Wednesday, July 25, 2012

IRLO Mashup

Our friends over at Tico and Tina have been busy!  They're a beautiful family who has been touring the U.S. to inspire and encourage people with big dreams.  Part of T&T's business is not only taking care of their cute kiddos (Maeve and Maverick), but keeping up with their blogging and postcard/art adventures.  They created fun, blank canvas cards where "You can use the blank canvas portion of each card to unleash your creativity."  Genius, huh?

Right now, they're road trippin' and interviewing people from aspiring artists to writers and directors.

To get the word out, T&T also began an IRLO (In Real Life/Online) Mashup, where their blank canvas cards would be sent across the world.  Ten teams of ten are creatively sharing their life of adventures, via a Blank Canvas card. (Teams are named after the pictures on the cards.)

You can see what some people did here. (I'm on Team Playground, whoo whoo!)  It's been fun meeting other people and being able to share what God is doing in our lives. Thanks T&T for sharing your family adventures!  It's encouraging to see how God is shaping and molding your character

Monday, July 23, 2012

Almost 1! What?!

Our booger bear is ten months old. Where in the world did the time go?!  Deacon seems like he is growing up so fast.  

I was thankful recently for a little bit of cuddle time that I got with him.  Last week, he fell asleep with me while I rocked him (twice!).  This just doesn't happen with Deac, so I was pretty excited.  He'll usually grunt and playfully head-butt and kick you until he's out of a hug or your grip.  He bit me on the shoulder three times recently too after I tried to cuddle, so we definitely take caution when we hold him.  

He is ALWAYS moving, unless he's in his 9 o'clock past bedtime sleepy daze.  People always said that baby boys tend to be more rambunctious.  I'm a believer now.  It's incredible to see how different he and Mae acted at this age too. (Mae was mellow yellow and Deacon is busy... uh, blue...)

Something funny that they do too is scream at each other.  They'll laugh and have a little competition on piercing screams.  Loud, but hilarious.   

His sister put this over his head and said, "Where's Deacy?"
Our little booger also has seven teeth already!  Four of them peaked all at one time too. He has been a happy camper though, aside from the few, bloody mouths he has had from his big toophers cutting his lips when he hits something or falls on his bottom.  We may need to invest in a baby mouth-guard... 

Crawling around 9 months.  

Look out... soon he'll be walking ;)

But now, he's blogging with mommy...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Denver, Here we came.

"How long is the drive from here to Dallas?" is something we overheard in someone's conversation walking in downtown Denver.  We didn't holler "twelve hours!" at this stranger-passerby, but apparently, more people than we thought make that trek.  We got really acquainted with Hwy 287 too. My parents watched our kiddos so my best friend and I could drive up to Colorado to visit our other bestie, Lindsay, who lives near downtown Denver.  What a fun reunion!

Lindsay planned our meals (we were all on a budget) and put together different activities we would do.  I was so grateful for this, because I wouldn't even know where to begin in Denver; it's kind of intimidating.  (The car that almost side-swiped me into orange cones on the freeway as we drove into Denver didn't help either.  Oh, the joys of yielding.  Lindsay warned us that we have to drive aggressively, but safely of course.)

Our adventures... 

Rockies Baseball game at Coors Field.
Washington Park.

We packed up dinner and had a picnic and some pillow talk in the park.   
I was also pretty excited because I only spent $10.47 at Ikea that day and came away with Tupperware, a spatula and a broken (discount!) woven cube to use for wall art.  Record, folks. Record.

On our way to Winter Park, we stopped at the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.  Oh yes, we took jumping pictures. 
Relaxing in Winter Park

We drove up a mountain to hang out in Winter Park (ski resort) for the day.  My oh my, the weather was beautiful.  We took a short gondola ride up the mountain and slid down Colorado's Longest Alpine Slide. Yeah, I was terrified, but it was so much fun!  Notice that I'm holding on for dear life in the pic above.  Lindsay laughed too because Jenny and I added "Ride an Alpine Slide" to our bucket list and checked it off. 

Downtown Denver was hoppin'.
One night, we got all fancy and had a birthday progressive dinner downtown for Lindsay.  We may or may not have eaten at two or three different places.  Great idea for exploring downtown (and yummy desserts)! On Lindsay's birthday, we had breakfast at Snooze (yummy pancakes) and enjoyed some Jazz in the Park that evening.
Happy Birthday Lindsay!
Lindsay's birthday card from her brother. Never say never.
Picnic and Jazz in the Park.

After listening to some cool jazz with a hot beat, we ended our evening with some ice cream from Sweet Action.  It's called Sweet action because that's what you get! (They have red velvet, chai, vegan chocolate chip and blackberry lavender flavors, just to name a few.  Delicious? You bet.) 

Long story, long, we had a fabulous time with Lindsay in Denver.  I can't wait to visit again!