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Go jump in the lake…

We drove up to Rapid for our second lake trip of the summer the first week in August.  This time, Cole had much more confidence in the water.  He just put on his little swim vest and swam around the pool by himself.  He even jumped in the freezing cold lake right away without hesitation.  One of the days at the lake was only 70 degrees and too cold to go out, so we went into Hot Springs and took Cole to Evans Plunge, the indoor water park.  He wanted to go down the big curvy slide with us, and after the first time, he loved it.  He would go down with Matt, and climb back up to go with me.  I only have the one picture of him coming out at the bottom…as you can see, Matt is completely submerged as Cole got held above water.  A few times though, we weren’t able to lift him all the way up and his head went completely under.  He would still pop out of the water, sputtering a little bit, asking to go again.  So we still had a fun time despite the unseasonal weather.

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We went fishing on the dock in the morning before going out on the lake in the afternoon.  Cole’s bait wasn’t in the water more than 1.5 seconds at a time, so there was no way he was going to catch anything.  He had fun with Grandpa Scott though, although both he and I felt like we were about to lose our patience or an eye from the swinging hook at any moment.

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Landon didn’t care too much for the beach this time.  Once he got on the boat though, he was fine with Grandma, his puffs and his water bottle.

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Look who’s on the move…

Yep, that’s right.  Landon’s crawling, and we’re all trying to keep up.  Cole can’t believe how quickly Landon gets over to his toys and tries to knock his Duplo castle down (let’s just say he’s not thrilled about Landon’s newfound skill).  Dad and I can’t believe how sad it is that we will never be able to leave him on the floor and know he’s not going anywhere or getting into anything he’s not supposed to.  But it’s awesome, and it’s so cute how proud of himself he is.  To keep everything even between documenting the boys’ accomplishments, I of course made a little video of Landon’s journey to crawling.

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Cole Digs Being 3!

We had a birthday party for Cole up in Rapid since Grandma and Grandpa weren’t able to make it for the Colorado party.  Aunt Emilee made the cutest cookie monster cupcakes that looked awesome and tasted delicious.  Cole enjoyed being blue for awhile!  Emilee and Tommy got him a Ninja Turtles playset with a mask and little swords.  Dad probably enjoyed it as much as Cole did!
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The day of Cole’s birthday was a Thursday, so we did the traditional “take pictures with the chalkboard sign” and stayed in for dinner.  I made birthday French toast with sprinkles and candles, and he thought that was pretty exciting.9287DSC02171

The Saturday after Cole’s birthday, we had a construction-themed party at our house with Grandma Ruth, Grandpa Neill and GG, Uncle Luke, Aunt Sarah, and Benjamin, Great-Grandpa Harold, and Amy, Will, and Nash.  It was “loads of fun.”  Cole had seen pictures of my birthday when I was little, and I had dirt cake in one of the pictures with GUMMY WORMS…he was sold!  So I built the whole theme of the party around the dirt cake, which turned out amazing.  I put it in his dump truck and found construction cone candles and little toy diggers to put in it.  Even though I didn’t think I went overboard on the rest of it, Matt does, but he agreed it was worth it.  Cole got all sorts of awesome gifts, including a trampoline, which we hope helps burn off some of that nonstop boy energy he has too much of.  He also got a rocket launcher, which was probably more fun for Dad and Uncle Luke, but Cole really enjoyed it too.  Thanks everyone for coming!
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Fairytales and Fireworks

We went on our annual Storybook Island visit while in Rapid City, and since Cole is big into The Wizard of Oz, he was pumped (in his words) to see the Wicked Witch especially.  We rode the 30 mph carousel and I had to just try to look at Cole the whole time so I couldn’t see the park whizzing by and get sick.  Landon wasn’t too impressed with the whole experience…it was hot and he kept slouching lower and lower.  20160630_121452(0) 20160630_115339DSC02158 DSC02166 DSC02145 DSC02138

We had a low-key 4th of July…I didn’t have to work, but Landon’s schedule doesn’t allow us to do a whole lot throughout the day.  Matt took Cole to the 4th of July Parade in Greeley with Papa Neill and GG and her family.  He had a great time, other than the King Soopers mascot (who knew King Soopers even had a mascot?).  He said, “I don’t really like that King mascot.”  Otherwise, he loved getting all the candy and other random free stuff.  We just spent the early evening grilling in our backyard with some friends and then normal bedtimes at 8, so no fireworks this year.
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Summer Vacay

It’s that time of year again where we get to go to the LAKE!!  Cole loved it this year as much as the past few years, and Landon was pretty undecided.  He didn’t hate it, but he definitely enjoyed eating sand more than Cole did his first year (Cole was over a year old, Landon’s only 8 months, so I guess that’s the difference).  Uncle Tommy and Aunt Emilee came up for the day along with my cousin Kacey and her husband Joe, all the way from Las Vegas.  Cole made best friends with Kacey and Emilee and wouldn’t let anybody but them feed him, change him, play with him, etc.  LOL, he was sad to see them go!  Cole loved the water and swimming this year.  We just strapped him into his life jacket and he loved to “swim” by kicking and splashing around while we held him in the water.  Dad launched him in the air a few times, which he couldn’t get enough of!  Cole even stayed still long enough for us to make him into a sand starfish!  DSC01954 DSC01939 DSC01977 DSC01986                    DSC02052DSC02006

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Cole was all about the toad catching this year, as long as he had his net!  He got a few at the trailer, but he was too busy playing in the lake this year to catch any at the beach.  One of the mornings, it was a bit chilly so we were going to wait for everyone to come down in the afternoon until we hit the beach.  We checked out the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, but Dad and I were more interested in the history than Cole was.  He got to do some digging for fossils and see some giant Manny the Mammoth replicas, so at least it was enough to entertain him for an hour.

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We love you Mom and Dad

I’m finally having a chance to gather the pictures from Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other random events of the spring/early summer.  For Mother’s Day, my lovely sons and husband served me breakfast in bed.  We took Cole to his first bowling experience at the Summit.  He had a lot of fun for about 30 minutes!  He used a ramp and bumpers and actually scored better than me one of the rounds.  Matt went golfing the weekend before Father’s Day and then we grilled up at our house.  We did breakfast in bed for him, too, since Cole thought that was so much fun!  On the actual Father’s Day weekend, he was out of town and Grandma and Grandpa Barbour came while I worked.

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We also had a zoo trip on one of my weekends off.  We rolled the boys around in the wagon and had a really fun time!  The highlight of the zoo was “Cam the Ram” the bighorn sheep!20160528_094609 20160528_094617 20160528_103858

In other events of the early summer, we met up with Andy, Ivana, and their 1 year old Lukas!  The last time we all saw them was right after he was born (other than briefly at Christmas).  Lukas couldn’t get enough of hugging Cole!20160519_16500020160520_072515

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Family Pics

So this is a total cop-out of a blog since I’m not posting any pictures, but it’s the easiest way to spread the word about our family pictures.  A few weeks ago we contacted our wedding photographers, Dusty and Michelle Volkel, to see if we could get together and shoot some family pictures.  They suggested this really cool little site in Golden, CO called the Clear Creek History Park.  It had old rustic buildings, a chicken coop, and the beautiful mountains in the background, and the pictures couldn’t have turned out better.  Our wedding pictures were perfect thanks to Dusty and Michelle, and we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed with what they could do with our family.  They are so good that they even managed to get Cole to pose for the very first shot (the one by himself against the door).  I was amazed and thought the photos were going to go smooth as butter…but by the next background change, he was already running off into the trees exploring and we pretty much had to go wherever he went to take the next set of pictures.  But it was actually a really fun time and Cole loved telling everybody about it for the next few days.  He especially enjoyed Woody’s Woodfired Pizza that we ate at before taking pictures!  So here they are…enjoy!

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