COLORADO BOUND

We are taking a family road trip to Colorado today and to say we are excited is an understatement. Thank you guys for your sweet comment on Instagram and your recommendations on altitude sickness. We have lots of Pedialyte, water and all the snacks.  We are going to be doing a lot of hiking, trailing AND it just so happens that it’s also the Summer kick off in Vail and the Go-Pro Mountain Games!!
It was a complete coincidence that the mountain games were going to be this weekend. In fact, we had already booked our hotel when we found out.   Another highlight of this trip is that we are meeting my brother and sister in law and their sweet baby Charlee! Who are have not seen since we left Florida. This trip is definitely one for the books!
I’m also looking forward to the drive. The last road trip we took as a family, was from Nebraska to Waco Texas to see the Magnolia silos. It was a 12 Hour drive and I got to sit upfront with my main squeeze and talk to him for hours!  This trip should take us about eight hours and we’re expecting it to be a piece of cake! (please pray) Also, the truck we have for the trip has a TV and that’s all the kids have been talking about.
So, here’s to TV’s in trucks, seeing the Rockies and vacation food!!!

You may have missed:

Our take on ice cream

Platte River state park

Tips for your Magnolia visit with kids! 

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SUMMER DAYS AND PLATTE RIVER STATE PARK

Last Friday, we spent the day out visiting different parks in Omaha and we somehow stumbled upon Platte River State Park. It was such a lovely coincidence that we just happen to find that park along our car ride and we decided to go in and explore. We stumbled upon the prettiest creek and found a separate trail with a hidden waterfall.
The kids are becoming littleexplores. Grace gets really excited when we tell her we’re going “trailing” and she is always looking for treasure. Most of the time she finds tree branches and stones and brings them home and then collects all of them.
A couple of days ago Haddon twisted his ankle and has not been able to put much pressure on it so…. we’ve had to carry him everywhere. We have the option of staying home and taking it easy, but it was a perfect day and there was no way we were going to stay indoors. We distracted him by sticking his feet in the water and letting him splash around. It was fun seeing him and Alex playing with sticks and building a dam with stones.
I think there’s something so special about being outdoors with your kids and enjoying nature, breathing in the fresh air and getting dirty!
I know it’s not easy for everyone to get outside to a state park with little ones, but If you do, here are a few things I like to keep in mind.

Also, if a big adventure is not your thing, here are my tips on taking your kids to the playground.

  • Fuel up. Having kids makes you realize how important it is to have proper nutrition.  I make sure the kids have a good breakfast before heading out and I bring plenty of snacks for them. I usually pack bananas, raisins, apples, fruit pouches and lots of water! I also pack snacks for myself like protein bars and coconut water.  Having the right snacks and energy keep our blood sugar level, keeps the crankiness away and allows all of us to really enjoy each other’s company.
  • Get in the game. Your kids want to play with you, take the opportunity to engage them.  Take a few pictures and then put the phone down because you’ll never get this moment back. Your kids will never be this little again, and I know for a fact that your kids will have a better time with you then without you.
  • Use your tools.  Bring your stroller, bring your baby carrier, a blanket, a tent… Bring whatever tool you need to be able to participate.  I like to bring my Ergo and carry Emory in there. That way I have two hands ready to lift another kid or two tie someone’s shoelaces or to give someone water. It takes a toll on my back, but when I’m able to use these things to my advantage, it’s easier for me to participate and have a great time with them.
Of course there are a few other tips, like if you can bring someone with you it would help tremendously and always watch your surroundings. What’s important is that your present and that you enjoy them!!
Anyway, we are looking forward to spending most of our weekends out and about this summer.  So, if you need us that’s where we’ll be!

 

 

 

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SPRING IS HERE AND THE ZOO

I have never experienced spring like I did this past month. I’ve read about the seasons and the change of seasons, but coming from FL where there’s not much alteration in the climate department, it was certainly eye opening.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain what I felt when I saw the first patch of grass change from dry yellow to bright green.  I was overwhelmed with joy.  I saw buds on trees and weeds growing sporadically all waking up and welcoming us to Spring.  I  never thought I would be so happy to see weeds!
And then… the flowers came.  One by one, they graced us with purple, pink, red and orange tones.  I saw tulips bloom for the first time and different shades of green perfectly compliment the bright blue sky. I never realized how much my soul needed color or warmth.
I understand now why poets write about love and the change that takes place within, when winter’s gone. I get it.  You breathe again, you come out of hiding, the birds make their ways back from the south, the smell of soil fills the air and little by little the temperature rises. And here we are, in the thick of Spring thanking God for warmer weather and for allowing us to make it through our first Winter.
Here’s to Spring friends.
Here’s to dinners alfresco, soccer in the back yard, and flowers! All the flowers because I don’t know how I’ll live without those again.
We visited Omaha Zoo last week and here are some pictures of our time there. It was beautiful.

This mama was hanging out with her babe, it was the sweetest thing and so smart of the zookeepers to keep them both behind a fence.  All the kids would have gone crazy trying to pet the baby goat.

She wanted to brush all of the goats and had a blast doing it.

Check out his face friends. He’s so proud to be standing next to that cute little goat.  I’m just glad we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

This is Alex’s sweet mama who visited a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for reading guys and thank you for always being so kind to me on this space of the internet.

 

Here are some things you may have missed:

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

Alex’s 31st birthday

 

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JUNK STOCK SPRING 2017

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This past weekend we had an opportunity to go to junk stock for some vintage shopping. I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage finds. My dad would collect old trinkets and him and I would try to tinker and repurpose them. I have great memories of finding “treasure “alongside of him and working to make a lamp out of an old phone and picture frames out of wooden rudders.
Over the years, Alex and I have developed more of a minimalist mentality which has made us very selective when it comes to bringing decorative pieces home. This time around we found some beautiful plants and an old vintage school desk that we can’t wait to restore and use for Grace’s school!
We also bought some local Nebraska honey, which I can’t seem to stop eating and will probably have to order more of… because it was that good!
We’re hoping to check this place out again in the summer and in the fall.  In the midwest? Here’s their website!
Here are a bunch of pictures from our visit. Grace took most of them. You can tell because of the angle! I love handing her the camera and seeing what peeks her interest enough for her to take a picture.  Sometimes I’ll have 8 pictures of a patch of grass and other times we get pure gold!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week friends!

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