Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2

On Friday, Smith turned NINE!
Where did this baby right here go…
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
…seriously, someone go find him and bring him back because I want a big SQUEEZE!!!
This year, for his birthday, Smith picked yet again to go snowboarding in lieu of a party and gifts.  He did this last year and loved it so much that he wanted to do it again.  What’s the first thing I do when my kids decide what kind of birthday they want?  CALL AMY…
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
Isn’t it super cute?!  Don’t forget, after years of me begging, she has opened up a shop that sells these custom birthday signs!!  You can visit it HERE.
So, last week, Andrew took Smith and Nixon and they headed to Vail, Colorado for Smith’s 9th birthday…
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
…at the airport about to leave!  Tab met them there the very next day, so that he could be a part of the fun too!
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
Remember when they looked like this…
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…now, they’re both so BIG!!!
So, Andrew sent me a bunch of pictures from their trip that I’m uploading below.  Basically, it looks like they ate a lot of junk food and loved snowboarding/skiing…
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#allthecarbs on night one!
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
See?  Pasta with butter and Parm?  Why not?  #itsvacation
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, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
Look!  Tab made it for the fun!!
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Andrew had the BEST time with his boy!
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These two.
I know that one night, they ate dinner at Elway’s and the other night, they ate dinner at Flame and Pepi’s.
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
Smith said he LOVED being in Vail!  He said we need to go back there as a family.
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The dads let them pick out their own snacks at the grocery store.  #sigh
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A few pics from Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2.
These days are just flying by, friends.  If you have little ones and are in the throes of babyhood right now, kiss them and give them a cuddle for me.  It goes by too quickly. xo
To see Kensington’s parties from years past, here you go…
Kensington’s Big Apple Birthday
To see Ashby’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
Ashby’s Frozen Swim Party
To see Madeley’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
, Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday PART 2
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 23, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Your kids have the best birthday bashes – all thanks to you adults, of course! You guys are experts at party and event planning! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    It looks like Smith has the best time! Vail is definitely on the list of places to visit and ski!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Erika Slaughter January 23, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Ahhhhh!!!! My boys had SO MUCH FUN!! Wanna know the first thing Nixon mentioned? Not the mountains, flying down the hill, or anything like that…the junk food! Hahaha! Slaughter boys had a great weekend!

  • Sarah January 23, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Such a sad thing to let them eat junk!
    Looks like an awesome birthday tradition!

  • Tanya January 23, 2019 at 5:35 am

    The years go so quickly, and I can tell you that the clock just gets even faster in the teen years! What a great birthday!

  • Narci January 23, 2019 at 5:36 am

    What a fun trip for Smith! Looks like the boys had a blast!

  • Sheaffer Sims January 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Skiing AND picking out junk food at the store? SCORE!

  • Christy Latimore January 23, 2019 at 6:31 am

    The snacks made me laugh so hard!

  • Rachel January 23, 2019 at 7:08 am

    It’s not a “good” birthday unless there is lots of junk food involved!! Happy birthday, Smith!

  • Tara G. January 23, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I somehow ended up with a 16 year old this month – time does fly!!!

  • Kerri January 23, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Looks like he had so much fun for his 9th Birthday!! Time sure does fly by!

  • Vreni January 23, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Wow what fun! As for Vail, you’d love it there! It’s my family’s favorite place to ski. I’d recommend renting an AirBnb or VRBO in West Vail. Lots of cute condos and then they’re all on the free ski bus line, which means you walk about a block to a little bus stop and then the bus (meant for people in ski gear too) drops you at the base! Plus lots of fun restaurants, shops and spas along the way.

  • Erin E Port January 23, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Looks like a blast and sweet memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Paula January 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

    That time & those memories are priceless.

  • Liz January 23, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Oh this reminds me of all the weekends the boys would take skiing. Every year Andrew and David would go MLK weekend skiing. Then when Matthew was old enough he went too. So fun. Those are the days. Hug your babies. Do anything they love to do as kids and teenagers (ok. Within the law, does that need to be said?) but I think t-ping a house doesn’t count. 😂 it’s totally lawful. Anyway. I digress. Make those memories.

  • Wendy January 23, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Vail is our favorite!! Such a great time and so many memories! I’d skip the presents and parties too for a weekend in Vail!

  • Kristy January 23, 2019 at 8:39 am

    It is my baby’s 1st birthday TODAY! We adopted her at birth and she has completely stolen my heart. This 1 year flew by SO fast – I cannot imagine 9! Happy Birthday to your sweet Smith!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 23, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Ahhhh!! Happy birthday to her!!!!

  • Cat January 23, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Wow, what a getaway! And first class seats for the 9 year olds!

  • Courtney January 23, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Love that Kensington and Smith are choosing experiences over parties for their last couple of birthdays! Those are the best memories! Happy Birthday to Smith! My son turns 5 in March and I am in such denial. He’s just too big!

  • Julia January 23, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Happy birthday Smith! I’m sure my son would love a boys weekend for his birthday too. We are headed to Beaver Creek for the first time for spring break… can’t wait!!

  • cassie // hi sugarplum January 23, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I love that he chose a trip over a party…a boy after his mama’s heart for sure!!

  • Corbie January 23, 2019 at 9:39 am

    It does go by so quickly! I just made a DMV appt for my son to get his drivers license in a few weeks! I swear I just gave birth to him… how does this happen!?!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick January 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    The snacks pic is the best! And all I saw in that plane pic was little Tab and little Andrew! Love his new sign too!!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Jill January 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Awww…SO fun! We are taking our 5 year old grandson on his first ski trip to Big Sky next month…seeing your ski posts makes me even more excited 😊

  • Ashley January 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    How fun!! I loved your post about your family trip over Christmas Break. My husband and I have two little girls (7 and 3) and have been contemplating a ski vacation! Any tips?! Specifically renting snow gear? Do you just have your own?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 24, 2019 at 5:04 am

      Andrew, Smith and I own our stuff but we rent helmets for the two little girls (K wears one Smith outgrew) and we rent ski boots for all three girls (and then me plus the three girls rent skis).

  • Chelsey Fernandez January 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    First of all, love that your kids are starting to pick experiences over parties. But oh my gosh, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and of course I remember your kiddos when they were on the Bachelor/Bachelorette and I cannot get over how grown up Smith and Nixon look in these pictures. Time sure does fly! I’m about to have my first baby, a boy, in April and am already preparing myself to savor every moment!

  • Angela Ellingson January 23, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Such a good idea to offer an experience over a party and gifts! Looks like so much fun!

  • Liz Thorson January 23, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Awww, lucky Smith! What an awesome birthday weekend!🎈🎊🎉🎂🎉🎊🎈

  • Melissa Frye January 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

    That last picture of the boys… they look like little men! So grown!

    My kiddos are all teenagers (my oldest will be 20 in March)… it goes so fast! Enjoy them every day! <3

  • Carol January 24, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for this reminder – my boys are nearly 2 and four right now and I often wish they were older so it could be easier so I’m trying to be content in this sweet short season and cuddle them hard now!!!!