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The Denver Aquarium….again

Are you tired of reading about the Denver Aquarium yet? I haven’t written about it for over year, but this is at least my third post about it. 🙂 While my brothers were here they desperately wanted to go to the aquarium.

Watching the otters play.(the girl in pink is not one of mine!)

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Fish

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More fish

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Levi and James

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Sharks!

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After the sharks I made them all go watch the mermaid show. 🙂 This is them waiting for the show to start. I was told later that it was kinda cool to watch, but they would rather see the mermaids swim with the sharks (a.k.a swimming away from hungry sharks).

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On our way out Lincoln noticed this shark was the same one that was on his mug that he bought at the gift shop. So we had to take a picture!

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I believe all of my siblings have made it to the aquarium except for Luke. I guess Uncle Luke and Aunt Blessing will have to come visit soon. 😀

Hiking St. Mary’s Glacier

The last part of June some of my (Chantal’s) family was in town for a visit. Our good friends the Wehril’s were also in town so we met up to go hiking. We hiked to a glacier called St. Mary’s. It’s a pretty good hike up and absolutely beautiful at the top!

Chantal, Gideon, and Christine on the way up.

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Saint Mary’s glacier is about 3/4’s of a mile up, so you are looking at 1 1/2 miles total hiking. It’s pretty rocky and high elevation (about 10,800 feet), so it’s not for the faint of heart. That being said, I am extremely out of shape and I carried kids up and down, and made it just fine. 🙂

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James did awesome! Walked all the way up with Daddy (who is also carrying someone)!

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This is what you will find at the top. A beautiful lake that is ‘fed’ by the glacier

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And I of course tried to get a family picture. I love this first one!

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Aunt Alaina and Gideon:

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It’s was a bit chilly up there! But that didn’t stop the boys from playing in the water a little bit!

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I love this picture so much. Uncles and nephews!

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My 100th post: How blogging has changed my life

This is my 100th post on this blog! Looking back 100 posts I’ve come a long ways in my blogging.  I had wanted to start a blog for quite awhile, but didn’t think I had the time to keep it up.  Titus practically forced me into it (set up my account and everything).  2 years and 100 posts later I am so happy he did!

James at 8ish months (I think he looks like Faith!)

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I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not the most articulate one in the bunch. I don’t have perfect grammar, and spell check is my best friend. Sorry to the English police, but thanks for sticking with me and reading anyway! 😀

James and Daddy (again around 8 months)

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The top 5 ways blogging has changed my life:

1. It has helped me take pictures of my kids. I took pictures anyway, but not very many.  Now I take my camera almost everywhere I go and take pictures all the time.

2. It has helped me share pictures and stories of my little family with all the family that lives far away. My blog took on a new meaning when we moved a few states away from our family. It helps the grandparents and aunts/uncles keep up with we’ve been doing.

3. It has helped me document our lives. I love reading back on my blog. Often times I have forgotten some of the things we did.

4. It has helped me be positive.  No one wants to read something negative.  I started out that way, but really made an effort to change that.  I still have bad days, and maybe once in a while I’ll write about it (motherhood isn’t all about chocolate you know), but for the most part blogging has taught me to see the funny and or positive in almost every situation. And make sure you get a picture of it!

5. It has helped me do fun things with my kids. The years of James and Gideon as babies were very hard ones. But blogging has helped bring me out of the you-can’t-do-it-they-might-cry- and you-don’t-have-the-engery attitude. It has forced me to enjoy life with my kids and take pictures of them, even if it’s a mess or they are crying. 

For example: (taken May 2014, I thought it would be cute to have all the boys on the fence. They thought not!)

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The top 5 things I’ve learned about blogging:

1. You should always always have a picture on each post, even if that picture has nothing to do with the post.  It helps break up the long wordy posts, and gives people something to look at.  Face it, people would rather look at a picture then do a bunch of reading.

2. If you want people to read and comment on your posts, then post it on facebook every time you write one. Now that I do that many more people are reading and commenting.

3. Try to be funny. I’m not very good at this, but give it your best shot. People like to laugh!

4. Write about what you are passionate about. If you don’t like it, then skip it. I write about my family and the fun things we do.

5. Write about the little stuff. I’ve been surprised at the posts the people comment on the most. Sometimes I write something I think is great, but no one comments. Other times I’ll write something I think is ho-hum and people will comment like crazy. If it’s on your heart, write about it.

Chantal teaching in Ecuador 2008

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And now for some site stats

My most viewed post was: The birth story (probably because I had several people repost it on their facebook walls)

My most commented post was: Faith Natalie’s Birth Story

My most memorable post was: Submitting to a big move ( I was so very touched at all the people that took time to comment on this post. This move was not easy for me and the support and love I felt from all of you that commented was amazing!)

I am not sure I really have a favorite but I do really like Biking with mommy because I wrote it from the children’s view point. (and YFI i had a different back ground back then and now it’s really hard to read. I highlighted all of it and that made it readable.)

Probably the worst blog post I wrote was No one wants to hold a crying baby. It’s full of self pity and down in the dumps. But it truly was the way I was feeling at the time.

My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. I wish so much that I had blogged while living in Hawaii.  I do hope to some day blog backwards and fill in some gaps after Gideon was born, but it won’t be the same. Maybe years were lost. Some day I hope to print off my blog in a book, and have a hard copy. Since I hate to scrapbook this is the next best thing!

Lincoln’s 10th birthday

One of the sad things I brought up to Titus when talking about moving was birthdays. Our kids would miss out on family birthdays and family would miss out on our children’s birthdays.  We have so much family that lives so close together in MN that I used to have to make two cakes in order to have enough for everyone.  Unbelievably, we haven’t missed out as much as I thought we would. Emma was here for James birthday, which made it very special. Emma was also here for her birthday, which we tried to make special for her.  Then Levi was visiting here for his 12th birthday (sorry no pictures, I was sick) and Titus’ parents were here for Gideon’s 2nd birthday . And Lincoln was here for his 10th b-day! (And no, you don’t have to read all those links. I recently figured out how to do them and I’m practicing. 😉 )

Lincoln decided that he wanted to go to Focus on the Family’s Whit’s End for his birthday. If you haven’t been there put it on your to visit list! It’s a great center for kids! The biggest reason Lincoln wanted to go was because he wanted to record an Adventures in Odyssey at the Kid’s Radio Studio.  This is free to do and you get to take home a CD of your recording.

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Levi and I did the speaking parts and Lincoln did all the sound effects (walking, door closing, pencil sharpening etc.).

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James was very sad he wasn’t included. He sat at the door until we were done.

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Playing with puppets. They have a whole puppet stage set up for kids to put on shows.

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All the boys eating pizza at Whit’s Soda Shop. (Notice James doing the thumbs up too. He does everything his uncles do!)

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Levi took this. Great picture of Faith, not so great of me.

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Climbing through the secret passage with daddy.

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Because we live so close we were only gone for the morning. After naps we opened presents and had cake.

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Cake!

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In case you haven’t been reading shirt through all the pictures all four boys have shirts on that say awesome on it. 🙂

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Happy Birthday Lincoln!

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While in Texas part 2

While in Texas we went to a splash park. My boys loved it and so did my brothers!

Waiting for it…

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Jumping out of the way as the water shoots up.

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James just loves water!

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Water that shoots this high is very very exciting!

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Gideon doesn’t like to get his face wet, so he didn’t get very close.

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Trying to figure it all out.

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Riding the wave

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While in Texas part 1

While we were in Texas we went to a lake. My boys just love water in every way.

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Looking at a boat!

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Aunt Alaina and Gideon

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James, Lincoln, and Gideon

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Beach boy

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Picking up rocks

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My boys were not ready to leave! We had lots of fun!

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Family Friday : At the Zoo

Last Friday for Family Fun Friday we went to the Denver Zoo! Gideon had never been to a zoo and James had only been to one over a year ago. It was a chilly 45 with a slight wind so it was kinda cold, but I had my heart set on going. It was going to be $40 for all of us to get in so we ended up buying a family pass. It will pay for its self very fast.

The kids were excited to see the animals. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours and I’d say we didn’t even see half of the zoo.

Giraffes! I think they are my favorite!

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Sea Lions. We watched them for a while swimming on top of the water before we knew about this underwater glass. The sea lions swim right up to the glass.

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This was the elephant pen. It kinda felt like jail. On a more positive note I have never seen such a neat set up for elephants before. The whole elephant part had a feel of being in Sri Lanka. Not only do you get to see elephants but you get a lesson in geography and culture too too! Very neat!

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Our little map reader. Did you know that toddlers that read maps walk. very. very. slow?

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Showing Daddy where he want’s to go next.

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Rino. Why do the animals always stand with their backsides to you?

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I think I’ll wait for it to warm up a bit before we go next time. The animals were not very active because it was so cold. They were all sleeping in the sun (which I can’t blame them for that. I love to do that too!) Money-bags-Daddy bought both the boys stuffed alligators at the gift shop. They are huge, about the size of Faith! I think they have played with them every day since, and go to sleep with them every night.

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We got four one time use tickets to get into the zoo for free. Come visit us and we’ll take you! 😀