About Us

About Us
Glenn and I have been married for eight spectacular years. We recently moved to Denver, CO, which is not close enough to either of our families. We keep this blog updated so we can stay close to our friends and fam. Glenn is enjoying his new job and I am loving being a stay-at-home mom. We have two sweet little boys, Tate and Finn and we love them to pieces every day. We also love date nights, good movies, good food, and being with each other!

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Cluffs called to see if we wanted to meet up downtown for the St. Patricks Day parade this year.  With the promise of chill time with the Cluffs and breakfast out with them after the parade it was a no brainer!
Lizzy was not thrilled about this close-up.
The boys had a really good time in spite of our not being very prepared for the cold.  The Cluffs had extra gloves for the boys to borrow which was super helpful since the wind whipping down the downtown streets was so bitter.

Bead necklaces and free candy.  No complaints here.
Stephen and Janelle.
This old mountain man reminded me of my Dad....maybe he'll be in our St. Patricks Day parade some day.
I love that they had this in the parade.  Glenn and I have seen it pedaling around downtown and think it's such a clever idea.  It's a pedal bar.  The guy in the front steers.  Another guy serves drinks and pumps music while the patrons pedal and party around the streets of Denver. Hilarious.
It was a super long parade and it went on for hours after we decided to bail for breakfast, but we couldn't leave before we saw the Star Wars guys!

Yep, that's a Stormtrooper in a kilt.  Happy St. Patricks Day!
Tate was so excited to see all these guys in costume and kept pointing and yelling out their names.
At the end of our parade stay the kiddos were tired and ready for breakfast...even though they ate tons of snacks during the parade.  We went to breakfast at the Delectable Egg and it was SO yummy.  It was a great time.  Glad we went and hope we can go next year too!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tate's 5th Birthday

Tate has been talking about his 5th birthday party since the day after his 4th birthday party.  He decided then that he wanted to have a Star Wars themed party and he never changed his mind so we had plenty of time to plan.  
For a couple of months before his birthday he would wake up early and ask to snuggle with me.  Then he'd say, "Mom, could we just look at Star Wars party ideas on your ipad for a while?"  He had quite the list of party games and refreshments that he wanted to have but he was fine with the tapered down list we ended up with.
He invited a couple of friends from preschool and some friends from church.  It was a great, manageable party. 
We started with a game of "pin the light saber on the Star Wars angry bird.
Then we did some Jedi training.  Each kiddo got a light saber pool noodle and had to keep their "training ball" from hitting the ground.
Then we did some group training, learning some Jedi moves.
We learned that the basement had been taken over by tie fighters so our newly trained Jedis ran downstairs and quickly beat them all into submission.


Then they popped bubbles with their light sabers.
At the end of our training Darth Vader arrived to fight one-on-one with the younglings.  They thought it was so cool even though they obviously knew it was Glenn in a mask.  They beat him up pretty good and he retreated upstairs.  Then it was time for Star Wars cupcakes!
Birthday boy wanted cupcakes from the dark side and the light side so we made two kinds of cupcakes with different colored frosting.


Finn chose the dark side.
All the birthday party crew, except for Sydney and Maddie who had to leave early.  From L to R: Ian Cannon, Finny face, Lizzy Cluff, Tate, Braeden Baker, Sawyer Garlock, and Tori Cluff. in their Star Wars masks.

Tate was super spoiled by all his friends and family.  He opened presents at the party and then later that night too.  He was one happy boy.  His party was just what he wanted which made me so happy.  
He talked about his party for weeks saying that it was the best party ever.  It's hard to want to pass up on birthday parties when kiddo is so grateful and happy.  Next year it will be Glenn's turn to plan again.  Tate's still deciding on the theme.  I'm sure there will be many pinterest mornings with Daddy.
Love you Tate.  I'm glad you had a fantastic birthday!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Disneyland!

Oh poor neglected blog.  Once upon a time, last November, I got a new church calling that knocked me off my feet for a little bit.  Recording our family's goings-on on our blog got pushed way way down on my to-do list.  But I'm feeling a little more on top of things now and one of our YW goals for the summer is to journal.  This is my journal.  Our little family photobook, and it desperately needs to be caught up!  So here we go.
Way back in the end of January we surprised the boys with a trip to Disneyland.  We had planned it a few months prior with Cody, Aubry and their family and we waited until the morning of to surprise the boys.  They were thrilled and their reaction was so worth waiting for.
At the airport I overheard Tate whispering to Finn, "This is just what I wished for when I threw my penny in the fountain!"  Such dear, sweet kiddos.
The first night after we arrived we wandered over and picked up our tickets then found somewhere yummy for dinner in Downtown Disney.  Then we found a fun street performer and camped out dancing to his music while we waited for Cody and Aubry and crew to arrive so we could say hi for a second before heading back to bed.  Aubry's parents decided to join us and we were so excited to spend time with them too.  Brent and Suzanne were like adopted grandparents to our kiddos.  So helpful and kind all day long every day.  They were amazing Disney companions.  But of course, we knew they would be, Aubry is their daughter.  How could they be anything but wonderful Disneymaniacs?
I think this might be the best trip to Disney we've had.  Unfortunately a lot of things were closed for refurbishment because it's the off season, but most of the main stuff was still open and it was amazing how easy it was to get around and get on rides.  Lines were short nearly everywhere and I actually enjoyed the shortened park hours too.  We were at the park from opening to closing and our kids still got a full nights' sleep and weren't overtired on top of being worn out from walking all day.
Our first day we started off with California Adventure which meant Radiator Springs Racers!  We met up with the Hansen crew in line.
It's bizarre to me how much Tate loves being abused by his Uncle Cody.  We're in line at our first ride and Cody picks Tate up and pretends to throw him in the garbage and Tate just looks up at him and says, "I love you."  They have a strange but somehow sweet relationship.
We spent the morning in Cars land riding rides to our hearts' content.


We were worried that our little 2 year old Finny was going to be much more trouble than last year's one year old Finny.  We were pretty sure we were going to lose him at some point.  The kid just has no fear.  Luckily, we didn't lose him even once and he was pretty darn pleasant the whole time.  He'd get cranky and conk out when he was tired.  He didn't throw a tantrum when he was too short to ride something that Tate went on, we just took him somewhere else and he was fine.  It was a surprisingly good trip for the little guy.
Here we are sharing some ice cream treats and waiting for Cody and Mya to come down Grizzly River Rapids.  
A Bug's Land was fun for little man Finny.  He could ride everything and felt like such a big boy.


 Sweet Gramma Keetch with our lady bug full of kiddos.
 Here we are after World of Color the first night.  It was Glenn's first time seeing the show and he really liked it. The kids were pretty exhausted even though I think the show was only at 8, so I'm not sure how much they remember, but it was a pretty fantastic ending to our first day.
 Sweet Gramma and Grampa Keetch.  
 The next day we did Disneyland.  We started in Fantasyland since those lines tend to get long quick.  Peter Pan is still one of my very favorites.  Well worth the wait for me.  
 The cousins tried hard to get the sword from the stone but no luck.  Maybe next time kiddos.
 Sweet Aubry and her sweet little Sade-o.
 Finny loves taking tickle abuse from Uncle Cody too.  These boys love their Uncle.
 Waiting in the long line for the Casey Jr. train we found the perfect solution for getting Finny to stay still in line!  If they only had spare chains every few feet in every line in the park, we'd be set!

 Tate rode the Matterhorn for the first time this year.  He loved it.  He's getting to be such a brave boy.  He loved Space Mountain too and said it was his very favorite.  I'm pretty sure Finny face is going to be a brave rider as well.
 Poor Finny fell backwards out of the stroller onto the cement in the middle of a tantrum.  Poor boy had a pretty big goose egg really fast.  Luckily he has a really handsome Daddy to snuggle him all better.  
While we ate lunch we watched the Star Ward Training Academy show.  Tate and Finn were entranced by the kids fighting Darth Maul and Darth Vader.  It was like a dream come true.  Since we've been home the boys have asked to watch it several times on youtube.  They are so ready to participate next time.  
 Tate and I on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.  I wish I had a picture of Finny on this ride.  It was his absolute favorite.  Glenn and I took him on it over and over while one of us went with Tate on Space Mountain and Star Tours right next door.  Finn loved it so much.  He kept saying "I want to play my game!"  And now, 6 months later, he still tells people on the phone or in the store, "Did you know I went on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters?"  Which is just delicious to hear his little voice say.
 Little man Hayze was such a darling on this trip.  His "ticked" cry is still so mild and sweet.  It just sounds so sad.  And the little doll just smiles so easily.  I wanna kiss his face all day long!
 That night Uncle Seth came up from San Diego to have dinner with us in Downtown Disney.  It was so good to see him and he was so kind to drive all that way just to have dinner with us.  He's a good uncle and was very sweet to the boys who were SUPER tired after our second Disney day.
Our last day we started in California Adventure by talking to Dude Crush. Tate even got to ask him a question which was pretty exciting.
 Tate found another favorite ride.  Goofy's Sky School.  He probably rode it 4 or 5 times.
 Nana gave Tate a Disney gift card for our trip and he waited until the end of our second day to spend it on this R2D2 Micky hat.  He wore it all the next day and was very careful to store it during rides and collect it right after.  It was a precious souvenir. 
 Daddy getting some love from Finnster while waiting in line at Toy Story Mania.
 
 The boys saying "hi" to Red the Firetruck.
 Little Finny and Glenn on Luigi's Flying Tires.
 I love this picture of Tate on the "Never Tire" advertisement bench, completely exhausted from our day.
 We spent our last evening in Disneyland hitting up some more rides all over the park and we ended the night spinning in the teacups.  Then Glenn let me shop just a little bit on the way out before he and the boys were done.  
Just enough time for one more picture with my Disney partner in crime.  I'm so glad she's my sister and always up for a Disney adventure.  We just do Disney so well together.  We know where to eat, how to beat the lines, and do everything that we want without being stressed.  It's bliss.  I hope we can do this many many more times over the years.