Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Can you tell we are related?

Trevin didn't want to put down the hose and Kaiden didn't really want his picture taken.  

ps - I don't usually pose with a glass of wine!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Museum Visit

Last weekend we took advantage of one of The Museum of Natural History (it is called something else now Museum of Nature and Science, I think, but it will always be Museum of Natural History to me). We met Nathan, Stacy, the boys, Carrie and Dave and my friend, Fayette (who just moved back from FL after 20 years - she did it backward you are supposed to retire to Fl not to CO!) and her granddaughter.  Besides seeing the dinosaurs the boys
got to park a space shuttle;
play the piano;
see colored rocks (I had told Kaiden there were rocks in all colors at the museum, purple, green, yellow, blue and he looked at me like I was crazy and said I don't believe you - here he is telling me he found the purple one!);
see the animal dioramas (he called all the animals kitty, kitty)
and then have a picnic.  In the shade.  It was the last hot day before the rains and floods started.

I hope we continue this tradition.  Picnics and Museums are two of my favorite memories from my childhood and I would like it to be a good memory for them also.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Last weekend before the rains and the flooding started, it was hot.  We had dinner in the kids' backyard and Kaiden decided the grass needed to be watered.  He turned the hose and got Trevin in the face.  We all expected crying, but instead there were shrieks of shear delight.
He just kept going back for more
and laughing
 and more
until he was absolutely soaked and then he was dried off and he picked up the hose.

These last pictures were taken by his mother (thank you Stacy) as he pointed the hose and Kaiden and me while we screamed as he tried to spray us.  We weren't too worried because he couldn't push the handle hard enough and we had turned off the water.  But that didn't take away the fun he was having.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


The boys have their own "stance"  Trevin stands with his hands clasped behind his back..
which I am told his mother does quite often also.

Kaiden stands with his hands on his hips...
which his father does quite often.

It was pointed out to me that I also stand like this.  Since that was pointed out I notice that I do it all the time!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Kaiden starts pre-school tomorrow.  He is excited about going and I think it will be good for him, but it reminds me how fast the time is going!  I try to savor and remember the moments, but they go so quickly.  He has said and done so many precious things over the summer and I have said, I need to write that down so I don't forget.  As I was thinking about writing this post, I know there are more, but they just aren't coming to me now, but here are a couple for posterity.

One day Tito told him he needed to drink more water, he needed water to survive.  Kaiden said no, I need water to hydrate.  I don't think I knew that word at 4!

Stacy said they were at a store and there was a woman looking around and told them she had lost the person she was with.  Kaiden told her if she had stayed closer that wouldn't have happened!

Last week Kaiden and his parents went to pre-school for orientation.  I was talking to him about it and he told me it wasn't really school because Mom and Dad stayed.  I said the next time he would go by himself.  He looked at me and said that would be a really long walk.

Update - his official first day picture.  He liked school and has a new friend - Bear.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cheers II

We have great memories of Kaiden clinking cups with us when he was about this age - so one day when we took Trevin on a walk to the park and we sat down to drink our coffee - we did cheers - clink with him.

He kept holding his cup up so many times, Tito hardly had time to drink his coffee.  But those smiles and giggles were worth it!

Monday, September 2, 2013

80th Birthday

My brother, Raymond, turned 80 at the end of August and we got together at my nephew's to celebrate.

My sister, Ruby, had turned 83 a few days before and my sister, Millie, will be 82 in November.  We were all laughing here because the three of us in the back were caught making bunny ears - busted!

It was a good day seeing each other, but it is still hard to believe there are only four of us now.