red rock adventures and a little announcement

Hey there! I hope you are at home enjoying your three day weekend! I have the day off of work and I'm more than happy to stay in and play today. Right now it's snowing outside and way below freezing so I have the perfect excuse.

That picture up above was taken just yesterday, when the skies were sunny and it was a balmy 65 degrees. I had checked out the weather report and knew this would be the last day of warmth and sunshine for a while, so I convinced everyone it was a great day to go for a hike. Our first hike in 2018 and probably one of the few we'll take this year.


We're expecting a new baby in the family this July! That belly isn't just the effect of too many candy hearts over Valentines Day, it's growing a new little kiddo! The girls area asking me all sorts of questions. About half of the time we talk about it, Elinor confidently tells me she is also pregnant and then sticks her belly out too. Chloe is anxious to help and has been checking frequently to see if she'll be able to hold the baby when he or she arrives. We get to find out the gender in a couple weeks and we're really amped up about it. Chris and I could never wait until the baby actually is born to find out, in fact we contemplated taking a genetics test just so we'd know a month or so early. 

So far the pregnancy has been a pretty routine one for me. Lots of sickness and exhaustion the first couple months then by about the half way mark I start to feel kind of myself again. I've even attempted to get back on my exercise routine the past couple of weeks. Every pregnancy I've had I've always told myself I was going to be one of those super fit pregnant woman. The last two I failed pretty miserably at that, so the third time's a charm maybe? My biggest accomplishment thus far has been going to the gym twice in one week. Baby steps...

So back to this hike. We took a pretty short (two mile) hike up near Boulder. It was windy but the sun was shining and lots of people were out and about enjoying the weather with us. Elinor completed this whole thing without having to be carried once. That's a big accomplishment for her and for the family. Chloe also was all jazzed up about carrying her new hiking backpack. She got it for her birthday in December and had forgotten about it until we mentioned hiking. That put an extra pep in her step and really made it a lot more fun for her.

I'll be sharing a bit more about my pregnancy as I go along this time. I was scrolling back through old blog posts and realized that I haven't shared much in the past about how it's all been going. Plus, when I'm going through something, it's nice to hear how other people deal with the same challenges. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

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