Tuesday, September 25, 2012

When daddy is away...

Neesie comes to play!  My sweet mom came up this past weekend to help me out and entertain Parker while James was in Denver with his law firm.  We had a blast playing outside together, making Sam's and Hobby Lobby trips and renting chick flicks at night!  Mom wouldn't allow me to cook a thing so we also got to go out for lunch and dinners!  Thanks mom for coming up and giving me a break!  Love you!

At the pizza place Friday night!

We made a trip to Sam's and while we were there we found the biggest pumpkins ever.  I know the pic doesn't do them justice, but they are huge.  So big in fact that we had to put them in Parker's wagon and wheel them to the front porch.  You are seeing the ugly side of the pumpkins, there is a pretty side, I promise!  ;)

Lunch at CFA Saturday afternoon!

Dinner at Pei Wei Saturday night

Topped off with some yummy yogurt!

Picking up daddy at the hangar Sunday afternoon!  He was one excited boy!

Back to business as usual...being daddy's shadow in the yard!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Broadmoor 2012

Last weekend we headed up to Colorado Springs for our annual trip to the Broadmoor Hotel.  It's always a treat to go there, it's just beautiful and the weather just spells Fall!  We had a great time hanging out together as a family, playing golf, going to the zoo and visiting Garden of the Gods.  It is such a family friendly place and the kids just ran themselves ragged!

Up bright and early on the playground Friday morning!

Swinging with daddy

Parker and Blake actually being still for a split second.  This does not happen often!

I think visiting Garden of the Gods was my favorite thing, it was just awesome!  Another reminder of what a Creator we serve!

The five Austin cousins
Faith 10, Blake 4, Parker 3, Adelynn 9 and Katherine 6

Meredith, James and me

The kids had the BEST time crawling through rocks and caves and just exploring!

Of course they wanted a challenge, Luke and James were there to catch any humans falling off the rocks!

They made it!  Parker had no interest in this...he was busy throwing rocks into a crevice, he called it his basketball goal!  ;)  The kid will turn anything into a sport!

So pretty!
The first snow covered mountains of the season.

Our little fam

Don't you love this pathetic attempt of a Christmas card?  Too far away, shadows, Katherine is crying, and Parker is looking at the dirt!  Bless her heart, I think Ann starts trying for a family Christmas card pic in January with the hope that one will work out by Thanksgiving!  ;)

You better believe there was golf and Parker was in the middle of it!

Meanwhile, I enjoyed driving the cart and picking out the perfect Christmas tree!  Isn't it pretty?  Too bad we couldn't take it home...it would be a scenario from "Christmas Vacation".  No saw, tree on top of the car and too big for the living room!  Ha!

Teeing off!

Adelynn and Parker watching the guys putt.

These three always rode together

Beautiful course!
Me and my handsome hubby at dinner

The restaurant we ate at was right on the golf course and outside they had a fire pit.  For dessert they brought out smores for the kids to do.  Parker had never roasted a marshmallow before and he loved it!

Taking a bite of his first smore!

Sweet Faith and Parker

Sneaking another bite

Heading to the zoo Saturday morning

The best part of the whole day was feeding the giraffes!

Check out that tongue!

Auntie M brought animal crackers for a snack...very fitting for the zoo!  :)

So we were watching the lions walk around and all of the sudden a mood struck Parker and Blake and they just started hugging.  It was hilarious!  These two are so lovable!
Look at the kid to the side, he's like, does this happen often??

Crazy kids climbing on a zebra!
After the zoo I was too tired to take anymore pics (that zoo is uphill all the way).  The rest of the trip was great, it included a babysitter and a night out for the six adults...always a bonus!  :)

I don't have a picture of this which kills me but I am writing this down so I can remember it for years to come.  Saturday evening we were getting dressed for dinner and I came out of the bathroom looking for Parker so I could get him in his pjs.  There was no Parker to be found.  I walked over and looked in between the two beds and I see feet sticking out from under one of the beds.  I get down on my hands and knees, lift up the bed skirt and find Parker with his face covered with his blue blanket.  I take the blanket off his face and find him stuffing his face with the chocolates they leave every night in our room.  BUSTED!  Little sneak was getting away with eating Lord knows how many chocolates.  Needless to say, he was not hungry for dinner that night!  I would consider that Parker's first time to really be sneaky and hide while doing something he shouldn't!  Ha!  :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

First day of preschool

How can it be that my baby is 3 years old and ready for preschool?  He only goes two days a week but I still had a lump in my throat as I walked him to his classroom on Tuesday morning.  I can't bear the thought of what the first day of kindergarten will be like.  Parker was super excited about starting his school and even more excited that his buddy Jack is in his class.  ( they were in the same MDO class last year).  Parker did great, not one tear was shed!  As I drove away I quickly realized how much I love school days as much as he does!  ;)

Handsome little guy melts my heart!


 Walking in

Inside the classroom and taking it all in.  He was overwhelmed at first but never cried and eventually hugged my neck and went on to play with his friends!
I have to remember this...when I picked him up he asked ME how my day was before I could even get one word out.  Love him.