October 29, 2021


Another baseball season is here! Perry loves to play on the Challenger team. There is something magical about a night at the baseball field. Now, personally, I could take or leave the early Saturday morning games under the hot sun…but you can not beat an evening game!

Here is a series of pictures at Perry’s first baseball game of the season. He is hitting better and running faster than ever!

October 26, 2021

September things

I really, really love hiking Flat Iron. It is my favorite local hike. I do wish it was just a tad closer, but waking up early early one morning at the beginning of september was worth it. Even though we definitely went on the trail less traveled/not a trail. We made it and it was beautiful and I can't wait to go again.

That right there in the middle is right where we hiked up to.

A sweet lady took a picture of us coming down and air dropped it to us. So kind of her.

Brinna loves this friend of hers. Apparently that day Elsa Brinna was pregnant with a baby dog (that's what is stuffed down her dress).

We celebrated the 50th birthday of a dear friend and beautiful soul. We paddled at Canyon Lake. And, for the first time in my paddleboarding career, I fell into the water accidentally. I was trying to jump and when I landed on my board I couldn't keep my balance and ungracefully fell. 

Friends who get vaccinated together...

We both were very apprehensive about our second covid vaccines. I sent her a text and told her I was going and 15 min later we were at the grocery store supporting each other through our fears of needles and the upcoming sickness. We could commiserate when we were both extremely sick for the next 48 hours. (For me, It was exactly 12 hours later that I woke up in the night achy and nauseous. I was extremely cold and couldn't stop shivering for over 20 min. I threw up twice that night and spent the next day achy and nauseas and fatigued. It felt like chemo except chemo was worse and lasted much longer. When I started freaking out that I was sick like chemo, Eric had to reassure me that this wouldn't last and that it would be over much faster than chemo. Thank goodness for his calm reassurance)

We were at dinner at a friend's house when Layla was dropping on the trampoline. She fell back and put her hand down to catch herself and broke her little finger.

She ended up in a cast. And it just so happened that her doctor was someone I went to high school with. He was a really great doctor.

We took our boys to an escape room. This one was a competition. We divided into two teams in two adjoining rooms and each tried to escape the room faster than the other team. Kacin and I won, but not by much. Eric and Kyler would argue that they would've won if one of their elements was working properly. Maybe so, but the reality was that Kacin and I got the win.

Kyler and Kacin each went to homecoming. They ended up asking each separate date from different schools pretty much the exact same way. 

But the really really funny thing was that they each were answered in the exact same way, too!! What are the chances?? haha

My mom spent a scary few days in the hospital. So hard to see her there. I'm glad they were able to help with some things though and she was able to come home.

October 25, 2021

baby girl at seven months and eight and goodbye

Sorting through pictures for this post brought my heartache to the surface. My grief is still so raw and fresh. I miss this beautiful baby with all my heart. Sure, I can probably rationalize a lot of other feelings, too. But I feel like I belong in my grief right now. I feel so sad. I miss her.

Here are pictures of her at seven and eight months, and the moments in between.

Layla took this picture while she played house with K in the clubhouse. Just an everyday picture.

She became such a mover between seven and eight months. Army crawling everywhere. Getting up on hands and knees and rocking.

A sleeping baby is so precious.

These two had such a special bond. Brinn could always get the biggest belly laughs out of her.

These two had another incredible bond. Kacin is such a caring, sweet big brother. 

It was so hard to get her to hold still for this photo shoot. She was crawling and rolling everywhere. I finally gave her the toy that allowed me to take a few pictures.

And she also recently discovered that she can take off her headbands. She would only keep them on for a few minutes before ripping them off.

The last few days with her were filled with lots of snuggles with each of us.

I love how Perry calls her "Baby Cutes." Such a sweet name for her.

We got a call from grandma and grandpa, too. 

The sweet image of Brinn with K was a moment of heaven on earth.

We also played a game that Layla came up with. She put K in the middle of our circle and we played “who will baby crawl to?” Grayson was the winner.

We love you, baby girl, more than we could ever express. You have been a light in our lives these last 8 months. You brought so much joy and tenderness to our home. You are the most easygoing, happy baby there ever could be. You are a pure delight. You will always be our little girl.