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My funny little boy

Monday, September 30, 2013

I could watch you play for hours, only you won't let me just watch, you pull me into your games, into your laughter, into your fun, all while I pull you deeper into my heart.


Early Fall

Saturday, September 28, 2013

We went advernturing and took a drive today to breath in the beautiful, crisp, fall air.


A Visit to Westlands Park

Monday, September 23, 2013

We loved this little new to us park, and it is at the top of the "go back to" list.  I just love watching as my little baby turns into a real big boy at the park, climbing, sliding, swinging, screaming, laughing, running, throwing, and all around enjoying himself.


Cloud Gate: The Chicago Bean

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Spent a few days traveling in Chicago for work, and luckily slipped in a few minutes of play time before heading to the airport.  The Bean was only a 2 block walk from the office location we were visiting.


Letters to My Son - September

Friday, September 20, 2013

I'm taking part in a new blog circle with some other fabulous women, where each month I will include a letter to my baby boy along with a few pictures that capture the emotion and love I feel for him.  I hope that you will enjoy this feature as much I have enjoyed the process, and will also take the leap to the next blog in the circle each month.

...

Dearest boy,

Each night I sneak into your room and look at your peaceful sleeping face.  You might stir a little and as you do innocence oozes from every pore of your body.  From your precious, little lips escapes a sweet suckle that reminds me of your first days in this world.

In the shadows with the hallway light casting a soft glow on your crib I am overcome with love and awe at how incredibly lucky your father and I are to have you in our life.


I whisper prayers throughout the day that you lead a full and happy life.  That you will face enough challenges to let you appreciate your successes.  That you will always hear the roar from those cheering you on.  That you will know love, joy, happiness, hope, and have a hunger that continually drives you forward in life.


Over the past few months as we gone through speech and special education therapy I have seen how it forces you to flex, compromise, overcome, challenge, and fight.  I see how it wears you down and causes you to often be overcome with frustration and tears, but I equally see those moments of pride, eagerness, resolve, courage and determination as you laugh and grow through the exercises.


You are my pride and joy little AB.  Keep growing, keep learning.  I will always be your proud momma bear protecting you, pushing you, rooting for you and most of all loving you.

Forever yours,
Mommy

...

Now hop over to see Heidi Kapust's blog to read her beautiful letter.





My Little Monkey

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We took the little tike to Monkey Business and he was in heaven.  The last time we went he wasn't steady on his feet yet, but this time he was a rough and tumble little guy climbing and sliding on all of the equipment.



Disney PhotoPass+ Review

Friday, September 13, 2013

So I waited until our photos had nearly expired from our trip to Disney World to have the photos from our PhotoPass+ sent to us via a CD (you only get 30 days from the time of your visit to order).  The disk just arrived this week and I thought it might be useful to share our review of Disney's PhotoPass.


Although I knew I would be taking my nice camera to Disney, I also knew it would be as easy to just hand off to someone to take family photos for us, and I also didn't want to lose time at character meet and greets passing off the bulky thing, so that is where the PhotoPass came in very handy for us.

There are two types of PhotoPasses available:

  • PhotoPass: Cost is $119.95 if you pre-order, or $169.95 after your vacation.  This includes all digital photos that the PhotoPass photographers take.
  • PhotoPass+: Cost is $149 if you pre-order, or $199.95 after your vacation.  This includes a photo gallery with some 400 stock photos of Disney (characters, buildings, etc), a code to order a PhotoCD (not just download the images), and includes photos at dining locations and from rides.

We go the PhotoPass+ CD in advance of our trip as a very generous gift.  And overall we were pleased with what we got for the price. Digital downloads are $10 a piece if you order on your own and then each ride generally runs you somewhere between $15-$25 if I recall correctly.  I would recommend the PhotoPass to most people, and I would recommend the PhotoPass+ if you are a into the thrill rides and character dining experiences.

A few things to consider though:

  • The PhotoPass Photographers really just snapshot style images, you can't expect that those truly magical, lifestyle type of photos will be what shows up on your disk.
  • The PhotoPass Photographers are really everywhere throughout the parks.  You don't have to seek them out, and it is quick, so we tried to stop just about every time we saw one in a new location.
  • If you are traveling with young children, and won't be riding the rides that offer attraction photos, upgrading to the PhotoPass+ might not be necessary.  Most of the rides that are valid with the PhotoPass have height restrictions so unless you are doing a rider swap you won't be able to take advantage of those rides and photos.
  • You are able to edit all of your photos and add logos, character signatures, and borders which give them a little personality.
  • With the PhotoPass the photographers start shooting as soon as you begin walking toward the characters during meet and greets, and those make for some great memories.
Overall our on 4-day park visit our disk included 159 images after editing.

Here are a few of our Disney PhotoPass+ photos so you can see some of the features, and quality of the image that the photographer takes.


Life + Lens {Changes}

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This month's Life + Lens theme is change.  I typically am change adverse, however when it comes to my sweet boy, I see change everyday in front of me and love every minute of it.  Sometimes the changes are so easy to see, they are milestones reached, and others changes happen in the quiet moments as life keeps marching on.

I love that I can have my phone handy to snap photos and then later can scroll through the endless album.  Funny I found a consistent theme of bath time photos and loved seeing my boy grow in each of those instagram moments.  Although far from technically perfect, these photos are emotionally perfect to me.








And to really see the difference, here is baby's first bath in the hospital.


Please continue on with our blog circle to see Chrissy's take on this month's theme.

Go, Fight, WIN!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's an annual tradition that CU faces off against CSU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.  This year Jason and I made it out for the game to cheer on our Buffs!


Our tickets were for the Champions Club at Sports Authority Field.  We have been in suites before, but this was the winner of all suites.  It spans the length of the end zone, and the drinks and food flow freely here.  I will say it was nice to be able to get a cold refreshing beer at the game when the rest of the stadium is dry for the college game.


The might CU fight song: Fight CU Down the Field,  CU Must Win, Fight, Fight for Victory, CU Knows No Defeat, So Roll Up That Mighty Score, Never Give In, Shoulder to Shoulder we will Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight!


We had a great time, even if we did have to sweat it some, the Buffs came out on top with a win!  Here is to hoping that this season is full of a lot more marks in that column.


Pickling Party

Friday, September 6, 2013

A few weeks back we had a little canning party to make pickled green beans and pickled beets.


I adapted this pickled green bean recipe, and we used a family picked beet recipe.

Crisp Pickled Green Beans - My way
  • 8 pint sized canning jars
  • 3 pounds beans washed and trimmed (I did a mix of wax and green beans)
  • 1 head of garlic peeled
  • 5 cups distilled vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 bunch dill weed (blossom part)
  • red pepper flakes


Directions
  1. Sterilize jars rings and lids.
  2. Place 3 garlic cloves per jar
  3. Place 1/4 teaspoon red pepper per jar
  4. Place 1 dill sprig per jar
  5. Pack jars tightly with beans
  6. In a saucepan, stir together vinegar, water and salt.  Bring to a rolling boil.
  7. Ladle brine into jars leaving 1/4 inch at top.
  8. Seal jars with lids and rings, place in hot water bath so the jar is covered up to the neck.  Simmer for 10 minutes (check your elevation for different boiling times).
  9. Cool to room temp and check that seal by pressing the center of the lid, it should not move or pop.  Refrigerate any jars that do not seal properly for up to one month.
  10. Let jars ferment for 2 weeks before eating (or if you're like me and can't wait you can open them early and they are still tasty).






Oh Happy Day - Gray Baby Boy Nursery

Monday, September 2, 2013

Earlier last week I lent my point and shoot camera to a friend who is getting ready to travel to Israel, and it happened to still have a memory card in it.  I haven't used that camera in nearly two years.  I popped the card into the computer and stumbled upon some photos of when the baby boy was only two days old, and also were some photos of his very first nursery back in our condo. I was immediately flooded with such happy memories.

Sweet Gray Baby Boy Nursery
Gray Baby Boy Nursery Ideas
Neutral Gray Baby Nursery
Gray and White baby nursery

Colorado Balloon Classic - Ascent & Balloon Glo

Sunday, September 1, 2013

For the past several years we have gone down to Colorado Springs to see the Balloon Classic Balloon Glo.  This year we decided to get up before the sunrise to see the ascent of the balloons since we have never been for a launch.  The weather had other plans.  Much to our disappointment, we got down the Springs and the wind was too strong for the balloons to be able to inflate and fly.

Since our plans were foiled, we grabbed breakfast at Kings Chef Diner and then did a quick drive through Garden of the Gods before heading home.


Although we didn't get any pictures of the balloons this year, here are a few from previous trips to the Balloon Glo (it is always a great time and so beautiful to see the balloons all lit up in bright colors against the dark setting of the night sky).

Colorado Balloon Classic
Colorado Balloon Classic
Colorado Balloon Classic
Colorado Balloon Classic
Colorado Balloon Classic