July 2010

Chatfield Reservoir

July 30, 2010

Jamie took a half day off from work today so that we could all head down South to Chatfield Reservoir to meet a bunch of extended family for a day of picnicing and boating and playing in the water.

It was a great time, and we always wonder why we don't do things like this more often.

Playing in the sand

Drew and Daddy

Brie with Aunt Jen

Brie with Aunt Laura

Hailey and Lexi on the boat

Drew and Wyatt going boating

Jamie playing with all the kids on The Intimidator

Drew's Office

July 22, 2010

Today Jamie came out from his office and saw that Drew had set up his own "office" downstairs.

If you haven't seen Jamie's office, then you will now understand how cute this setup of Drew's is.

Jamie works on a laptop all day long, so Drew created his own "laptop" with Battleship.

After taking pictures of Drew, the girls wanted a picture too. Ok, if you insist.

Drew in his Office


Garage Sale

July 17, 2010

We had a garage sale today, and like last year, Nona and PaPa let us use their garage.

The big event was the Lemonade Stand. The kids had a BLAST running it, and made $28!

How cute is this?

Nebraska Road Trip

July 9-12, 2010

We packed up two minivans and headed to Nebraska to see John's parents/sister/etc. in Lincoln.

What a great trip. We got to see the family, got to swim in the hotel pool, and we got to see lots of other things along the way.

All five of us outside of Fort Cody

Inside Fort Cody waiting for the Buffalo Bill show to start

Drew with his first purchase with his own money: Old Betsy

Our kids and cousin Vicky outside the museum about to get trampled by a mammoth

The whole group inside the museum, about to get trampled by elephants

Drew by the "farm"

Jamie by the triceratops

Cute Nebraska Girls

Lexi holding a kitty at the Seward farm

Enjoying the farm

Tractor ride by Uncle Ralph

Pure Childhood

The whole group at the farm

Drew at the Nebraska state capitol building

Girls playing at Grandma and Grandpa O's house

Tracy showing her cake book to Grandma O

Drew exploring (looting) Grandpa O's room
(yes, that came home with Drew, along with a lot of other things)

Our kids are equal opportunity housing destroyers

Another group photo before leaving for home

Wedding Anniversary

July 3, 2010

We have decided that at least every ten years, we need a night away from the kids.

Our ten-year anniversary seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that, and Nona and PaPa John helped by entertaining the kids overnight.

We stayed in a suite in the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel, and we had a nice dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, followed by a nice relaxing evening and cheesecake for dessert.

The next day was simple and laid-back with a nice lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Unfortunately, Tracy hurt her neck at lunch (you read that right), so that made our subsequent IMAX and museum visit a bit less enjoyable for her.

It doesn't seem like it has been ten whole years. I suppose that's a good thing.

A view of our hotel room

Tracy in our hotel room

Jamie in the hotel room

Wedding Redux

July 1, 2010

It was ten years ago today that we got married in Fort Collins, Colorado.

After watching our wedding videos with the kids, we decided to pack up the kids and head to Fort Collins to visit some of the places from that day.

We started with lunch at Jamie's favorite place in the whole world to order Sesame Chicken, Youngs Cafe. Not really wedding-related, but it has been too long.

After lunch, we headed over to Southside Baptist Church on Horsetooth Road, where we took a few pictures of the church we were married in.

Next we drove to Colorado State University via the condo we lived in for a year after we were married.

At CSU we shopped in the bookstore, walked through the student center and then took some pictures on "the bridge" in the same pose as we had on our wedding day.

We capped off our visit to CSU by walking through "Daddy's Building" (the Engineering Building), which he was the student representative on the Design Review Committee for the remodel in the late 1990's. We stopped by a plaque which tells about the Student-Led Engineering Design Group (SLEDG), which Jamie was a part of, for a picture.

The kids were tired out by this point, so we called it a day and headed back home.

It's been a great ten years, and we're sure even more is in store in the next ten.

Outside Southside Baptist Church

Peeking inside the sanctuary at the church

Jamie and Tracy outside of the church

Playing where our reception was held
(the built-in seating was not there at that time)

Recreating the Bridge Picture

Playing on the bridge letting passers by pass by

The whole family on the bridge

Jamie and the kids by the SLEDG plaque