Monday, August 25, 2014

Victorious Failure

I know it is only Monday but I think this is where I am going to attempt to land the blog.  Sundays is a good ending to one week and the start of the next so I will do my best to post Sunday or Monday nights.  If you read my previous post you know that I JUST posted so not a whole lot has happened since my last post...just the weekend.
       We started our Saturday morning out bright and early by packing the whole troop into the van for a small hike on the Annie White trail.  We choose the trail because it looked like a very nice trail and kids apparently like it.  As we neared our destination Sarah said "I hope the trail is not closed due to the flooding last year" to which I responded "it has been a whole year it will be fine".  Not so much, the trail was closed, so we turned the van around and started a quick brain storm on where we could go with the boys.  After mulling it over we opted to go to the Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, not that either of us knew that was what it was called. Once we got there we stuck Ridge in the hiking pack and went for a short hike/walk up the creek to throw some rocks in the water.  The boys had a lot of fun just hanging out throwing rocks and probably could have stayed there all day.  We even got the pleasure of watching 4 people float their way down the creek in inner tubes which the boys really want to try.  Maybe you will read about it in a future post.  After that we hung out at the creek for a bit we let the boys play at the park and then went home for lunch.  Nothing too crazy but a fun little trip to the creek.
Throwin some rocks
         Later that day Sarah and I did a quick work out which I followed up by going for a run.  The plan was to do my run then swing by Napa Auto right behind our house and pick up an oil filter for the Prius.  When I left the house it was nice and sunny with a storm rolling in.  I figured I would catch a few drops by the end but nothing more than a good soaking.  Boy was I wrong!  I got through about 3/4 the run when the sprinkles started.  By the time I reached Napa Auto I was running for my life to decrease the amount of stinging rain/hail pounding me on the right side of my face and body.  Good times!
        That storm rolled through relatively quickly and later that evening we went for a short family walk, then let the boys play in the front yard with the neighbors.  I wish I had taken pictures but I did not.  One kid was on his scooter while the other two would run with a rope tied to the neck of the scooter towing the rider as fast as the runner could run.  They would switch places so each kid had a chance at riding and running.  It was good to see all of the kids playing so well and using their imaginations to come up with unsafe yet fun things to do.  Amazingly no one was hurt and they were all pooped by bed time. Unfortunately I do not have a ton of photos to share this round but I will try to do better next time.  Thanks for reading!

Pre fall in the water

Post fall in the water Ridge did not care either way.

Sarah took this can ya tell (sun flare)

Failed selfies

A little Sunday morning football?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Resurrecting the blog

Well, since Sarah has been so busy with her photography and what not the torch of maintaining the family blog has been passed onto me.  Sooooo what has been going on with the Colorado Heinle 5 since....,HOLY POOP ON A STICK, October of 2012?!?! Let's see, some kid showed up on March 12th and I am still waiting for him to leave.  Sarah says I have another 17 years to wait, oh well.  We named him Ridge James and so far he has actually been lots of fun.  He is now 17 months and getting funnier everyday with all of goofy things he does.  My favorite is Yoga with Sarah I think he has perfected Downward Dog.  
Weston has had two birthdays so he is now eight.  He enjoys playing soccer, swimming, riding his bike, and skateboarding.  The skate boarding is a work in progress.  He has just entered the third grade and, ironically enough, was very excited about it.  I suppose, like all good things, that will eventually come to an end.  As always he continually is a great big brother to Tanner and Ridge.  Thus far he really likes his new teacher and is beginning to learn how to play Chess, perhaps he will teach me when he has mastered it.

Tanner...yes Tanner is now a big 5 year old Kindergartner.  He is attending Red Hawk Elementary with Weston and goes half day five days a week.  He is soooooo excited to ride the bus everyday.  When Sarah asked him what his favorite part of school was his response was "riding the bus".  Sadly school is already wearing him down, on Friday he asked Sarah if he had to go to school EVERY day.  Tanner loves though and is a very quick learner. Tanner also had a big triumph in learning to ride his bike with no training wheels on.  I will admit the first time I took him out to practice I got so frustrated I thought he was a lost cause.  The second time we went out to practice he literally rode by himself with no help from me at all.  I was very proud of him.

    As a whole we have been having a great year.  We spent Thanksgiving of 2013 with our wonderful friends the Henderson's in Memphis Tennessee which was a great trip.  We road tripped it as always and the kids all did really well. Then we spend Christmas of 2013 in Durango, Colorado and enjoyed some family time and riding the Polar Express. In March I was fortunate enough to take the express ride off of a ladder at work and fell about 20 feet or so (I still have not measured the actual distance).  I was going to attach a picture of my knee after the fall but then figured some may not appreciate it.
    Sadly Sarah's uncle Kelly began his fight against cancer in 2013 and fought long and hard and,unfortunately, lost the fight in July of 2014.  Kelly is and will always be remembered as a great man.  He was Captain for the Santa Clara County fire department and was a man filled with passion and love for his family and friends.  He is a man I look up to and aspire to be more like and will miss greatly.  My biggest regret is that my three boys will not be able to spend time with him at the ranch in California.
    Sarah continues to run her own photography business and is doing very well with it.  Somehow she is able to manage her business, clients, kids, and me all while keeping sane.  She has recently began her own quest to lose some of the weight from her pregnancy, and once again I find myself so proud of her.  She has reached the goals she set for herself and has become very dedicated to keeping us all healthy.
    Sarah and I recently celebrated our 11 year anniversary in Keystone Colorado with our three boys and our very good friends Corrie and Leigh.  I took the opportunity to try and right my botched proposal over 11 years ago.  Whether or not round two went any better than round one only Sarah can say but at least this time there were some tears and laughs.  Sarah did yes so that is a plus.
With all of that I am going to wrap up this post and I will hopefully continue the blog on a regular basis.  While you will most likely not get the high quality photos Sarah provided you will at least get the opportunity to laugh at my bad grammar and spelling errors.  From the Colorado Heinle Five (yes we stole the name from Mike and Danielle and added the Colorado) PEACE!