Monday, July 27, 2015

First 2 Lost Teeth!

Ethan's bottom 2 teeth have been wiggly for a couple months and finally were ready to come out!  He's such a brave little soul and was up for the excitement of pulling them out creatively.  It was so fun!  I have to admit that I'm seriously so disappointed in myself for messing up BOTH videos...I had one job, and I didn't get the end of either video.  I can tell you that both pulls were successful so just pretend you saw the endings.  

Nick tied a string to the back of Ethan's remote control car and the other end to the wiggly tooth.  It took a few tries but finally came out!
                           




This time around we went with a powerful little nerf dart gun.  He was pretty nervous but pulled through at the end of the countdown.  UGH, I'm so bummed I stopped the recording (why did I do that?!).  The tooth went flying and the dart hit the intended target, the window. 
                          



See?  He looks like a legit 1st grader now!
Oh, and just so everyone knows...the tooth fairy leaves $1 for the first tooth, 50 cents for the 2nd tooth and 25 cents for each additional tooth.  I wikipedia-ed it. 

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Ethan's Birthday Party


Not only did Ethan get to celebrate his birthday in Colorado Springs, but he also had a pool party the following weekend with a handful of his friends.  He decided not to watch fireworks on the 4th, instead he and Alec spent the evening in the hotel pool.  Like every year, he received way too many gifts!  He asked for a bucket of green golf balls (which he did not get) for reasons I may never know.  Instead he received many legos, a bike squirt gun, pocket knife, books, and more!














Ethan jumping
  
Nick jumping
    
Alec plopping


Ethan is getting ready to begin 1st grade this fall and even lost his first 2 teeth in the past couple of days so he looks even more like a 1st grader!  I'm so excited to see how this next school year goes, I can only hope it's as well as last year.  

Not a day goes by that I don't notice something about him that proves even more he's growing up.  He's got opinions and no decision is too small.  He has no problem being the bossy one in the room so it's a good thing Alec doesn't mind being told what to do most of the time.  His room is always messy and his toys are usually strewn about as he'd much rather be outside climbing a tree or fence and playing with his next door neighbors.  His interest in superhero's is diminishing a little and is now focused more on nerf guns, minecraft, swimming and still the occasional lego build.  I can also count on him to snuggle with me pretty much any time I ask, so as long as he keeps that up I suppose he can continue having birthdays.

Love you Ethan!  Happy 7th Birthday!


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Colorado Springs 2015

Off to Colorado Springs we went over the July 4th weekend!  Enjoy the pictures and videos!




Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour






They each got a piece of real "gold" so the tour was well worth it!

On our way back from the gold mine we pulled over and stumbled upon this lovely trail.  After asking a few hikers who were finishing up, we learned there was a waterfall about 2 miles up.  The boys did great and we enjoyed a beautiful view at the top.  No moose sightings though.



 Stud






After out hike we saw a park and stopped off for a bit to let the kids play


Each night the boys settled in their bed for a movie and popcorn

Ethan's birthday was Saturday so we celebrated first thing!  

Not sure if he's really excited or a faker?




First pocket knife (eeeek!), he loved learning how to safely use it with Nick.


Next stop was Garden of the Gods




Ethan would have stayed here all day, he absolutely loved climbing.  It made me nervous but Nick was always right behind him just in case.  We even considered coming back the next day but ended up finding other boulders to climb.  

Deep in thought or is he pouting?














The next day took us to the North Cheyenne Canon Park, it was my favorite.  We ended up going twice and hiking a couple different trails.



The boys were surprised at how cold the water was.

Nick teaching Ethan how to whittle, something he now loves to do.

Ethan used his new pocket knife to split a huge rice krispie treat.


We drove 6 miles up Pike's Peak, and to be honest, maybe we should've gone all the way up because it was a bit of a let down.  The Cheyenne park was so much prettier!

...so back the Cheyenne park the next day!






Did you notice we bought a selfie stick?

We had a great time and found the Colorado Springs to be a great location to enjoy the mountains!  We'll be back!
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