Monday, July 13, 2009

Chugga, Chugga.. Poo Poo!!

Paw Paw came for a visit this weekend on his way to a job outside of Grand Junction. We all went to the Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. They just happened to be celebrating their 50th anniversary, so there were a lot of people there and a lot going on. There were also a lot more trains there than usual which was cool to see. We also went to the park and let Jake play in the fountains before Paw Paw left town. He had such a good time that he didn't want to leave. We'll definitely have to do that a few more times this summer!

Jake is on a 2-week dry streak (give or take a few tiny "didn't-make-it-in-time" accidents)! He's really started to get it and can hold it a lot longer now. He even went poo poo on the potty at school today!! hooray!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 4th (of April?)

We hosted a 4th BBQ with our neighbors (the Lynch's) for the 5th year in a row this year. For the last two years, it rained on us. This year, not only did it rain, it rained a LOT and got very cold. Luckily, with the basement newly completed, we had room for everyone to come inside! The kids loved the new couch in the basement and used it like a "bouncy house" for their entertainment. Well, I guess it IS supposed to be an entertainment room, right? We skipped the big fireworks show again this year for the Larson's show. Doug never fails to entertain/scare us with his not-so-legal fireworks show (care of WY fireworks)! Jake really enjoyed having so many friends over and loved watching the fireworks with PawPaw (when he wasn't hiding from them).

Happy Hosts
(see storm clouds in the background)

The family pic!

Mackenzie, Clara & Jake (before the rain)

The new couch (aka Bouncy House) -
yes, that's an action shot of Jake on his head!

Paw Paw, Jack and Jake

Hallelujah!!! The Basement is Finished!!!

Without further of the new and improved basement!!

Entertainment Room (view #1)

Entertainment Room (view #2)

Bathroom (shower)



Wet bar

Rec room/wet bar

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer at Last!

Sorry it's been a while since I updated the blog. Summer has finally arrived here in Colorado and we can't do anything but enjoy it! Jake started swimming lessons a few weeks ago. He was not sure what to think about it at first, but after lesson #2 yesterday, he is now fearless! He now jumps off of the side of the pool into the water (into my arms of course), and I also caught him going underwater after the older kids did it (scared me to death!) He's such a big boy now!

Father's day was fun too. Dad spent Saturday golfing and we spent the day at the pool as a family on Sunday. We got Dad some new grilling acutroment and a new grilling cook book (cliche I know, but that's what he wanted!). Now maybe dad can cook us some yummy food on the grill this summer!
Now that summer is here, Jake has a new favorite thing -- popsicles and ice cream! Can you blame him? Our block has been targeted by several ice cream trucks lately, so Jake now knows exactly what that music is and has an immediate Pavlovian reaction the instant he hears it. I distinctly remember the sheer joy of the ice cream truck growing up as well (of course, mom and dad "share" with Jake).