Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Grandma Carole and Grandpa Jerry's visit

Grandma Carole and Grandpa Jerry came to visit us while we are here in Las Vegas. Of course, the first place that we took them was down to the strip for some day time sight seeing.
At the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" signWatching the water fountain at the BellagioIn front of the skyline of New York New York
M & M World
Grandma Carole and I took the boys to the playground and splash park. Gehrig wasted no time getting drenched, but Colin was a little more cautious!

Grandpa Jerry built a fire in the fire pit so that he and Gehrig could make s'mores! YUM!

On one of the day, during their visit, we headed out to Nellis AFB to see Uncle Goose fly his F-16. Greg was here at Nellis for a few weeks for Red Flag.
We waved at Greg and he saw us from his cockpit and waved back!
Then we walked through and looked at all the static displays. Here are Grandma, Grandpa, Gehrig, and Colin in front of the F111 which grandpa flew when he was in the air force.
Then we spent some time on the playground!

We took a day trip to the Hoover Dam. It was 118 degrees there! HOT! We saw the construction of the new bipass which looked amazing. It was too hot to spend the time to take the tour, but we did walk across the dam and took a lot of pictures along the way.
Gehrig and Grandpa Jerry in front of the bipass construction
Gehrig loved it when Grandpa Jerry poured water on his head to cool him down.After trekking acorss the dam, we headed to Boulder City Beach at Lake Mead. It wasn't an amazing beach, but the boys had fun and that water felt refreshing. Gehrig had a blast swimming with his kickboard and Colin loved being bounced up and down and in and out of the water! Thanks for visiting Grandma Carole and Grandpa Jerry! We had so much fun with you and can't wait to see you again! We love you!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happily Ever After

Six years ago today, July 27th, our fairy tale began when we said "I do" in a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony in Colorado surrounded by our family and friends! The last 6 years have been full of too many blessings to count, but none greater than our two wonderful little guys, Gehrig and Colin! I thank God every day for allowing me to marry my best friend. These 6 years have been so amazing, and I can't wait to see what the next 66 years have in store for us!

Honeymoon in the BahamasThis weekend we went out to celebrate our special day by having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, and then we went downtown to New York New York to ride the rollar coaster!

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory! YUM!
Standing in line at New York New York waiting to ride the rollar coaster!

Happy Anniversary, Chris! I love you!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Our Super Swimmer!

Last Thursday was Gehrig's last day of swimming lessons for the Pike session. I am considering signing him up again for another two week session in a more advanced class since he had so much fun and learned so much. Here are some highlights of the last two weeks!

This is Gehrig's first time going off of a diving board.
All ready to go!
His teacher's walked them out to the end of the board and helped them off the edge!
Bombs Away! I wanted to get his teachers helmets since all the kids aimed right for them, instead of the water! Ouch!

Growing up, I remember learning 'chicken,' 'bird,' soldier,' but in his class Gehrig learned 'monkey,' 'tree,' 'rocketship!'
Swimming with the barbell. They also practiced jumping off of the side into the hula hoop!

Toward the end of the two weeks, he wasn't as hesitant.
Their last day was a combination of "Safety Day" and "Fun in the Sun Day." They practicing wearing and swimming with life vests, calling (yelling to) the life guard for help, they talked about calling 9-1-1, and learned to pull others in to safety.

For part of their "safety training" they learned to rescue a potential victim by pulling them to safety with a pool nooodle. Here is Gehrig getting ready to save Miss Erica! Gehrig practicing his back float...so much easier with a swim vest on!
Jumping off the diving board with no help...he came a long way!
Swimming back to the edge while putting his face in the water.
Another fearless jump!

On their last day, the kids got treats! Gehrig with his stock pile! Gehrig with his Certificate of Completion for his Pike's swimming lessons!
I made these clipboards for his swimming lessons instructors as a thank you gift.

Emilee's clipboard-frontEmilee's clipboard-backErica's clipboard-frontErica's clipboard-back
Gehrig gave his teacher's their gifts, and they really seemed to love them. Erica, Gehrig and Emilee after Gehrig's last session.