Saturday, September 20, 2014

Real. Life.

1 Day before we left for our trip to Colorado, we received an exciting package in the mail. A new camera. It shouldn't be that exciting since I purchased it and had it overnighted and knew that it was going to be arriving, but as soon as it arrived on our doorstep I ripped it open. For the past 3 months we have been living without a DSLR camera because ours bit the dust. We still aren't exactly sure what happened to it, but we do know that we are well past the 100,000 pictures it is rated for. That camera has been well loved. So after I realized that our summer had hardly been documented, I bit the bullet and shelled out the money for a new camera. Of course I would wait till right before a vacation, and have to pay an additional $40 to have it overnighted.... but if you saw our Colorado pictures then I would say it was worth it.

But back to the day I tore the camera out of the package... As soon as I had it in my hands I knew I wanted to try it out. I snapped on the macro lens (which I haven't used in about 2 years) and started snapping away. Both kids were sound asleep, so I figured I would take some pictures of our home.
It wasn't until then that fog cleared my eyes and I realized our house was a disaster. It was 3pm, and our house was a total wreck. Funny I didn't even realize I was living in a pig pen till I wanted some pictures....

So instead of tidying the house I figured I would take pictures of the disaster in it's full glory. Because more often then not, this is what our house looks like on a daily basis. My mother would be appalled... sorry mom! 

So here it. Our beautiful mess. 

The tv on showing Twin Cities Live.
 Remnants of clothes and food on the coffee table.
 Dishes from the night before including pizza dishes and wine glasses. Gourmet people. Gourmet.
 Pantry doors left open from Harrison helping himself.
 The one somewhat tidy area of the house, my nightstand.
 My phone charging because it never seems to have any battery.
 The tub which somehow still has water in the bottom from the night before.
 Oh hey! It's 3pm and I am still in sweats.
 The loft with toys strewn everywhere.
 Hot wheels on the stairs just waiting to trip someone resulting in a neck brace. I can see it happening now...
 A stool underneath a stool. Don't ask why because I don't know the answer.
 Our mess of a bedroom as I attempt to pack for 4.
 And again the living room with boots on the table where we also eat a lot of snacks....
 Now how is that for a tidy house?! It doesn't get much more real than that.

And as I was snapping the final pictures, the two littles both started stirring. As I pulled Harrison out of his crib I realized he still had chocolate on his face from lunch. Whoops. And of course "grandma jan's" blankie had to be photographed too.
 And this little guy, melt my heart.
So there ya have it. Our not so glamorous life full of messy faces, unkept homes, sweat pants till 3, and so many other things I usually like to keep hidden. And a picture of deer out of back door... because why not?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Buena Vista, Colorado

Catch up on part 1 HERE

Back when we lived in Colorado nearly 3 years ago (pinch me I can't believe it has almost been 3 years...) Josh, Ellie, Brian and I hiked Mt. Yale and had a blast doing it. Now with 4 kids in tow, we knew all of us hiking a 14er wasn't an option, so Josh and Brian took off at 5:30 in morning to hike Mt. Princeton. Not so conveniently, Harry and Ollie also woke up at 5:30 so it was a looooong day. Since I was not along for the hike, I'll let Brian's amazing pictures speak for themselves. 
 
While the men were hiking, Ellie and I figured we would have an adventure of our own, and we took the kids back down to the river. We made the toddlers walk for much of it, but this mama can only take so much whining, so it wasn't long before I had Harry on my back and Ollie on my front. A workout it was.
The guys got back around 3:00pm and nearly wanted to pass out from exhaustion. For those who know Brian, you know he is not much for working out. Ironic considering he works for Lifetime Fitness.... So when Brian got back I think he was hoping for some rest time on the couch, however us wives had plans brewing. It's not too often that we are in such beauty, with hands available to take a family photo, so we both swapped back and forth and hopefully (fingers crossed) got a photo that is christmas card worthy.
 And it wouldn't be family photos without some shenanigans.
 A sneak peak at our little sesh.
 Just beautiful.
 This guy had had enough after all the pictures. Poor guy was really run down from his cold.
 I do have to say this might be the most memorable family photo session. It's not too often you throw both kids on your back and hike down about a mile all for a picture. #worthit
Come 9pm Brian was falling asleep sitting up, so again, we made our way to bed rather early, only to wake up early. The boys did not switch over to mountain time whatsoever, so everyday by 6am we were wide awake. After a quick breakfast of pancakes, biscuits, eggs, bacon, and lots of coffee, we packed up and made the drive to Cottonwood Pass.
Cottonwood pass was about a 45 minute drive west from Buena Vista with some amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
 The only photo of all 8 of us from the entire weekend, but probably my favorite picture of the entire trip.
 We took a quite little 15 minute hike to the top of the continental divide, and Harry was quite the stinker for this hike. The whole way up he whined he wanted to go down and sit in the car... quite the little adventurer. So I carried him for the first half, and Brian carried him and Ollie the second half. If you look hard in the picture below you can just barely spot the 3 of them.
 Part of the road we drive up to get to the pass.
 After much coercing and carrying, Harry made it to the top.
 It was a little windy and chilly, so after about 10 minutes Harry got his wish and we made it back down.
 The rest of the drive home was pretty unevnetful. The men and the toddlers were in one car, and the women and babies were in the other. And get this, we didn't have to stop once!!! The babies cooperated and slept the entire 2.5 hours home!! Amazing.
Shortly after we got back Ellie had to run out the door to catch a night class she is currently taking, however my dear friend Abby drove up from the Springs and we got to spend a few hours catching up over dinner and ice cream.
Being back in Denver is so bittersweet. We so loved the time that we lived in Colorado, so it is always hard to say goodbye to wonderful friends and such a beautiful state. Hopefully it won't be long before there is another deal on airfare for only $125/ticket and we will back soon!
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