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Spring Break {Fruita, CO}

For the second half of our spring break (the first half was full of boring stuff like cleaning and laundry), we packed up the camper and our bikes and headed to Fruita.  Fruita is a small town just a few miles from the Colorado/Utah border.  It is most definitely a mountain biking destination.  The views are phenomenal and the weather is really gorgeous this time of year.   We did a lot of biking and relaxing.  Perfect four days….

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Mason and I took a break to check out some super cool rock while the others went out on a quick spin…

 

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Sam finishing up a ride.  Can you find him up there? 

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My handsome husband stopping (on a cliff) so I could take some pictures. Right below him (hundreds of feet below him) is the Colorado River.

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My boys getting after it on the Rustler Trail.

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I like to think that Rosie is my dog but she and Mason are pretty close too:)

Happy Monday!

Jennifer

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Easter

Well, as usual, Easter is a pretty low-key holiday around here.  We all got up and went to church and then spent the rest of the day just hanging out together.  The weather continues to be beautiful so the kids played outside (in shorts) and Scott and I got things ready for camping at the end of the week.  We are super stoked to try out our new (to us) camper!  We are on our spring break and a little break from school and mommy work is awesome!

Happy Spring, peeps!

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Jennifer

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Yahoo! Spring has sprung!

Well, for now at least.  Snow forecasted for later this week.  But…for now we are enjoying the warm weather that is quickly melting all of our snow.  There are even buds on the trees!!!!!  The kids have really loved riding their bikes and scooters.  I especially love running in shorts!

We are happy!

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Have a beautiful day!

Jennifer

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Archery

Today was gorgeous.  It was a great day to be outside (well, who am I kidding? Nearly everyday is a great day to be outside).  Anyway, today we took the kids and their new bows to the archery range.  It was the first time they shot and they all did great.  We focused mostly on the rules of the range and a bit of target practice.

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Happy Sunday!

Jennifer

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Happy Pi Day!!!!

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Today we had cherry pi(e) for breakfast, pizza pi(e) for lunch and veggie pot pi(e) for dinner! Yum!
Have a great day!

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Heaven on Earth

Mayflower Gulch…..one of my favorite spots on this Earth.  It is beautiful in all seasons.  Saturday, the weather was gorgeous so we went out on a family snowshoe.  Scott and I spotted some good lines so he and I went back on Monday morning for a little backcountry skiing.  Unfortunately, the conditions weren’t as good up close but it was another glorious bluebird day.

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Happy trails,

Jennifer

 

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Paige turns 10!

Ten years…What!?!?!?  I cannot believe that my little angel baby just turned double digits.  She had a family party at home this year.  She had her very best friend for a sleepover.  They had a blast making the birthday cupcakes together.  I had to make these pics black and white because the girls had crazy blue teeth from all the frosting.   Happy birthday to our sweet and sassy girl!

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And….the very colorful 10th birthday cupcakes…..

 

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Happy day baby Paige!

Momma

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Winter Break {Mexico}

We took the kids to Playa del Carmen, Mexico last week for winter break.  We had so much fun and were really sad to see the week come to an end.  Until next time….

 

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Sam, our archeologist in the making, really wanted to go see some ruins.  There is no shortage of ruins in this part of Mexico.  We took the bus about an hour south to the Tulum ruins.  These ruins are right on the water which means gorgeous views and cooler breezes.  We also saw about a million lizards…

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Scott was really excited to take the kids snorkeling and lucky for us we were only a taxi ride away from this beautiful lagoon.  Alice and Mason enjoyed the snorkeling the most of all of us.

 

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After a full morning of snorkeling, we walked down the beach road to a small restaurant/bar.  This was the view from our table.

 

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The sunrises were spectacular. I took this picture right off of our deck.

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Mason was happiest when his siblings chose to build sand castles with him.  Two buckets and a few shovels from Wal-Mart and we were set for the week.  The older three had a blast with some hand me down boogie boards.  Thank you to the family who went home on the day we arrived!

 

 

 

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Closer to the end of our week, we ventured north to a crocodile sanctuary called Crococun.  The kids held crocodiles, snakes and birds.  They also fed deer and monkeys…

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The coolest and most terrifying point in our guided tour was the walk through the croc exhibit.  There are no fences or railing, just one sidewalk through about 30 full-grown crocodiles.  This guy below kept swishing his tail and it was freaking me out!  He was big and so were his teeth!

 

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Scott and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and even got out for a nice dinner sans kids.  We had so much fun together and are pretty sure that we will go back…hopefully for a longer stay!

Jennifer

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Puppy Party {1st Birthday}

Yep.  That’s right.  We went to a puppy birthday party.  This was not just any puppy party….it was Rosie’s party (and the other pups in her litter).  There was ice-cream cake, party hats, leis and lots of puppy playtime.  It was pretty cute and a great way to get ten Newfoundlands all together in one spot. Many thanks to Marcy for hosting and Victoria for organizing.  I have to admit that this was probably the only dog birthday party I have ever attended.  Probably the last…

Enjoy the total puppy cuteness.

We all fell in love with Gus, the newest (12 week old) puppy.  Adorable.

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Running Max.  Small in stature but not lacking in cuteness.

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The kids had a blast watching the dogs play in the snow.  Of course, our dog loves the snow.  Thank goodness.

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Big daddy, Zander.  He is a gorgeous Newfoundland.

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Mama Bella.  She tried really hard to stay out of the mix but her puppies really like to antagonize her.

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Another picture of Gus.  He was just so photogenic…

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Those eyes…

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Mama with her birthday bow.  She was a good sport….for a minute.

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Lily kept her eye on the party from her spot in the kitchen.

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Here’s our birthday girl.  She loved that lei so much, she ate it.

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Rosie watching Max get his ice cream from a fork.  Jealous much?

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Gracie keeping her eye on her sisters.

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Happy Birthday, Rosie!!!!!

Happy Sunday to you all!

Jennifer

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Spontaneous Combustion

Buh-Bye Christmas Tree.

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Probably one of my favorite evenings in Frisco is the annual burning of the Christmas trees.  Everybody dumps their tree in to one big pile and then about a month later the town sets them all on fire. It is a super fun community event and slightly bananas.  The kids sled on an enormous snow pile and the adults stand around trying not to lose another down puffy to the raining embers.  Unfortunately, Mason was sick so Scott drew the short straw and stayed home.  After about two hours of throwing trees on the fire, the town sets off fireworks from the marina to end the evening.

Always a good time, Frisco.  Until next year.  Now, where did I put that k-tape?……..

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