Monday, October 13, 2014

Vail Valley 2014

Prior to the mass influx of children we acquired we used to go to Vail, CO in the fall for a soccer tournament that Brett helped to ref yearly.  The best part about this trip, other than it's immense beauty, is that our Condo was free since Brett was a ref.  And if you know anything about Vail, and the type of condo's and properties they have you must know that every place we have stayed as been nothing short of amazing.

Although the director of the tournament said that they do not accommodate large families for the tournament, when Brett inquired about putting our family up for the weekend, the director said she would be sure to get us a 2 bedroom condo with a kitchen this year.  My heart smiled, as we did not deserve this but our family so desperately needed a little get-a-way.  On top of that, the director only scheduled Brett a few games in the later afternoon, so he essentially got to spend the whole time with us.

Vail is one of those places that when you think of what beautiful Colorado looks like, it looks exactly like that!  It's nothing short of breath-taking DSC_1173 

Here are some of my favorites. And can I just say I loved everything about the weekend! The trees. the weather 
the kids 
the food 
the ability to eat both in our room and out of it (with lots of planning) 
the sky 
but mostly the uninterrupted time with family vail12 vail7 vail3 vail8 vail4 DSC_1186 vail6 vail11 vail9DSC_1174
vail5 vail13  Vail is known for there amazing parks, so each day we hit up several and they were nothing short of AMAZING! the girls squealed with delight everything we got to a new park. The parks where creative, fun, modern, beautiful, huge and free!

I tried to grab a few photos of some of the parks, but really the photos do them no justice

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And at one point I grabbed a stranger to take our photo and they captured this. Honestly it melts my heart everytime I look at it. If I ever feel unloved I just need to see that little Levi and the way he is staring at me. He loves me vail1

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sarah Bug

My little Sarah bug just turned 3!
She is our little princess (living up to that name meaning) in so many ways.
She definitely gives us a run for our money and makes us laugh ALL.THE.TIME.

Some fun Sarah quotes

Me: "Sarah, what do you like about Levi?"
Sarah: "nofing, I don't whike Lebi"

Sarah: Mom can I listen to "spechi-tales?" (vegie-tales)

Sarah: No mom, its the Lizard of Oz!

We did not do a big party for Sarah this year, just a special date and a family dinner.  
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She is just a joy and a delightful child, and it was really hard earlier to year to watch my bouncy girl not quite as bouncy.

Many of you don't know this but we have had a hard year with Sarah's health also.  Around the same time Norah was diagnosed with diabetes Sarah was having some health issues herself.  Well to make it short, Sarah is allergic to Soy, which is in E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G you buy!! It is Monsanto destroying my family and everyone else.  It is harder for to Sarah to eat out than Norah.  I can easily order Norah a burger (no bun), grilled chicken and veggies.  Well with Sarah soy is laced in everything when you go out to eat.  For example there is not one food item Sarah can have at McDonalds or Taco Bell, they are all laced with Soy.  Not that I want her to eat there ever anyway.  Plus she is also still sensitive to dairy, she can have cheese and dairy bake into items, but no milk, ice cream or yogurt. Eating at our house is fun, but it's good because we are all moving in a healthier direction, not perfect, but getting there.

Soy is horrible for all of us though (unless it is fermented). Just do a little research.  So we stick to Coconut Aminos at our house if we want something Asian flavored.

And for Sarah, she knows most things she can't have and that mom packs her special snacks.  She tells people, "no, I can't have that it gives me fast poops!"  And if Norah can't have something Sarah interjects with, "that gives Norah sugars."

She is just her own little self, with squishy cheeks, cheesy smiles, and lots of love!

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"Mommy say you love me too!!" 

Sarah, I love you too!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Levi's 1 year birthday & 12 month progression

It's about time, sheesh, almost a full month later, but we did have a special celebration for Levi's first birthday.  I mean of course we did, we do 1st birthday big, I mean it's a pretty big deal that we kept him alive for 12 months, especially in this family, so we really wanted to celebrate life!

Levi is my only official summer birthday (barely sneaking it in)  So of course we had to do the party a the pool!  We are fortunate enough to have a neighborhood pool we can use, and it makes for an easy an entertaining party, no games not hod podge, just got swim, eat food and eat cake, easy!

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Levi eating his cupcake was about as exciting as watching a person sit there, because that is exactly what he did. He just doesn't love sweets a ton
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That's the extent of his messiness ...... woooooDSC_0731

Can't believe how fast you grew up buddy.  The first and the last photo amaze me.

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Levi, You warm my heart, make me smile, and help bring me joy each day. 
 I never ever knew I could love a little man so much.  
Thank you for hugging and loving me big every day!  
My little head banging, cat food eating, toilet boil playing, nose scrunching, mama loving, master destroyer.....I love you so much!DSC_0884 

and If you didn't see Levi's one year video here it is!