A boy and his dog

Jasper has had Remi (Remington) since he was 11 months old. And Jasper turns 11 in August. ELEVEN!

I'll never forget when we went to get Remi. After doing research we had decided on Colorado Puppy Rescue , we knew we wanted to adopt but we didn't want to risk an older dog that maybe didn't like kids, and one that could 'grow up' with Jasper. They used to hold their adoptions at a local petco (not sure if thats still the case?) and all the puppies stayed with foster homes till the event. A few days before the event they put their puppies online, and as soon as we saw him we just knew he had to come home with us! So we got there before the event started, put our names on the list and said which puppy we were interested in. We were number two  on the list so I got nervous that the other lady wanted Remi too, but luckily she had her sights on an adorable spaniel pup, which was our number two choice. 

They had big pens set up in the store for people to go in and sit with the pups, and Remi was cowering in the corner, absolutely terrified. We went in and sat down, and as soon as Jasper waddled over to him he started wagging his tail, still scared, but climbed into our laps for Jasper to pet him. It was love at first sight for the two of them. 

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When we got him home, he wouldn't walk, we almost thought something was wrong with him, but if we left the room he would run and hide behind the couch (where he could Barely fit) so we knew he Could walk, he just wouldn't. I had to carry him outside to pee, set him down and then carry him back inside. We couldn't go on walks because he literally would just stand there/sit there, so we would do walks with him and Jasper in the wagon together. It took him weeks to warm up to us all, but he's spent the last 10 years being Jaspers BFF. He waits for him by the door when he's gone. At our 'new' house we have a window seat, he lays up there with his face pressed against the window watching for his boy to come home. If Jasper goes outside to shoot hoops, Remi pushes the door open himself to get out there also. It's heartbreaking to think that one day he won't be here with Jasper. But we sure are grateful that he's here now. 

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Wanderlust; YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch

Last month,before our big move, we had the opportunity to escape the city and head into the mountains for a weekend of fun at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch. It ended up being the perfect time to go because Denver reached triple digits the entire weekend we were away..no thanks!

We arrived Friday evening just in time to roast marshmallows by the campfire and play some mini golf in the dusk before it was time to head to our room for bed. We stayed at one of the lodge rooms (they also have yurts and cabins and camping!) which was really good sized with two queen beds, a couch, table/chairs and plenty of room to move around. Perfect size for our family of 5! Plus it had a balcony! We try to get rooms with balconies when we are traveling, its so nice to have a little place to escape to once the kids are in bed to have a drink, talk, watch netflix on the iPad...

Saturday morning we had breakfast at the cafeteria on sight and then had a busy day filled with zip lining (so much fun!!) tubing (also a blast, probably our favorite activity we did) archery shooting for Jasper and Drew, more mini golf and rock climbing. The kids were basically in outdoor heaven. 

We went into Winter Park to grab some medicine for Soren who had a slight fever and was teething so we got back to late to have dinner at the cafeteria, which ended up being a good thing because it made us try the grill on sight. We enjoyed delicious pizza and french fries (why is this the best combination!?!) while enjoying the best views out on their patio. Perfect ending to the busy day. After ice cream and playing at one of the many play grounds on site, we all passed out hard! Something about that mountain air! We all slept in (which never happens in every day life and certainly NEVER happens while we are all sleeping in a room together) so we rushed to eat at the cafeteria and then went to the lake where they were having a fathers day fishing derby, where Jasper caught his very first fish! I think its time to find a lake around here for him to go fishing, because he hasn't stopped talking about it since! 

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After a morning filled with fishing it was time to pack up and head back home. No one wanted to leave! The weekend went way too fast and we didn't have a chance to try so many of the activities! I guess that just means we HAVE to go back. For an entire week next time! There's also mountain biking, an indoor pool, horse back riding, a craft room (which looked Amazing) organized activities like kickball/ hungry hungry hippo (kicking myself for not making it there in time for that) and so many more activities we wanted to try! When traveling with three kids I'm learning to lower my expectations. My instinct is to PACK AS MUCH FUN and activities into our days. I want to DO ALL THE THINGS, but that just doesnt work when you have three kiddos, nap times to deal with and all that, so I am learning to try to stop trying to fit it all in. So hard to do in a place filled with so many fun things to do! We are definitely going to need to plan a trip for the winter also, they have out door activities then too, like snow shoeing and cross country skiing!

Thank you so much YMCA of the Rockies for hosting our family for the weekend! We can't wait to come back again! 

We made a little gopro video of some of the footage from our trip!