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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.

Because...



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!

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!