Sunday, August 31, 2008

How We Celebrated

Any of you that may have read our post in the past you know that I have been a real slacker when it come to fathers day, our anniversary, and birthdays in the past. This year I completely forgot our anniversary all together. So I decided this year that I had to do an over the top birthday for Foote to make up for some of my slacking off. I really wanted it to be a surprise and something he would really like.

He has always wanted to go skydiving so I decided, that is what I would do for his birthday. The only reason I was a little hesitant is because I knew he would want me to go with him and I had no desire to go sky diving myself. I finally decided the least I could do after all my slacking off was jump out of an airplane.

There is skydiving just outside Florence Colorado of all places and that is only about 45 minutes away. So Friday when Foote came home from work we dropped off the girls at my parent house and left for Florence. Foote had no idea what we were doing I wanted it to be a total surprise. I put the river tubes in the car to throw him off so he would think we were going back to Florence to go tubing down the river again.

We got to the skydiving place at 6:00 pm and took a three hour course on jumping out of the plane we practiced exiting the plane and landing so we would not get injured we went over and over what to do in an emergency how to throw our reserve parachute in case our main parachute did not open, or opened incorrectly. The class ended at 9:00 pm and we were going to meet the next day at 8:00am to do our first jump.

I got really lucky and was able to reserve the best little bed and breakfast in Florence for the night it was right on the river and had some really beautiful property. It was perfect when we pulled up at 9:00 they had a fire in their fire pit and had stuff for us to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Our host also had some cupcakes and sparkling cider in our room to celebrate Foote's birthday. So we sat by the fire and visited with our host and were able to get a good night sleep before the big day.

Saturday morning we went back to the airport and did our first jump I will not lie, I was afraid I would not be able to climb out of the plane going 80 mph at 3500 ft in the air, but I did it and it was SO SO FUN! In fact we both decided to splurge and jump twice because we had such a good time. Foote was not scared at all, but was completely excited. Unfortunately it was hard to get a good picture because the plane was so small and the jump master was in front of the door when we were jumping.

We then decided after our day of skydiving to go back to the bed and breakfast and go tubing down the river. Our host was nice enough to drop us off up river so we could float the river and just relax. After floating the river we headed back to Colorado Springs and met Footes parents who took us out to dinner for his birthday.

So I am not bragging, but I think I did a pretty good job with my over the top birthday for Foote. It was all worth it to see how excited he was about skydiving. It was a very long day, but so much fun.

Happy Birthday to My Foote

Friday was Foote's birthday so this post is just a few of my favorite things about my Foote.

I am always amazed at the vast amount of knowledge he has about so many things. When he chooses to do something he puts his whole heart into it and I love that about him. For example, when he decided to do Real Estate he spent all his time learning anything and everything about Real Estate law and negotiation to make himself the best at what he does.

I have always loved that Foote is a man of action he does not like to talk about doing things he just wants to do them. I am one of those dreamers that says, "wouldn't it be nice to someday go out of the country on a family vacation?" and Foote will make it happen. He does not wait and say yeah that would be nice some day, but is a firm believer in living life now not later.

He has an amazing way of not letting anything stress him out or discourage him, his attitude is that there is no point in worrying about anything because it never helps. I can tell him news that has stressed me to the point of tears and instead of getting upset and frustrated he just immediately makes the impossible happen. I love that he can just hold me and tell me that everything is going to be ok and I know that it will be.

I love how thoughtful he is of others. He spends countless hours fixing computers, loading iPods, and burning movies or discs for friends or people he thinks might like them. He is always offering his large collection of audiobooks and movies to anyone with and iPod that might enjoy them. I remember when Natalee started driving and my parents did not have an extra car for her to drive he did not even hesitate to offer her his truck to drive. I asked him are you sure that's a good idea? She is a new driver and there is a good chance she could have an accident. his response was, it's just a truck it's not that big of a deal. He is so good at putting people first things second.

I love that he is such a great dad. The girls cry every morning when he leaves for work. Which I have to be truthful sometimes makes me feel a little bad, it is as if they are saying, no dad don't leave us with this crazy lady all day. And when he gets home as soon as they hear the garage door open they are at a full sprint to be there when he opens the door to the house yelling DADDY DADDY DADDY. They adore him and I know it is because he is so good with them.

I love the time and effort Foote puts into our marriage he is constantly planning big and little surprises for me as well as little getaways for just the two of us. When he gets home he will follow me around the house while I am making beds or folding clothes and tell me about his day or talk to me about the girls it is just such a great feeling to know that he still enjoys listening to what I have to say even if it is boring or lame.

I love that Foote is always trying to make everyone around him laugh. He is always teasing or tickling me. It is just such second nature for Foote to try and turn any tense moment into a moment to laugh. I remember I was at my parent's house and opened their freezer door and a huge container of nuts fell out of the freezer and all over the floor. I of course was completely upset because of the big mess that now needed to be cleaned up. Foote's response was "Oh nuts"

I love Footes persistence I have never known or met anyone that will persist at anything as long as Foote. He refuses to give up and I think that is one of the biggest reasons we are married. Looking back I can not believe he stuck it out when we were dating despite everything I did to discourage him while we were dating.


Thanks for making me so happy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Floatin the Arkansas

This last weekend my brother Preston and his son Gavin invited us to go tubing with them on the Arkansas river down in Florence. Florence is the town were I went to junior high and graduated from high school it has been a long time since I have been back. We used to float the river all the time in the summer when we lived there so it was fun and brought back some fun memories. I can't believe that it has been 10 years since high school summers playing on the river (I am getting so old).

It was fun and nice to just relax and lounge in the river. Aly and Brookie had a good time except for the few times we got dumped off the tubes and we went really late in the afternoon so the sun started going down before we were done so it was a little cold but we will definately have to do some more tubing before the end of the summer.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So after looking at my last post I realized that all the pictures I had were mostly of the girls playing in the pool so here are some other photos of our fun week.

Aly's ready to go fishing with Grandpa

The not so nice little pony

A natural hot springs in the river really cool. We may have to do a hike back to it next year.

My crazy husband ready to do some cliff diving. (don't worry the guide wouldn't let him dive he had to jump.)I was to much of a wimp the water was to cold.

Enjoying the Mountian Top views after riding up on the gondola

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Our Week in Vail

We spent this last week at our time share in Vail. It was so nice to get away and have a change of scenery and pace. Foote's parents came up on Thursday and spent a couple days with us as well. The girls of course loved to play in the pool and would have been ok to just do that all day everyday. Brooklyn is following in Aly's wake, she is completely confident in her ability to swim without help as long as she has her water wings on. It is so cute to watch her crawl to the side of the pool and lower her little legs in and drop off the wall into the water.

Some of the highlights of the week were:

Lounging in the hot tub every night after the girls were in bed and enjoying the quiet, grownup conversation.

Brooklyn and Alyson's excitement as we rode the Gondola up the ski slope and enjoyed the beautiful mountain views

Foote's parents watching the girls so he and I could spend half a day on the Colorado river in an inflatable kayak

Sneaking off with my mother-in-law to get a pedicure

Eating Haagen Daas ice cream while listening to the live music at the Vail arts festival while people watching.

All the great mountain trails to do my morning runs on and take our evening walks on.

spending the day at Piney Lake, so beautiful! Great Scenery and Aly and Brookie loved the horses except Aly wasn't being very careful while feeding the pony and it bit her finger OUCH!!!, but she still had fun.