September 2021
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We’ve had a pretty full summer so far, with still more to come soon.

First up, we had our family trip up in the mountains last month. It was a lot of fun!! I had such a good time seeing everyone again (everyone together!), and it was really hard when we had to leave. The nice thing though is that most of us already live in Denver already, soooo its not like we wouldn’t see them again soon. But still, its not the same as being in the same house. The house was interesting. It wasn’t quite what we expected, but it ended up working out really well for our group. The space in the house was great, 7 bedrooms, in 4 separate areas of the house. Chris, Kaira and I ended up in the basement, which was nice b/c it was quiet. It was FREEZING at night though. Man, it was crazy. We had to turn on the heat in our bedroom at night (and go buy Kaira long, warm PJ’s). And this was in the middle of June. Being up in the mountains makes a big difference in temps, that’s for sure, hehe. Anyway, we played A LOT of Wii, which was really fun with all the people there. And we had 4 controllers while we were there so 4 people could play at once. We also went hiking one day, which went pretty well. Kaira climbed a mountain!! Hehe. If you know Kaira, you know she doesn’t like to be carried, so she insisted on climbing up the trail herself. We had her little harness on her (so we wouldn’t lose her!), and that helped a lot with all her falling. She’s not used to walking on uneven terrain, but she still loved it. She was dead tried by the time we were done though. We also went on a big boat again this year. This one had a grill on it, so we got to eat out on the water. It was so beautiful out there! Other than Chris and Betsy’s sunburns (which weren’t TOO bad), that was also a lot of fun. And, of course, we got to meet the newest member of the family, little Jayden. Such a cutie!!! I can’t wait until they actually move here and we can see him all the time. Kaira wasn’t thrilled with mommy holding another baby, but she had enough friends there to keep her occupied most of the time. And we ate a lot of food. Really, a lot. We cooked everything there, and still had a ton of leftovers…mmmm, makes me hungry just thinking about it. :-)

This last weekend I did a quick trip to Lincoln. Betsy came along with me to help with Kaira, and then met up with her family in Iowa. It worked out pretty well! The trip was interesting, to say the least…lots of surprises kept popping up all over the place. All in all, I was glad to see so many people…my grandma, Tim and his new wife, TJ and Titus in their new house, Anh and Anara, Chisa, Cari, Ryan, Eric. I think that was most everyone. In the end though, I was very happy to get home and see my Chris again.

Coming up in the next few days/weeks, we have Chris’ mom and sister visiting, Kaira turning 2, and then a visit from Leslie, Alec and Blake. Its been SOOO long since we’ve seen them, so everyone is really excited about that. I think we’ll be spending the day at Elitch’s, so I’m sure that will be a lot of fun too…I hope Kaira cooperates. :-P I think she’s big enough that we can find stuff for her to do this year, so I bet she’ll have a good time too.

Other than that, things are pretty normal around here. Kaira is talking up a storm all the sudden and amazes me every day. She’s looking more and more like a little lady all the time. It makes me a little sad that she’s not such a “baby” anymore, but at the same time its so fun to see how smart she is getting and all her new little adventures everyday. She’s such a happy, good little girl…aww, I’m so proud. We just got her a little baby doll that coo’s and moves around, and you can give her a paci or bottle to make her be quiet. It almost made me want to cry to see her holding the baby and giving her a bottle, cutest thing ever!! I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next! :-)

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