23 November 2014

Three Flights Home with Lil’ A

After a very quick week in Africa, where Lil’ A did great with jet lag and so many new faces… it was time to head home already!

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Thankfully, this time I wasn’t traveling with her alone!

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She was once again a popular little lady. Above she is distracting the security lady who took a liking to her…

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She did sleep some!

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And in Frankfurt there was some playing,

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and lots of walking here and there and here and there with her Daddy.

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Moving sidewalks are such good entertainment.

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We were given AMAZING upgraded seats for free on the longest flight. I couldn’t have been more thankful!

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Girlie had her own seat,

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But she did better sleeping on the floor for the few hours she took a break from wreaking havoc up and down the aisles. Mostly what I remember from these flights is Lil’ A going up and down the aisles using any kind of funny mode of transportation she could come up with herself… walking, running, crawling, walking on her knees, etc. She could really move quickly up and down those skinny aisles on her feet. Lots of passengers were sleeping and my biggest fear was that she was going to smack the bald head of a sleeping man that was hanging half-way out into the aisle! She never did, whew!

She did try to take people food and drinks off their trays, and try to sneak into first class and hide in the back of the galley where all the rolling carts are stored.

Aaaaanyway, it was challenging again, obviously. But I’m so glad this girlie is my little companion, around the world and back.

Three Babes in a Bed

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This was in September. Three happy, silly babes in a bed.

Love it.

14 November 2014

Portraits–By Ted Davis

Our fam recently had an opportunity to have a friend do a mini-session for portraits. He made it so fun and easy and quick and we could NOT have been more pleased with the outcome. If you’re in Colorado Springs and need an amazing photographer for portraits or any event, check him out here, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much Ted for these photos… they are treasures!

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05 November 2014

Rock Climbing for Kids (H’s Birthday!)

My boy turned 7 this week! I had an idea to take a group of kiddos rock climbing for his party. I have some amazing friends who take kids climbing and they agreed to take this crew. We are blessed to live very near Garden of the Gods, so that’s where we went.

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It was a short hike to the rock…

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The kids got some great instruction.

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Safety first, for sure!

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Gear was all set up and ready to go.

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H’s class at school plus little sister and one extra friend made eight kiddos.

Here they are taking on the rock…

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They were all so brave!

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While one friend was climbing, the others were in heaven climbing around, exploring the woods, playing in God’s great creation, and getting very dirty.

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Love these kids.

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Halfway through I spread a blanket for a little birthday break…

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Snacks were packed into a little bag with a caribiner on it. Adventureer’s food… peanuts, Clif Bar and Capri Sun (?). And a little joke. Cause why not?

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H noticed that a Clif Bar has a rock climber on the front. And Clif bars are a major treat in our family. He didn’t have to say it more than once to convince me to bring these for a birthday treat instead of hauling in cupcakes! Easy peazy.

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So a votive candle in the windy outdoors held on top of a Clif Bar while we sing ‘Happy Birthday’ it is!

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Back to the rock for the second half of the climbers.

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These are proper rock climbing shoes, right?

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All the kids did great. My two did have a little fear when it was time to repel down. Sweet N probably weighed more than the rope. Combine the fear and the fact that she couldn’t really make the rope lower down much with her body weight meant she needed someone to come help her a bit…

Coach Matthew to the rescue!

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