor River.

"I found a bench guys!"
He's a great musician
B+D were already there and had scoped out a premium spot by the river.  We spent most of that day hanging in our hammocks and enjoying the outside.  We woke up the next day and went back to Crested Butte for a hike to Judd Falls, just north of the town.  The falls were a little underwhelming, but Noah really liked the hike and being outside with all of us.  We ate a picnic lunch in town afterwards and got caught in a pretty heavy downpour for about 20 minutes.  We decided not to attempt another hike with dark clouds still looming, so we headed back to the campsite with another successful day in the books.

Getting botanical lessons from Grandpa
Noah had a good time on our hike
Noah really likes the outdoors! 
A full parking lot and a great view
Grandpa teaching Noah the proper way to roast marshmallows
We still had more time camping, so we packed up the Jeep again and headed west of Crested Butte over Kebler Pass.  I had never been over that pass, and it was an amazingly beautiful drive.  The views were astounding and we have earmarked it for a trip in the fall when the leaves change.  On our drive we ran into a herd of sheep grazing along the road and Noah loved the noises that they made.  We then made our way to Lost Lake campground to have lunch and enjoy the views.  I took a quick mile hike to find another one of the lakes up the hill.  Great day all around.  

The sheep along the road, there were a few hundred of them
Grandma teaching Noah to throw rocks in the lake
Unmatched scenery
On the way back we ran into a herd of cows being moved between pastures on the highway.  Noah loved moo-ing at the cows and it was a nice way to end the day.

Moooooo!
The next day came too quickly as it was time for us to head home.  We had a wonderful trip and will definitely make our way back to this area again soon.  Noah had a great time camping and even did great sleeping in the tent, good job little man! 
Happy waking up!
"I don't need my hat Mom!"

Monday, June 23, 2014

Graduation

Two weekends ago I had my ceremony for graduating college.  I actually finished up the coursework in October, but had to wait until June to walk, but it was still fun!  Unfortunately, the day started out pretty hard because Noah threw up in the car on the way there, but Julie did a great job of cleaning it up as I was getting ready for the ceremony. Bill and Debbie were nice enough to come support me as I walked, but I think it was really helpful for Julie to have them there to help with Noah.  One of my friend's from work also graduated with me, I talked him into starting school right after I began, so it was really neat to go to the ceremony with him.  The ceremony didn't seem to take too long and I was walking across the stage before I knew it.  I shook hands with the President of the school, got my diploma cover booklet thing and was on my way!  It really flew by for me and I was hoping it was going okay for Julie and Noah the whole time!

Walking in, I'm the one looking with the yellow cord
You can see my face a few rows back and about 10 people in
The family picture
My friend Joe and I
Afterwards we ate lunch and then made our way to Vail for the night.  This marked the fourth time that we have gone to Vail for the Teva/GoPro Mountain Games that are held there the first weekend of June every year.  We didn't compete in anything this year, which worked out for the best with Noah not feeling well and the weather got pretty cold/rainy on Sunday.  Julie had wanted to compete in the fly fishing competition, but maybe next year, since she doesn't even have her own fly fishing pole.  She did get to enjoy some outdoor yoga before the clouds rolled in, and Noah and I got to watch dogs jump in the Dock Dog competition.  They had some slacklines set up for everyone to use, so I took a turn on one and kept my balance pretty well.  Just have to talk Julie into setting one up in the backyard now.  It was a pretty busy weekend and we were ready to head home in the early afternoon.  Apparently so was everyone else and we got stuck in some pretty good traffic on the way back through Denver.  Because of the traffic Noah woke up while in Denver, so Julie got her wish and we went to get a snack at Ikea and let Noah walk around for a little bit.

Dog jumping is awesome
I'm basically an expert now
Playing in the cold fountain
Julie doing some yoga in the square
Poor kid slept all morning on Sunday
The other big story that we have been keeping a little quiet, but I think we are safe to share now is that I have a NEW JOB!  I am very excited to take a chance with a new company, and I start on July 14th.  They wanted me sooner, but I didn't think I could wrap up everything before July and then we have a camping trip planned for the Fourth of July weekend that we didn't really want to cancel, so I am going to start right after that!  I'll be doing software support for a company based here in the Springs, but they have another office in England, so I'm hoping for a business trip there someday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer is coming

Finally it is feeling like summer to us. The eighty degree days are here and so are the afternoon rain showers.   Last night we grilled and ate Popsicles outside!  We have had a hard last few days, both Mikey and I have been pretty sick and are finally starting to get some energy back.  We even had my parents come play with Noah one night so that we could both get some rest.  

Learning how to eat popsicles
But besides all the sickness, I have really started to get used to working part time and spending more time with Noah!  It has been a fun time with Noah and an exciting time watching him learn and grow into a little boy!  We have gotten to spend time playing outside in his little pool, watch cars drive down the road, visit the zoo a few times, take many trips to the park, have picnics, and just have lots of laughs!

Mom, I found some dirt
Hopefully he is only eating Goldfish, and not any rocks
I found you!
Feeding the birds at the zoo
Noah loves the big fish tank
He really likes swinging, finally

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Wow, we are pretty much caught up on our blogs!  Anyhoo, this past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and we had an action packed weekend.

Our first event wasn't even really planned.  Friday morning Julie got an email from Breckenridge Distillery asking if we wanted to help bottle whiskey later that night.  Of course we do!  We were both able to take off work and B+D generously offered to watch the kid for us, so off we went.  The bottling itself was super-duper fun, we both sanitized, filled, and corked the bottles before putting stickers on them, adding some shrink wrap and putting them into the cases.  During the process they had lots of beer and gave shots after finishing each barrel.  Julie was nice enough to refrain so that she could drive us home safely, and turns out it was really necessary.

On the way home she narrowly avoided hitting a moose (yeah, a real moose) by a few inches.  They also closed the highway coming home, so we had to take a detour through Denver, so our 2 hour drive home turned into a 3 1/2 hour drive.  Totally worth it though!  We both got bottles of whiskey to take home, so we shared it with our families over the weekend.

Sanitizing the bottles...with bourbon!
Julie filling the bottles
Putting the tamper proof stickers on
We made some new friends up there
The next day my Mom was scheduled to watch Noah for the night, so we met them for lunch and dropped the kid off.  My grandpa is back in town after spending the winter in Arizona, so we heard some of his stories and he told us about his new camper.  He'll be taking it down again this winter and enjoy the snow bird life!  That night we celebrated the holiday with some of Julie's friends at their house with a BBQ and then Julie and I had a night date night getting chocolate fondue in Manitou Springs.

We picked up the kid on Sunday morning at breakfast with my parents.  Noah walked all over the restaurant before he ate, and he walked out of the place when we were done.  He is such a good walker these days.

Monday was the Lamb's turn for a holiday BBQ, so we went up there and had a nice time.  Debbie bought a game petanque (or bocce ball maybe) that we played in their yard.  You toss a small ball out a few yards and then toss larger balls to try to get close to the small one.  The whole family played and we had a great time with it.  I think this may become family tradition!

Debbie showing us the proper form
Breckin did wonderfully with the game
Multitasking
All in all, it was a great holiday weekend, we're sad to see it end. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Even though Easter was a few weeks ago

I have a few pictures of Noah and his Easter basket, so I thought I would post them for you!  He really enjoyed seeing new things and playing with the Easter eggs.  The Easter eggs were not a bad idea until he figured out that there was a jelly bean inside each one and wanted to eat them all!






Sometimes he likes to play the faces game, I think it is like Eskimo kisses!

Time for a walk

Well since we finally posted our blog about Florida, I think we should break the news that we have a walking baby in our house... or does that make him a toddler!?!  He is growing up so fast and it is so fun to watch him doing and trying new things all the time.  He has mastered climbing up and down the stairs, getting off the couch on his own, and he is now walking all over the place!  He will be moving up to the toddler room at daycare as soon as he gets a little bit better at drinking out of a cup, he isn't a baby anymore!  I am not sure I am ready for that, but I think it will be good for him and he will learn a lot from older kiddos.  He seems to be growing well and we even went over a whole month without a cold.  He is teething like crazy, he has five top teeth that are coming in.  He will be ready for steak this summer!




Other than that, the other big news is that I have gone part time at my job!  I am officially home for four whole days in a row and I get to spend them with Noah!  I am super excited about being around and loving on him more.  I did have to take a demotion at work, so that was a bummer, but to be able to go part time, it was a trade I couldn't pass up!

Michael has been doing physical therapy for his knee, ankle, and hip the last few months, he had his last appointment on Tuesday.   We are hoping that he will be able to continue strengthening his body so that he can get back into running and cycling.  He rode his bike to work last week and hopefully will be able to continue that throughout the summer!


That's about it.  I am going to try to write a few more blog posts since I will be home more, no promises, but maybe next week we will have another story to share!