life rearranged

We had a pretty awesome week!

We packed, loaded up the coffin on top of the Ford, and set out on our Colorado adventure! We stopped along the way and grabbed my Dad, who was desperately in need of a break.

My husband is a die-hard Lions fan, so I had bought tickets for the Lions/Broncos game a few months back. He convinced Ashton to be a Lions fan, too, and the rest of us sported our Broncos gear!

The game was a blast! My husband might have claimed it was the best day ever… The Lions kicked some serious ass and after the game we and 70,000 other people tried to leave the stadium. Justin decided he and the boy would take a victory pedicab ride all the way back to our hotel. I made the pedal-er promise to take good care of my little one and off they went! My Dad, BB, Averie and I got in line behind, and I’m not exaggerating, 300 other people waiting for a cab. Five minutes later, the cop told us to go meet her down the block a little and she would help us out. We kept it on the down low, and snuck down the street. She inconspicuously wandered over to us and told us to back up a bit so the rest of the crowd couldn’t see us talking. The plan? She was going to talk to another cop and he would flag us a van-cab before it got to the mass of people. She talked to him, he gave us the nod, and two minutes later we were happily on our way back to the hotel. Seriously. We roll VIP like that.

We spent the next morning shopping the streets of downtown Denver. Bridger wore his costume, and the sign we had made. Totally heartwarming moment? A random {assumed homeless} man came up to me and gave me a handful of change for Bridger’s charity: water campaign. $2.47. How awesome and selfless is  that?

We trick-or-treated in a random neighborhood in Cheyenne the next night, as we made our way back home. The kids made a total haul.

Now, it’s back to the grind. We are trying to pull off a garage sale before the snow hits tomorrow, and I have nothing done. We are giving everything away for donations, and every cent will go to the boys’ charity: water projects!


My twins are raising money for charity: water:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign


Friday! Wooooo! Time to share our week with photos from the phone!

Saturday we spent time with some of our favorite people at one of our favorite places…


Checking out my Dad’s sweet new ride:



That night, we headed to the booming town of New England for their 125th anniversary celebration. It was actually fun and I wished I had brought the kids. The Andy Gibson band was playing and they would have had a blast! I loooooved seeing my Grandpa enjoy himself! He’s almost 90 and loves music and dancing.


Our week was filled with massive heat, as well as home-improvement projects {ugh}.


The awesome tee I ordered from Love –the money helps their two boys to come home to their forever family! Order yours here!


Last night, we let the kids let loose at the carnival…




How was your week?

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You Capture! Summer


This week’s theme over at Beth’s place is Summer. I love summer. I love everything about it. Well, maybe except for the bugs. And the kids driving me crazy.


Summer in North Dakota means fun weekends at the bunkhouse spent with family and friends. Children running around and exploring, beer, four-wheeling, horses, tractors and yes, even some work. This year, we upgraded the old, wood deck to a beautiful paver patio. What a difference it makes. It’s gorgeous! I can’t take any credit for it though, since I managed to miss most of the days they were working on it! Good work guys and gals. ;o)


I love, love, LOVE thunderstorms. This one just came along in the middle of the day and dumped about an inch of rain on us in about a half hour. We put up the canopy in the middle of the downpour. It really was a fun time!




And the storm clouds make for a beautiful sunset.


The boys and their toys.



You Capture! Joy


I’m all about joy -it is my middle name you know! ;o)

To me, nothing says Joy like friends, family, and of course, the bunkhouse! LOVE.

My Dad, Ave, and her bff…

Ave and Jaida

BB and his Grandpa

And, well, I think this image speaks for itself! Hah! At least something is gettin’ some.

A Few Things

**My Dad’s surgery went well and he is recovering in the hospital. He did receive some other test results today and has an infection in another area of his body. Please keep him in your thoughts and pray that this will be fully curable with no complications. Thanks for all the kind words today everyone! You rock!

**I did 4.5 miles at the gym this morning, came home and Shredded. Anterior raises with side squats seriously suck. I am going to try and Shred before the twins get up in the morning so it is done BEFORE I go to the gym.

**I passed on alcohol at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight. That has never happened. I also left Target without buying Archer Farms Jalepeno Pretzels. They are seriously THE BEST pretzels in the world and I love them. So. Much.

**It was still light out at 8 when I was driving home tonight. That usually means warmer weather should be coming soon. Right??

**I haven’t even got our Easter decorations out yet. Does that make me a bad mother??

My Dad is in Surgery

My Dad is in having surgery to remove his gallbladder as I write this! Please send some good thoughts and prayers his way.

I love you Dad!

Dad and I

Happy Day #2

My Dad makes me happy! He is the other most important man in my life. He is always there to support me no matter what. I consider him one of my best friends.

After my parents separated when I was very young, I grew up living in with my mom in other states and would visit my Dad during the summers and at holidays. I went on my own to college when I was 17. At age 19, I was a bit on the wild side and made some bad decisions. He took me in and didn’t hesitate to tell me he thought I was headed down the wrong path. He was there for me during my pregnancy with my daughter, and fortunately during that time I grew up and put my head on straight.

He has continued to be there for me, whether I need help with the kids, home improvement projects, need to vent, or just want advice. Most days he will call just to say, “I love you.”

My Dad would do anything to help another out. He drives into town multiple times a day just to help my Grandma with her medications and insulin shots and never complains. If he is busy with work, he will put it on hold to make she is taken care of. I have seen him go out of his way to help people in need more times than I can count.

He is the most hardworking man I know and is completely unselfish. He is truly a man to look up to.

I love my Dad!