365 grateful {week 4 & 5}

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For time with my dear friend, Chey. We went wedding dress shopping and found her dress on this day! I am so blessed to call this girl friend (more like my sister) and I am {beyond} ecstatic for her to be married this summer to an amazing man and also, friend of Ted :)

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At the time I took this photo and was grateful that my boys were better. They had both caught a stomach bug. Unfortunetely Shailo’s lasted for over a week. Throwing up and then a fever (sometimes 103.2) for a week straight (which is apparently okay! Did you know this?! Crazy!) Broke my heart!

485897_10151254567471989_1962110312_nFor a few days with my beautiful, Aussie friend, Alanna. The last time I saw her I was overdue with Chase. She left just a week before he was born. It was so incredible to introduce her to our boys and to spend time with her!

196312_10151256784431989_2055762599_nFor precious time with our friends Alanna and Josh – visiting the zoo, but of course ;)

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For a day of painting, crafting, laughter and Downton Abbey.

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For this messy little one even when it’s really hard. Chocolate popsicle (hey, it’s homemade and healthy ;)) and an empty medicine bottle he dug out of the recycle. Momma of the year today during this week (jokes, seriously)
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 For Ted helping me be strong when I feel helpless and weak. My heart was aching. One full week of my sweet shai being sick (viral crap & teething.) He was a little better but wanted to be held literally ALL day. And only by me. I am thankful for a husband who helped encourage me while we let him “cry it out”. My first time ever doing that as a momma. Totally not my thing but it was this or my sanity. My heart felt so torn as I listened to him cry. Bah…
62336_10151263579956989_802508135_nFor a skype sesh with our dear friends that moved away. Here is a photo of our boys playing snakes  “together” from afar. At one point they even said, “I love you.” on their own accord! So thankful for Skype and amazing friends.
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For the ability to dream again. I am in the process of writing a blog about this. I haven’t really dreamt much since we’ve lost Eisley. In fact, I had thought I’d lost that ability. I was wrong. So very thankful for dreams and the ability to keep dreaming (of future plans, what we hope for our family, etc)…
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For time with my Madre and for her help and calming spirit that was able to put my clingy, sick son to sleep. Oh so thankful.
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Ted pulled out our juicer and juiced for the first time (for him.) I couldn’t be more thankful and excited that Ted’s now on board with me in learning what it means to be healthy! (I’ve been praying for this, shhh ;))
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For beautiful weather, fresh air …46694_10151269556736989_1817490193_n…and tons of chalk dust and laughter. :)

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For the opportunity to attend To Write Love On Her Arms (TWOLHA) Heavy & Light Tour. Truly an amazing ministry that in the past, spoke to me and my sisters hearts. I absolutely loved this night with my baby sis Abie and Ted. Moved to tears multiple times.

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For this boy and his fun imagination. He’s truly a {joy}! He and Shailo were my little Super Bowl Sunday crew. We had our own little fun “party” which ended with me muting the game and browsing through our Thailand photos, researching the cost of living in Thailand and sharing our stories and dreams with Chase! 5 years ago we watched the Super Bowl while in Thailand! I ache for Thailand lately… oh so much!

What’s something you’re grateful today?

why winter zoo trips rock.

20130202-071545.jpgzoo trips in the summertime are super fun. also, super hot which means some of the animals are a little less likely to wander around. walk up close. etc. fall and winter are my preferred time to go. the animals become very lively under a winter sun! it’s been so much fun to take my littles to the zoo, when it’s not too cold or too hot but just right.
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if shailo could talk, he would say this is his favourite animal at the zoo. Chase calls this komodo dragon “shailo’s friend” because this big guy walks right up to Shai. and fearless shai of course roars at him :)

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 we joke and call shailo the reptile whisperer. when he touches the cage they come right up to him. it’s hilarious … and also, weird. ;)20130202-071407.jpg

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just a quick blog to say, i highly recommend fall and winter trips to the zoo. that is, unless you live where there is -30 degree weather!

this is my first time blogging from my phone! i absolutely love how easy the wordpress app makes blogging! i have a little bit to learn because i hit publish before even writing a word :) however, i am sold.

a quick sidenote:

i edited photos with the afterglow app.

i used the collage app called Diptic

i used a watermark app called eztwatermark

i used the wordpress app to blog it all

zoo (via phone)

We made a few fun trips to the Zoo in June (Shail0’s first time). Chase’s grandma Anisa was in town visiting from Alaska and we knew a trip to the zoo was a must. Especially because they just opened up a new part to the Denver Zoo called the Elephant Passage. It was pretty fun to explore. Here are some photos (all images taken with my phone) from our trip.

{Chaseyboy & Grandma Anisa}

Grandma Anisa bought Chase (and all of us) a Zoo membership for his (almost) 3rd birthday. We are so excited to use it many times this year! Thankful for the beautiful weather year round here in Colorad0.

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Spring has just flown by and now here we are in the middle of summer! Hard to believe, isn’t it? I was sorting through our photos (we both take so many photos, it’s quite a task!) and decided to share some more of them.

With that said, here are some photos of our May and June zoo trips with our “real” camera not just my phone.

Every time without fail, Chaseboy must walk around with a map in hand – sometimes just for the beginning, sometimes the entire time. It’s so cute.

I just had to take a picture of this sign. On our way to the zoo for the first time as a family, Ted told me he had been to two zoos and then continued on to tell me, one in Alaska where he’d grown up and one on a trip we’d taken to visit friends in Kansas City, Missouri. I looked at him in disbelief and said, “You mean… that petting zoo?” I couldn’t believe that he considered that a zoo and told him that the Denver Zoo would seem like a continent compared to that! Hence, this sign. (and he totally agreed once we were there) :)
In the new exhibit called The Elephant Passage there is an actual Tuk Tuk (Thai taxi-like ride) which was really fun to show Chase. We shared with him about our experience in Thailand, riding them and that we hoped to someday take him there. He was excited but he really had no idea what the heck we were talking about, let’s be real. ;)

Okay, yep. I am that mom that jumps right in with the kids. Last night, I was actually telling Ted on the walk back from a park, that if I really over think it and worry about what others think of me running around on the play ground with my kids, I end up just sitting on the sidelines watching (not a bad thing, just not me.) He laughed at me and thankfully he encourages me and guess what? He does it too. Last night I actually had a few teenagers laughing at me when I came down the tube slide with my (almost) 3-year-old. Chaseboy and I were laughing so hard, it’s worth it to me. ;) Anyone else do this? (come on, don’t leave me hangin’)

One of Chase’s favourite parts, you might remember from his first Zoo trip post, is the train. We seem to have a bit of a hard time with that silly Zoo train and this time, as we were sitting on it, about ready to go, it literally started “spitting parts”. We all had to get off in a hurry. Chase was bummed but thankfully this time, handled it like a champ.

I wonder what age he won’t ask me to hold him like this anymore. Going on 3 and still askin’. I love it. Savoring it!

Anything in a tank is Shai’s favourite, but of course!

Thanks for popping by! Most photos courtesy of the rad Ted Davis. :)