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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

My birthday usually falls around spring break, so that means we often spend it with Nick’s mom and whoever else comes along from Kansas.  This year it was his brother and girlfriend.  We went to the mountains and snow shoed.  We then spent the entire second day in PJs playing games.  It was great fun and despite Ivan not sleeping much it was good to get away from the routine of normal life.

The beginning of February we headed for our first road trip to Kansas. The trip had a twofold purpose: one to watch Nick’s brother Alex play soccer with the indoor Wichita B52s team and two to surprise Nick’s dad with a birthday dinner and visit.  We were successful at both and enjoyed the family time that we got through the weeke

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