Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

We only made it through half of the zoo today on our first trip, but we will definitely be back - we bought a membership!

It was by far one of the best zoos I have ever been to for animal encounters - and we only made it through half!!

A favorite part . . . feeding the giraffes. We have plans to feed the elephants in a few weeks (the giraffes and chickens can be fed every day for relatively cheap - the rhinos and the elephants are certain times for a little more $).

And we loved seeing the lion family up close!!

It was such a fun morning and we are so excited for many more trips exploring the zoo and all of the awesome programs it offers - and it's pretty much on the other side of our mountain, a quick 15 minute drive. I love our new home . . . I have a feeling that will be the end to many blog posts.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Let's Just Jump Back In

It has been a wild and crazy time for the Crandall family! We put our home in Hendersonville, TN on the market in September 2016 . . . After several months and LITERALLY 70 showings, we sold the house!!!! So we took our money and headed west to start a new adventure for our family.

We arrived at our new home (for 8, Mom and Eric came with us) on July 3rd - Colorado Springs, Colorado! We have a house on what I call "our mountain" . . . As in "there's a grocery store at the bottom of our mountain" and when we are driving around town "that's our mountain over there".

We can walk to a couple of parks and the school from our home.

We also have a backyard with our "secret garden" and city and canyon views.

Last night we took a break from the unpacking and craziness that is moving and tried out The Airplane Restaurant. The food was horrible . . . But we got to eat in an actual 1940s refueling jet . . . and some kiddos were pretty darn excited to play pilot (Marlie orders from the adult menu now . . . and doesn't play in airplanes I guess . . . sigh . . .)

I know we have so many cool adventures ahead of us in our new home state . . . so I am going to do my best to get pictures and write down stories . . . For the kids to have one day when they're older, for me to absorb the moments as I recount them, and for our family and friends to see how awesome Colorado is so they will visit/move here :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Horsing Around

Jay and I got to spend yesterday with our girls at the Girl Scout barns and then out to lunch - these 2 chics are awesome!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I joke that Hudson has fourth child problems - his baby book is lacking information, I haven't been as diligent with professional portraits, and his moments have not been as clearly laid out as his brother's first 2 years.

But you know what . . . it's the season of life. It's not that life has changed drastically, I mean for us it seems like a normal progression, I have just reached a season where I have to allocate my time carefully because most days there is more life than hours. And at the end of those days where I used to spend time writing down those memories, I find myself worn out in a good way . . . and the writing just doesn't seem appealing . . . right now I would rather read than write . . .

It's moments like the one below sandwiched in between conference calls and data analysis that do take my energy throughout the day . . . And I couldn't be more thankful for it . . . My assistant and I rock our work days!

And I can't mention thankfulness without one of the main reasons my assistant is so awesome during the work days . . .

The giant bears I have for sitters . . . and of course, Grandma! And all of his fourth child problems are trumped by that fourth child benefit - he not only spends his day at home with Mom . . . he has his Nanny all day too!

Its the random moments when I become overwhelmed with gratitude and love because I look at these people that are important to pen for memory . . .

And eventually I will get back to writing about the rest . . .

Monday, January 30, 2017

Girl Time

While Evan is down for the count after the tonsil/adenoid removal, we are trying to spend some special time with the girls.

On Saturday Jay and the girls headed to the historic theater in Gallatin for a fun Daddy/Daughter movie, Secret Life of Pets.

For Sunday the girls and I had lunch and hit up the American Girl store to spend some gift cards :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

December In Photos

December was full of all things that make a perfect holiday season . . . We had a week of Grandparents Days at school, a Christmas parade, lots of lights, gingerbread houses, baking for gifts and fun, and lots of family around to enjoy it all . . . And we wrapped it up with a fantastic NYE to bring in 2017!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Haircut for Hudson

SUCCESS!!!! He finally sat by himself and got a haircut!