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We have been looking forward to the first day of school for some time now. Grace is officially starting kindergarten and Haddon is convinced that he too will be starting school. During our school days, we like to have a routine to keep us focused and on track. This also works well for the kiddos at night. I’ve noticed that when Grace knows what to expect, our day and our evenings, run much smoother.

Our morning routines are a little different for Grace and for Haddon. They both wake up at the same time, but they have different tasks throughout the day that are tailored to their school, their extra curricular activities and Haddon’s nap time. Their evening routines are identical, which makes things a whole lot easier for me.

I thought I’d share with you what our evenings look like and share a FREE printable for you to download and use with your kiddos.  This bedtime routine is super easy to follow and fun for the kids.  I like to print one out and use a sheet protector to slide the printable right in.  In the evenings, I let Grace and Haddon check off what they’ve done.  Giving them an opportunity to use dry erase markers always gets them really excited.

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I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful and refreshing this trip was for us.  It was our first time seeing the Rocky Mountains and our first time going on a hike as a family of five.  We had such a great time and the views were breathtaking. We drove about eight hours to the Denver airport to pick up my brother and sister in law and their beautiful baby Charlee (see video below).  One of my favorite memories by far is looking up as we drove into Denver and seeing the white caps on the mountains. Alex and I had a moment where we just held hands and looked at each other with excitement.


Our first excursions was the Piney River Trail. We had every intention of getting to the trail however it was closed.  So we ended up doing a smaller trail right next to it.  The drive up to the Piney River Trail was worth it.  There were a few areas where the road was winding and there were steep cliffs right next to our truck.  I wasn’t so crazy about the eminent danger, but I did enjoy seeing the cliffs, the trees and even snow on the side of the road.  We of course, pulled over and Alex and the kids had a snow ball fight. It was really fun seeing snow in the middle of June. I don’t think we ever got over that.

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With father’s day right around the corner, I wanted to take some time and love on our sweet papa Ale! He’s such a great dad and I am blessed beyond belief to have him in my life and in the life of our kiddos.  He’s kind, generous, loving and always always makes time for us.

Ale, I hope you know you are loved. Your kids and I think you are something wonderful and I wanted to share with you a little video that Grace and I put together.  Here it is:

Also, here are a few thoughts from your kiddos:

Grace “I love my daddy because he spins me around until I get really dizzy”

Haddon “Daddy is my friend”

Emory “bye bye”

Ale, thank you for loving so hard on our kids and for showing them the Gospel of Christ through your daily actions.  Thank you for paying with them, for learning all of their favorite songs on the guitar and for always kneeling down to hug them. Thank you for thinking of them before yourself and for those kisses you give them.  I knew from the first time you held Grace in your arms that you would figure this gig out and shine! You are so special to us and mean so much to all of us! I know that there’s not much that we can buy you or gift you, so take our love and our commitment to loving you as our gift.  You are an amazing dad!

Although you’ll be working this father’s day (thanks for working so hard for us!) we hope you remember us and remember how much we love you. Also, we may swing by with cupcakes this Sunday, so have a light lunch.


Mom, Grace, Haddon, Emory and Bauer.

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A couple of weeks ago we started our seedlings for Grace’s flower garden.  It was a cold morning and honestly it seemed like spring would never show up.  Today we had 80 degree weather and played with water on the deck.  The kids had a blast and had no problem falling asleep that night. It felt a little like home.

I feel like living in Nebraska can only get better from here.  Winter was hard on all of us.  It was fun and exciting (because ultimately it was our first winter) but it was cold. So cold that it didn’t matter how many blankets you had on, there was no warming up.

But… lets focus on the good things yea?

I’ll never forget the first time Grace saw snow.  She opened the blinds of the hotel room we were staying at temporarily and shouted “SNOW! I KNEW IT WAS REAL, I KNEW IT!” That was such a sweet moment.

Also, the first time we played in the snow…  It took me 25 minutes to get the kids all geared up and out-the-door, but it was so worth it.  Alex made a pseudo-snow slide on our front lawn and off we all went. We also made a snowman!!!  No one wanted to come inside. Our noses were cold and our eyes were watery but we didn’t care.  It was so much fun.

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