His grace is sufficient for me, for power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Monday, October 29, 2012

30 by 30!

Well...it's time...30 is just around the corner for me...okay...4 years away! My friend Elizabeth did a mini bucket list...30 by 30...goals and things to accomplish by the time she turned 30! I loved this idea, and about a month ago decided to make my own list. In true Alyshia blogging fashion...I am just now getting around to writing the list down. 

You probably will not hear about this list again for another two years at the half way point, and then again when I turn the BIG 3-0! It was so much fun to read E's blog when she turned 30, and see how she has accomplished the goals and fun things she had set out to do. 

Some of the things on my list are for fun, some to grow spiritually, and some things I have just always wanted to do, but have lacked the motivation to get started. So...here's the list...in no particular order: 

1. Run the Disney Princess Half Marathon - this is mainly to have an excuse to buy cute exercise clothes and look like Belle while running with thousands of the other women dressed up like princesses
2. Travel to Europe again - I have already been to Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein...I'm thinking Ireland/Scotland next! 
3. Go to an Auburn home game with hubby and the kiddos - tickets are expensive, and this is the excuse I have always used for this fun adventure
4. Be debt free with the exception of our house mortgage - we really don't have much debt because neither Greg or I believe in credit cards...but it's about trying to put additional money each month on one of the things we are trying to pay off!
5. Go wine tasting at a vineyard-I love wine and have never been to a vineyard. Accepting applicants to come with me since my hubby does not drink wine! 
6. Hike a fourteener - I'm from Colorado. I love the mountains. I like hiking. 14,000 feet is kind of intense, and I figured I probably need to accomplish this while I am young. Longs Peak in Estes Park, here I come! 
7. Go skiing-having lived in CO for 6 years, and having traveled back 2-4 times each year for the last 20 years, it is truly sad that I have only been skiing once. 
8. Go to Las Vegas - I may have a thing for some roulette, and this seems like a place to go before one gets too old! :-) 
9. Earn a Bachelor's at Taco Mac's Brewniversity - that's drinking 125 different beers there in the next 4 years...and CHEERS! 
10. Join a gym and go at least 3 times a week - something to keep all that beer off :-) 
11. Go to a sip and stroke glass - glass of wine, painting, friends...sounds like a fun time! 
12. Take a family vacation to the beach - the four of us have never been together
13. Go to a Steelers game - I have done this...about right after I made my list! 
14. Be completely up to date on Greg and Maria's baby book - this is the project that never stops and I am way far behind in it
15. Become an Auburn season ticket holder - maybe I will win the lottery in the next 4 years? 
16. Buy a new house - really crossing my fingers for that lottery win! 
17. Make a turkey for a holiday - I feel like this is a very grown up thing to do
18. Run the Strawberry Days 5k in Glenwood Springs, CO
19. Celebrate Mass in my car (while I'm driving somewhere) - You can celebrate Mass ANYWHERE...I think I have a willing priest...
20. Get a spiritual director - I actually have done this...I made this list a month ago, remember? 
21. Go to Confession monthly-I think this is a good habit to form
22. Do a mud run or color run
23. Send both kids to Catholic School - donations appreciated :-) 
24. Buy a new couch - ours is my in-laws and it is old and has gone through two babies and two toddlers and a new one would be great! 
25. Read one catechetical/theological/spiritual book every two months - suggestions welcomed
26. Go to a daily Mass once a week consistently for at least 2 years
27. Go on a Mission Trip 
28. Learn to make my mom's chicken bombers and chicken noodle corn soup
29. Learn to drive a stick shift
30. Pilgrimage to Rome/Vatican City-Fr. Josh, are you reading this?? HINT HINT! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Greg is 3!

Yep...my sweet boy has been three for almost a month now! I still have a hard time believing he is 3! He is growing and becoming such a little man...definitely all boy, in every single way! So here are some updates on my sweet little pumpkin face! 

Greg had is 3 year old check up and things checked out great! He is developing just perfectly! His stats: 
31.4 pounds (45th percentile)
38 1/2 inches tall (68% percentile)
His blood pressure was good, and he did so great at his check up! 

 This was the cake we brought to celebrate with is class at school! So old, now! 

 *Greg wears a size 9 shoe.
*He wears a size 3T in pants and shirts. 
*He has all the teeth he should have at this point and loves to brush them! 
*He still takes one nap (most days). We will hold on to nap time as long as we can! 
*He has typical picky toddler food patterns. Some meals he eats more than others...but it balances out. 
*His favorite foods: all fruits and veggies (Praise the Lord), chicken, pasta, and any type of bread! 
 We took Greg to Catch Air for his birthday party! We had a dance party with Buzz Light Year. He was not so sure about dancing in the dark! 
 Little sister had a great time at the party! 
 All of our little friends who came to celebrate!
 cake time! 
 He is so grown up! 
 He loved opening up his presents and "reading" all of his cards! 
 Grammy brought Maria a little something so she didn't feel left out! 
 *Greg continues to do well at school! We are so proud of him. He is really developing in what he can remember. I love to ask him about school and he can recall so much of his day! 
*Greg goes to bed around 8 and sleeps until 7:30/8 on most days! 
*Greg's favorite TV show: Jake and the Neverland Pirates
*Greg's favorite movie: a toss up between Pete's Dragon and The Hunchback of Notre Dame
*Greg's favorite activities: playing outside, playing with play-doh, and wrestling with Daddy and Papa
Mommy and Daddy and Maria bought Greg his first ATV! He LOVES it and is such a dare devil on it! He knows know fear! EEEKKK! 

We are so blessed with this little man! He brings so much joy and laughter into our hearts! He is constantly amazing us with his imaginative play, pretending, and cute stories! He is a ham! We love you tons, Greg! Hope 3 is a wonderful year for you! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Daddy's Girl

A few weeks ago while Greg was at school and Daddy was home from work, Maria enjoyed some one on one time with Daddy! Activity: washing cars...she had a blast! 

 Getting everything nice and soapy! 
 Just precious...she was soaked! 
 All by herself... working hard! 
Taking a break to supervise Daddy! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dentist Round 1

On September 17th, Greg had his first dental check up! He was so good, and did such an amazing job! We went to my old pediatric dentist, Dr. Lugas. It was so nice going into the office to familiar faces! Greg was even assigned my old hygienist, Mrs. Kathy! She is just wonderful. She was great explaining everything to Greg and what was going to happen, and it was great catching up with her. I was touched by the fact that she could recall certain things from my life when I was young. It really meant a lot to me, and I am so glad that Greg and Maria will be under their care. Dr. Lugas gave me a big welcome back hug! Greg had a great check up, and we were told that we were doing a great job brushing, and to keep up the good work! 
 Getting ready for his cleaning! 
 Mrs. Kathy cleaning his teeth! 
They took a little polaroid of Greg and Dr. Lugas. This is a picture of the picture! Greg is looking super awkward as he holds onto his little good bag! 

Really looking forward to our regular dental check ups here! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Highlands Festival

So if you didn't know this about me and my family...get ready! We are really into our Scott-Irish heritage. Every year Estes Park, CO is home to the 2nd largest (in the world) Irish Festival. We dress up in our Clan colors (Yay Clan Gordon!) and we head out for the parade and day of festival activities of shopping, watching jousting, competitions, Irish dancing, and beer drinking! It's a lot of fun...totally worth the 600 dollars to fly out for 4 1/2 days! This was the kiddos first Scott-Irish Festival and they had a blast, too! 
 Eryn and I gearing up for the parade! 
 Maria ready to catch some candy! Both of my kids are parade experts after their trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras! 
 Maria was loving her some GAR this trip! 
 Boo and Grammy getting ready for the parade! 
 Just waiting...
 Heather and Jonathan were there, too! 
 Great Pap and his sweet babies! 
 Happy boy in wagon! 
 Grandma and me! 
 Ronda and her favorite niece! 
 Clan Gordon in the parade! 
 Maria was kind of over the parade! 
 Eryn and a sleeping Maria! 
 Heather and Maria
Festival Time! 

We had so much fun celebrating our Irish heritage. It was great to see Jonathan since I won't see him again until after he comes home from his deployment. I am kind of mad that I forgot to get a picture of us together!