Monday, January 11, 2016

Thanksgiving in Colorado...

Thanksgiving we headed to Colorado to spend it with Grandma Kitty, Grammies, and Boompa.
Right before we left though James lost his second tooth!

Stopping at a McD's in Evanston, with a neat play place
Nathan had to work the day that we left, and so we didn't leave until 5pm from our house.  We booked a hotel at the Little America in Cheyenne that night, and got there about midnight.  Tired, but not too much that it was dangerous.  And we got a good nights rest too.

At Colorado the first day we made a gingerbread train!

And it snowed of course 

Eating mini muffins on grandma Kitty's floor

My mama and I on Thanksgiving

The snowflakes were perfect! I probably could have found the one from the movie Frozen if I had looked hard enough. 

...straight faced.

Aahh, he's so cute!

Jack and my Papa, his great-grandpa Bill, wearing the same hat!

Trying to get a good family picture!

Silly faces shot

Fort making at grandma's house.  This is a favorite activity most places they go to.

Thanksgiving day meal at Lincoln Meadows

Happy Thanksgiving from the Nate-o and Ken Manwaring Fam

Great-grandma Kitty and her great-grandsons Jonathan and James

The day after Thanksgiving we went to downtown Littleton to see Santa light all the lights on the trees.  Holy cow was it cold. Even going into a store did not really help.  Going to the Littleton Lighting was a tradition growing up.  Glad I could share the coldness boys :)

I hung this collage on the wall for Grams

Two highlights were singing with Grandma's choir at the choir practice.  Nathan ended up taking over the piano, and I ended up leading.  It was so much fun, I hope the residents had as much fun as we did.  The second was singing Christmas carols around the piano in the foyer, and so many residents stopped to listen or even join it.  That got me chocked up, especially on "O Holy Night".  Thank you Grandma Kitty for letting us stay with you, and for Lincoln Meadows too.

On the way home, at the neat rest stop in Cheyenne

November Happenings...

November happenings! In pictures of course because that is always more fun :)

A very fun fieldtrip to the Morgan Fire Station!
We got to take Ty with us.

The whole group, moms and kids not in school on a Friday morning :)

Jack trying on a real firefighter helmet

James and Jack drew pictures, sent dental hygeine kits, and all their Halloween candy to the 
Operation Gratitude program where they sent these things for soldiers who are on active duty.
I am so proud of these boys for not only being okay, but wanting to do this!

I took James horseback riding...and he did it all by himself in an open field.
I had the rope on Chex, and he told me "Mommy, take the rope off, I can do this".
Pull on my heartstrings!

My parents came out to see Kirstin show Cali in her first dog show, and so they stayed with us.

On Saturday Kirst wanted James to show in the Juniors class.
He said okay, and I wanted to see how he liked it.
Not to bad for never, ever doing something like this before.
It brought back memories, and memories of how long dog shows can be too:)

Kirstin, Taylor, and Cali

Took them after church to ride chex, have to before the snow comes!

My dad up on Chex

Playing lincoln logs, and Jack was showing off his one armed push-ups

All the boys looking at toy catalogs, and finding neat things they'd like for Christmas

These cuties at a dinner at Papa and Grandma's,
notice the lego creation to Jack's right :)

These three playing out in the first snow of the season
Apparently they all have red coats!
Snow=lots of prep time for a few minutes of fun

The Irish dance school that I attend(Legacy Irish Dance)
 put on the production "Annie", but in Irish dance.
I really, really, really don't like the show or music from Annie, but I did have fun learning new dances and being a part of the class. 
Hard shoe dance in the song "Let's Go To The Movies"

 Maids in Annie.  These lovely ladies are lots of fun to dance with

Christy, the friend and teacher who started this whole thing when she invited me to I'm hooked :)

 All three on the way to Thanksgiving
Jack has taken a liking to wearing hats, and his current favorite is my grandpa Bill Aderman's WWII sailor hat.  Why not right?  So I let him wear it.

Sadie's Blessing

November 1st was a brisk day in Glennwood Springs, but a beautiful blessing day for Bryan and Jenn's first babe.  We are so happy that we were able to come to this very special day.  
Sadie's beautiful dress was made by Bryan's mom Sheri!

The Martin family that were able to come

The Manwaring family that could be there

Papa, Sadie, and Grandma

After church Jenn and Bryan hosted us all at their home with a very yummy Ethiopian dinner.
Even my kids tried some, which is good.  And they didn't dislike it either!
These are a cute progression of Jonathan and Grandma: 

James loves his baby cousin

My handsome firstborn

Intently looking Sadie

Jack holding the baby so gently too.

Congrats again Bryan and Jenn, we are excited for the new cousin, and for all the happiness she brings to you two!