Monday, September 25, 2017

The Time Has Come

The time has come. The time is now. Just go go go. I don't care how. 
- Dr. Suess from Marvin K. Mooney

Today is my birthday, and I've decided to start blogging again. Just not in this space anymore.

Come see me at KristenLynneLife.com!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

This is mostly for me to reference next year when I can't remember what we enjoyed about Easter this year. Matt worked nights through the weekend, so we kept our Easter pretty low key this year. Just the four of us which was really nice.

(I also can't get Instagram to work on my phone which is limiting my social media - not a bad thing - but also keeping me from blogging since I like to edit photos there before sharing them here. Maybe I'll get that figured out soon)

Holy Saturday
We dyed eggs from our chickens. Nothing fancy, just used a grocery store package.

We also made Krispy Easter Eggs, wrapped a few up cute, and shared some with a few younger neighbor kids. Kids had a good time doing this, and we'll definitely add it our annual repertoire.

Jack had left carrots and popcorn and orange juice for the Easter bunny. He is at this in-between stage where he knows it is all not real and yet he can't quite let go of his belief.

Easter Morning
I was up early to hide eggs and set up Easter baskets - each had a stuffed bunny, a CD, and a packet of seeds (cactus for Kate & sunflowers for Jack).

I started the hot cross buns (this is a really good recipe!) and cut up fruit while the kids did their egg hunt.

When Matt got up late morning, we had hot cross buns and fruit salad (grapefruit, oranges, grapes & bananas) outside in the sunshine.

Easter Afternoon & Dinner
We took a scenic drive up Rampart Range Road from Garden of the Gods up to Woodland Park, had a quick picnic, and did a fun hike (Avenger Claim Loop). A nice family outing to avoid the holiday crowds.

After a little nap, I finished up Easter dinner.  It all went really well together.
Brown sugar ham steak (usually I do Honey Baked ham but since we didn't have a crowd, this was perfect)
Hoosier potatoes (there would be mutiny if I didn't fix this!)
Shredded Brussel sprouts
Lemon Garlic Broccoli (this was just eh)
Blintzes with Strawberries

Thoughts for next year

  • Make smaller crepes for blintzes
  • Serve hard boiled eggs for breakfast or some other protein
  • Do most of food prep on Saturday
  • Add roasted carrots to dinner
PS - I know of 2 chocolate eggs that haven't been found yet!!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

2017 Reading List - March

Finished in March:  7 (highlighted)
YTD: 21

Books I've Started and Want to Finish
Truly, Madly, Guilty
The Hoarder in You
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Intimacy
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Your Brain at Work
More or Less

Fiction
The Red Tent
The Underground Railroad
'Til the Well Runs Dry
The Three-Year Swim Club
After You
A Game of Thrones
Olive Kitteridge*
Life After Life
Pitch Dark
Youngblood Hawke
Seven Eves
Blue Remembered Earth
War and Peace
Miss Jane
The Nix
Imagine Me Gone
Behind Closed Doors

Non-Fiction
The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything
Love is Never Enough
New Seeds of Contemplation
Origins
Salt Sugar Fat
How We Do It
When Women Were Birds
Brain Chains
The Organized Mind
Hustle
Raising Happiness
Why Isn't My Brain Working?
365 Days of Wonder
On Living
Always Know What to Say
Hillbilly Elegy
H is for Hawk

Children's Literature
Out of the Silent Planet
Watership Down
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Hattie Big Sky
Kira-Kira
Lord of the Deep
Missing May
Call it Courage

Added Books

Wave
Our Souls at Night
Born a Crime
Small Great Things
The Like Switch
Chasing Monarchs
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Summer Before the War
The Time Between
Lion
Organizing From the Inside Out
I'll Always Write Back
The Kaizen Way
Norwegian By Night
Chains
He's Gone
A Matter of Days

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

2017 Reading List - February

Finished in February: 4 (highlighted)
YTD: 14

So I didn't finish much last month, but I started A LOT. Thinking I'll have more finishes in March.

Books I've Started and Want to Finish
Truly, Madly, Guilty
The Hoarder in You
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Intimacy
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Your Brain at Work
More or Less

Fiction
The Red Tent
The Underground Railroad
'Til the Well Runs Dry
The Three-Year Swim Club
After You
A Game of Thrones
Olive Kitteridge
Life After Life
Pitch Dark
Youngblood Hawke
Seven Eves
Blue Remembered Earth
War and Peace
Miss Jane
The Nix
Imagine Me Gone
Behind Closed Doors

Non-Fiction
The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything
Love is Never Enough
New Seeds of Contemplation
Origins
Salt Sugar Fat
How We Do It
When Women Were Birds
Brain Chains
The Organized Mind
Hustle
Raising Happiness
Why Isn't My Brain Working?
365 Days of Wonder
On Living
Always Know What to Say
Hillbilly Elegy
H is for Hawk

Children's Literature
Out of the Silent Planet
Watership Down
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Hattie Big Sky
Kira-Kira
Lord of the Deep
Missing May
Call it Courage

Added Books

Wave
Our Souls at Night
Born a Crime
Small Great Things
The Like Switch
Chasing Monarchs
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Summer Before the War
The Time Between
Lion
Organizing From the Inside Out
I'll Always Write Back
The Kaizen Way
Norwegian By Night
Chains
He's Gone

Monday, March 06, 2017

Weekend Review - First of March

We were undecided up until late Friday evening about whether to stay home this weekend or go to the mountains. In the end, the spring-like weather convinced us to stay home.
A little spring
So Friday after swim practice and volleyball, we ordered pizza and watched the original Jurassic Park movie.

After sleeping in late Saturday morning, Matt and I went car shopping. We've had a number of serious car accidents affect friends and family in the last few weeks, and since my vehicle is 10+ years old with 165K+ miles, we decided it is time to upgrade. No decision was made this weekend but hopefully soon.

Saturday evening we went with friends to explore Seven Falls and eat at Restaurant 1858. Despite being a bit chilly - actually COLD by the end - we had fun walking around and ate a great meal. Looking forward to going back when it is warmer, and it is our new place to take out of town guests.
Canyon walk to Restaurant 1858
Both kids had sleepovers elsewhere on Saturday night, so Matt and I woke up to an empty house Sunday morning! We went out for a nice breakfast the Ivywild School and then browsed more new vehicles.

The rest of Sunday was simple pleasures and little errands. I took a nice, long walk with a friend then took Tripper for a run, Matt got a bike ride, Jack spent most of the day with a friend, and Kate practiced volleyball at a friend's house. Felt like we ended the weekend rested and caught up with life.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Weekend Review - Kate's Birthday Weekend

Oh, dear. These posts are sliding further and further back in the week! The weekend is starting, and I'm just now posting about last weekend. Going to try get back to my Sunday night weekend post.
Last Friday was Kate's 13th birthday! I have a teenager! Matt got our traditional donuts and balloons for breakfast. I made her favorite meal for dinner - French dip sandwiches with roasted brussel sprouts and carrots (ok, the veggies aren't her favorite but she likes them). We ate right after school because she had both swim and volleyball that night. While she was practicing I ran out for an ice cream cake from Josh & John's, and we had our little cake and presents celebration late (after 10PM!)
Saturday morning was a make-up piano lesson for Jack and errands and getting ready to go to The Great Wolf Lodge! A nearby location just opened this winter, and kids have been excited to try it out. Matt was on call all weekend, so I invited a friend for each of the kids and made a last minute decision to go stay.
(There are plenty of reviews online about staying at Great Wolf Lodges, so I don't know that I need to add to it right now. But I definitely have some thoughts that maybe I'll share at some point.)
All Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday morning and afternoon were spent at the lodge. Matt was able to come for a few hours Saturday evening. There was lots of waterpark play, MagiQuest for the boys, ropes course for the girls, pizza dinner, and a little mini birthday party for Kate.
I was EXHAUSTED when we arrived home Sunday late afternoon. I fell onto the couch and did nothing the rest of the evening!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weekend Review - President's Day

I want to record all our weekends in 2017, because it is nice to have a record of what we are doing. So easy to forget. I almost can't remember what we did this last weekend, just a few days ago!
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Saturday was a lovely day with NOTHING planned. Kids wanted Swedish pancakes for breakfast, so I made a huge pile of them. We did some house work, ran some errands, and just caught up on life. Kate and I had a girls' date with pedicures and a little shopping. We had planned to do a family movie night, but Jack was invited to have dinner with a neighbor friend so the rest of us just had a lazy evening.

Sunday morning we were up early and made crepes for breakfast (we love eggy pancakes of all nationalities!). Then Kate and I showed up at the Humane Society for foster training that is NEXT month. Doh! Since we were up and out, we ended up downtown getting drinks from a coffee shop and window shopping. 

Matt and I did a bike ride Sunday afternoon (I haven't been on my road bike in years - we rode up to a bike shop and I got a new *pink* helmet) while Jack played with a neighbor friend and Kate did some pet sitting with one of her friends. 

Matt and I had a 50th birthday bus party to attend Sunday evening. Everyone was dressed up in their leather, lace and sequins and on the party bus with no idea where we were headed. What a fun surprise to pull up to TopGolf an hour later! Super fun. Ended the night with dessert and piano in the lobby of The Mining Exchange.

President's Day was a bit normal and uneventful for us. Matt was up early as he was worked in Alamosa, CO for a couple days this week. While there was officially no school, we still saw tutors and had sport practices. We also had our Humane Society foster home inspection... more about that after we complete our foster training... NEXT month. Ha!