It was so great to be in our home this Christmas Season. The last few years Christmas season has been a bit chaotic with new baby, remodeling, and moving. We enjoyed going and cutting down and decorating a real Christmas tree from National Forest land. Ivan did a great job picking out presents and clothing for a family we picked through Denver Dream Center’s Santa’s Elves program.  We even had to wait over an hour for our family to show up to receive the gifts.  He had so much fun wrapping these presents he decided to pick and wrap other presents for his other friends.  He picked out all kids of toys from his bedroom for his friends. We were very proud of his generosity and hope it continues.

On a few warm days we did a couple house projects like getting the garage floor mud jacked up to the original height (about 6 inches) and building the garden box for the back yard. As one of Nick’s favorite desserts we made sugar cookies and Ivan decorated them with friends. We had extra fun with friends on play dates and dinner dates. We also hosted an egg nog and ugly sweater party for some friends. For Christmas weekend we headed to Kansas to be with Nick’s family.  Ivan enjoyed playing with Uncle Alex and a zoo date with Grandma Karen. Nick and I  spent Christmas Eve with Alex watching the Raiders Football game. Christmas day we spent with the Hostetler family making soup, eating and playing games.  It has been a fun season with friends and some, but not all our family.



We headed to Phoenix, AZ for the week before Thanksgiving this year.  Nick had some work to do there and we could see my parents for a quick day before they left.  We celebrated with them for Ivan’s birthday as well as a carnival at Alexa’s school. Alan, Nick’s dad came in town from TX and took us all to a football game. It was my first and I have to say I enjoyed it. It helped that we were almost surrounded by other Raiders fans and the Raiders won the game.

We then hung out for the week, fought sickness and spent Thanksgiving day together. We headed home Friday after Thanksgiving just in time for some Black Friday shopping.


A group of friends met recently at a corn maze and we all had a blast!  Activities included: barrel train, pillow trampoline, corn, and the last wonderfully warm day of fall.

Halloween this year was a blast. Ivan had a bunch of costumes to choose from and we also found a Transformer Bumblebee on line. The helmet broke quickly so I attempted to make one.  After visiting our old neighbors he decided to switch to Spider Man. We went around our neighborhood, and after about 45 minutes he was cold. We headed home so he could hand out candy.  I think Ivan enjoyed handing out candy more than trick or treating. This morning we discussed giving all the candy away to those who might not get some in exchange for a toy. Some call it a “Switch Witch”, I just explained this is the option.  Tomorrow we’ll take the candy to his dentist who sends it to the troops!  Win for all!  We had fun with the activities but no rotten teeth!! And yes thanks to my friend, I dressed up as well.  haha!


Better late than never, but I’m finally getting our blog update. We were able to be with Nick’s family over Easter.  His sister, Leia, and her kids from Italy were visiting so we all flew down to Phoenix, where his sister Abby lives, for the Easter weekend and beyond. Nick took a couple of days off work then worked from AZ for a couple of days. It was great to hang out with everyone.


My parents were still parked in AZ so we slept there and had breakfast with them, other than that didn’t really see them as Ivan would fall asleep before we got back for the night.  He had so much fun playing with all his cousins all day it wore him out.  We also highlighted the Zoo, Phoenix Science Center, playgrounds, parks and Abby’s pool.

So much fun!

Check out the photos and video clip in this fun video

Well, we had a terrific relaxing day, and I am throughly thankful for restaurants open on Christmas day. Since we do not have an operational kitchen, it was nice to get out for a great lunch!

Thanks to Landry’s  Seafood for delicious calamari and crab!

We have had so much to do to get into our house and running around that I often forget to share joyful moments with Ivan. Today however I’m thankful for an errand that he loved! I was working on finding a new home ornament so we went to the Denver iconic St Nick’s. The whole hour we walked around he was in awe, literally, “wow” at every turn! Lights to trains to houses and glittery ornaments; he loved it all.




Ivan and I were in AZ for Thanksgiving and about 2 weeks around the holiday.  Nick’s sister and family moved down to Phoenix this summer so it was fun to visit them and the cousins had fun playing together.  While we were there we visited the zoo, Christmas lights on Natal Circle in Mesa, train park and lots of time swimming and playing outside with cars, trucks and the trampoline. Nick and his Dad joined the family for the holiday.  We had fun being together! So thankful that we have family and places to travel for all kinds of adventures.


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