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Last week we all took a trip to Denver, not only to celebrate my mom’s oldest brother’s birthday but also to see a Colorado Rockies game.  Ken has talked about taking the boys to see a Rockies game for quite awhile.   Since we were planning a trip already, my parent’s gave him tickets to the game for his birthday this past May.   This was the first MLB game that my mom, sister and all the boys had ever been to and the game was awesome.  Ricky said the only thing he wanted to see was a home run by the Rockies and a for the Rockies to catch a home run hit over the fence.  Wouldn’t you know it, the Rockies hit 2 home runs and they made an amazing out, catching the ball over the fence… Ricky was excited.


Colorado Rockies Game



As we walked to the concessions, someone handed Benny this card advertising Star Wars night at Coors Field in August.   Benny was almost as excited about this card as he was his souvenir baseball bat.   However, he thought for sure we’d be coming back for Star Wars night and asked over and over again to please go!    He didn’t quite understand that we weren’t making another trek to Denver just for Star Wars night.   Regardless, he hung on to this post card the whole game!


The boys loved swimming first thing the in the morning and last thing at night.



Swimming is always more fun when your uncle is there to toss you around.


Most of all, the boys had fun playing with their cousins.   My aunt and uncle fixed an amazing dinner, set up the slip n’ slide and let our dirty kids soak in their hot tub.   The boys were in heaven!

Slip n Slide with cousins


And the main reason we were in town was for my Uncle Ed’s, card playing, poker winning, gambling themed birthday!   My cousin’s, Jill and Jeremiah, did a wonderful job hosting in their beautiful yard, had wonderful food and a fun theme complete with personalized poker chips and playing cards.70th Birthday PartyEd has owned a construction company for years and his cake was just perfect!    Wood grain cake with measuring tape letters.    Amazing job on the cake by my cousin’s Brandon and Dani.

Construction birthday cake

My mom and 3 of her siblings, (there are four more who couldn’t make it to the party)

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Uncle Ed and a portion of his beautiful family.

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We had such a wonderful time and were so happy to be able to celebrate with you all.



Summertime 2015

We’re officially two weeks summer vacation and much like my mom has done for the past 40+ years of summer vacations, I’m already starting to panic at the thought of how little summer we really have left.   Since my mom retired this year she is living this summer carefree with no countdowns.   I, on the other hand, have already realized that we have less than 9 weekends before the first day of school and very few of those do not have plans scheduled already.  We’re busy planning lots of summer fun, however there are other things I want to do this summer and fear that we won’t have time.   We’re doing our best to cram in as much fun as possible.   In between the big things we have planned, we’re maximizing on the little things…. the things that I enjoy most about summer.  Things like:

Making Smores by the fire in our backyard.   This summer were doing it regularly, not once or twice like we did last summer.

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Having popscicles with as many kids as I can round up in my yard.



Watching my basketball loving boy practice in the culdesac.



Watching my awesome husband play catch with the boys under a beautiful sunset.


Watching the freckles darken and multiply on Benny’s nose, however Nolan informed me that I am the “champion of freckles in our family”


Hearing the laughter of the kids in sprinklers or jumping on the trampoline… or both at the same time!


Sitting with my toes in the water, watching my boys and friends kayak just minutes from our house..


Witnessing intense Lightsaber battles between brothers and best buds.


Hope you’re enjoying both the big things that your summer may bring and the little things.


This right here is the sweet profile of our baby BOY!    I’m meant to be a mother to boys and we are all very excited to be adding another.

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We can’t wait to meet our little guy.

Baseball 2015

Last night ended the regular season of baseball for my boys.    Ricky’s team, the Cubs, went undefeated in the playoffs to win the championship.   It was an exciting and intense last game.   In a double elimination tournament, if we would have lost, we would have had to play the same team again and it was looking like it would go that way towards the end of the game.    The Cubs started the last inning down 7 to 2, but came back to win the game 8 to 7.    Such an exciting way to end the season with a great team.    Ricky made the All Star Team and will be continuing to play through July.   Were looking forward to more baseball.

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Ricky batting in the last game.

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One of Ricky’s best buds, congratulating him on the big win!

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Way to go Cubbies!

Benny and Nolan moved up to machine pitch this year and it was quite an adjustment for them.     Their season ended early but they had fun playing with wonderful friends and learned a bit more about the game.



Benny up to bat.


Nolan in the field.


Benny cheering on his teammates.



Nolan up to bat.


Taco – Our new additon

We welcomed a new addition to our family about two weeks ago. No, the baby is not here yet, however I feel like I look like I could deliver at any time and I still have a long way to go.

We adopted an 8 week old kitten who is just adorable.

I’ve never owned a cat and have never really wanted a cat but about 3 weeks ago we ended up with a feral cat and her four kittens in our garage.   She didn’t pick our garage on her own, but rather picked our next door neighbor, Darin’s, garage as shelter.   He scared her out of his garage not realizing she had kittens with her.   When she grabbed one kitten and ran to safety in our garage, my friendly and helpful neighbor relocated the other three kittens to my garage so that they could all be together. (I love you Darin, but if this cat thing doesn’t work out I’ll still blame you :))

The cat hid with her babies in the back corner of our garage until my other neighbor, Shelli and her kids, who love cats, helped us trap her.   We safely put her babies into the cage with her and called Animal Control to come relocate them to a foster family.   By the time the man from Animal Control arrived, I had already started to become attached.   Don’t ask me why… these kittens were mangy, sad looking things but my pregnant, mothering instincts must have kicked in. I defended that mother cat to the neighbors who hate the feral cats roaming near the stream behind our house.   I worried about where those kittens would go and if they would be okay.   When I asked Ken if he wanted to keep one he said, “no I don’t, but if you want one you can go rescue it in a few weeks.” He reminded me that these kittens were too little to be kept away from their mother.   So with tears in my eyes, I let the Animal Control man take the cats away.

Without the immediate reminder of the poor kittens in my garage each time I went out the door, I could think more clearly.   “No, we don’t need a cat, we’re going to have a baby.”   “I don’t really like cats.”   Etc.   And then a week later, when I had finally re-hardened my softening heart, I received a text from my neighbor, Shelli, coercing me into adopting a kitten.   Her kids were going to take his brother and we could take him. They could be outdoor cats and play outside together.   Her son, Beckham, is one of Ricky’s best friend’s and I knew he would love having brother cats with his best bud.

We went back and forth for a few days, debating if we both really wanted to take on the responsibility of cat but ultimately, I knew with that very first text that we would be the new family to that orange kitten.

Two weeks ago on Friday afternoon, we went to pick up our kitten.   And by Saturday that boy was spoiled rotten… a basket full of toys, a six foot tall kitty condo and napping regularly on our couch.   He was suppose to be an outdoor cat.   His litter box, food and condo is in the garage, but he sleeps and plays inside.   He meows when he needs to go out, something he figured out on his own with no training.   He plays gently with the boys and deals quite well with all of the many kids manhandling him constantly.  He crawls on to our laps and curls up by our neck for naps.   He’s snugly and adorable and wouldn’t you know it, I think I do like cats.

Our neighbor’s named their cat Pico so the boys decided ours was to be named Taco.   They got the better name, we got the more mellow kitten (so far).   Meet lil’ Taco:


Taco’s first day in our home:


Getting comfortable with everyone:


I about had a heart attack when I walked into the room the other night and saw him flipping a snake into the air.   My first thought was “Ahh, a snake!” My second was, “at least it’s tiny”  My third, “Oh thank God it’s a toy snake!”   It’s now his favorite toy.


So far, we’re all loving him.

Trilby Murfin - I know the feeling I’ve got cats as well they can be charming but they can also be a big pain. Enjoy your little Taco

DeEtta Bird - I scrolled the pictures of the cat twice to make sure there were none of Ken. I don’t think his heart has soften toward the cat yet. Let me know when the cat sleeps on his belly.
Ken’s mom