Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Day of Summer Break

The kids started school on August 14th...way too early in my opinion!  Honestly, the were ready, excited, and happy to start school again!  On Wednesday, August 13th, we had a fulfilled day!

First....Will's snack!  Back before I had Celiac, this would be my go-to choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack...or sometimes, my meal for the entire day!  Sad and so not healthy but true!  Apparently this love for cereal is inherited based on Will's snack choice that morning!

"I'm ready to go mom!"  Think the heals and sash are a tad much!  


We've had the Nelson Atkins Art Museum on our must do summer list for two summers and we finally got down there!  Whew!  Eric and I took our engagement and wedding pictures here and I've always loved the entire area! 

Outside with the famous monuments!

Not sure why but there were teepee's all over the back lawn!  The kids loved going inside of them and picking out they're "rooms" where they would sleep!

They did pretty good inside the museum and really liked looking at the pictures, sculptors, and artifacts.  Of course, nothing beats a good old magnify glass!

I mean, can he be any cuter?!

We had a great last day of "summer!"  Third and First Grades....here they come!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Date Night with Justin Timberlake!!!

Last Wednesday was only one of the top, best days of my life....excluding meeting and marrying my husband, birth of my children, and you know, the typical things that make life happy and great!  My friend Lori texted me if I was free that night and if I wanted to see Justin Timberlake in concert!  Um..yes!!  Insert squealing and jumping up and down like any normal mom in her thirties would do!!  Excitement doesn't even describe how excited I was!  So, that night, Lori picked me up in the minivan and we headed downtown!  First, dinner and then off to the Sprint Center for Justin's private concert for me...and thousands of other screaming fans!  


Justin..getting ready to start his show!!  

The only concert I've been to where I danced and sang every song!  It was so much fun!



His stage moving so he can get closer to me!  


On the other side of the arena singing and playing some guitar!  


Stage moving back towards the front...that's his signal for "I love you, Liz!"



Justin in the middle with his dancers....they were all amazing singers and dancers!



Man...he's so hot!


Lori and I in our suite...yes, suite!  Amazing seats!


And one last one!  Best concert I've ever been too and so want to see him again!  Thanks to Lori and her husband, Phil, for the tickets!!








Sunday, August 3, 2014

Colorado 2014: Crested Butte!!

We woke up on Tuesday morning ready to go back to Crested Butte!  We loved our quick lunch there the day before but we wanted to spend more time in the quaint town!  Our friends, Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna stayed around the cabins to fish, so off we went!  


Walking around and checking out all the adorable shops!  If you're ever near Crested Butte, go!  It's such a charming town, with tons of character, cute shops, amazing food, and picturesque views all over!  Eric and I want to go back just the two of us!  


We ate lunch where they had a play area on the side for kids, full of games and trinkets!  Our kids loved it, Eric and I enjoyed the people watching from the side patio!  The pizza we all had was amazing!!

Some cute chairs we found!



After walking around to most of the shops, we went to the most delicious ice cream shop EVER!!  Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream had so many wonderful flavors, I had the non-dairy mango cayenne fudge....hands down the best ice cream I've ever had!!  Yummy!  


The boys and I after our ice cream!

Love these three kids so much!!

On our drive we home, we decided to take a little scenic drive and stopped at the Spring Creek Reservoir!  

Will's favorite part of our trip...throwing rocks into the water!

Gorgeous view!


Our view on our drive back to the cabin!  

That night, Eric, Jack, Justin and Jeremy went camping near our cabins!  They cooked out hamburgers over the fire, talked and saw several shooting stars!  

The girls and Will, meanwhile, stayed at our cabins for dinner and had Jill and Jenna over for a Frozen movie party!  
The marmots that lived near our cabins...they weren't invited to watch the movie!

Molly, Jenna, and Will, all snuggled watching Frozen!  Jill and I talked and drank wine, awesome night!!

The next morning, the boys came home and we packed up our car to start the trip home!  Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna stayed a few extra days, but we wanted to head home!  We stayed one night in Colorado Springs, just relaxing, swimming and enjoying happy hour!  We ordered room service for the first time ever and the kids LOVED it!  We saw Pike's Peak and wanted to hike in the Garden of the God's, but a huge rainstorm came through, which was why we just hung out at the hotel!

As ready as we were the get home and see Penny, we were sad to leave Colorado!  Thank you Justin, Jill, Jeremy and Jenna for inviting us!  We had a fabulous vacation!