Black Hills Tourist Week

Cole got to play tourist with Grandpa Neill and GG when they came out the week before Landon’s birthday party.  They stayed at a hotel with a big indoor waterpark, and Cole loved going down the tubes on the slides with Grandpa and Dad.  They weathered the wind on top of Dinosaur Hill, visited Who’s Hobby Toy Store in Main Street Square, and frequented the arcade at Papa’s hotel as well.  Cole finally got to go to Reptile Gardens and see the giant 100 year old turtles.  Since I am working full time right now during training, Cole was able to spend the night at the hotel a few nights and loved it!

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365 Days, 12 Months, 1 Year


October 22…Our little Landon is one year old, and we can’t believe how fast the year has gone by!  We celebrated Landon’s birthday at Grandma and Grandpa Barbour’s house with a baseball theme.  I was able to get much of the party-planning done either before we moved or the weekend before the party, so this party didn’t seem as intense as some of Cole’s have been.  Luckily, Aunt Emilee helped me decorate the cake pops and made the beautiful two-tiered cake, so that took a lot off my plate.  I made our family baseball shirts and the poster before we moved, so really I didn’t have too much to do once we got here.  Grandpa Neill and Elaine were able to drive up for the party as well, so we had a nice small party.  Landon had a blast flirting with all the ladies, especially Emilee’s mom.  He’s really starting to talk up a storm, too.  He likes to hold a whole conversation with you and will just start laughing after he says something.  Too cute.  We took Landon to the doctor for his 1 year check-up and shots…as much as the kid eats, he does NOT gain weight!  He’s just over 19 pounds (Cole was about 22 pounds at 1) and in the 6th percentile.  I’m sure he’ll make up the weight at some point; it’s not too surprising considering how fast he crawls and never stops moving.

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Typical Cole being super cooperative for pictures

I did a cake smash the day after the party, and Landon loved eating the cake and digging into the frosting as much as he did during his party.  The kid just loves to eat and wouldn’t stop if you let him keep going.  He might’ve finished that whole baseball cake if I would’ve let him.  Cole barely touched his smash cake and cried when we stuck his fingers in it.  They couldn’t be more different.

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

20161003_090331We’re officially in Rapid City!  The move went as smooth as it could have.  We filled up a giant trailer with more stuff than I thought we’d need, drove it across Wyoming, and took over just about every room in my parents’ house.  Everybody settled in just fine, and Matt and I have both started work.  Our first weekend in Rapid City, we found a pumpkin patch to take the boys to.  We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather in the beginning of October.  Cole had a blast picking up all the smaller pumpkins and loading them into the wagon.  Landon even got his hands on a baby pumpkin.

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Go Rox!

We took Cole to his second Rockies game with Grandma Ruth for an early birthday outing.  We sat at club level, which was really nice because we could come inside to cool down or walk around when Cole was bored of sitting.  He tried Dippin’ Dots for the first time and loved them.  We also got a Carlos Gonzalez bobblehead as the game giveaway, which he carried around with him the whole game.  Grandma asked if he wanted to see Dinger, and he actually said “yes,” so they went over to try to meet him.  This is as close as Cole would get.  We left after the 7th inning and walked to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  Matt and his family used to go there on their Denver outings when he was a kid, and he and his mom were surprised it was still around.  It was great Italian food though, and Matt and Grandma Ruth enjoyed talking about old memories.

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Cole started his first day of Preschool at Redeemer this week.  He had a hard time like usual when I dropped him off, but I never got called to come get him (improvement from last year!), and he was really excited about his new class and teacher when I picked him up.  We’ll see how the rest of the year goes and when he has to start over new once we get to Rapid…

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Steamboat Springs

We took a family vacation up to Steamboat Springs for a long weekend with Grandma Ruth, Uncle Luke, Aunt Sarah, and Cousin Benjamin.  We rented a 5-bedroom condo with 4 different levels.  The great part was, pretty much everyone got their own room (except poor Benjamin got a closet).  The bad part was, we had so much stuff and it was all spread out over 4 levels that we never could find where anything was!  I’ve never done so many stairs in one weekend!!  But the condo was super nice, fully stocked with everything we needed, including a life-size Pistol Pete.  Cole noticed him as soon as we walked in and identified him right away as Pistol Pete (the Wyoming Cowboys mascot).


One of the days we hiked to the Yampa River, where there are tons of natural hot springs.  We got in and played for a bit with the kids, and Grandma was nice enough to stay with the kids during naptime the next day so the parents could tube the river.  It was a little low and slow-going, but very relaxing!

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The last night, we took a gondola up to the top of the mountain for a Sunset Happy Hour with dinner and music.  Cole had a look of pure joy as we launched from the gondola station into the air.  He had a lot of fun.  I did not, thanks to the height factor, the heat inside the gondola, and my motion sickness.  At first Cole didn’t like the music because it was too loud while he was trying to eat, but then he liked to dance with Grandma.  We didn’t stay on top of the mountain for the sunset, but caught it coming back on the gondola, where the ride was much cooler and more enjoyable for everyone.  Overall, it was a great trip, and we really enjoyed spending time with everyone.  Even though we’re only an hour drive away, we don’t get to see Benjamin, Luke, and Sarah outside of chaotic holidays and family get togethers, so it was especially fun for Cole to get some good cousin bonding in!

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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.