Thursday, September 22, 2011

Goodbye to the house that built me

Well, my childhood home has been sold. As of yesterday. It was time for Daddy to have a change. I'm happy for him and it really was time but it's still a little sad. I don't know if you remember this post, but I took some pictures last Christmas and did a little slide show about "the house that built me".

You can see it HERE.

I remember the day we moved into the house. I was only 5 years old but I do still remember some of the details.

I remember... thinking about how big the back yard was and how much fun we were going to have playing out there.

I remember not having a lot of furniture and my brother and I sleeping on mattresses at first.

I remember when our new stove was delivered...

I remember the new washer and dryer (Maytag/golden) were installed.

I remember looking out different windows to see different views.

Mostly I remember being so excited...

So many firsts... and lasts happened in that house.

Mom's been gone 11 years now. So hard to believe. I couldn't help but wonder "What would she be thinking right now".  She loved our home. It was her safe haven. She didn't get out a lot and she loved being a homemaker. Looking back I think she would have liked to travel more but she loved her family and home.

My friends always like spending time at our house because it felt like home to them.

I'll never forget.............  all the places to hide when playing hide and seek, the way the front storm door fogged up when mom had something good cooking on the stove, the way the fresh grass smelled in the summer when dad mowed the lawn and sitting on the front porch and talking so many times.

Dad said he was okay with everything until he saw our handprints in the driveway. I was pretty little when the concrete was poured for our driveway and we put our hand prints in the cement.

So many memories... but life goes on and we always have the memories in our heart.

Goodbye to the house that built me and thank you for everything.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A few pics from this summer.. in the mountains

I thought I would share a few pictures from a little day trip we took up into the mountains during the summer. We got out at Loveland Pass and let the kids......... and dogs run around.

The wonderful thing about this day is that Mark was able to run up the mountain (at about 12,000 feet) without getting the least bit out of breath... prior to his last surgery he wouldn't have been able to do that... I on the other hand......... did get out of breath.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Look who's playing football

Connor's first football game of the season

I was trying not to be to obvious in my picture taking, so this isn't great but here he is after the game #82

Warming up

And since the game landed on Alex's birthday we had a quick dinner and celebrated a little.

Connor had a great game, they won and he even scored one of the touchdowns WHOOT WHOOT!!

Grandma flew in just in time to make the game and spent the weekend with us to celebrate Alex's birthday.

Grandpa was there too, we just didn't get any pictures.

Connor is having an exciting start to his last year of middle school. He's loving football and also a member of his schools news club. They do live broadcasting in the mornings. He has also auditioned for a "movie" they are filming at the school. It's going to be something like the Breakfast Club. He's also planning to audition for the musical this fall and the play in the Spring.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Alex turns 11!

Check out the cake Mark made for Alex.

Alex realizing they are trick candles!

Alex with his awesome new lamp Grandma bought him at IKEA

It really is impossible these days to get a serious picture of Connor

We had dinner at one of Alex's favorite restaurants