Garden of the Gods

A couple of weekends ago, we took the boys down to Colorado Springs to see the Garden of the Gods.  The trip was more brief than I would have liked – I love that spot! – but it was nice to show them the area.  We’ll go again when it’s a little cooler and we have it more planned out. =)

Check out this throwback comparison (this is when Mikey and I were just dating – our freshman year of college!):

And then we drove…

So when we were done with the flu and we had packed up two cubes, we were ready to move!  Here we are on moving day:

We went to whole foods one last time with our dear friends – and the reason we were able to move to Georgia in the first place:


And then we headed to grandpa Russ’ house. We took that 12 hour trip in two days and it went very smoothly. I’ll share pictures from our time with him in another post. Here are some road trip pics:

And just for fun – a pic of us on our first and last day in Georgia:

Wisconsin, Pt 2

One of the other major highlights of our time back in Wisconsin is the time we get to spend with this sweet family.  We try to snap a lot of pictures while we are together because it only happens a couple times a year!!  Thus, an entire post is necessary. =)

Cass and the girls came to my parent’s house to spend some time with us. The kiddos got along wonderfully, as usual, and seemed to pick up where they had left off.  Indoors, they enjoyed some games of hide and seek, Jenga, and snacking a bit.

Please note: we don’t pose our kiddos, other than to ask them to smile or make a silly face.  They are just cute friends and it makes my heart glad to see such sweet expressions of genuine care.  Also, side note, Cass is not featured in these pics because she was the one taking most of them.  We tend to take turns with which of us is snapping shots and that day happened to be her “turn”. =)

They also enjoyed some fun outside in the snow together.

Necessary side note: the yellow coat I am modeling is my coat from high school…please see the comparison! =D

That evening we went out for our annual double date with Cass and Adam. We laughed so hard I was literally sore the next day.  We’ve been double dating with these guys since college.  Such a blast.

Speaking of blast…here’s a blast from the past 10+ years of double dating with these two:


In honor of Micah’s 4th birthday, we did a little measurement check on the boys.  Unfortunately, Micah was not interested in getting weighed, so I don’t have that number recorded. =/

Ethan: roughly 4 feet 2 inches (a solid inch growth since May) and 56.2 lbs

Micah: 3 ft, 5 inches

We measure Micah in a very unorthodox fashion.  He gets measured standing next to Ethan’s board and then we translate that over to his board (which he accidentally broke a while back and is no longer hanging on the wall).  I like him to lie next to it on the ground…but that doesn’t actually show his height very accurately, obviously. =/

Note of comparison: Ethan was 3 feet, 7 inches when he turned 4.  So he was a good 2 inches taller than Micah.  I imagine he was heavier, too, but I have no proof. =D

Other Updates

The boys and I decorated the house for fall. =)


Micah was badly burned a few weeks ago and within a week, the marks were already almost gone.  In fact, I should take a picture of it now…it looks incredible.  We are so thankful that it healed quickly.  Here he is about halfway through the healing process:


Micah earned a sticker for every day he went to school for the month of September, so I rewarded him with some stickers.  He was SO excited about this.  And Ethan was feeling a little left out, so we decided to buy a sticker board for us to track how our homeschooling days go.  The main thing we are working on is not complaining…if he does that, he gets a sticker.  =)

They also still enjoy playing with play dough:

We took out our homemade games, “Ethan’s World” and “Micah’s Mountain” again last week.  I made these games for the boys back in January of 2013, right before we moved here.  Compare:

Last day of School

Ethan’s measurements for the last day of Pre-K Young 5s class:

Height: 4 feet, 1 inch

Weight: 54 lbs

Size clothes: 6-7

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Micah got measured, too!!

Micah’s height: 3 feet 3 inches

Weight: ?? I can’t read the scale and can’t remember…it was in the 30s =/

Size clothes: 3T or 4T (usually 4T for shirts and 3T for shorts)

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We celebrated the last day of school in various ways… oatmeal AND toast and an egg as per Ethan’s request:


Micah and I enjoyed one last run on our own and some time at the park:


After school we went with some friends to get cupcakes and ice cream and then ran off all that sugar at the park.  The boys thought this was just the coolest day EVER because they were with friends, had a special treat, and didn’t have to rest!  A-mazing!  E made it to the very top of the rope structure by himself – a milestone for him.

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Here’s E on his first day of Pre-K Young 5s class contrasted with his last day:

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And here is what we all looked like on our very first day: IMG_9143 IMG_9152


Ethan and mike went on their second annual camping trip with our church last weekend.  Here’s a comparison shot of them in 2014 and in 2015:


They went to the same park as last year – Vogel National Park – which is about an hour and a half north of our home and an ideal camping spot!  One of these days we’ll have to go as a family!  The “dudes” had a blast!!  They didn’t catch any fish, sadly, but they did see a bunch of snakes…I guess that’s cool if you’re a dude. 😉

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Comparison in Jammies

Micah just started wearing these pjs last week and he LOVES them.  The weather just hasn’t been cold enough up until then to justify wearing footie pajamas.  Micah is 2 years and 10 months old in this picture:


Here’s Ethan in the same pjs at 2 years and 5 months.

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I love seeing the boys in the same clothing.  It just makes me smile.  They are two very different boys in a lot of ways, but they have just as much love!

Milestone: Big Boy Bed

We’ve decided to put Micah in his big boy bed now and donate our crib.  He seems to be pretty excited about it, but is a little concerned about how he’s going to have sleep overs with Ethan on the weekends now.  He keeps telling us that Ethan can sleep on his big boy bed with him, but I think we’ll just take the mattress into Micah’s room instead.  I’m sure we’ll try to snap a picture this weekend.

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We switched Ethan over to a big boy bed a couple of months before Micah was born, so he was a little older than 2 years old.  We didn’t have any real reason to move Micah to a big boy bed, but he’s almost 3 now, so it works. =)