Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa Visit

We took Dakota to Picture People at Park Meadows mall to see Santa. He loves talking about Santa, but getting him to sit on his lap is another story. We tried and tried to get him to sit on his lap for a picture and would have none of it. So we got a few other shots, and then told Dakota to say bye bye to Santa. He gave santa a high five, and then we got him to give Santa a hug... this is the picture we were able to get. I think it is way cute! Our little boy is growing up so fast.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This is annoying!

When I changed my blog back ground I lost all of my blog address's. If you read this blog could you please either e-mail me or put in comments your blog address. I will work on finding as many as I can, but I know I am going to forget one or two. Thanks. 

Monday, December 15, 2008

Busy times

Well we have had a lot going on. We had a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday. On Thanksgiving we went to the Groover's and had a great time being with friends and eating lots of good food. Then the next morning bright and early we went out. Since Jenn and I have been married I have always made it out to at least one store. Most of our family and friends are smart and dont go out but we seem to make it out I think just to witness the crazziness of it all. We then went up that afternoon to Estes Park for their lights parade and fun. It was a great time and we enjoyed watching the parade with Gee's. We had heard there were chances of snow but had not seen much so didnt worry till the drive home. It started coming down pretty good as we got closer to Denver. Not much accumulation on the ground but it sure did come down on our drive home. It of course melted pretty quickly and we have since had a few more snow storms that only lasted a day as well. However on one of the last ones Dakota and I did make it out in time to build a snow man. He loves playing in the snow, especially throwing snow balls. Just have to work on his snowball making skills. Right now he just kind of picks up the snow and throws it.Well now its the week before Christmas so you can tell its taken a while to write this.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Taking a tracktor ride around Estes Park.

Dakota having fun riding a pony.
Dakota loves to get in the Driver seat and took advantage of
the moment when we went to warm up before the parade.

Dakota's favorite part I think was the parade had lots of fire trucks.
What we woke up to the next morning.
Dakota enjoying a train he got this year.
The snowman we made.


With all the pictures in the Califorina post I thought I would post the wedding in a different blog. Just didnt relize how much time would go by. It was a great time and Jenn and I enjoyed being back with family.

Dakota helping decorate the day before.
All decorated up and ready for the party.Dakota waiting for the Bride and Groom to come out.

The new Mr and Mrs Lindstrom.

The Romero Family

Dakota decided to help mommy in helping Whitney get ready.

Sadly the rest of the pictures that night got messed up somehow and are unreadable but it was a great time and Dakota enjoyed it all until the music got too loud for him. He even helped clean up after it was over. Best of wishes to the new couple.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The End has come.....

I have spent the last 8 years of my life devoted to the United States of America. I have had great time, wonderful memories, and life long friends. I am sadden to say that my time as a United States Sailor has come to an end. I just found out that March 17, 2009 I will hang up my uniform for good. It was not in the cards for me to stay in. Due to over manning in my job field I am being involuntarly separated.
I have loved my time as a sailor. I have seen things and been place I never dreamed I would have seen or done. I am grateful for my service. And if I could stay I would. I am grateful that I was able to be stationed in Florida, to meet Corey and Timi who never stopped believing in me. I am grateful for the experiences I had in Mississippi, with Bishop White. I found my way back to Christ there is the hills of Mississippi. I was able to find the love of my life in Charleston, and found very dear and precious friends in Denver. I am most grateful to my family for their support and love over the last 8 years. Time really does fly by. I will always remember how I feel putting on my uniform, knowing that I am part of something so wonderful. I am grateful for this Country. I have given of my time and my freedom to ensure that of my friends and family. I am grateful for what this Country stands for. I will never forget where I was on 9/11. I will always remember my time spent on board the USS John F. Kennedy. And how I felt when I was able to say that I was able to protect this Country. I love this country. I love and honor the flag and what it stands for. I am afraid that those coming behind me do not look at the flag of this nation for what she stands for. I am honored to have been a United States Sailor. I am sad for what I am leaving behind. I am excited for the future. I am praying that all works out for us.. I am excited to stay in the Denver area a little while longer. I am grateful all of your support.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Time for catch up. We spent the last week out in California for Jenn's niece's wedding. We started out the week taking Dakota to Sea World, which he really enjoyed the shows and getting to visit the hands on pools.

Dakota and Mommy at See world on the Flying Elmo Fish

Dakota playing on the toddler area

"look mommy I'm building a house"
Peter and Dakota on the rope bridge
Part of the Dolphin Show

Dakota and Daddy in the shark cave

The awesome Shamu Show
What Beautiful creatures Killer Whales are
The Tidepools, that water is COLD!!!
On the Sky Ride over the Pacfic Ocean
The highlight of the week for Dakota though would most likely be Wednesday. We told him he would get to go to Mickey's House on this trip and so he was excited to go to Disneyland. It was a great day and Dakota got to see his favorite Disney pals. We chose Wednesday to avoid traffic and it worked we walked on almost all the rides we wanted and the longest waits were probably 15min. Jenn's favorite part though of this day would probably be getting to visit with her friend Melani and her daughter Emily. Emily and Dakota became fast friends and enjoyed some rides together, along with a fun show, Playhouse Disney Live on Stage. Dakota got to see all his "friends" from the Disney Channel. Jennifer had gone to Melani's wedding just recently and so this November has been a great time for them to catch up on things in person. We also got to enjoy the day with Jenn's niece Whitney and now husband Lars, and also her nephew Skylar. Of course getting to Disneyland was half the fun that day. On our way the driver rear tire blew. So Jenn got us to as good as place on the side of the freeway and instead of waiting on road side assistance we changed it ourselves. Nothing too big of a challenge other than the trucks whizzing by a foot away from us as we made the change. It was good though cause that probably saved us 2 or more hours. Which we really enjoyed at the park staying until closing and Dakota was awake for most of it only taking one power nap right before the Peter Pan ride. Well we had those two fun days a parks and then ended our week with two great days. Friday we had a dinner honoring the couple to be with a great movie made by Lars' Dad. Then Saturday we went to the temple for the ceremony followed that night with the reception for the new couple. And the weather the whole time couldn't have been better. Only regret probably being not bringing more shorts . We did get to LA on Saturday with all the fires. But that was cleared up by Tuesday, Sunny 75 to 80 degree days.

The Heros of the day!
This is what are tire looked like

Whitney, Skyler and a very sad Dakota on the side of the the 57.

After we met the Dream Team.. we all got Mickey Ears! A million bucks would have been better.. but Mickey Earswill have to do.

Whitney and Lars getting in some parenting pratice

Mom, dakota and Mikey Mouse

Emily and Dakota. Best of Friends. This is the first time meeting each other!

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage

Quick Power nap before Peter Pan. Mom's favorite ride!

First time riding a horse all by himself. He is growing up so fast!

The newlyweds.. well not yet! Cute Hats! who got you those?!

Best friends.. Now both mommies! Love you Melani!
Emily and Dakota. Awww how sweet!
What Snow in So Cal? Doesn't the Castle look Beautiful? Now that is the kind of snow I can handle.
Driving the Fire Engine
First Time on a Roller Coaster
The whole gang!
Just one of the Family. A long lost brother

End of the day! What a great day!

We had an awesome time. We will have to post wedding pictures later. This post is long enough. Hope you enjoy the pictures! We sure enjoy being there.