Sunday, July 17, 2016

biking, cousins, and summer fun!

It's the summer of bikes at our house. We've been trying to get Rhett more comfortable with his Strider bike, and he is loving it. This was the 4th of July bike parade (hence the pithy "decorations"). He was the slowest one, but he did the entire loop and scored a free day at the water park!
 Loving the glow sticks on the 4th of July. Rhett was obsessed with the fireworks and gave great commentary. 
 Cousins came to town! Rhett and Joanna snuggled together with the stuffies. 
A toddler-led Thomas story time, of course. 
 The crew! We had the best time and wished they could have stayed longer. 
 Rhett started swim lessons this week, and we're loving our new condo pool for extra practice. Dad makes the best teacher!
We stumbled on the greatest kids safety say (free bounce house, lunch, and coupons? yes please) and Rhett was super brave and climbed in the massive Army truck all on his own.
Strider races! I knew we had to sign up--how great would it be watching two-year-olds try to bike race? And it did not disappoint. They all got official race swag bags and everything. Note the official starting gates and course flags. It took a lot of coaxing to get everyone into position without crying. 

 In the zone! Rhett did awesome during practice but got a little scared for the real race. I went alongside him at his own pace, and he finished the course in both heats! 
 Will race for snacks. I guess this makes me an official Strider mom. We'll be back next year!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

moving day

we moved! i drove a uhaul! life is full of accomplishments.
we're settling into life in the 'burbs, but I'm a little gloomy about leaving Boulder. Our new place is awesome and has all the amenities that normal people enjoy (air conditioning! a dishwasher! a washer and dryer!) that we haven't lived with for a while, so that's great. but that little shoebox place in boulder will always have a special spot in my heart.
some things I never want to forget:
walks along Boulder Creek from our backyard
the amazing people watching
neighbors from all over the world and being a minority for being American
being able to walk everywhere
hippies/hobos on every corner
our quirky apartment with nasty floors and a fridge that didn't open all the way because the kitchen was too small and how it was always super hot
how Rhett would yell or sing the abcs on the stairs to hear the echoes between the buildings
scoring great freebies at the dumpster
water day and slip n slide love
so much good food in Boulder!
those gorgeous mountain views around every corner
being able to go to Pearl Street/Chautauqua/hiking whenever we wanted
a free membership to the jankiest gym of all time
cyclists everywhere!
amazing people and a ward that made us feel so loved
waving a daddy's school every time we drove past the law school
farmer's market samples
story time at the library
so much excitement over seeing a Buff Bus or a buff garbage truck
some of Rhett's first words were learning the names of the city busses

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