Post Bomb Cyclone Walk

I used to really love the winter. In many ways I still do, but as a parent it changes things a little bit. There are inherently less things you can do to entertain your kids. Especially when you get hit with a bomb cyclone, you end up being inside a lot. Somedays, like today, you just need to get out and walk a bit, even though it is still cold. We lasted as long as we could before the cold got to us, especially Ardens hands, but the fresh air was great.

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River is getting so big, so fast. It makes me incredibly proud but so sad at the same time. She is turning into a little lady.

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I won’t let a power outage keep me from having coffee. Coleman camp stove and Aeropress to the rescue.

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The Bomb

This past couple days we got blasted with something known as a bomb cyclone. Best I can tell it is basically a hurricane over land that brings very low barometric pressure and with it some crazy storms. Colorado recorded a record low pressure and a winter storm like I have never seen. I have lived in Colorado almost my entire life and this storm was something other. Incredible winds, no visibility and a ton of snowfall. It really was ridiculous.

I worked early in the day and had to make my way home from Longmont and it was not easy.

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These photos are from after the storm was mostly over. This storm was unlike anything I have ever seen. Closed multiple highways and stranded over 600 cars. Pretty nuts.

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January and February Portraits

I can always tell when life has gotten a bit busy and I have started to slack in my role as “Official Family Photographer” when we got to the time to post the monthly portraits of the kids, and I don’t have a lot to choose from. These last two months were one of those times. These are perfectly fine photos and will work for the project, but definitely not my best work and I need to up my game for March.

In case you don’t know what I am talking about, I have an ongoing photo project with each of my kids where I try to take at least one decent picture of them every month, and I have done it since they were born. You can view River’s gallery here, and view Arden’s here. To me it’s really cool to see the way they have changed every month since the day they were born.

January

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February

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As you can see, a lot of staying in jammies all day seems to happen in these winter months. I hope you all are staying warm and enjoying the season.

Happy New Year

This year has felt like a whirlwind. You know how they say as you get older life gets faster? Well, kids speed that up exponentially.

A friend of mine asked me recently if we have any new years traditions that we celebrate. I’m from the east Coast and we have a Pennsylvania dutch tradition of sauerkraut, hot-dogs and kielbasa on New years eve or day. We also have a weird made up one since we have been married that we eat Chinese food for lunch and play board games on New Years Day. This year Nathan had to work and we completely forgot about that one.

One last thing that I’ve seen a lot more people doing around New Years that I think is a great way to start the year is to pick a word of intention to represent the coming year. Nathan and I have been doing this for a few years and its always been cool to look back on the year and see where that word was reflected, how God used it in our lives, and how meaningful it was. This year our word is consistency. There seem to be a lot of loose ends in our life right now that we need to tie up in 2019. It is easy at the end of a long day of working full time and raising babies to let everything else fall by the wayside but this year we want to focus on following through and staying consistent. Do you guys have a word for 2019? I’d love to hear them! Hope you had a wonderful New year!

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