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Saturday, May 8, 2010

~heidi and dave and their seven~

this family has seemed to settle into a place they can call home now. after 10 yrs or so of school and acquiring degrees, dave is teaching Chinese and related subjects with the Air Force Academy and likes it. so i think maybe it's permanent for them. it's such a great place to be: rolling hills all around and views of Pike's Peak everywhere you turn. and a great downtown. i'll include a long-horn cattle drive thru the streets of downtown that takes place every summer to kick off the rodeo season.
      ...had to add this one of Brighton, altho it was last at least a year ago. he's a grown-up toddler now! it's just so adorable, as all the kids are.

and introducing, Duncan, a sweet and adorable addition to this family, he started smiling at us in his first week and has kept it up! born May 15, 2010
these are the two oldest, Elijah up top, and Sebastian taken at Garden of the Gods in march 2010. Elijah just turned 10yrs and Sebastian will be 12yrs in Aug. they experiment with so many science projects, i think they will rock the world with their ideas and innovative thinking upon manhood! keep at it guys.
and we have Fiona who just turned 8yrs and making great choices in her life! what a neat, durable, capable and charming gal she is too. love her independence and ability to be interdependent with her siblings and family. love her to death! just look at how gorgeous she is....

Haven is 5yrs going on 16yrs and has the most charm about her-very petite little lady. she loves babies, princess dresses, dress-up, and her family most of all. fun and sweet as can be-beautiful inside and out. quite the mother-girl.

 sweet and fun Scarlett! love her independent spirit and strength. i sometimes forget she's 
 only 3yrs old. so wise and creative and just enchanting to be with. very much a lady, but 
 at the same time, she's rough and tumble. she has determination and perseverance beyond
 her years. 
     hair cutting day with me. such fun. i did all the kids, but especially liked this 
    one of Scarlett. so cute.
 so this is bright, bright Brighton last october...and this is him now...
...all rough and tumble boy! what a sweet heart he has, and he really holds his own when it comes to getting what he wants in this large family of people with their own ideas on what he should or should not be doing. go for it, guy!
Duncan at 1 week is so thoughtful-just listened and listened and stared and stared. such a little man in that small body! when he wasn't thinking he would smile at many things and folks. here's a couple of good examples...
he's one and a half weeks in the first one and about two in the 
second one. what a sweetie and so pleasant to be around. 
seems contented and pleased with his new life outside the sack.
i look at new little ones tho, and just see how hard it is to live and learn at this new stage. adorable!

so that's the life of Riley for this family!
but of course, not really "life of Riley" all the time.
 heidi entering full term with duncan. they hiked the Garden of the Gods this day. 
looking so good and healthy! way to go. oh, and that's one of the family i don't 
give too much credit to: willow the dog.

 this is heidi and duncan after the birth. still looking good-keeping him in her arms all the time...sweet and good.
dave is not usually a skeptic like this, but it is the Garden of the Gods. he's really a nice and very fun guy (get it, dave, fungi?!)  
here he is in his element for halloween...
but this is the real dave and heidi, being the best dad and mom on the block! and best husband and wife to each other that either of them could ever want and need...
dave does smile and laugh and joke around a lot...really! i just don't have any of those photos!


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