A Day of Firsts {Church & Family Hike}


We headed off to church for the first time as a family since Cary was born. This boy was looking all grown up in his preparatory school get up. img_1910

Little MIss was content all service right there in Daddy’s arms. img_1914

After church we headed out for a family hike down at Beaverdam. It was a beautiful day and the boys had so much fun! img_1916

She did great too! img_1919 img_1925 img_1930

So grateful for these people!

First Hike of the Season

We had a nice warm day today and since we didn’t make it to church for various reasons and Daddy really needed some time of quiet to work on school stuff, I took the boys on a nice long hike.


After enduring the stomach bug, potty training madness, and lots of snowy, stuck inside days, this hike was much needed for the boys and me. thumb_IMG_0429_1024

Sam said no less than twenty times that this was the best hiking day ever. He can’t wait to go back.

Sam was more brave this time and ventured ahead of the pack a lot. I love watching his leadership skills emerging. thumb_IMG_0433_1024

Timmy was a trooper and successfully completed his first solo hike (no more carrying this little boy!). He did start lagging behind toward the end, but after an hour and a half of hiking, who can blame him?

I’m 25 weeks pregnant today with our third little boy, so it was a good pace for me. We were sad Daddy couldn’t be with us, but I’m so encouraged by how well the boys and I managed without him. I forsee lots of hikes in the spring!

The Duttons Come for the 4th of July Week

After such an amazing day last year, we knew this would be the perfect trip for the Duttons. We invited the whole crew out, and they came! We were so excited, and we had so much fun!

We went on a hike one day very similar to the one we took with the Lawsons. We planned to do the same one but couldn’t seem to find the right trail this time. The hike was still amazing, and the kids did awesome.

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On one particularly hot day, I pulled out some homemade popsicles I had on hand, and they were a huge hit!IMG_8626_1024 IMG_8627_1024

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Of course we headed down to the 4th of July parade and had a blast gathering candy and seeing the sights. IMG_8647_1024 IMG_8648_1024 IMG_8682_1024

That afternoon we made hats and all sorts of other fun crafty things. IMG_8698_1024

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I even hung the creations up in my laundry room after they left so I’d always remember. 😉IMG_8714_1024

I took these two to a showing of Frozen on the green. It was free and such a fun. Mark, Uncle Ray Ray and Aunt Heather caught up with us later. But I had a lot of fun with these two!IMG_8721_1024

I think they love each other. IMG_8723_1024 IMG_8734_1024 IMG_8742_1024 IMG_8752_1024

Everyone came out to watch Daddy play softball one night. Talk about some fun!IMG_8793_1024

We went floating down the river. In all our time in Steamboat, we’d never managed to do this. It was tons of fun! Thanks to Grammy and Papa for keeping the littlest two.IMG_8826_1024

We woke up early one morning for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. I looked forward to this all year. This was beautiful and fun!IMG_8828_1024 IMG_8830_1024 IMG_8849_1024 IMG_8850_1024 IMG_8851_1024 IMG_8854_1024

We ate lunch at Sweet Peas. So yummy!IMG_8983_1024

Maybe Grammy’s favorite place, we went to the natural hot springs. Such a lovely day and relaxing!

The whole week was wonderful. We felt blessed by their visit and amazed at their willingness to come. It’s a LOOOOOOOONG way from Virginia. Thanks, Duttons! You’re the best!

The Lawsons Come for a Visit

Mark’s high school football, math teacher, and mentor came to Steamboat with his family for a few days. This was my first time meeting them, and boy am I glad I did. We learned so much from them during their short stay, and we look forward to seeing them again!


I think someone is excited to be in the woods!IMG_8559_1024Sam dressed himself for the hike. Isn’t he cute? I’m totally digging the socks.

DSC_0287_1024We went on a pretty heavy hike. We weren’t sure if Sam could hang, but he did! Plus Timmy stayed nice and content in with his sockless feet. Love those baby toes!DSC_0294_1024 DSC_0310_1024

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But Sam stayed strong! IMG_8579_1024We love eating at Sweet Pea – fresh local food and outside! We spent the day biking all over Steamboat Springs. The Lawsons rented bikes and we rode and we rode and we rode and we rode. I’m so glad the Duttons are in shape! 🙂


Mad Creek Hike with the Youth Group

We set up a hike with the youth group over the weekend. It wasn’t an easy hike with two little boys, but we had plenty of help carrying the babies when their little legs grew tired. We are so blessed by this group!


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