Yellow Belts

The boys earned their yellow belts at Krav Maga and we all celebrated their achievement at a special graduation ceremony on Friday night.

They also each got to break a board (either with their hands or their feet). Our boys both chose to do it by hand, but used different thrusts. Micah’s video. Ethan’s video.

My friends got some fun pictures of our CC group and their coach snapped some awesome ones of each of them, too.

And as we left for the evening, we got a family shot and one of the boys in their new belts together.

In Krav Maga, the boys have officially earned their second stripe on their white belts and are now more than halfway to earning their yellow belts. They absolutely love these classes. They are having a lot of fun learning about self-defense, getting a good work out, and spending time with their friends.

Click here and here for videos of Krav Maga.

We had the pleasure of hosting my cousin, Anne, for a week. She’s such a gem. We really enjoyed our time with her, even though she was working from our home during the week. One of the evenings we had Matthew and his girlfriend over for dinner and games in the backyard. We also played some games, played ping pong in the garage, and Ethan taught Anne how to play the ukulele. Over the weekend we all went hiking and paddle-boarding.

Thanks for coming to visit, Anne! So good to have you!

And, finally, some other pictures from the past two weeks:

Brainard Lake

Our crew went camping for two nights at Brainard Lake this week. We reserved our spot back in January, you know, because people really love camping in Colorado and you can’t decide on a whim to go camping around here. Nothing like committing six months in advance for a couple nights away in the mountains! At the time I couldn’t even remember who told us to try camping there (now we figured it out), I just had put a reminder in my phone to reserve a campsite at Brainard Lake sometime over the summer. We are SO glad I did and will definitely be coming back! (The reminder in the phone is set on-going for every January now!)

This lovely spot is about an hour and a half away from our home and is gorgeous! We could hear the river from our campsite – a total win! – and loved walking around with it by our side.

Above you see pictures from our time at the campsite. The boys loved chopping firewood for us. We had hotdogs one night and chili the other. Oatmeal balls were our breakfasts.

Micah actually woke up the first morning feeling sick and ended up throwing up (maybe altitude?? maybe two s’mores before bed??), but he managed to still hike at least 6 miles that day and wasn’t slowed down! No symptoms of anything since.

We enjoyed paddle boarding and hiking. We saw four moose (five, if you ask some people…but those people are counting the same moose twice because it was in a different location the second time)! Two of the moose we watched swim across Long Lake – such a beautiful, surreal experience!

Brainard Lake, we’ll see you next July!!

Turks and Caicos

The long-awaited birthday trip to celebrate Grandma Cleve finally took place at the end of June. It was cancelled and rebooked at least twice, so you can imagine the thrill of *finally* getting to take this trip together! Grandma Cleve flew to Atlanta and traveled with Ashley’s family and then we all met in Turks and Caicos for a week of relaxation and gorgeous sites!

Pictures won’t do this island justice. So many of these shots look like we photoshopped ourselves into them. Unreal. I’ll start with some pictures of time at our home-away-from-home on the beach.

We enjoyed playing Bocce at the house…

Working hard to open up some coconuts…

And going snorkeling at the beach:

We ate lots of fantastic food (including the best crepes of my life!!), some all together and some on our own.

We ordered in and bought some cakes to celebrate the birthday girl one of the nights there:

We spent some time exploring the island and various beaches. I especially loved the exploring we did on our last day there. We found some gorgeous spots unlike any other place we had seen before:

Our crew took a kayaking tour of the mangroves and saw loads of sea turtles and a few baby sharks. Such a highlight!

Ethan snapped thousands of pictures and I selected a few of my favorites: