Fairy Parade

A couple weeks ago we went down to Boulder to enjoy their fairy parade. The fairy parade is basically an excuse for a bunch of little girls to dress up as fairies and hang out in downtown Boulder. Kalyn had plenty of fun, and Garrett did too despite not being interested in fairies.

4 Year Old Photographer

Kalyn got a hold of the camera a while ago. I enjoyed seeing what pictures she took and I thought you might enjoy some of them as well. Notice how the feet eventually give the identity of the photographer away.


I finally finished the quilt I made for Ben & Anna’s wedding. I bought an old Star Wars sheet to use as the backing with a fence rail pattern on the front. Here it is for you to see:

Happy Easter!

Today we celebrated Easter by having a big dinner, including a turkey and apple pie. Yesterday we had an egg hunt. Earlier this week we decorated egg-shaped sugar cookies.

We also have a few cute videos of the kids. Garrett has memorized “Red Hat, Green Hat,” by Sandra Boynton. He learned it because Kalyn has also memorized it and she read the book to him several times. It’s pretty easy, and it’s super cute to see Garrett almost reading the whole thing. Off stage, you can hear Kalyn yell “I don’t need pants after all!” while she is going potty. Later in the video, you can see the camera wiggle as I try to keep her from climbing into the video without pants on.




We celebrated Garrett and Kalyn’s birthday last Saturday by going to the Children’s Museum in Denver. The kids had a ton of fun playing with bubbles and trains, dressing up, and painting pictures. Then we came home and had cake and opened presents. It was a fun day for all.


Guess who’s getting a new roof!

Today the insurance adjuster came by to check out our roof after the massive hail storm last week. It turns out we definitely need a new roof. The test that he does to assess roof damage is to take a 10×10 square and count the number of dings in that square. “Severe” damage is 15 dings… we had 25+. And, that was the side that had some shelter from the tree.

He also found where the hail knocked some holes in the vinyl frame of our sliding glass door downstairs. For a minute I thought we were going to luck out and that our old windows, which really do need to be replaced, just because they’re really old, would be damaged enough to be replaced. But, they really weren’t hurt too bad. The back of the house definitely got the worst of it since the wind was blowing that direction. The roof was only replaced 3 years ago, and the sliding glass door also can’t be more than a few years old.

We also thought our car had managed to get by undamaged because there weren’t any large and obvious dents or cracks. But, over the past week we have found many tiny cracks all over the windshield. We have an appointment for the car to get officially checked out in a few days, so we will find out then the extent of the damage.

The lesson I have learned from all this is do NOT go out in a hail storm. When I saw the severe thunderstorm warning I seriously thought about running out and trying to cover up the garden before the hail got there. At the last minute I decided it wasn’t a smart thing to do. When it did arrive, there was no warm up and no rain – it went straight from clear to huge chunks of ice falling out of the sky. Considering what the hail has done to our roof and to our car, I hate to think what it would have done to my head. Ouch!

Here is a video Tim took during the hailstorm, as well as a video of us assessing the damage after the storm passed. Again, the storm itself did not last long – maybe 15 minutes. But the hail was so huge it didn’t really matter.



This evening we got hit by a severe thunderstorm with significant hail. The hail didn’t fall for very long, but it was definitely the biggest hail I have every experienced in person. The largest hail stones were about 2in in diameter. Our garden was not so lucky as with our last hail storm, but most of it survived. Our zucchini were the worst hit. Here are some pictures and a video to come later.

Eliza Comes to Visit

Yes, we are still alive! Between moving and summer and two busy children I haven’t found the time to update our blog. So, finally, here is an update!

Recently Eliza came to stay with us for a week. Eliza just recently graduated from high school. We did a whole bunch of fun things with her while she was here – including camping at Rocky Mountain National Park, visiting Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, lots of walking around Old Town here in Fort Collins, and a trip to the swimming pool.

And, to show you we weren’t just sitting around the past six months, here is a collection of random cute pictures from the past few months. Our kids are busy and growing as ever.

Our Epic December Vacation

In December we took an epic trip that spanned more than three weeks and eight states.

First, we went to Redding where we visited my family and we saw Eliza in the Madrigal Dinner. We have some photos from that, but they are all on Tim’s phone. It was so much fun to go back and see the Madrigal Dinner, with my baby sister all grown up!

After a little under a week in Redding, we took a trip up to Seattle/Bainbridge Island where we visited with Garret and Jill Gibbons. It was so much fun to visit! Garrett and Jill have two kids, Dylan (who is a few months younger than Kalyn) and Wesley (who is a few months younger than Garrett, and whose name is also Garrett, although he goes by his middle name). They had lots of fun playing together (most of the time anyway) and we enjoyed visiting beautiful Bainbridge Island and Seattle.

Next we came back and visited with the family for Christmas. We spent a lot of time hanging out and playing with new Christmas presents. We did manage to make one trip to Turtle Bay Museum in Redding, which was a lot of fun for Kalyn.

Partly in an effort to avoid the storms that were spread across the West, we drove down to St George to visit Tim’s family and stopped at Death Valley along the way. Death Valley was great, with some lovely and fascinating views and balmy warm weather (it was in the 60s on the valley floor). We then got to hang out in St George with Tim’s parents and cousin Natalie.

We drove back on New Year’s day. It was great how empty the roads are early New Year’s morning, but we made up for it by being stuck in a huge traffic jam heading through the canyon back into Denver. We think it was probably made up of people heading back into Denver from the ski resorts. Now we are home. It has been a long trip but we feel like it was a huge success!

This video is of a fire demonstration at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. There are two babies who start crying, and one of them is Garrett. Kalyn actually sat and watched the whole thing, which means it must have been fascinating.

On our last day on Bainbridge Island we drove over to Dungeness Wildlife Reserve and saw the spit there. The best thing was it was raining all morning, but about ten minute before we got there the rain cleared up and we were able to go for a little hike to see the water in the sun.

Living in a hotel can be fun. Here is a sample of what that life was like…

This is Kalyn and the turtle at Turtle Bay museum. Listen for her saying “the turtle is my best friend” right at the end of the video.

As we were packing my mom, Jeanne, and Grandma Honey gathered for an impromptu concert while Kalyn provided accompaniment.

Kalyn LOVED playing in the sand dunes at Death Valley. She was covered in sand by the time we got back to the car.

Here are the photos. There should be captions that tell you more about the photos.