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 Month Photos

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Collection was captured by the phenomenally talented Laura Gattis, who I am blessed to call my friend.

 

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!

Father’s Day Thoughts…

I have so many mixed feelings about Father’s Day.  I love celebrating my husband who is such a wonderful daddy to our two boys, and I love celebrating the amazing father that I had growing up, who was becoming just as wonderful of a grandpa to my boys before his sudden passing.  But at the same time, I will never be able to spend this holiday with my father again, and that realization is hard to accept.  The other day I was cleaning up some clutter in a decorative box that I keep on a table in our hallway, and I came across a card that my dad wrote to my husband.  This was given to my Husband for his first Father’s Day, and, unfortunately, it was my Dad’s last.  The sentiment in his words are so honest.  He really wrote it from the heart, and I want to share it with you guys…

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“Dear Doctor Andy,

Happy Father’s Day from Kim & James! Thank you for giving us such a beautiful grandson.  Being a father is the greatest gift God gives us.  They say the greatest treasure a man has is his SON.  Time is the greatest thing you can give him.  Spending as much time with him gives you priceless quality enjoyment, that memories will be made forever.

You are a great Father and this child will be happy and loved his entire life.  Thank you for being a wonderful man.  You treat our daughter so well and we are truly blessed to be in you all’s life.

We respect and love you,

James & Kim Olson”

I miss all the time he generously gave to me and my brother, that I naively thought would last forever… Love you Papa Olson.

A Remington First :: The Beach

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Short and sweet, Remy’s first beach experience was a huge success!  Lots of sunscreen was lathered, fists full of sand was ingested, and never ending facial expressions telling his exact feelings… perfect!  We had a lovely time just relaxing and appreciating our time in the sun.  Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Also!  One of my dearest friends, Sarah, came to visit from Ohio with her husband and kiddos!   So thankful for her and our friendship which has stayed strong even while being far apart!  Her kids are so well behaved and got along great with Bennett!  They are so lucky to have her as their mama- she’s truly the best!

Love you, Sarah- I know you are reading this ;)

Remington James :: Five Months Old

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Yesterday, this guy turned five months old.  We were so busy I didn’t have time to write a post but I did get the pictures done! (Patting myself on the back)

Husband & I were just reading Bennett’s Five Month Old Post and I wish I would have read it before I wrote Remy’s four month post because their height at four months was exactly the same and Bennett weighed only one pound less.  When I was re-reading all the things that Bennett was doing at five months, I couldn’t help but compare it to what Remy is doing… Bennett was almost crawling at five months!  Remy really doesn’t even push up on his forearms yet.  He’s trying but not quite strong enough.  And Bennett was sitting up on his own with ease, where Remy is not.  Again, he is trying and he is almost there, but not quite.

My sweet and smiley Remy has lots of social outings (just like big bro did) just his is usually with his big bro and big bro’s friends ;).  He has started going to some of his own mom group outings, but we have been so busy traveling that it makes it tough to go to all of them.  Remy just flew on this tenth flight last week on our way home from Chicago, so he is traveling a lot more than Bennett was at this age.  He does so well on the planes!

A month from now Remington will be starting swim lessons at the same place that Bennett goes (hopefully at the same time too!).  He really loves the pool and floating around.  He usually can stay in the water with us for up to an hour without fussing at all!  And next week he will be going to music class with big bro- I’m pretty sure Bennett started music class a little later but since Remy doesn’t cost anything right now, I thought why not let him tag along, I just know he is going to LOVE it!

Right now, Remy loves to find his feet and put his toes in his mouth, he is drooling like crazy (just like Bennett was), he’s not as interested in real food yet… still very happy with his bottles, hates the car seat, completely sleeps through the night- even when we are traveling and he is in random cribs, loves lots of eye contact and is just the most angelic little… ugh… big!! baby ;)

We love you, Remington!  Keep being the precious gift from God that you are to me!

xoxo