Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

a sucker cake

Last weekend we celebrated Elinor's 3rd birthday! As you can see by the photo above, a great time was had by all, especially Elinor.

She had been asking for a sucker cake for months. Elinor is not really one for deserts or cake, so I was guessing the sucker cake idea was just an excuse to have suckers for her birthday. Well, lo and behold, that's exactly what happened. She exactly 0 bites of cake and devoured her sucker. 

I was glad I didn't spend too much time on her cake since the main event was definitely the suckers. Chloe was pretty excited about the concept too. Candy on top of her cake, what is there left to complain about?!

It was nice to celebrate at home as a family. Our 3 year old didn't care too much that we didn't have a fancy party somewhere with a gaggle of kids, she was more than happy to hang out and eat her sucker with her family. 

It's so cliche, but these past three years have just flown by! She got a big girl bed for her birthday and it's so fun to lay down with her at night and hear what crazy things she has to say. She's definitely the 'ham' of the family and enjoys telling stories with a myriad of facial expressions. It's hilarious. 

Happy birthday miss, I'm excited to see what your future holds!

Dailey Lake

I love this photo. I mean, my husband and his step-dad acting like muscle-y goofballs at the beach. It can't really get more entertaining than that.

Last weekend during our camping trip we spent a few hours at Dailey Lake. A beautiful lake just outside Yellowstone Park. We had two paddle boards and a couple little boats to play in for a while until the afternoon thunderstorms rolled in. The twin babies got to go out with their Nana and my girls spent time on the water too!

I do wish I had brought life jackets for both of them, but we all ended up staying above the water, so that's good!!

Kris Kross will make you jump jump

In preparation for our trip to Europe in a month, we've been trying to get some gear to help us travel with minimal effort. We haven't traveled overseas with kids before, so we're trying to anticipate every sticky situation and be prepped for it. One example is we anticipate we'll be walking alot, because that's what you do on vacation, especially if you don't have a car and you want to explore a new city. We also will be walking extensively on cobblestone and brick streets so bringing a stroller might not be a great idea. Our thought was to bring a hiking backpack and bring Elinor along with us on our back. So Chris bought the Osprey POCO Ag Plus for our trip.

So what does that all have to do with me jumping in front of a lake? Well, that was my excitement at getting to test out our new baby/toddler hiking backpack on a hike. We traveled up to the Brainard Lake area and hiked up to Left-hand Reservoir. It was a huge success (other than Chris got a terrible sunburn and Elinor like the pack so much, she didn't want to walk).

And then we got to jumping...

That beach was thoroughly photographed.  :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

chocolate and raisins

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a superb week so far! Mine has been extremely busy and hectic. I just started a new job and while it's been really fun and challenging, its also sucked up my spare time. But, it's never too late to share pictures of cute kids and Easter eggs, right?

This weekend we had some family come into town to celebrate Easter with us. Chloe and Elinor's cousin visited, so we were able to have a really fun Easter egg hunt and egg dying adventure. This year was probably the first one where we really went all out with the candy and Easter baskets. Up until now my kids were so young that they were equally excited about raisins AND chocolate, so I usually just put raisins in the eggs. This year there was definitely an excess of chocolate and sugar. Tis the season, right?

Have a good rest of your week! I'll see you around. 


Do you ever have visitors come and stay at your house and just be at a total loss as what to do with them? Something fun, out of the ordinary, and enjoyable for toddlers and adults too?  Well, today I thought I'd share a few photos from our weekend adventures with our Montana family. On Saturday we went and checked out Adventure Golf and Raceway in Westminster. Saturday morning I woke up wracking my brain on what to do with family in town that would be fun for all ages. I've driven past this miniature golf course a few times and thought it might be a fun half-day adventure. And boy, was I right! We had a lot of fun! 

Chloe and Elinor had a lot of fun hitting the ball, but spent a fair amount of time just rolling their balls into the castles and traps. The weather was also pretty amazing, so we timed it just right.

After we were done with golfing and karting, we headed over to the ropes/obstacle course. I have always wanted to run through one of these ropes courses, so I was super excited about it. After the adults got done, Chloe was able to climb onto her own little kid ropes course too. I was really surprised at how adventurous and bold she was. I have never seen her get out of her element this much. She is usually a pretty cautious (first born) kind of kid. She leaves the more thrilling stuff to her little sister. Chloe surprised us all and did really, really well!

I definitely think we'll be going back here this summer. It was a pretty affordable, really fun way to spend a day with friends or family. Check it out!