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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!