field trips!

first field trip of the year - bear creek nature center


did you know that the bark of a ponderosa pine smells like butterscotch?

next stop, venetucci farms and pumpkin patch

laurel didn't want anywhere near that dirt pile.  that's my girl!
she picked out the perfect "punkwin" to take home

last one so far:



i love getting to go along on these trips.  the kids' faces are priceless (and i always learn something)!


i have loved getting to volunteer at laurel's preschool.  her teachers are AMAZING.  
pirate day.  aaaargh!

first snow of the year
school pic.  passport photos.  and a shot to remind me that he IS still a baby...

4 going on 18, the gorgeous yellow tree across the street, our "walk" home from school one warm day

freddy and his buddy benjamin watching the garage door fix-it man

precious people
halloween time!

laurel was cinderella and got to wear her dress to the party at school.  mrs slater as mrs potato head

laurel's dress lights up!  i helped with the pumpkin bowling game.  so cute! 
snack time
that night we went to the platings' to trick-or-treat.  like my costume?
freddy LOVED being batman.
our last halloween in colorado springs.  love these friends!


sweet september

i've got lots of photos to post, so bear with me... ha ha ha

this beautiful creature was in paula's backyard the day after i picked up freddy, who was playing in said backyard.  yikes.  apparently the waldo canyon fire messed up his food supply, so he decided to come grocery shopping in our neighborhood.  again, yikes!

my cousin sarah and her friend laura spent the night on their trip across the country.  we love having visitors!

a typical saturday in the fall.  i think they're saying "boo longhorns."  sorry kids.  better get used to it...

big truck!  a.k.a., in our house, "DEE DUH!!!!"  we hear it all day every day.  8-)

more visitors!  cousins mary and adam on their trip across the country

one weekend we had a short visit from kissy and buddy.  we surprised pat with his early 35th birthday gift.  the beloved big green egg
to say he loves it would be the understatement of the century.  thank you buddy and kissy and abbi and pops for chipping in!!!

time to go cheer on the falcons

perfect day for a football game

laurel participated again in the falcon cheer clinic

this time with her friend molly paige!  thanks to the usafa cheerleaders these two both know all the words to "call me maybe."  we are so proud...

little man.  little football fan.

yes, this is my new favorite picture.  but don't be fooled.  i didn't watch a single play of the game...

guess who loves to swim now?!?  almost as much as he adores his big sister...

pizza night

another falcon football game.  two rayners braved the elements.  the other two enjoyed being warm and toasty inside the house!

a few shots of some of our friends in the church nursery

these are some happy, magical, fleeting days.  i pray that i won't take a minute for granted and i'll enjoy every stage!


the big house

the following weekend, thanks to some really really really good friends, pat and i had a couple of days away with some of our air force academy friends.  USAFA played the university of michigan in football.  how could we pass that up?

friday night started early, with delicious nachos and margaritas.  it was a long night.

tailgate on saturday.  

perfect day.

HUGE stadium

the falcons fought hard and came so close!  the only thing that would've made the day better is a WIN.  

very thankful for cory's RV that evening.  brrrrrrr!


thank you platings and stanfords.  you guys ROCK!
i missed this little booger so much!

first day of preschool

can you tell how excited she was?


i mean, she looks like a teenager sometimes!

also, first day of ballet.  8-)