i was surprised by how much freddy loved it this time
we love our friends. little mick is growing so quickly!
the boys were a little distracted
who doesn't love a construction site?
life is gooooood
last friday pat had the day off and we went to the zoo with our friends, the marshes
somebody was just a *little* excited
feeding the giraffes
the kiddos: jimmy, benjamin, freddy, and laurel
before we left, laurel and pat rode the chairlift.
freddy and i kept our feet on the ground
home sweet smoky home of the brave
the flight home was another wrestling match with freddy. of course he fell asleep right when we got in the car in denver. ha! i told pat next time MOMMY gets the benadryl. :-)
we were all very happy to get back to our house, our toys, and our princess dresses
the fire was pretty well-contained by the time we got home, but we could definitely still see and smell the smoke
the mountains smoldered for a while
still the most beautiful place i've ever lived
we celebrated the 4th of july by ourselves in the backyard, rayner style. it was perfect!
the only thing missing was the smell of pat's charcoal grill. the city was under a stage 2 burn ban.
we still had some delicious ribs - done in the oven. good job daddy!
framer, for sure
the water from the hose was freezing. only in colorado do you have to add hot tub water to the baby pool!
big girl will be 4 1/2 on august 4th
half birthday. maybe next year we will be able to have some fireworks to celebrate!
i have no words
after we left the beach we made a pit stop for lunch in hattiesburg. so good to see these dear friends!
thank you, currys, for lunch. and thank you blair for coming to see us!
laurel, freddy, harris curry holding her little sister mary neal, hayes riley, burn curry, and keaton riley
back on the road - to smith lake
waldo canyon fire
meanwhile, back home in colorado springs, the waldo canyon fire started on saturday and was growing all week
on tuesday 65mph winds brought the fire into the city, destroying 346 homes
we watched the news and weather channel in horror and kept up via Facebook, emails, calls, and texts
these are some of the pictures i saved from Facebook posts
this is from the top of the mall, 2.5 miles from our house. the sun is setting behind the fire on the mountains
if you have 16 minutes and want to watch an amazing time-lapse of the fire,
i love this. i love our city. the fire fighters did an AMAZING job. thank you Lord for stopping the fire!
beach week 2012
we stopped in hattiesburg on the way to the beach to see mamaw and b
i think mamaw loved seeing the kiddos
i KNOW b did! :-)
we love you mamaw!
to the beach...
shrimp sandwiches at sea-n-suds. YUMMMMM
tropical storm debby threatened us, but we ignored her and she went away!
i mean, how sweet?!?!
nice 'stache, uncle chris!
the best i got
the worst i got
WE LOVE OUR BUDDY AND KISSY!!!!
on wednesday buddy rented a double decker pontoon boat (with a slide!). i need to get some more photos from ginger. *ahem*
it was one of the best days i can remember having in a long time
lunch at pirate's cove
back at the beach...
we've watched warner push this truck for the past, what, 4 years? i can't believe i have a little boy!!! i could watch him do this for hours. in fact, i did...
laurel likes the beach!!! it took her a couple of days, but for the first time, she actually liked the beach! hooray!
that's one blessed mommy :-)
and that is one CUTE little guy.
being fabulous is hard work!
date night. thank you buddy and kissy!
i challenge you to try to watch this video without smiling...
thank you kissy and buddy. can't wait til next year!!!