Monday, November 15, 2010

Hogle Zoo

So my Mom, M and I took the kids for the first time to Hogle Zoo back in Sept. I just found the pics and wanted to post them
M sat in the backseat with Bryten and Aspen. Bryten had to link arms with her. It was so adorable!

Aspen and her godmother
Classic Hogle Zoo fountain. I still cannot believe it's still there
They are doing construction at the zoo and even with all the animals, Bryten could watch the trucks all day. It was hard taking him away.
Bryten got to ride the carousel a dozen times with Gigi and each time he picked the snow leopard, although he kept calling it "cheetah with the blue eyes"

The train ride was another favorite and we rode it several times.
Gigi was a good sport to keep going with Bryten
Thanks Gigi and M for coming to the zoo with us!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Family Pics

After 11 years and two kids, he can still carry romantic!

I love my family and am so grateful for every one of them!

Halloween Fun

Bryten was a dinosaur this year and Aspen was a little beeHe loved making dinosaur roars...

Since she is my little princess, Aspen was also a little giraffe

The only bee that can make her home at our house

Bryten's loot. He had so much fun trick-or-treating. Too bad the rain was pouring and we only went to a couple houses.

Brian introducing Bryten to dry ice

Loves the dry ice

Bryten was so excited to carve pumpkins

Brian drew a face on one of them so Bryten could color it

Bryten trying to carve his pumpkin

Our pumpkins

Montana Adventure

Back in Sept for Labor Day weekend, Brian went on a boys weekend with Bryten to Montana to visit his Godfather Big Bird.

They first stopped at a petting zoo in Idaho where Bryten made friends with a goat. I don't know what it is about goats, but my son is obsessed with them. I love it!

Bryten and Aspen's godfather Big Bird! He makes the best pancakes Purdue style

Showing Bryten how to skip rocks

Hiking with Daddy and Big Bird. It's so gorgeous!
Bryten loves Montana and so do we. We are seriously considering moving up there someday!
Teaching Bryten how to drive a tractor. Thanks Big Bird for an awesome visit!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Aspen's blessing

Aspen Alegra Gates was blessed by her Dad on Saturday August 14th at our house.
We are so grateful that she is part of our family.
She is such an incredible little girl and we love her so much!
The blessing circle.
We are so blessed to have such wondeful family and friends who are so supportive of us!

The Honey Family
Uncle Didi skipped out early so he could go on a date...
not a fan. :)

The Gates Family
Aunt Jess couldn't make it...we missed her!

Greg and Gretchen, our wonderful friends who are like family.
They are so awesome; there is no way I could've pulled off the
celebration without her help.

My best friend Jenal and her adorable daughter Eliza.
Now we both have little girls!

My awesome friend Mary. She is the genius behind Aspen's dress.

My friend Marie who is such an incredible friend. I love her to death!

The Kaufmans. They have been so supportive over the years.
They are an awesome family!

My wonderful Grandma Honey

My awesome Aunt Syl. Love that both Uncle Brent and Aunt Syl came down!
Birth announcements and blessing cake.
My mom arranged the flowers and did a beautiful job!

The incredible spread of food.
Thanks so much to my Mom and Gretchen for getting it all together!
The chocolate fountain was white mint chocolate ~delicious!

Decorations that Gretchen and her daughter helped me make.
I seriously am indebt to their help!! Love them!!
Thank you to everyone that came and helped make this blessing happen!
We love and appreciate all of you!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great fourth. Brian's parents came up from California and so did my little brother. We had everyone over for a barbeque and fireworks at our house.
Our little family
Mommy and Aspen
Proud Daddy and Aspen
The Master at work barbecuing up a storm with Uncle Sassy and Uncle Didi
Bryten chowing down on ribs with Grandpa
Water fights...Bryten obviously won
Since Bryten goes to bed at 8, we did fireworks early. Bryten was very helpful
Daniel finished the evening off with his bagpipes. Love it!
Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!