Monday, July 30, 2012

30 Days of Organization - #19 First Aid Kits

It's a little deplorable that a couple both in the medical field should be so lacking in their first aid kits. Too care of that after our last camping trip. I'm using these really cute and really sturdy first aid boxes. We are going to keep one in our main house, one in our mountain place, one in the camper, and one in each car.
In each box: gauze dressings, band aides of various sizes, cloth tape, antibiotic ointment, gloves, hydrocortisone cream, tweezers, needle, biofreeze, scissors, ace bandage, moleskin, safety pins, rubber bands, bandana, butterfly closures, saline rinse, hand sanitzer, and electrolyte beans.

Friday, July 27, 2012

30 Days of Organization - #18 iPod Box

I use shoeboxes in my office closet to keep odds and ends organized. We are pretty much an Apple family nowadays with far too many devices, and I use one shoebox to keep all our iPod paraphernalia corralled. The box was overflowing with wires, so I took it on as an organization project. Slimmed down the number of charging cords, threw out some broken earphones, put the camera cords in their proper place, donated a few old covers, and now have a more manageable storage box.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday


Didn't work on anything last week. Not working on anything this week. Blah!

(Although I did pick up an old crochet project as a mobile project. Not sure how much progress I'll actually make...)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

30 Days of Organization - #17 Explore Basket

I keep an "Explore Basket" by the back door so the kids have easy access to items they like to use in the backyard. In there, among other things, are a variety of bug catchers, magnifying glasses, binoculars, tweezers, string, whistles, clipboards, rocks, carabiners, etc.

I noticed the other day that our Explore Basket was overflowing and needed a good clean out. In throwing out some broken items, I cleaned out a couple balls, a marble, a pair of underwear (?!?), some legos, and other miscellaneous stuff. Hoping the clean out will make exploring a little easier.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Life of Drama

Last week the kids were in a half day, week long acting camp. All week long, they worked on memorizing their lines and practicing the singing routines. Meanwhile, I was working on costumes for the King of Hearts and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. On Friday, they put on a mini performance of Alice in Wonderland. It was wonderful in all its child performance glory.
Jack as the King of hearts
Kate as Tweedle Dum
I took a video on my Flip camera, but I can't seem to get it to download properly. Hopefully I'll eventually get to share with you some tidbits from the show.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


What I was doing every half hour yesterday. Doesn't include all I did between time checks! And I wonder why I can't get anything done...

7am - Snuggling and snoozing with Jack
7:30 - Getting up and getting dressed
8am - Fixing scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast
8:30 - Getting kids and all their stuff out of the house and into the car
9am - Dropping kids off at camp
9:30 - Picking up Miss D to run errands
10am - Looking at folding tables with Miss D
10:30 - Getting supplies for performance costumes
11am - Dropping Miss D off at home
11:30 - Buying socks at Target for Kate's costume
12pm - Picking up kids from camp
12:30 - Eating lunch at Smashburger with kids
1pm - Picking up Kate's playdate
1:30 - Visiting with neighbor who stopped over to say hi
2pm - Making snow cone syrup
2:30 - Cleaning up the VERY messy kitchen
3pm - Herding chickens back into their run
3:30 - Visiting with a friend who dropped by
4pm - Fixing the kids a snack
4:30 - Blogging
5pm - Shopping the Patagonia sale
5:30 - Picking up Matt at the auto shop
6pm - Giving Matt a list for the grocery store
6:30 - Sewing a King of Hearts Costume
7pm - Fitting and altering costume
7:30 - Making Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum bow ties
8pm - Clearing dinner dishes
8:30 - Snuggling with my neighbor's baby
9pm - Putting the kids BACK to bed
9:30 - Cleaning up legos
10pm - Getting into bed

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Best Plans

Sometimes I need a good reminder from life that when things don't go as planned, it's because there is something better waiting for me. I seem to have to relearn this over and over and over.

Last evening, I was sitting in a restaurant, splitting a BBQ sandwich with Matt, and pretty annoyed at God and The Universe for spoiling my plans. Matt and I were on a date night and had planned to hike the incline together.  I had been looking forward to this for days. Just as we were leaving our house, the clouds burst open in a massive downpour. I had been pretty clear about my intentions for the evening, and the horizontal rain did not look like a storm about to blow over. We had already picked up my car at the auto shop and gone to dinner in the hopes that it would clear up. I was not happy and did not wan to let go of our plans. Just as I finally relented to Plan B (going to REI), we noticed clear sky peaking out from the mountain peaks. Turning immediately around, we headed to our initial destination.

When we arrived at the bottom of the incline, there was a full, intense, double rainbow behind us and a completely empty incline ahead of us (the incline is normally packed full of people!). It was a perfect, magical climb - just us, cool temps, humid air, and a double rainbow. I even PR'd the climb despite stopping for photo ops. I had to audibly apologize to the heavens for my earlier annoyance. Date Night was much better than I could have imagined, much less planned.
Double rainbow
Cool clouds
All to ourselves
More clouds
At the top
You know when you have those times in your life that feel so good and special, and you know you'll never forget that feeling? This was one for me. They always seem to be unexpected. And to think I was all grumbly not knowing that I was about to have a moment. Makes me wonder where else in my life this is happening...

As a side unrelated to all the above touchy feel thoughts, the incline has been in the news a lot lately. There is a big article this month in Runner's World, and ESPN just did a little blurb also. And I should also add that we did run into two people coming up as we went down (that was the first and the LAST time I ever go down the incline... Barr Trail for ever more!). I predicted from the top who it was when they were just peanut sized to us, and I was right! It was two friends, and one is a frequent running partner of mine. Fun.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DayBook 7.17.12

Outside my window... I'm actually sitting outside my window. It is a lovely morning. The hens are free ranging in the yard, the kitten is exploring under the bushes, Oscar the older cat is guarding the kitten like a good older brother (it is really funny how protective he is of the kitten outside!), and Nina Sprinkles is chewing on a chicken feather.

I am thinking... that July 17 (today... I just realized that when I typed the header) has become a look back date for me to gauge where I am in life and what I want. 3 years ago I was in Minnesota, the last 2 years I was running half marathons, this year I'm relaxing on my back porch. But between each of those events, so much has happened. Even though it is a good half way point since New Year's Day, I'm not really thinking about my goals/resolutions. More the big, overall picture. So that's what I'll be thinking about today.

I am thankful for... half day camps. Gives me a little time to myself in the morning, but I don't have to give up my kids for an entire day.

From the kitchen... we seem to be having breakfast for every meal! Swedish pancakes for dinner last night. Tried a new cracked wheat waffle recipe this morning. It was really good, but I didn't let the batter sit long enough to soften the bulgur wheat soften. The kids complained about "crunchy things" in the waffles...

I am wearing... cut-off 501s, patagonia zippy fleece, bare feet

I am creating... some order in my house, but not much in the sewing room this week.

I am going... to maybe do nothing after this.

I am reading...  Quiet still (loving this book - did you know that even animals tend to show introvert/extrovert traits?) and listening to Bonhoeffer. About half way through each.

I am hoping... for another great adventure soon!

I am hearing... birds chirping away and the neighbors talking.

Around the house... not much. I start thinking about painting a room, but end up imagining a massive remodel. So I do nothing.

One of my favorite things... new porch cushions. They just freshen everything up!

A few plans for the rest of the week: tennis, playdates galore for the kids, dinner with friends, hot date with Matt (hot & smelly - we are going to do the incline), maybe some pool time

Here is a picture I am sharing: Oscar resting on top of my parsley while watching over the kitten

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Right Now

Kids exploring in the rain.

Then it REALLY started raining, which meant they *needed* hot chocolate.

That's my friend Ashlee's 2 older ones with Kate & Jack. I love that they all play so well together and that they've known each other as long as they can remember.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Right Now

Kids have been at zoo camp all week (& lovin' it!). It was great timing as we got to see the newborn giraffe (born Tuesday morning) everyday.

We love our zoo.

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Monday, July 09, 2012



Played #1 Doubles for every USTA match.  That's 9-0.

Couldn't have done it without my awesome partner!

Let me just say it one more time... UNDEFEATED!!

DayBook 7.9.12

Outside my window... it's raining and raining and raining. So nice.

I am thinking... that I should charge my camera battery, my Garmin and my iPod touch. None have been charged (or used!) since we got back from Europe.

I am thankful for... friends who let me oo and ah and hold their newborn babies. xo

From the kitchen... have a quinoa burrito in the oven for a late lunch. Made black bean and corn salad, spinach surprise dip, banana muffins and cookie dough balls over the weekend to have on hand this week. Might make some granola this afternoon.

I am wearing... JCrew high waisted skinny jeans (love 'em!) and a baggy, grey, summer sweater with yellow stripes. Very comfy.

I am creating... the same old story. Will get some sewing done with Miss D tomorrow. Looking forward to that.

I am going... to play games all afternoon with the kids. Love rainy days.

I am reading... again! I started back on the book Quiet which I really like, I just was in that reading slump. Poor Matt was trying to go to sleep last night, but I kept insisting he listen to every time I read a good part (which was every other paragraph!). I also started listening to Bonhoeffer. Just started but looking forward to the story.

I am hoping... that we win our tennis match tonight. I don't want to jinx myself, but if we win, we'll have an undefeated USTA season. Either way it has been lots of fun.

I am hearing... rain pouring out of our stopped up gutter and some birds chirping away.

Around the house... laundry. And cleaning out. Just like always.

One of my favorite things... York Peppermint Patties. Mmmm. 

A few plans for the rest of the week: tennis matches galore, sewing day with Miss D, visit from my friend Ashlee and kiddos (so excited!), some time in the mountains... it's a tough life...

Here is a picture I am sharing: chickens getting some free range time

Saturday, July 07, 2012

30 Days of Order - #16 Family Picture Wall

All these organization projects were supposed to be done in June. I have a bunch that I haven't blogged, but I don't know if I actually got to 30 projects. I hate to blame everything on the wildfires, BUT... everyday life was a bit interrupted there for awhile. Since it is my project, I'm going to give myself some more time. Maybe through the end of July, maybe longer, maybe I'll even go over my 30 projects. We'll see.

I actually worked on this project while Matt and the kids were in NY. Should have taken a before photo (why do I always forget that part?). As soon as we moved in, I started a family photo wall. Originally it was on the second level of the staircase, but I didn't like it there. No one wanted to go UP my stairs to see the photos. So I took all the photos down, changed some frames, added some photos, took out some older photos, and added some miscellaneous artwork/wall decorations to break up all the photographs (And I copied the "This Is The Life" sign idea from here).
Difficult to get the whole wall in without angling the camera...
Sorry... just tilt your head!
I love how it turned out, and I get a little weepy when I look at all the moments and memories. I still have some more photos to hang (some in frames, some I'm having printed), so I'll probably have to start going back up the upper wall again soon.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Today a good day. Actually I'm still having a lot of allergy issues because of the wildfire smoke - still coughing and sneezing and blowing my nose constantly. Yuck. But other than that it was a good day - tennis, lots 'o cleaning out of closets & cupboards, lemonade stand for Jack (he made $9 on just one pitcher!!), swim play date for Kate, and our Father's Day celebration for Matt tonight.

(I know, I know... we are a few weeks behind, but Matt and the kids were in New York for the real Father's Day. I did send some cookies. What? I didn't tell you that I stayed home and had a WHOLE WEEK in the house by myself?!? Gotta write about that sometime. It was so good for the soul.).

Anyway, our belated Father's Day celebration was fun. We got Matt a make-your-own-sliders set and one of those silly ice cream balls (it is to use when we camp). Matt grilled some sliders, I made slider buns, we had corn on the cob, fried potatoes and green beans on the side. For dessert we used the ice cream ball to make homemade ice cream, and I made some "magic shell" for topping (we used to make it with butter when I was little, but I like this recipe with coconut oil instead).
Homemade slider buns
Now THIS is a fun way make ice cream!
Magic shell on ice cream in my new dessert bowls -
aren't they cute?
Oh! And belated Happy 4th! We had a lovely, low-key day. Since fireworks were cancelled, we stayed home and had fun - neighborhood kids' parade, sprinkle donuts, slip-n-slide, homemade snow cones and good company.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Thought I would do this a bit early since tomorrow's a holiday. I started a couple new quilts despite my vow to not start more until I get more finishes. Couldn't help myself. I have some good excuses. Just not going to share them right now. I have got to do some basting... that's what slows me down...

Completed Projects - None! Blah!

Projects to Be Blogged

  • Crazy Clown Colors Quilt
  • Cute Baby Toy
  • Halloween Quilt
  • Halloween Table Runner
  • Valentine's Day Table Runner
  • Sunday Picnic Quilt (previously known as Repro Quilt #2)
  • Pinwheel Quilt
  • M's Quilt
  • Sorta Stacked Coins Quilt
  • Habitat Challenge #1
  • Habitat Challenge #2
  • BIG Carpenter Star Quilt
  • Jack's Quilt
  • Wonky Pink Quilt
Cut and Piece Stage
  • Ticker Tape Quilt
  • Green Squares Quilts x2
  • Sew-In Quilt
  • Repro Quilt #1
  • Scrappy Placemants (could whip these up quick, but it is a sew-with-Miss D project)
  • Penny Lane Quilt (new start)
  • Under the Sea Quilt (new start)
Non-Quilt Sewing Projects (I took a few off... just not going to happen!)
  • Kids' Xmas gifts
  • Mermaid tail for Kate (don't ask...)
  • Kate's skirt (Kate's project)

Monday, July 02, 2012

Day Book 7.2.12

Outside my window... is a big hole where the new deck is going in this week! Can't wait to have a nice place to sit outside in the mountains and listen to the creek.

I am thinking... about how much has changed in Colorado Springs since last week when I wrote out my DayBook. It feels a bit trivial to be blogging about silly, normal life stuff, yet it also feels good and needed. Notice I blogged a lot about dessert last week... must be a stress response!

I am thankful for... for a place to escape that's still "home." I haven't been here since March and had *almost* forgotten how wonderful it feels.

From the kitchen... salad, salad, salad this week! Plus maybe some 4th of July fun.

I am wearing... cut-offs and a baggy white J Crew t-shirt. Sometimes a loose tee feels so much sexier to me than a slim fitting one. Oh - and this tee doubled as PJs last night!

I am creating... two new quilt tops. I told myself I wouldn't start anything new until I got a few WIP finished up. Couldn't resist! Argh.

I am going... home to Colorado Springs today. I have a tennis match to play this evening.

I am reading... still in a slump. Nothing sounds all that appealing right now.

I am hoping... I don't know...

I am hearing... the stream rushing, the early birds chirping and the kitchen clock ticking. Love being up before everyone else.

Around the house... still have some home projects that I want to share. I'll get to it eventually.

One of my favorite things... anything red, white and blue!

A few plans for the rest of the week: I need to look at the calendar. Tennis tonight, lunch with a friend tomorrow, low-key 4th of July, and maybe a trip back up to the mountains.

Here is a picture I am sharing: love high altitude hiking. At about 10,000 feet here.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Junk Out Dessert Night

Tonight at dinner I was explaining to the kids the tradition in my family growing up to occasionally have "Junk Out Night." This usually took place when staying at a hotel, and instead of dinner, we would go to the grocery store and pick out anything we wanted to eat. Everything was fair game... cookies, candy, chips, etc. Each person got to pick one item, and we shared the booty in front of the TV.

Matt *really* wants to do this for our family, but despite the fun memories, I've been a bit hesitant. Now that I'm the mom, it doesn't quite hold the appeal it once did. In fact, I get now why my mom always chose quasi-junk food for her choice (cheese & crackers, peanut butter something, etc.).

Anyway, my kids were asking me what kind of foods we would choose, and when I mentioned Twinkies, they looked confused and asked what that was. While I'm actually proud that my kids are fully unaware of Hostess and Little Debbie "snacks," I'm also a bit sad that they don't know what a Twinkie is. We took care of that tonight.

A special trip to the grocery store for a variety of sugary snacks. (Boy were these kids excited at the store!) A dessert plate of assorted sugary snacks. And some Olympic trials TV viewing makes for our "Junk Out Dessert Night."

Um... yum! Those snacks ate just as good as I remember!

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