Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It Is a Pretty "Grand" Lake...

Two weeks ago, our little family of three took our first ever vacation (with just the three of us, that is) and it couldn't have gone any better!

My Aunt Millie has a gorgeous cabin up in Grand Lake, which we FINALLY decided to take advantage of. The drive from Denver to Grand Lake is maybe 2 hours and 15 minutes -- I can't count the number of times Brandon and I looked at each other and asked "why didn't we do this sooner?" We arrived in GL late Thursday afternoon and got settled into the cabin before heading into town to enjoy dinner and drinks at the Sagebrush, run around the playground with Jackson, and indulge in some delicious homemade ice cream at one of the local creameries.
We pack lightly. 
The cabin has the coolest loft area with twin beds for the kids -- Jax wasn't too sure what to think.. Maybe next time!
If you ever visit Grand Lake, you MUST go to Sagebrush (Jackson got a kick out of throwing peanut shells on the floor) -- SO good!
All tuckered out after a fun day of traveling and exploring!
We woke up early Friday morning and ate a big breakfast (prepared by Brandon) before heading out to Granby Lake to try our luck at fishing. Brandon tested the waters for nearly 2 hours and didn't get a single nibble, but we still had a fun time enjoying the quiet and watching Jax throw rocks into the water. Friday afternoon consisted mostly of resting, writing (for me), and eating way too much yummy food. 
He LOVES the mountains!
Jackson was taking selfies as Brandon buckled him into his car seat.
The infamous "dad is wiping my nose" selfie. 
These two melt my heart.
It doesn't get better than having a hot guy cook for you.
Made from scratch chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn -- OMG SO DELISH!
Pure heaven.

Saturday morning was spent mostly cleaning and eating another huge breakfast (thanks babe!) -- around nap time, we started to head back down the mountain, making a pit stop in Idaho Springs for Brandon & Jackson's first Beau Jo's pizza. 
I thought for sure that Jax would nap the entire way home, but he kept himself occupied with a good book and a few of his cars :)
He had a blast on vacation but was sure excited to come home and see his friends again!
Some of my favorite childhood memories took place at the cabin and I'm so excited to be able to share this special place with my own family! Our first vacation with just the three of us was a smashing success and I can't wait to return to the mountains again (hopefully) very soon! 

Final, mushy thought: I feel so incredibly blessed to call Colorado my "home" -- this state really has the best of everything with its beautiful cities, majestic mountains, and rolling plains. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss Kansas, but I guess Colorado is just as pretty :)

Monday, August 31, 2015

{this moment}

I found the prompt for this post on one of my favorite blogs (Little Miss Momma) and thought I'd give it a go!

{this moment} – A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember
Inspired by SouleMama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Obsession with Galley Walls Continues..

If you have ever been in our home or follow me on Pinterest, you know that I have a not-so-secret obsession with gallery walls -- I LOVE them! What better way to give your walls a little character, showcase your family's personality, and display beloved pictures and signs than with a beautifully decorated wall?

When we first bought our home, I knew exactly where I wanted to put our living room gallery wall and began planning it out in my head before we even moved. Want to take a take a peek?
"The Sandmeiers" Kansas Print / Pick Your Plum
"God Bless America" Print / LaLuna Designs

I absolutely love this wall and could stare at it all day -- this wall represents our family, beliefs, and loves. I am constantly on the hunt for little signs and trinkets that represent our family and cannot wait to continue adding to our gallery wall in the future. 

What do you like to add to your gallery walls? 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jackson's 20 Month Update

Our tiny teenager turned 20-months-old on Saturday and I am FINALLY getting a chance to sit down and write about our month. #momfail Anyway, I guess I should begin this post by apologizing for being MIA this past week. I have been working on another writing project (that I am very excited about and will be revealing SOON), have been working like mad during nap time and bed time to get ahead on OIYS posts, just returned home from a short family vacation to the mountains, and am happy to be hosting my wonderful MIL for a few days! It's been a very busy time around these parts, but exciting none-the-less. I will be posting pictures from our trip to the mountains very soon!

In the mean time, here is what my smart, funny, and adorable little 20 MONTH OLD (*begins sobbing*) has been up to this month:

Weight: 21 lbs.

Length: 32 inches (that's a total guess...)

Nicknames: Jax, Babies, Bubbies, Tinks, Babes, Stinker

Wearing: 18 month clothes; Size 3 diapers

Sleep: Slowly getting to be a better sleeper -- his bedtime is pretty sporadic, but lately he's been getting a solid 5-6 hours of sleep in his crib before waking up to come to bed with us. Brandon and I are taking a Jackson-less work vacation to Vegas in a few months, so it's VITAL that we have him sleeping 10+ hours a night in his crib for Grammy & Grandpa.

Jax likes: The mountains, the neighborhood kids, the book "B is for Bear", going for walks, sweets, the cabin, showing off, playing with older kids, cats/Bella, CARS, Play-doh, running, playing with dad, making animal noises, talking on the phone, messing with anything technical, throwing the ball, Family Feud/Steve Harvey, singing along at church

Jax dislikes: Loud noises, being told "no", time-out, being scared, mommy leaving,

Food: Picky, picky, picky -- the only things we can get him to eat anymore are oatmeal, Greek yogurt w/Chia seeds, cheese, pizza toppings, sweets (which he would eat all day, every day, like any other toddler), snap pea crisps, breads, and carby snack foods.

Teeth: Hard to tell, but I'm guessing it's still just the 12 -- we're STILL waiting on those danged eye-teeth!

Happenings: IKEA trip, first movie ("Inside Out" at the drive-in), Grammy & Grandpa visits, "new" room, visits to Grammy & Grandpas, park days, lots of playing with neighborhood kids, and first trip to the mountains. 

~This little guy's personality is growing by the day and I LOVE it! He is so smart and funny -- he can truly bring a smile to anyone's face! He is definitely starting to show his emotions on his sleeve a bit more and makes sure to let you know when he doesn't like something (which normally involves crying and hitting the wall, which turns into a 1-minute timeout which he HATES even more)!

~I love watching Jackson play and explore the world around him! His favorite toys right now are cars -- he messed with his bag of cars the entire trip home from the mountains and had the BEST time! He has a little hand-me-down racetrack from our neighbors that he likes to play with whenever he can.

~One of Jax's new "tricks" this month is animal noises -- he can do cat (high pitched "RAR!"), cow (OOO), pig (oy oy!), duck (ah ah ah), and owl (ooo ooo). He was doing them on demand for awhile, but now only does it when he feels like it.. typical toddler!

~I still mostly see Brandon when I look at Jackson (he's really starting to look like his cousin, too), but notice a few of my mannerisms in him -- when he's concentrating on something, he moves his mouth and bites the inside of his cheek like I do and he also gets my squinty eyes when he smiles. We'll see who he looks more like as he continues to grow! 



Monday, August 24, 2015

{this moment}

I found the prompt for this post on one of my favorite blogs (Little Miss Momma) and thought I'd give it a go!

{this moment} – A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember
Inspired by SouleMama

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jackson's Best Day Ever

I think it's safe to say that yesterday will go down in the books as Jackson's best day ever! We didn't do anything too extravagant, but it was a fun and special day that I want to record and look back on later.


I don't think that Jax has ever shrieked and laughed so much in his life as he did yesterday when he had his chocolate doughnut with sprinkles, saw his "girlfriends" outside, and played frisbee golf (with Daddy, "Uncle" Logan, and Mommy) for the first time! The whole day was just so laid back, simple, and perfect. 

I just love this little boy to pieces and am so thankful that God trusted Brandon and me to be his parents!! I wish he could stay this age forever -- he's so cute, smart, curious, and funny! Today we are going out to lunch as a family and visiting a local splash pad -- here's to another "best day ever"! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

{this moment}

I found the prompt for this post on one of my favorite blogs (Little Miss Momma) and thought I'd give it a go!

{this moment} – A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember
Inspired by SouleMama

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