Sunday, July 31, 2011

Daddy and his Girl!

Yup, this is how it pretty much goes, if we go anywhere and Sierra needs to be MUST be daddy. Every now and then I can get her to let me hold her, but it's usually daddy.
Here they are all ready for church. Grandpa must have been near by with how close she's hoovering to daddy. She's pretty attached:)
So are Ben and Andrew. Where ever daddy is...they all must be too. I LOVE IT!!

More Cousin Time!!!

After the aquarium we all headed back to grammy's for swimming and more playing! The kids LOVE the pool and we had a GREAT time! Bob, Andrew and Gavin enjoyed playing catch. Lily just wanted to swim, and Ben was still a little unsure of the pool....maybe it was too cold. Sierra was ALL about it too.
After swimming we headed back to grammy's and Andrew and Gavin decided that they would put on a little show for us. They got all of grammy's hula hoops and gave us a hula hoop demonstration. It was fun to watch them work together and I'd never seen Andrew hula hoop! They moved from one station to another until at the end they had 3 hoops each. They did pretty good! I was very impressed!
A few days after Ben threw sand at Lily, he must have decided she was OK, because they spent a better part of Sunday playing together.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Denver Aquarium

One of the fun things we were able to do was go to the aquarium. The kids really enjoyed seeing all of the different fish. And Sierra loved it because everything was at her level.Ben and Andrew in the dive suits.
Andrew Gavin and Lily showing off their "tattoos"
After spending time in the aquarium the kids wanted to ride the little train that ran around the property. As well as 'ride' the Dora and Diego 4D ride. It was FUN!!! They said it really felt like a roller coaster.

Gavin, Andrew and Ben....always together!
Grammy, Lily and Becky

And of course..daddy and his little Sierra....if daddy's around, he MUST hold her:)

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Denver Zoo

One of the big attractions when we go to Denver is the zoo. The kids really enjoyed getting to know each other again. (we haven't seen them since I was pregnant with Sierra...Aug 2009!!!) They enjoyed running around and seeing all the animals as well as riding the train!! ALWAYS a hit!!
Another big hit is the drums by the gorilla's. Lily doesn't know what to think about Bob drumming with her.....does she really want to share?
I love getting pictures of cousins together! I just love Ben's face in this one!
Sierra wanted to give it a try, so Bob thought he'd give her a turn, she HAD to be next to Lily.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Elitch Gardens

One of the fun things we were able to do while we were in Denver was go to Eltich Gardens. An amusement park in Denver. The boys had a BLAST!!! Andrew was able to go on a few of the biger rides with Bob. He thought that was pretty cool. But, since Ben was a little too short he was quickly bored and so Grammy and I took him to the childrens area. He LOVED it!! His favorite.....the little roller coaster!
Here's Ben and grammy on the tea cups! He thought it was pretty cool that he got to go on a few rides with just grammy.

Look! When daddy came over with Andrew, he even took Sierra on the hot air balloons. I was surprised that she enjoyed it!

The train was a big hit with my kids. The would have gone on it over and over and over again. Well, that and the roller coaster.
I must say I was surprised they braved the Ferris Wheel! It's SO HIGH!! They did great though!

We even attended a little show and the boys got to participate. I think they enjoyed it.
Grandpa was able to join us in between work meetings and take a few pictures.
Ben wasn't too excited about riding the airplanes, he made sure it didn't do ANYTHING! Andrew on the other hand...LOVED it!
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Then Ben wanted to go on the Tower, Andrew wasn't too sure about it.If you look closely, you can see Ben enjoying himself and Andrew gritting his teeth and waiting for it to be over. I was SO proud of him!

Fun with cousins

While in CO we got to spend a lot of time with Bob's sister Becky and her two cuties Gavin and Lily. Andrew and Gavin are 9 months apart and play GREAT together. Ben and Lily are 3 months apart and aren't quite to the playing together stage yet. Sierra was sure thrilled though to have another girl around to hang out with. Although Ben and Lily did play 'with' each other, more like Ben followed Lily around.
Funny little story.....Bob and I came back from some place we'd gone with Bob's sisters and Ben was sitting at the top of the slide crying. Come to find out he'd been throwing sand and grandpa had put him in time out. Later while talking to Ben about his visit with Gavin and Lily, he told me that Gavin was nice, but he didn't like Lily. When I asked him why? he said that he couldn't throw sand at her. I guess he'd thrown the sand at Lily and that's why he was in time out. So....instead of being upset with grandpa for putting him in time out, he decided Lily wasn't fun because he wasn't allowed to throw sand at her.

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Friday, July 22, 2011


When I got off of the plane in Denver, Bob's mom was there waiting to get ON the plane and spend a week here in Bakersfield. So, while I was off having fun with my parents, she and Bob were at our house turning my kitchen from this.....To THIS!!!
We've known from the day we moved in that we wanted to do something with the cabinets. My MIL has been willing to come and was finding when would be the best time. So, being that I'm pregnant and really shouldn't be around paint fumes, she decided she would come out for about a week, paint my kitchen cabinets, and then keep Bob company when he drove to CO to meet us!!How FANTASTIC is she?!?!? I LOVE my new kitchen!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
P.S. I had to all 3 pics because there was a different kiddo in each one:)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Visit with Cousins!

Last summer my cousin Audrey moved to CO with her family. So, obviously...while we were in CO we HAD to visit with each other. I only wish we would've had more time. And that her husband wasn't in Haiti and mine still in CO. They would've enjoyed the visit as well. We realized that we haven't seen each other since we were roommates at SUU back in the late 90's!! Nearly 15 YEARS!!!Left to Right: Hyrum, Isabelle and Fawn, Andrew, Sierra, Benjamin, and Eli
This is her little Fawn, she is exactly 1 year younger than Sierra and so cute! They adopted her just a few months ago. It's a long and amazing story how they were able to bring her into their family. And I'm proud of the fact that I actually had something to do with it! Little did I know that when I introduced out other cousin Joy to her husband Jeff, that they would end up knowing someone who needed a good home for her baby.
I really enjoyed catching up with Audrey and meeting her family. Her kids are about the same age as mine and they got along FANTASTIC!! My boys can't wait to go back and play with them again.

Tiny Town!!!

There's this great little place in the mountains near my parents house. It's called Tiny Town. They have these miniature houses that the kids can climb in as well as a train that goes around the park. The boys always enjoy going there every time we go to grandma's.Here the boys are on the caboose! They're most favorite place to ride on the train.

Grandma and Sierra waiting for the train ride.
These pictures are of the kids playing in the tiny little houses.