Thursday, October 1, 2015


The girls and I flew out to Denver the weekend before Ruggerfest to get some extra family time.  We got to see all the grandparents except for Ryan's parents, who were out of town.  We even got to see every one of the great-grandparents AND Auntie Jo who happened to be in town the first weekend we were there.

Ten days away from home was a little much for the girls, but we made the most of it.  They both loved seeing their baby cousins (and so did I), which always makes me the saddest when leaving.  I love those babies and it's so cute to see how much the girls love them too.  Both of them are just smitten and I find myself wishing they were all growing up together. BUT, if it weren't for us those lucky little cousins would've never been able to experience the joys of Minnesota.  So I guess that's something.  ;)

Miss you, family!  Until next time.  XOXO

- K

 My little cuddle bug dove right in for some loves.

Four generations right here.  It was such a fluke that we all happened to be in town. 
I'll always love this picture.

Love my sisters.  Can't wait to see how this group continues to change and grow.   I'm thinking there's plenty of room for lots more babies.  :)

LOVE him.

I did not pack swimsuits for this trip so we swam in borrowed swimsuits, diapers and a tank top and panties.  The water was miserably cold, but totally worth it.

This was at my grandma's house for my dad and aunt's birthday dinner.  After hours of coaxing we finally caught a cat.  And Lyla is obsessed with umbrellas right now, so this was sort of her heaven.

Muffins and bacon and pancakes...we did not starve.  Except for Evie who basically refused to eat anything all week.

But she did partake in pretend breakfast tea parties.

 Lyla learned how to skateboard from Uncle Joe.

She actually ate something!  But mostly I love that pony tail.

Wheel barrow rides and "tractor" (riding lawn mower) rides were their favorite source of entertainment.

Our last night in Denver, after Ruggerfest, we spent at Ryan's parents (without them) but got to see Auntie Alycia and baby Brailyn!

We capped off the stay with some silly string.  A nice little welcome home present for the grandparents.  :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ruggerfest 2015

My most anticipated summer bucket list item this year was by far Ruggerfest in Aspen, CO.  Ryan and I have been to our fair share of Ruggerfests and you just can't ever complain about a weekend in Aspen, especially when all those fancy pants are overrun with a bunch of rowdy brutes. 

We'd been planning on the trip for months, and I couldn't wait to take the girls back home and up to that crisp mountain air.  Aspen didn't disappoint - it was beautiful as ever and the weather was perfect.  Even a little too perfect for my suitcase filled with sweaters and boots.

The weekend came at the end of a 10 day CO trip for me and the girls, so Evie was not really impressed with being uprooted again, or really anything Aspen had to offer for that matter.  Always the critic, that girl.  Lyla had her fair share of meltdowns as well, with her most frequent/ best lines being "I HATE COLORADO!!!!" (crying), "I woke up on the wrong side of the bed!  I woke up on THIS side!" (crying), "it's been a long, hard day for a little girl" (crying), "it's HARD to be part of a family!!!" (crying).  Being 3 1/2 is tough.

The rest of us had a good time despite all the little girl sour pussing and Ryan's team made it all the way to the championship on Sunday afternoon!  Unfortunately they lost - most unfortunately we didn't get to leave Aspen until almost bedtime and the girls did not sleep the whole time as you might have assumed they would.

All in all it was a great trip.  Mostly.  ;)  Here's some pics!

- K

Evie's general outlook on life in Aspen.

Hanging with Papa and Grammy.  I don't know what's cuter - their happy faces or their matching trench coats.

These new rugby balls were great entertainment until Lyla tripped over hers and bodyslammed multiple bikes to the ground - including a tandem bike.  Bikes - 1, Lyla - 0.

Dad's biggest fan.

I die every time I see this picture.  We're so calm and happy while the girls are obviously being tortured.  It's hard to be part of a family.

Proud girls!  He made it to the championship!

Snuggles in between games.

Sunday morning shenanigans.  Sis decided to wake the whole house up at 4:30 by screaming her head off.  Luckily I'd happened to have slept in the peacefully quiet basement with L.

This is both girls' favorite maneuver known as "I'm going in for a hug, JUST KIDDING I'M SQUEEZING THE CRAP OUT OF YOU UNTIL YOU CRY!" Really cute.

How cute is this chick?

Selfie game strong.