This year we decided to take an impromptu family vacation to Durango and Pagosa Springs that tagged along with 4th of July weekend we planned to spend in Buena Vista. Some of the highlights from the trip include seeing family in Buena Vista, the the Durango-Silverton train ride, various hikes, and swimming in the mineral pool.

On our way to Pagosa, we stopped for a guided tour of Chimney Rock National Monument where we enjoyed some hiking to waterfalls and scenic drives. In Pagosa, we stayed at the bakery, which was a great place to eat especially after smelling the delicious baked goods all night. On Friday we spent a couple hours at a hot springs pool, and Ivan loved the water.

The Coates family walked in the Buena Vista parade.

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Nick and Ivan on the train.



There are two videos to watch of the pictures.

BV-Durango-Pagosa Part 1:

BV-Durango-Pagosa Part 2:

We had a quick opportunity to visit Kara’s family on an extended weekend in Seattle area.  We flew in town Saturday and after picking up the rental car went to pick up my parents and drive north to Bellingham, WA.  We visited my grandparents who are both in their 90’s and still live on their own.  They are doing very well despite many adversities. It was great to see them again and they enjoyed meeting Ivan.

We also spent some time with some other adopted grandparents the Karber family.  Grandma is in a home as she has Alzheimer’s, but it was fun to watch her light up when she saw Ivan.  After a fun weekend we headed back to Seattle on Monday to spend time with some more extended family.  Nick had a training to attend at Microsoft Tuesday and Wednesday so I got to explore Seattle with my parents and my Aunt. It was a bit fast and furious, but fun.

Mother’s Day weekend was, as usual snowy here in Denver. The gardening rule in Denver is you cannot plant anything with a frost danger until after Mother’s day weekend.  I have tried in the past and often times the snow wins.  This year was no exception.  At our house we got maybe 8 inches of snow that morning, and of course it was completely gone by evening.  Nick made it a special Mother’s day by letting me sleep in, letting me pick dinner and movie, cutting some delicious smelling irises and giving me very special new earrings made of Ivan’s birthstone.  Here’s a few pictures of the day!

Memorial Day Weekend is usually a weekend we spend camping, often with our church.  With the rain, cooler weather, and Ivan I was not sure if I wanted to have our first camping experience with him be cold and wet. So instead we stayed around Denver and enjoyed some family time.  We went on a hike at South Valley Open Space park, and grilled a delicious lunch. The other momentous thing we did was to dress Ivan up in some clothes that Nick wore as a baby and do a photo shoot.  I think he had fun!  We also had a crazy storm that evening, but it resulted in a beautiful rainbow.

Over a month ago Nick’s sister, Leia and her family came to Denver to visit. They live in Italy and it has been about 18 months since their last visit.  It was so good to see them again.  The kids have grown up so much and they enjoyed meeting and playing with Ivan. We had fun visiting and playing around the house as well as going various places around Denver.  We went to jump street, Chatfield Botanic Gardens, and the Museum of Nature and Science. The Coates came in to town as well to help celebrate Sophie’s birthday!  The cousins all had a blast playing together.

11026029_10153016216181195_6140784545811151763_nOn May 16th, Ivan turned 6 months old already.  Since then he’s gained 5 1/2 lbs. and 5″ in length.  The video below highlights some of his moments since his birth.

Every year we go to Hutchinson, KS to the Kansas State Fair Grounds for the annual Mennonite Central Committee relief sale.  I think this year was the 47th and Nick has been going as long as he can remember.  His grandfather took over ordering and volunteering for the booth that sells caps and yardsticks. Nick has now taken it over and we sell and enjoy the food all weekend!  This year was Ivan’s first year as well as the Italian cousins.


Nick’s sister Leia and her 4 kids live in Italy so they decided to come to visit during the spring this year.  They all had a blast at the sale helping to sell popcorn and going down a huge slide.  After the sale we had planned a surprise 60th birthday party for Nick’s mom.  She was quite surprised as it was the day of her sister’s birthday, and hers is not until July, but since almost all of the family could be there we planned it early! It was a crazy busy weekend, but we had a lot of fun together!


Ivan and I took a week to visit Grandpa and Grandma Reimer in Phoenix at the end of March.  It was his first plane ride, and he did great!!  We enjoyed getting out a bit, and also staying inside and catching up! A former neighbor from Kansas City lives in AZ now, so it was great so see and catch up with them as well!


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