Our pretend first child graduated from high school!
We used to steal her for weekends when we lived in Topeka.
Im sad for us and happy for her to head to KU. So appropriate that she is planning elementary ed all the hours and hours of "pretend school" with my kids should pay off, she is definitely her mother's child.
Grampy and Jude partying it up
Oldest girl and youngest boy cousin. We figured out that Kingston will be the class of 2029!
We are so proud of you Kenzie, maybe you can come back and teach Kingston when you are finished with school!
This is Roe's first season competing optionals at level 7 so in years past there has never been a Regionals meet. We were a titch excited that we discovered the Regionals meet this year would be in Estes Park, Colorado this year a halfway point between us and the Pond clan. Yes please… Dance Friday night, compete Saturday afternoon, why not?
(States in our region are New Mexico, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma. Considering these options, the Colorado location was great timing for her to qualify this year)
We had quite the crew in our VRBO condo, walking distance to town and 5 minutes from the meet site.
Before meet dinner, how many kids menus?
kissing cousins for the almost graduate:(
It is so hard to travel to a new place missing Jerkya, but we are so thankful Nicole can join to coach and continue to be a college student. Monroe started on floor and got her best score of the season 9.5, earning 6th place. We liked the purple Regionals leos.
$10 a person to get in and no seating, crazy, we snuggled.
The kids find/make friends instead of watching the competition, worth the entry fee I suppose.
Not sure what kind of game Xander is leading or maybe it was breakdancing?
Kids cousin cabin
We have never been to Estes except in the summer, the Elk are crazy right now!!
We decided to turn around on our running path because there were 2 elk staring at us on our path
elk dude in background hard to see with the sun
We decided Alberta Falls would be a nice easy family hike that we had done in the summer, the Park Ranger asked us if we brought snow shoes? Nope, do Keen sandals count? We met Olivia from Diamond on our path, she was on the National Judges Cup team with Roe in Alabama, small world.
Are we really doing this? Yep we are doing this, the stares we got…
We thought the way up was hard...
Not without lots of slides and falls, we made it to the top!
Sisters pic, minus Tia who was soccer bound with the b-day boy Cole in Kc.
safest way down the hike was to slide
After falling while I was holding him, Kingston decided it was safer to walk.
these 2 watching all of the elk
cute cousins pic
I would recommend Ed's Cantina, good mexican! Oh and drinks;)
our "snow" shoes
my favorite girl pic
We went to the Alluvial Fan before we left town, gorgeous here.
pic from Jess
Preston said this was the perfect place to twist an ankle
saying goodbye to the Pond crew:(
I need more of Miss Stella in my life, love this girl.
more pics of our cute VRBO
There were 8 mule deer that hung out by our cabin, they would let the kids get so close to them.
some down time
Keeping it real, stopping in Goodland at the DQ for a healthy dinner and breathing treatment.