This September 17th we celebrated 10 years married. Our tradition is to have a weekend excursion to a new-to-us Colorado town. This was Kara’s year to plan, but before we show you that, here’s a trip down memory lane.

2006 Wedding/Honeymoon in Gunnison, CO

2007 Breckenridge


2008 Frisco


2009 Florence/Canyon City


2010 Salida


2011 Red Feather Lakes


2012 Boulder


2013 Palisade/Grand Junction


2014 Crested Butte


2015 Avon (Vail Valley)


2016 Ridgeway/Ouray


See our video below for a full look at our adventures in Ridgeway/Ouray or click here:


p1270148We have thoroughly enjoyed our summer in CO!  We have spent so many weekends out camping or hiking that it is hard to keep track of all the places we’ve gone.  Ivan has also enjoyed helping water in the garden.  On cooler days we bake and cook together. We enjoyed a baseball game and concert by Crowder with some of our church friends.

I found a small bicycle that he can walk around until he is big enough to sit on it.  We also enjoyed a visit downtown Denver on the train with a visit to the fountains in front of Union Station. Here’s a video to show the pictures of our adventures.


P1260065While camping this summer, Nicolas made a comment that he wanted to do a backpacking trip while Ivan was still little enough to carry.  We planned it for his birthday weekend. We decided to go on a trail off a 4*4 road that looked pretty secluded on the map we had. We packed up Saturday morning early and got on the trail about 11am.  We were hiking beside a creek and up in elevation.  We knew after a while we would loose our water source, so we had to decide if we were going back down or continue up.  Nicolas was by then carrying Ivan and he felt good, so we kept going.  The view from the top was beautiful and we enjoyed it. We then needed to find water to set up camp, so we went down the other side of the mountain and pretty much hiked the whole 11.5 mile trail before we found water and a place to tent. We set up tent exhausted and hungry.  We slept reasonably well and packed up in the morning and headed back out knowing we had a long hike back to the car.  We had some great time talking together, listening to Ivan chat and thinking quietly as well.

Here’s a fun picture of Kara and Ivan from our first backpacking trip side by side with this trip. IMG_0359

Check out the video of our adventures below:

We started the month off with celebrating 4th of July in Buena Vista, Co with Nick’s immediate family. We camped in the backyard and Ivan even got to be in the parade with Nick. I think he enjoyed watching it more, but it was fun seeing him in it.  We then camped and attempted to summit Torrey’s Peak one of the 54 14’ners in Colorado. We didn’t make it to the top due to some health safety concerns, but we were close at 13,600 feet. Ivan was a trooper: being carried for a long hike and still he asks and desires to hike.  Ivan and Kara had a rare opportunity to meet up with Grandma Reimer in Pennsylvania to visit family and friends from elementary school and college.  It was fun to meet their kids and watch Ivan play together.  We took a day trip to the shore and visited Point Pleasant Beach. Ivan loved the sand and liked the water, until he got a bit too wet.  It has been a fun filled month all over the country but we are glad to be back home together.

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We have had a very busy and fun summer already.  June started off with a visit from Grandma Karen Hostetler and cousin Avery’s 1st birthday! We then had lots of time at playgrounds and the splash park.  We have gone to ride the train at Bellview park and enjoyed time at the library as well.  As a family we got out to hike a couple times in Jefferson County open space parks and have gone camping two weekends.  Ivan and Kara also stay busy with the garden and running in the stroller.  Ivan loves being outside and has been sleeping well with all the exercise and activity.


Here is a short video of our adventures.


P1240193We spent Memorial Day weekend in Lexington, KY with all of my (Kara’s) extended family on my dad’s side.  My cousin was getting married and it was a great chance for everyone to gather.  Ivan and I flew in a couple days early and met up with my parents and grandparents in Cincinnati.  We all shared a house and were able to spend some quiet time together before everyone came.  Friday night Nick and my brother and his family arrived.  Saturday began with a brunch with other aunts, uncles and cousins and ended with a beautiful celebration of marriage. Sunday morning we got up and toured Keenland Racetrack with my uncle who works there during racing season.  It was fun to watch the horses get their morning exercise.  We then all met at a restaurant for brunch and in the evening gathered again to celebrate my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary.  Monday morning early some of us went to a Bourbon tour before leaving town.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but Ivan was a trooper traveling and we all had a blast!

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We were able to have a visit with Nick’s dad and aunt from TX. They came up to help Abby and we went over to hang out quite a bit. The trip ended with a day visit to the Denver Zoo.  Ivan is at a great stage where he really enjoyed seeing the animals that he knows by picture and in books. Nick’s brother has moved to CO so we are now able to enjoy short visits more often. The other weekend he came up and we went on a hike together.  Last of all my request for Mother’s day was a photo shoot with Ivan in the park.  Here’s some pictures of all these events.