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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Reese @ 15 months

Miss Reese! Since she turned a year old she has changed so much! She started saying a lot of words, especially things that start with B. Ball, bubbles, bye-bye, Bop (Mops), bup (cup), hi, hello, bubba just to name a few. She's so cute when she plays phone and says, "hello!" Reese quickly found out that summer is going to be her season. She fell in love with splash pads and swimming. Her hair started growing like crazy so she started wearing bows with sister. She took her first trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and the cabin. Her biggest accomplishment was learning to walk at 14 months, and she hasn't stopped since. She also got several new teeth. Reese loved having Elle home this summer, and going on lots of adventures. She continues to love outside, and doesn't mind all these hot summer days, especially if someone leaves the water table or sand box out. Her brother and sister have kept entertained and she loves spending any time she can get with them. Reese also had her first experience at Sonshine School during the summer session. She has become much more of a toddler than a baby over the summer. She is such a big ball of fun in a little package!










































Monday, July 27, 2015

cabin trip 2015 (part 3)

A huge part of this trip was spending time with cousin Weston! Elle prays every night for her family, friends, and cousins. Cousins rank so high with her and she loves them all! The kids were so excited and couldn't wait for Weston to get to the cabin. They had so much fun playing in the cabins, and all over the mountains. Just wish we had more time to spend with Weston and Kathy. Todd and Weston loved being able to play rescue bots together, and Elle roped Weston into playing lots of things. Can't wait to see what these kids get into in the future! Thanks to Aunt Kathy for taking most of these cute pictures!








One of my favorite pictures!





Sunday, July 19, 2015

cabin trip 2015 (part 2)

Another great life lesson the kids encountered while at the cabin was this colt that was only a few hours old. The mother is one of Pat's horses and they brought her and the colt to the old coral near the cabin.  We got to watch it still trying to get it's legs underneath it. Mom sat down once, but as soon as baby got up so did she to be right by it. The next day they ventured into our yard to eat. Mom would let someone pat her, but not get too close to the colt. 



One great part of this year's trip was getting to be there with so much family. Chris' aunt Elaine, uncle Steve and aunt Gloria, and his sister Kathy and our nephew Weston were able to be there also. One afternoon we joined Steve on one of his wanderings to find a stream to fish. While he fished the kids found part of the stream to play in. Do you know how cold that water is?! It was snow shortly before they played in it! We couldn't keep Reese out of it, of course, and eventually had to take her jeans off. They all quickly kicked off their shoes and played and played!






Grandad arranged for a ride on the town's fire engine. It was a big hit with the kiddos! Elle even found those cool shades!



Saturday, July 18, 2015

cabin trip 2015 (part 1)

We headed to the cabin last Friday morning knowing we'd need to take a couple days to get there with Reese. We timed it really well and got a long stretch in while she took a morning nap. We stopped in Shamrock, TX for lunch at DQ and to stretch our legs. Then we hit the road again and made it to Clayton, NM before having to stop. We found these dinosaurs to play on, and ate dinner at a local place called The Rabbit Ear Cafe. The kids were doing so well that we felt like we could go a little bit further and make it to Raton, NM for the night. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, and highly recommend it if you find yourself needing to stay in Raton. We gained an hour once we hit mountain time so we went for a swim in the hotel's indoor pool. The next day we had a much shorter drive so we got up early and hit the pool again after breakfast. We drove to Alamosa, CO and ate lunch at a park. I went grocery shopping while the kids played at another park with Chris and then we headed up the mountain.





This year we found a Jeep PowerWheels car to bring up for the kids to play with. They had a blast and it was a hoot watching them! It really showcased their personalities. Elle was a very cautious driver, and yelled at Todd, and later Weston, while he drove. Todd behind the wheel was Sunday driving! He once told Elle "don't worry, I'm a good driver!" It was so funny! And of course Reese couldn't resist trying to get a ride. Of course she was too little this year, but did enjoy just sitting in the car.



One of the other cabin owners brought up this tractor and this plow from 1910 to help grate the road around town. He was so nice to oblige the kids with a ride.


It had rained a lot in CO as well, so there were so many wildflowers. It was gorgeous!


Pat lives behind our cabin, and takes people on horseback up the mountain. Reese discovered the horses and thought they were giant dogs. She kept "woofing" when she saw them and was not afraid at all to go up and pet them, most of the time insisted on it!


Lots of learning about life happened this trip. These four baby robins were all in the nest when we got there. But over the next day or so we watched them all leave the next one at a time, with a lot of insistence from mom or dad (hard to tell who it was). 





The weather was wonderful, cool, but not too cold!
The kids got in some good digging!
The kids finally braved climbing the little mountain. Elle would only go up to the "kitchen" the first day (that part right underneath Chris I believe) where generations of Shrocks have played, and Todd loved climbing all the way to the top instantly!  Over the next few days though Elle finally got to the top and got over her fear.