It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Family & Friends,

Merry Christmas to you and thank you for visiting our blog to catch up with us! There are links throughout this post that explain our more exciting news from 2017. 
My husband, Mr. Never Does Anything Half Way, built a snowman the girls talked about for weeks.
Tim and I got to go on a snowboarding date in February (while Papa Joe babysat). Neither of us had been in over 8 years!
Many trips to the Butterfly Pavilion were taken. We love "experience" gifts!
Karoline and I got to give ice skating a try on a couple of mother/daughter dates.
Snow days this year were fun with our big girls!
Karoline danced in her first dance show with one of her best fiends, Hannah.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays
From the outside looking I'm sure it seemed like a quick decision. We said goodbye to the big city and our home, and returned to Canon City in late July.
We made the most of the end of summer in southern Colorado!
Karoline started kindergarten this year. This has been quite an adjustment for this stay at home mom!
We got to take several trips to see our cousins. Cutest babes all in one tub!
And if sending Karoline to school wasn't hard enough, then Alexandra asked me if she could start school!
We have had several outings with the family we missed while we were away.
However, trips to Denver to see our friends that we love are always fun!
I turned 30 this year! While my friend was in town we celebrated the big 3-0 by going to the Royal Gorge on her birthday!
Thank the Lord our girls are healthy, growing and the greatest friends. 

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*We post updates often, check back to stay in touch with our family!

Flipside Prints

While we are building our home we are living in my father in law's full basement. We made it a priority to update this space. New ceilings, paint and carpet. Even though this space is temporary I knew I needed it to be a bright and cheerful area that we will call home for this time frame. The best way for me to make a space ours is to decorate it!

When Flipside Prints contacted me to try out their product I was thrilled.

Y'all, installation was fool proof. I didn't have to ask my husband for any help!
*Bonus: with Flipsides creative magnetic hanging system I didn't have to put any holes in the wall. This is fantastic, as I am notorious for needing about three or four attempts with a nail before getting it right.
This is one of my favorite corners in our living space! It feel so complete and cheerful with our new prints!

Now, while I'm a self proclaimed summer girl, I do recognize that it is indeed Fall. Having the option to "flip" our prints to a more Fall feel has me loving the versatility of this product!
The girls LOVE the prints and have been trying to duplicate the tulips since I put them up!

Having the option to move these around the house really makes my heart happy. I am a big fan using what we have in our home and moving things around the space to make it new!
Tulips are my favorite flower so selecting our prints was super easy. I am anxiously awaiting a holiday addition to switch out our prints to add some cheer.

I'm hooked and want to share this innovative, cute and super easy product with you. Use the code "HANGWITHUS" for $5 off your first purchase with Flipside Prints!

**While Flipside Prints gifted me the prints for purpose of a review, all opinions are my own!**

Ooby Dooby Baby

I've been searching for stylish and practical clothes for our girls for a while. Here's my dilemma, I really want them to look cute and stylish, but I need their clothes to be simple and practical too.

Then I found Ooby Dooby Baby, a company owned by a mom to two girls. Obviously I had to check it out. I loved what I saw! Cute and practical clothes that can be dressed up or rocked plain to make a bold statement. 

When the opportunity to collaborate with Ooby Dooby Baby came about I knew I had to jump on it!

I selected the "I am Brave, Fearless & Strong" tee for Alexandra. If you know her, you know these words define our little curly haired girl.

In my mind I had a great expectation for what would come of our photoshoot. Colorado had other plans and threw me a curve ball with an extremely cold (even though it was sunny) morning on the day we had set aside to take pictures. Being the mom that I am I couldn't fight it. I didn't want to force pictures into happening on a day that was proving ready to fight back. So we went home and played for a bit to warm up.

Typically I size up when purchasing the girls clothes. Usually they fit for a couple of years when I do this. I don't have to worry about shirts being too short then either. For whatever reason I forgot to size up with this order. Thankfully Ooby Dooby Baby makes pretty much the most perfect tee I've ever put on one of the girls and it fit's exactly how I like them to!

Check out Ooby Dooby Baby to find the tee (or bib) that fits your little one. With every purchase the company donates a portion of the sale to ChildHelp, a great organization that helps children who are abused.

A New Zoo

Today we had a follow up doctors appointment to check on Karoline's ear drum that ruptured last Thursday. These are the moments that are not in the parent hand book. I had no knowledge of ear aches (praise the Lord neither of the girls had ever ha one, until now) or even that ear drums could rupture! Now I do. 

To make the most of the day we decided to try a new (to the girls) zoo! We grabbed Uncle Scottie and headed to the Pueblo Zoo. While it was smaller than the Denver Zoo, I really enjoyed the intimate (read, not crowded) atmosphere. We were able to walk at our leisure and weren't in anyones way, because we were the only ones there!
So thankful to see this smile again. Seeing your kids sick has to be the worst.
Little chickens!
We needed a picture with the lion who watched us go around the entire exhibit!

We had the entire play structure all to ourselves. I still need to blog about our move home, it's been harder than I expected. But days like today go on the positives list: time with family, less crowds and I love the Southern Colorado warm weather!

Christmas in October

There are some days that I hope I don't forget. Yesterday when I took the girls to the "North Pole" is  one of them.
I'm not sure if it was the magic of Santa, the beautiful 75 degree weather or the company that made this day magical. I have a sneaky suspicion it was a combination of all three.
Our first "real" ride (other than the Denver Zoo carousel and train)! Both girls were a little timid but warmed up quickly.
I discovered that neither of the girls have a fear of heights.
Sweet friends are such a blessing!
This girl chose the motorcycle, just like dad.

If you haven't made your way to the North Pole make sure to add it to your Colorado bucket list. As an added bonus, October is Military appreciation month and the discount is significant (as it should be)! 

Independence Day

Our move back to Canon City is getting closer and closer. My struggle has been figuring out what I need to do to prep for our move while still providing the girls a fun summer. My organizational, A-type self is really having to focus in on what needs to happen and when. "One day at a time," has become my mantra. It seems like the fun summer activities have been easier to accomplish than getting motivated to do anything around the house. I hope this doesn't bite me in the bottom...

In keeping with fun summer activities I knew we had to take advantage of my favorite holiday, the Fourth of July! I'm a summer girl. Any holiday that encompasses all that is summer is a pretty awesome in my book.

This is the first year in a while that we have gotten to celebrate as a family. To add to that we even had some sweet friends join us! A BBQ, pool time and fire works made for a great night. 

Finding family friends who mirror us in so many ways has been a tremendous blessing. Knowing that our Denver trips will include time with them makes me look forward to our future getaway weekends.

Letting the girls stay up to see fire works was on my summer bucket list! I almost backed out for fear of the girls' behavior the following day. Thankful our friends were all for it and that we were able to tag along!

Going Home

After months of searching, hundreds of houses viewed (we thought the Denver market was crazy then), we bought our home on June 21, 2013. 
When we moved in there were overgrown rose bushes under the front window, yellowing grass, a dying aspen and TONS of rocks in the flower garden area. And an old, worn down, garage door. 

We have come to love and cherish our neighbors and the area we live in. This has been our home for four years. We've watched Karoline grow up here. We brought Alexandra home here. We have truly loved our life in our little home.

But when God pulls you in a different direction, and the signs are obvious, then it's time to make a change. It is with a heavy (but hopeful) heart that we say goodbye to our first home ...and Denver. We are moving back to Canon City, where Tim and I grew up. There have been many, many factors that have played into our decision to move home. The biggest is, Lord willing, we are going to have more time together as a family. 

When we finalized our plans to move I decided I wanted to make an "Our First Home" album for the girls. I quickly realized this album has been more for me. Taking the pictures was therapeutic. I enjoyed taking them and I am glad to have them to look at later on.
We have always wanted a red door. Nothing like moving to get you to FINALLY do some projects (insert eye roll ... lesson learned, from now on we make our house the way we want it when we first get into it)!
I pictured taking first day of school pictures in front of this door for many years. Thank goodness God gave me my husband to teach me how to be flexible. I may not take pictures in front of THIS door, but I can take them in front of whatever door we are calling home.
This grass park next to our home allowed us to feel like we were in a small town and secluded. Open space and green grass is something both Tim and I long for wherever our next home may be.
This back yard. Boy did my husband put some work into it. The back 12 feet or so was all junk. Rocks, bark, more rocks and bark. He separated it all, sifted out the dirt, leveled it and planted grass. We nourished the trees back to health and have loved watching them double in size in our time here.
For Karoline's second birthday we built her the sandbox below the house overhang. Lots of fun memories here. 
When we bought the house it was painted a dark color. The west wall was huge and overwhelming. The windows on the front were gridded, old and didn't open.
Last year Tim cut a huge hole in our house and gave us this amazing view. You can see the mountains year round. When the leaves are gone you can really see the Flatirons and Longs Peak.
This shelf! We looked at it unfinished (see picture below) for a year ... again, nothing like moving to force you into getting projects done. Tim made his own shiplap to cover it (my man can create some amazing things with a table saw). I love it, thank you #fixerupper.
In the morning this view is quiet and serene. In the evening we sit and watch the sunsets. I will miss this window. A lot.
We eat almost every meal together at this table. Family meals are important to me, thankful for such a nice space to have gathered as a family.
Little fluffy girl made her way into this one.
Little did we know when we bought these bunk beds two months ago that we would be taking them apart so quickly after assembling them.
When we first moved in this large closet was Karoline's play room! We spent so many days sitting and playing in this closet.

We recently moved our bed in our room to under this window. I've loved it set up like this.
The upstairs bathroom was the first room in our house that I redid. It's small but we made it work!

Lots of family movie nights in the TV room of the house.
Our guest room. I am still contemplating painting this furniture white. That's going to have to wait for a while now.

Our house was put on the insane Denver market tonight. I have mixed emotions about this. I know this is the right step for us. But there was something so final and legitimate about seeing it listed on our realtors website. 

To our friends and family who have made our lives in Denver feel less lonely, "I'm going to miss you," doesn't begin to encompass how I feel about leaving you. Thanks for being there and sharing in this motherhood journey with me. We frequent Denver often and I hope you come see us so I can show you the majestic (and not crowded) Southern Colorado mountains.

To our family and friends we are coming home to, I look forward to getting to be close to you again after all these years away.

To my father-in-law, thank you for letting us bombard your home as we search for our first housing project.

To my parents, I am so excited that the girls are going to have the opportunity to see you whenever they would like and for you to see them. I am looking forward to seeing what parenting looks like with grandparents around.

We are beyond blessed by this opportunity to make a change for our family. However, this is still rather emotional for me. I'm keeping a strong and positive face for the girls. Thank goodness they are young enough that they do not appearing to be effected by this change. A blessing in itself.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." -Whinnie the Pooh