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Sam.

Wow.  Taking pictures of girls is so much different from boys.  I don’t mean that in a bad way but my time with Sam was a totally different experience than my 15 minute mini shoot with Paige.  Sam and I were literally out for an hour and I took about a zillion pictures.  There was no easy Hey, sit there and smile pictures.

But….there was definitely a lot of Hey Mom, take my picture hanging from this tree and Hey Mom, take my picture doing the macarena and Hey Mom, my feet are totally going numb in this water, check it out! and I promise, Sam, this is the LAST shot….

Whew.  I was tired when we were done.

So, here are some of the shots I did manage to get on our “mini shoot”.  We did have fun and laughed until our sides hurt and only once were there tears (when Sam attempted a back flip and landed kinda weird….). Boys.  I adore mine.

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Paige’s Turn…Fall Pictures

This afternoon, Paige and I headed out to get some fall pictures.  It was a gorgeous day and the leaves have turned colors and are starting to fall.  It made for a perfect picture setting.  Paige is probably my hardest kid to photograph because she tends to force a smile and doesn’t always give me a natural look.  She had a great time out there today, especially when I had her throw leaves.  That brought out the smiles and giggles….Isn’t she darling?!?!

Happy fall.

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This is probably my favorite shot of the day.  Not MY best shot but definitely Paige’s.  Pure joy.

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Have a great weekend.

Jennifer

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What’s Up

Well…..as usual, the Colorado Wescotts have been keeping it real and staying super busy.  Here is a quick run down of our fall.  BTW, if you were ever thinking about coming to visit, fall is the BEST time of the year here.  Gorgeous!  I have so many events from the past couple months to post about, now that the kids are back in school and our routine is a bit more predictable.

Sam~ Running solid on his xc team.  He finished fourth in his last race.  We were super excited and proud of him.  He is busy with tons of 7th grade homework and this year he loves his language arts class.  What can I say…a kid after my own heart!  He also joined the jazz band  and is still rockin’ the trombone.  Here he is below, getting out front early.

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Alice~ Taking middle school by storm.  She is a pretty well-rounded kid and loves all her classes.  She is handling the freedoms and independence of middle school like a boss!  Alice is also running cross-country and doing really well.  Her favorite part of the last race….the waist deep water crossing and mud climb.  This one, she takes after her daddy:)  She has started playing the flute and still loves to sing.  Most the time, she can be found either reading Divergent or singing to one of her many Taylor Swift cds.

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Paige~ Oh, my sweet, sweet, Paigie.  Still my baby girl.  Paige decided to take a break from dancing this year and focus on drumming.  Yep, you heard me.  She is looking forward to starting drum lessons.  Paige is working super hard this year in  the 4th grade and has an awesome group of friends.  She is running with Girls on the Run this fall and has set some lofty running goals.  We are looking forward to our 5K in November.  She still loves to play with her dolls and is a kid at heart.

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Mason~ My baby.  Mason is having a wonderful year in the 2nd grade.  We adore his teacher and love that she is lifting him up and really focusing on his strengths.  He is really having fun learning to read chapter books and most of the time you can find him sitting on his bed, reading out loud to himself.  He still loves to talk and I think MOM will be his favorite word, forever.  He started Tae Kwon Do a few weeks ago and cannot get enough.  He is still the first to rise in the morning and is ready with his bed made, teeth brushed, bag packed and shoes on before the sun comes up.

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I hope you are all enjoying the fall as much as we are!  Happy Wednesday!

Jennifer

 

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Cross Country

Both Sam and Alice are running middle school cross country.  Today they had their first meet of the season in Leadville.  They both ran really well.  Unfortunately, Sam fell right before the finish line so he didn’t have a very good finish but we were so proud of both of them.  It is so fun to watch them excel and have fun doing it!  We also got to hang out with some great friends from Colorado Springs who were there for the meet as well. It was a perfect morning spending time with family and friends.

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Happy Saturday.

Jennifer

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Growing Up

A couple weeks ago, I took out my littlest boy to get some updated pictures.  Every time I turn around, he just gets bigger.  He turned 7 this summer and is getting ready for second grade.   Time flies when you are lookin’ cute.

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 Happy Monday.  Alice and Samuel started middle school today.  Paige and Mason start tomorrow.  I will post those back to school pictures…after I stop crying.

Jennifer

 

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We Heart Summer

This has been a pretty chill summer.  Of course, we started off with our big European trip and now we are just hanging out and playing.  A lot.  The kids have watched way too many movies and in between I have booted them out the door to ride their bikes or just enjoy being outside.  Today was GORGEOUS.  The weather was perfect so after getting some inside chores finished, the kids and I walked to the school funground.  They went back and forth on the monkey bars and I took pictures and read.  It was PERFECT.  After a nice walk home, Mason and Paige insisted they run in the sprinkler.  Of course, it didn’t last too long but by the sounds of all those squeals and shrieks, I think they had fun!

Happy Saturday.

A perfectly lazy afternoon….

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Jumpin’ Bikes

We are so lucky to have a fantastic bike park super close to our house.  The  kids beg me, pretty much every day, to ride over to the bike park.  I have tried telling them that we do have to do some laundry this summer but they don’t get it;)  We usually pack a lunch and spend a couple of hours riding around.  I make them do a little trail riding and then reward them with tons of park time.  They are all getting a bit braver on the jumps.  Sam is doing really well and the girls aren’t too far behind.  Mason took his first try on the jumps, got some serious air and then had an epic  fall.  I didn’t get any pics of him riding because he was pretty sure staying on the pump track was good enough for him.  Maybe next time….

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Of course, there were no pictures of me jumping….because I really like to walk and breathe….

Happy Monday!

Jennifer

 

 

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Just One More Vacation Post {Venice, Italy}

I read an article today that listed the top ten cities in the world that were most worthy of a visit.  Venice was number 4.  I have to admit that while I thought Venice was super cool and I am thrilled that we made a quick stop there, I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if about 75% of the people hadn’t.  It was definitely a bit of a tourist trap.  Aside from the amazing amount of people, it was hard not to fall in love with the narrow, winding walkways between ancient buildings and the ornate bridges that led the way over channels and waterways.  When the kids asked for a gondola ride, I couldn’t find a reason why we wouldn’t do it.  It was definitely worth every euro.  Expensive, yep.  Touristy, yep. Crazy cool.  Totally.  We only had a day and a half to see Venice and in my opinion, it was plenty of time.  Touring Venice was a great end to our fantastic European vacation.

The funny part about coming home was that when we left Italy it was warm and sunny and when we flew into Denver it was cold and rainy.  Even funnier was the fact that it was snowing at home.  In June.

So, here is a glimpse of Venice, Italy.  Enjoy.

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Camping {Turquoise Lake, Leadville}

The kids and I just arrived home from  a super fun couple days of camping in Leadville, CO.  After all the craziness last week, we were all ready for some serious down time (and a couple smores).  The kids really just wanted to play on the beach and I really just wanted to finish my book so it was a win-win for all of us!  We just got home and instead of unpacking and washing clothes, I am editing and posting pictures.

Happy Wednesday!  Long live summer!  May it never end….at least for a few more weeks…..

 

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I truly believe that Turquoise Lake is a hidden gem. It is one of the most gorgeous spots in Colorado.  The camping sites are pretty much right on the sandy shore and the views are to die for.  This shot above was the sunset last night.  A storm was rolling by and the colors were unbelievable.   We are so blessed to be able to drive 35 minutes and get to a spot where we can unwind and relax.  The kids want to know…where are we going next week, Mom????

I hope you all are having a great week and finding some time to relax….

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Love, Jennifer

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I interrupt the irregularly scheduled vacation pictures for a glimpse into our 4th of July fun…

Alternately titled….Longest post title ever.

We have had a very fun, very busy week.  Here are some pictures.  Parades, hikes, hangin’ by the res, biking, concerts….whew!  We always love this week but I think we might need a vacation from our crazy week!

Frisco 4th of July Parade….basically mayhem with candy and squirt guns.

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Look out!  The sheriff is in town.

 

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Our staff really got excited about the parade this year and their Wild West costumes were basically mustaches and fat bikes.  BTW, they stole the show….the fat bikes, that is.

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Picnicking on Lake Dillon….all I can say is in the end we were stuck with one wet, muddy puppy and 4 even wetter and muddier kiddos.

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Building sand castles….

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I love Rosie’s eyes in the above pic.  She really wasn’t happy to come out of the water.  Trying to encourage a 50+ pound puppy to get out of the lake takes about 10 sumo wrestlers.  We had Sam.

 

Taking 6th of July pictures.

Yep.  The 4th is such a crazy day that I usually put it off for a couple of days.  The skids were less than helpful today during picture-taking so I didn’t get a ton of great ones.  So…here is what I did get.

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There you have it.

A glimpse into our week.

Happy Sunday night….zzzzzz.

Jennifer

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