Maui, Hawaii

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Seriously… I cannot get over the beauty of Maui!  Looking at these pictures from our trip make me so eager to go back!  Although, I think I will wait until I can control my kiddos a little bit better ;) That flight home was pretty brutal, not gonna lie.  Also, I need to go back when Husband can come with us.  Unfortunately he had to work this time, but there was NO WAY I would have ever missed the incredibly romantic wedding of my sweet cousin, Kelly.  It was held at the Four Seasons Wailea where they set up on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.  My little man, Bennett, was the ring bearer, and he did not disappoint… just kidding, he had a meltdown and had to be removed from the wedding completely, but no one will remember that because there was so much other awesome stuff going on during the ceremony such as a gentleman blowing a conch shell, a ukulele playing some authentic Hawaiian tunes, then the bride and groom exchanging their written vows.  It was seriously amazing!  I was so honored, she chose me as her Matron of Honor, it truly was so special.IMG_4577

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I cannot take credit for the some of the beautiful pictures that follow, but I wanted to share them!

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FullSizeRenderIMG_5085Obviously, we couldn’t go all the way to Maui and not do the Road to Hana!  I really should have done some research before I went, of course I did not wear a bathing suit to get in the waterfalls or the water at Black Sand Beach :( And I’m not sure why I thought Tory Burch sandals were the perfect shoe attire…  but I made it!  And so did my shoes!  It was stunning, just stunning.  Every curve brought excitement to keep going and see more!  But it was a VERY long day in the car, so if you plan to do this… be prepared for at least 9 hours of winding, cliffy, driving.FullSizeRenderIMG_4095

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That night we checked out a Hawaiian luau, the drinks were flowing and plenty of boomerangs were taken.  It was a good time!  The next morning a small group of us crawled out of bed at 3 AM to see the sunrise above the clouds at Haleakala.  This was probably one of the top 3 most amazing things I have ever done in my life.  The view was  heavenly, that’s the best way to describe it…IMG_4868

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I have to thank my mother in law, Debbie.  She flew all the way out to Maui to help me with my boys, and when I say she went above and beyond for me, she did!  I got to experience the whole wedding and all of the fun events that Kelly had planned without having to worry about my babies at all.  That was priceless for me, and I appreciate you so much, Debbie!

{Random Thought :: I also want to highly recommend Mama’s Fish House for lunch or dinner , it was fantastic!}

Scrolling through these pictures, I’m feeling so blessed to have been able to experience this with Kelly and her new hubby, Randy!  They are seriously the cutest couple and they totally complete each other!  I love them both so much…

Hey Kel, we should try to go back every couple of years ;)  wouldn’t that be a fun tradition??

 


Remington James :: Seven Months Old

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You guys!!  This guy is about to take off!  Totally on all fours, rocking, and just about making some BIG moves!  He doesn’t like the process of learning to crawl, definitely fusses and expresses his frustrations loudly, but it’s for real happening!

This photo session with the rocking chair was certainly more challenging than the past.  He is wiggling, moving, drooling, and lots of boogers!! YUCK!!  I’m not sure if it’s a second child thing, but every time Bennett is sick, Remington is sick.  And it lingers… and lingers… and lingers. Forever.  Such a bummer.  That immune system needs to catch up, and catch up quick!  I’m so grossed out by these crazy snot slingers ;)

Other than that, this boy is just sweet as pie!  He is curious about anything and everything.  He will study a toy for many minutes before moving on to the next exciting thing within arms reach.  He adores his big brother.  Will laugh at anything he does!  This guy is ALL BOY!  Loves a good fart sound!  That reminds me, I need to record him giggling like crazy over a fart sound!

Still only has two teeth, but the never ending drool tells me there are more soon to come. He is starting to eat more things (puffs and pureed baby food), I feel like when Bennett was this age he was eating SO much.  Remy is just going at his own pace with everything, and seems to be much more laid back than Bennett ever was.

We have been staying busy over here, playing in the pool almost every day to stay cool from these hot Florida temps.  We also went to the beach last weekend, so I wanted to share a few sweet pictures that Husband took of me and my SEVEN month old!

We love you, my precious baby boy!

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Colorado

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Colorado was a whirlwind.  Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Denver, all in about a six day period was a bit overwhelming considering the babies were not feeling well, but we made it!  And we conquered!  We were in Silverthorne for a wedding for a high school friend of Husband’s, that he was a groomsman for.  Wow, what a beautiful setting, nestled in the Rockies!  It was a very sweet occasion, no detail was overlooked, the bride was stunning… it was perfect!

The very next day we were able to hike up to Lily Pad Lake with the kiddos.  I had googled some trails that were “kid friendly” which I assumed to mean that us carrying them on our backs would be a breeze if the hike was as searched, “kid friendly”… but I was wrong… VERY wrong.  This was a pretty tough hike with almost 35 pounds on Husbands back and 20 on mine.  But we made it!  All the way to Lily Pad Lake!  And it was worth it!  Minus the fact that Remy’s little cheeks got wind burned :( poor guy… but it cleared up fast :)

The following day, we trekked to Breckenridge where we had lunch at The Canteen Tap House and Tavern (super yummy!), then we caught the gondola up to the top of the mountain where we thought Bennett would be able to ride the Alpine Slide but unfortunately he was still too young (must be 3, gahhhhhh!!!) so we settled for Dippin Dots (Bennett was a first timer) and some cocktails and just enjoyed the view!

Finally, we made our way to Denver for the Independence Day festivities.  We stayed at a beautiful hotel (Oxford) that was within a block of Union Station.  Husband & I got to sample beers at the original brewery of Denver, Wynkoop, and that evening the Rockies had their Fireworks game which was conveniently seen from our hotel window! Bennett really loved it, he kept saying “Oooooohhh!!
and “Wooooow!!!”. Husband had to leave the next day, but Mama Olson & I got to explore and try some eateries by ourself with the kids.  There was a fun little splash pad close by that we spent lots of time at since the weather was quite warm.  Overall, it was another successful trip with the babies!

** I wanted to tag the Colorado post from a few years ago because it’s cute to see how much Bennett has grown :) **



Remington James :: Six Months Old

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How?  Six months old already?  No.

I didn’t get to take any of my usual rocking chair pictures before we left for Colorado, but last week we got Remy’s six month pictures done with my friend, Laura, and she was able to send me this little “teaser” (as I like to call them) of my babies.  Perfect for Remy’s (now 2 days late) post… whoops!

Well, my little guy officially has 2 teeth on the bottom, he has tasted some solids such as peas, carrots, and prunes, he loves watching big bro, still naps twice a day, has been on 11 flights (12th flight is tomorrow!), eyes are still very blue, and his hair is almost exactly the same color as mine was at his age.

He is still not sitting up on his own but he is getting pretty darn close :), not interested in crawling but he can roll across the floor all day long, and loves long walks in the stroller especially if we are somewhere different than our own neighborhood.

Today we are in Denver and even though my little dude has been teething, not feeling well, AND has wind chapped cheeks from a long hike in the Rocky Mountains on Saturday, he is still just as sweet as can be!  I don’t know how we got so lucky, Mr. Remington, but we are so grateful for YOU!

Love you, my baby!


Happy Baby Daddy Day!

^^ This guy keeps the Daddy bar set pretty darn high! ^^

On Friday, Husband had his first invite to have Father’s Day breakfast at Bennett’s school.  Oh!  I don’t think I have mentioned on here that Bennett had started school… here are a few pictures of him on his first day, and then I will get back to the post dedicated to Husband ;)

That’s Bennett’s teacher on the far right, Ms. Tracey.  He really seems to like her and seems to be really enjoying school as a whole!  No tears, always happy when I get there to pick him up and it’s not because he sees me, he is just having a good time!  Anyway, back to Father’s Day… So, Husband had the Father’s Day breakfast.  They got there and everyone ate muffins and waffles (and I think there was some other stuff but I forgot).  No mom’s were there at all :( I thought for sure he would send me a text saying all the moms were there and for me to come join them… whaaaaahhh!!  After breakfast they handed out the presents- Husband got a new grilling glove custom with Bennett’s handprints, name, and year, he also got a paper tie with coloring artwork that Bennett did himself, inside the tie was a Snickers bar!  He also got a card with the sweetest Father’s Day poem in it!  Too say I was a tad bit jealous would be an understatement, but boy, does this daddy deserve all the love!

Husband, you are the best father for so many reasons, but the top three that come to mind are:

1. You are a great example for these boys!  You are a hard worker, you love their mama, you spend every free moment with them… if they grow up to be just like you, I will be so proud!

2. You provide for these boys far and beyond what is expected of any father.  These boys will never have a need that will not be met because you make sure that they are taken care of.

3. You light up the room when you walk in!  You never let the stress of the day come home with you, when you walk in they are your only priority and they love it! Their eyes get big and they get a grin from ear to ear!  They just adore you!

Husband, the boys & I are so lucky to have you!  We love you!

Happy Father’s Day!