Sunday, November 27, 2016

First Day of Advent

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Mine was not as I expected. Maybe I'll get around to writing about that sometime.

Today I pulled out a few first holiday decorations - I like to decorate slowly as we draw nearer to the main celebration. We put out a few pot fillers on the front porch to replace the pumpkins, got our advent calendar set up and ready to start this week, and set up our advent wreath on the table. Tonight at dinner we lit the first candle, read the creation Bible story, and read one of our Christmas picture books (which my kids have mostly outgrown, but I'm still making them listen to me!).

And I read one of my favorite Advent writings Where God Begins.  Always a good read me.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

DayBook 11.8.16

Outside my window... an amazingly beautiful, sunny day. I'm not complaining, but isn't it supposed to be cold in mid-November? Is winter coming?

I am feeling... pretty well rested. Love the fall time change.

I am thinking... about outfits for the kids for holiday outings and photography we are having done over Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for... sunglasses.

From the kitchen... made Swedish pancakes for breakfast. Not sure on dinner - maybe Harvest Skillet. I have everything I need to make it. There is a veggie sausage soup defrosting in the fridge, but will probably put that in the crockpot tomorrow for dinner and serve it with cornbread. Also have beets and cauliflower in the fridge to roast. Will probably do the beets today and then use the greens to make this amazingly wonderful baked eggs with greens. It is SO good. Although now I wish I had gotten 2 cartons of mushrooms at the grocery because Kate has started asking for Killer Kale Salad again.

I a wearing... black running shorts, yellow-green running tee, running shoes. Can't wait to get out of them and in the shower!

I am creating... a really cute quilt that I can't seem to find time to work on!

I am going... to drop of my ballot this evening. I kinda like waiting until the last few hours.

I am reading... Before the Fall (fiction audiobook), Better Than Before (nonfiction audiobook), Intimacy (fiction real book), How to Save a Life (fiction Kindle), and Dance of the Dissident Daughter (nonfiction real book), The Adventures of Robin Hood (read aloud with Jack). I'm at the end of all of these. Need to line up my next list of books!

I am hoping... that all is well at my eye doctor appointment tomorrow. I've been on every 2 hour steroid drops since my surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. My vision is still a bit blurry in that eye but really hoping it's not more ingrowth.

Around the house... I've been working really hard cleaning out the back storage area of our basement. We've been in this house for 8 years which has been plenty of time to accumulate masses of STUFF back there. I'm about 2/3 through and feeling  ever so lighter. My favorite change is the far back, coal cellar alcove has been converted to holiday decoration storage. I now have many of our decorations on shelves where I can easily keep track of what we have.

In the garden... I can't believe I still have a growing garden! Really just the kale, chard, rhubarb and hardy herbs are left, but still. I'm ready for a good, hard freeze so I can mulch it all with compost for the winter. Even my forget-me-nots are still blooming!

In the homeschool room... I never did a November homeschool plan. We've been mostly just doing the basics - math, reading, writing. Some history. Some science. Lots of election coverage.

How I am exercising... I went on a really nice run this morning. Not far and not fast, but it felt so good.

A few plans for the week... all our normal swim/tennis/tutor/piano activities plus lots of appointments for me this week - therapist, eye doctor, hair. Also a technology meeting at the school, meeting with our architect, and a girls' night out. Then a big swim meet this weekend.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Halloween Wrap Up

Another fun Halloween in the books. As Jack said last night, "The problem with holidays is that we have so much fun, but then it is all over so quick."

I find notes about holidays, seasons, events, etc. extremely helpful to reference later. With life being so full, it is easy to forget what worked well and what didn't from year to year. Or maybe I'm just getting old and forgetful!

Notes on Halloween 2016

  • Kate went as a creepy little girl. Jack was an assassin (heaven help me!). We didn't put much effort into costumes this year. Kate wore an old "doll" outfit from an American Girl party with scary makeup. We bought Jack an all black outfit from the Halloween store on the 30th. Costumes were low stress, but I'd like to start earlier next year.
  • I like spacing Halloween decoration placement. We put out autumn decorations in September. Added a few of the cute Halloween items the beginning of October. Added a few scarier ones plus the outside lights the week before Halloween. Finished the outside of the house (strobe light, tombstones, spiderwebs, etc) on Halloween day.
  • Our tradition is to carve pumpkins on Halloween Day. The squirrels don't eat them, and it gets us into the spirit during the early afternoon. With Kate's late school release, Jack and I picked out pumpkins early afternoon. Might need to consider getting pumpkins a day or two early so Kate can participate. Do like tradition of going to Spencer's for pumpkins, cider, apples, corn candy, etc.

  • I wish I had a few more Halloween decorations in the kitchen/family room area where we spend most of our time. Maybe next year I'll have a whole new kitchen & family room to decorate!

  • We gave out (or ate!) over 1000 pieces of candy this year. It was really fun to have the motion activated monster in the candy bowl!
  • The time between 4-6PM on Halloween is a bit stressful for me - trying to get dinner done, kids fed, costumes on, answer the door for the first few trick or treaters, etc. Need to think about how to make that easier.

  • We didn't go to Boo at the Zoo this year. I think it is the first time we've missed ever. We even spent Kate's first Halloween at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo because we were here for Matt's job interview. We missed mostly because we were traveling, but we could have gone Sunday night. Makes me wonder if we are outgrowing the event.
  • Kristen, LISTEN CLOSELY, do NOT buy any Halloween napkins. I don't care how cute they are. You have enough to last a lifetime in your Halloween storage box!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Green Eggs, No Ham

One of our Americauna hens started laying last week. A nice green color. Makes egg gathering that much more exciting. Now I'm excited to see the color of the last new hen. Any day now!
First green egg
On a sad note, I noticed this morning that one of my favorite hens Rocket is not doing well. It's not unexpected as those older hens are over 5 years old now, but still...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homeschool Plan - 6th Grade - October

Despite being almost halfway through October, here's this month's homeschool plan. I actually wrote this almost 2 weeks ago, but edited it this morning before publishing...


  • Tutor - 3-4x/week (I *heart* our math tutor!!)
  • Read Life of Fred - Honey - didn't get to this last month
  • Math Games
  • Logic Games

  • The Story of the World - vol 2, ch 21-34 (Monguls Devastate the East to Martin Luther's New Ideas) plus related books & videos
  • CNN Student News - daily
  • Election Study - using various library and internet sources

  • Spooky Circuits - library program plus related books & videos
  • ModDesign1 - through YouthDigital
  • Elk Hike - Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument & related books & videos
  • Arizona Trip - National Park visits TBD

  • Waldorf Homeschool Program  - 1 day/week
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - 3-4x/week
  • Speech Therapy - 2x/week
  • Piano - weekly lesson plus practice 4-6x/week
  • Swim Team - 3-4x/week
  • Dock Diving - TBD

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oh, Hello, Blog

Did you think I forgot about you? I haven't. Life has just kept me on my toes this season.

I found out yesterday that I have to have eye surgery again next week. This will be my fourth eye surgery in 18 months, and the last one was just over 3 weeks ago.  Even though I was pretty certain I needed surgery again (because my vision is still so poor in that eye - I'm one of the teeny, tiny percentage of people who have complications from LASIK. Blah.), the actual news was still difficult to hear. And even though it is relatively minor in the realm of medical issues, I am still a bit bummed to need to go through it yet again.

I consider myself to be mostly an optimist/realist, but sometimes something will send me down the path of negative thinking. You know the one where all you can see is the things going wrong in life? That's where I started going yesterday, but I'm stopping myself and changing my thinking by focusing on all that's wonderful right now.

Some of the good that's happened in my life since I last blogged (in August!)...

 - My parents came for a week around Labor Day. My mom broke her arm and had to be casted (ok, that's not good, but it feels necessary to mention. And actually Kate thinks the casting and signing was exciting). We went fossil hunting. My dad made his specialty Butterfinger milkshakes (twice!). We went to the Rubber Duck Races - Jack's duck even won a prize!
Fossil hunting
I coud have done this for hours!

My girl
Duck race
- My sister and her friend stopped though town and stayed a night with us. Fit a decent amount into a short visit.
Garden of the Gods
- I took a goat cheese making class. Got to milk a goat. Now I *really* want a goat.
I was a natural milker!
Goat kisses
- My new hens started laying  (well, 3 of the 5 did... still waiting on the Americanas. Apparently they are often late layers. So impatient for those colored eggs!).
- Jack and I went to California with friends for a long weekend. I got an afternoon to sit on the beach, soak up the sun, and put my toes in the waves. Then we went on a whale & dolphin watching tour - small boat and up close experience. I even got to smell whale breath!
- Attended MINECON with Jack. Pretty sure I'll be getting a Mother of the Year award for that effort.
See me in my Minecraft shirt?!?
- Turned 4-4. Wow. Had a great meal with a great friend as we watched the sun set over the ocean.
It's just not my birthday if there aren't
candy corn pumpkins on the cake!

 - Went on a ranger guided elk bugling tour at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (I live for that stuff...)
Look at the Aspen leaves!
 - Took a short trip on my own to Dallas to see my mom and my brother and my niece and nephew. Love those ones.
Auntie Date

I am also so grateful that my life is full of so many little, delightful, barely-worth-mentioning, will-they-even-be-remebered moments - movies on the couch with kids, seeing the succulents reproducing, quiet reading together, making carmel corn, inside jokes, snuggles, quilting time, holding newborns, buying a new bedspread, chicken and dumplings, snuggles with pets... I could go on and on!
Tripper Love

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Homeschool Plan - 6th Grade - September

We really went back and forth about what to do with Jack and school for this upcoming year. After 4 full years of homeschooling, I'm getting a little tired (yet I still love it. Mixed feelings, I guess). I was also surprised at how much more difficult it was to homeschool just Jack last year with Kate back in public school.

So we looked at a bunch of options, talked to our trusted ones, and decided just in the last couple weeks to homeschool again this year. Only I am going to outsource much more of the work and attempt to simplify what I do. I'm really happy with what we are pulling together.

I originally was going to write out a year long plan, but I know well enough how homeschooling works in our household to know that we won't stick to a plan that long. So I'm going to go month to month again in my planning

Tutor - 3x/week - reading, spelling, writing
Paragraph Basics - online writing class with Scribblers
Independent Reading - Gregor the Overlander series
Reading Aloud - finish Heart of a Samurai, then Ivanhoe
Read Grammarland

Tutor - 3x/week - she's reviewing and switching us to Singapore Math
Read Sir Cumference series
Life of Fred - Honey

The Story of the World - volume 2 - start at beginning to review but work through fairly quickly
Library books & videos related to history subjects

Experiment packets
Hovercraft Making - 1 day coop program
Homeschool Science - monthly library program
MINECON - oh, yeah... we are going...!!!

Waldorf Homeschool Program - 1day/week
Keyboarding Without Tears
Speech Therapy - 2x/week includes writing lessons
Piano - TBD
Swim Team - 3-4x/week
Learn to Draw - 1 day library program
Dock Diving - TBD

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Room By Room

I mentioned that I feel like my house needs a bit of fine tuning. It isn't a disaster, but there are just a bunch of little, undone tasks that I'd like to get finished. I don't want to tackle too much or make any major changes since we are looking at a remodel in the next year or so. Just get some of the routine decluttering and finishing jobs accomplished. Let's see how much I can get done!

  • Make & hang pallet hooks
  • Hang L's or other wall decor over pallet hooks
  • Update photos on family photo wall
  • Clean out/organize cabinet
  • Hang wall decor in rest of room
  • Paint banister
Hall Closet
  • Clean out/organize coats
  • Hang hooks for backpacks
  • Clean out whatever other junk is in there (this is a closet that slopes back under the stairs, so the back tends to easily collect junk)
Powder Room
  • Organize cabinet
  • Get a real wastebasket
  • Buy handtowels
Desk Nook
  • Move big computer monitor somewhere (we don't use it as a computer but it might be nice as a smaller TV somewhere)
  • Clean off shelves
  • Clean off desk
  • Declutter drawers/clean out files
  • Hang wall decor
  • Move standing files to desk
Master Bedroom
  • Move armoire
  • Buy full length mirror
  • Update bedding
  • Clean out bench storage
  • Move Tripper's crate
  • Clean out bedside table
  • Tidy up bookshelves
Guest Room
  • Hang wall decor
  • Buy cute desk chair
Kids' Bathroom (this room needs SO MUCH work but is targeted for the remodel, just going to make do with what we have right now)
  • Clean out wall cabinet (this is another deep, awkward space over back stairs that easily collects junk)
  • Clean out sink cabinet
Other Rooms
  • Tidy up bookshelves in family room
  • Clean out dining room hutch
  • Hang wall decor in living/dining rooms

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Goal Wrap Up

I know summer doesn't officially end for over a month, but since school started last week, it is a good time for me for fresh starts. Pretty happy with the progress I made on goals this summer (except for quilting). I'm starting to think about what I'd like to accomplish the next few months. Probably won't start any official goals for another few weeks.

  • Maintain Mvelopes - DONE
  • Review midyear finances with Matt - DONE - reviewed, moved some stuff around, set some goals, discussed some bigger spending
  • Participate in neighborhood garage sale - DONE - did well but may be my last garage sale, although I said that a few garage sales ago
  • Set up backyard hammock - DONE
  • Plant summer garden - DONE
  • Plant lavender and rhubarb plants - DONE - rhubarb is thriving, lost one lavender plant and another is looking not-so-good
  • Trim back lilac bushes - DONE - for this year anyway, I'd like to hack some more but then I'll be cutting off next years blooms
  • Plant around front tree - DONE
  • Plan a second eating area in the back yard - DONE - although I changed this to just a sitting area
  • Figure out what to do to deter wasps - DONE - these have done well, need to get some new ones
  • Clean out the homeschool room and potentially set up as a sitting room - DONE
  • Plant window box flowers - next summer...
  • Learn to use smoker grill - not yet
  • 2016 Reading Challenge - DONE - or rather on target, have read 56 books this year with a goal of 60
  • Complete 3 quilts this summer - I only got one top done. Maybe I'll move into super mode the next couple weeks.
  • Work on daily routines - nope, might work on this the next few weeks before I set autumn goals
  • Complete Upstream Field Guide class - nope
  • Sign up for goat cheese making class - nope
  • Blog more - DONE - not as well as I had hoped, but better
  • Plan 1:1 dates with kids at least every other week - this didn't go as well as I had envisioned, although I did get to spend some quality time with each one
  • Don't go insane driving them everywhere they need to be all summer - I haven't been institutionalized but I do feel like I spent a good deal of my time in the car
  • Join library summer reading program - DONE
  • Bake bread at least weekly - not once. Boo.
  • Make a list of summer meals - DONE
  • Maintain weekly Pilates class - DONE - weekly while we were in town and nothing was going on
  • Try a new yoga class - DONE - I went to one in Vancouver
  • Maintain 2x/week bootcamp workout - nope - did so well at first but I'm finding it hard to get up that early
  • Choose, train and run a 5K - no, no no
  • Do the 30 Day Green Smoothie challenge - missed it, will try for the Oct 1st challenge
  • Make and complete summer hiking bucket list - made the list, but didn't hike as much as I hoped
  • Make and complete summer restaurant bucket list - calling this DONE - we didn't go to every restaurant, but I loved having a list to reference when we wanted to go out
  • Make and complete summer outing bucket list - DONE - as above, we didn't actually do everything on the list, but it helped us get out and try some things we've wanted to do
  • Go camping - DONE (technically) - we camped at a music festival but I was thinking more wilderness camping

Monday, August 22, 2016

DayBook 8.22.16

Outside my window... another beautiful Colorado morning. Really, Colorado does late summer mornings really well. It's already starting to get pretty chilly at night which makes the morning crisp but sunny. 

I am hearing... family walking around upstairs, hum of the fridge, and the butter chicken simmering on the stove

I am feeling... a little out of control. Don't yet have a handle on life since coming back from vacation and starting back to school. Feels like I'm missing something!

I am thinking... that I need to buy Jack some new pants! He's growing and his ankles show in all his pants!

I am thankful for... tan lines. I know I'm not supposed to worship the sun, but I feel so good with all that vitamin D!

From the kitchen... I've been killing it. Made butter chicken last week that everyone LOVED. Also braised turkey legs for Vancouver tacos. The cabbage/kale/carrot slaw that goes in them is good enough to eat plain! I think we'll have salmon cakes with kale salad tonight. Also summer corn & ham soup and flank steak later this week.

I a wearing... black leggings, old t-shirt that I slept in, old comfy cardigan, and my fuzzy slippers. I'm a sight!

I am creating... a baby quilt. Really want to finish it this week!!

I am going... to take a shower in a few minutes. I desperately need one!

I am reading... Being Mortal - started this on our vacation drive but just now getting back to finishing it. Started & finished Don't Hurt Laurie. I was reading this book in my 5th grade classroom and didn't get to finish it when we moved to Texas. I've been wondering how it ends for 35 years! Finally spent the $4 to buy an old copy on Amazon.

I am hoping... to organize the house room by room this fall. None of it is awful but it feels like it needs to be fine tuned (or as close as it can be with 3 other people living in my house!)

Around the house... met with an architect on Friday. So excited to make some changes! 

In the garden... cut back the kale last week, so it's starting to sprout up again. Zucchini galore. Herbs galore. Need to do something with chard. Pulled the last of the carrots

In the homeschool room... gotta start working on the upcoming year this week and next. Need to do some review and test Jack soon.

How I am exercising... not much the last week. Thought I'd be back to a normal routine this week, but Pilates was cancelled this morning. Hopefully I'll drag myself out of bed for Bootcamp later this week. And start back to running. Ugh.

A few plans for the week... meeting with a math tutor, orthodontist appointments, open houses, tennis, pretty much back to the routine.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekend Review - 1st of School Year

Friday was the first day of school for Kate, so this was officially our first weekend of the school year. Matt worked Friday and Saturday nights but still found time to get in on the fun.
First Day of School Photo
Kate and 3 of her school friends celebrated the first day of school with a campout in the backyard. There was candy and chips and cookies and a huge thunderstorm and even a little brother trying to scare them with mountain lion noises on YouTube.
Camping Gals
 Saturday night we went to see Pete's Dragon at the Drive In movie theater in Pueblo. So fun!
Ready to watch the movie
Drive-In Movie Sunset
(This was done with the app Prisma - really cool - learned about it from Amy)
Sunday was the swim team's annual trip to Water World in Denver. Perfect, hot day to be there. I love waterparks, but I'm sorta glad we only go once a year.
Jack working on his moves

Naturally everyone is crazy tired (& crazy cranky!), so we are all getting in bed crazy early tonight!

Monday, August 15, 2016

DayBook 8.15.16

Outside my window... it's a beautiful Colorado morning! I'm sitting outside enjoying my backyard. I've been gone for 3 weeks, and I'm quite satisfied to be home again.

I am hearing... highway traffic, neighbor's water feature, dogs barking, and Tripper's collar tags jingling. Noisy morning!

I am thinking... "How in the world is it the middle of August already?!?"

I am thankful for... long travels with good friends.

From the kitchen... no idea what is going to happen in the kitchen this week. Definitely Vancouver tacos. Some good salads. Gotta check the garden to see what's growing there. One of the top items on today's to do list is just to figure out tonight's dinner!

I a wearing... light, loose sweatshirt and army green shorts.

I am creating... organization from the chaos. This week is get-back-to-the-routine week. In a good way.

I am going... to review my summer goals and start working on my autumn goals soon.

I am reading... Ready Player One and Stargirl. Finished a bunch of others the last few weeks. The only standouts where Kitchens of the Great Midwest and A Long Walk to Water.

I am hoping... to share some travel thoughts and photos sometime later this week.

Around the house... clueless as to the state of my house! 

In the garden... haven't looked a the garden in a few weeks! From a distance it looks okay. Might pull some stuff and put in more kale for autumn. My pots are looking a little sad, but hopefully they'll be feeling better by the end of the week.

In the homeschool room... gotta start working on the upcoming year this week and next. Need to do some review and test Jack soon.

How I am exercising... the last 3 weeks I've just been active - swimming in the lake, taking long walks, hiking, SUPing, walking around Vancouver. Will do a long walk today and try a run tomorrow. I hate getting used to the altitude again...

A few plans for the week... I'm not organized enough yet to even know what is going on this week. School starts for Kate Friday (egads!), I'm sure I have some tennis, I think I have a therapist appointment, and I know we have a weekend trip to Water World!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekend Review - Grand Junction

Another fun weekend (and they are going to keep coming for a few weeks!)

The Colorado State swim meet was this weekend in Grand Junction, and Kate was chosen to participate in a medley relay. That's a 5 hour drive to swim one time across the pool! So early Friday afternoon the kids and I drove across the state to Grand Junction (Matt, unfortunately, had to work this weekend).

We stayed in the little, historic downtown area which was lovely. Had dinner outside at the Rockslide Brewpub and then walked around downtown while eating ice cream (and catching Pokemon! I could not believe how many people were walking around playing!!).
Pokemon everywhere!

Saturday we were up and out early for 7am warm-up. Lucky for us, Kate was just in the first event and swam the fly leg of the 200m medley relay. She did great & dropped over 4 seconds off her 50m fly time.
Pretty Dive
After a second breakfast at a cute bagel shop in downtown, we made our way to the Colorado National Monument. We saw all the main sites, stopped in the visitor's center, and got junior ranger badges. It was just too hot to do any longer hikes, so we'll have to go back sometime soon with Matt.
Grand View

On our way back east, we stopped in Palisade. I bought a painting that I found in the local co-op gallery, we had an amazing mid-afternoon meal at Palisade Cafe 11.0 (um, yum!), and bought some just-coming-into-season peaches.
Fresh Peaches
My new painting

Spent Saturday night at our place in the mountains. Made peach crisp topped with ice cream and called it dinner. Our mountain neighbors were having whipped cream fun, and Jack happily joined in the fun!
Thought we would make a few fun stops on the way home on Sunday, but we were tired and headed straight home. Spent the rest of today unpacking, packing for our next adventure, doing laundry, catching up on life, etc.

Monday, July 18, 2016

DayBook 7.18.16

Outside my window... sitting outside on my front porch again. Absolutely beautiful morning.

I am hearing... Tripper barking at squirrels in the backyard. They tease him relentlessly from their tree perches. (I actually just went and brought Tripper to the front yard with me - too much barking for 7:30AM!)

I am thinking... about all I want to get done this week. I'm going to be a busy girl!

I am thankful for... mornings where I wake early and the kids sleep in. I can get a while day's worth of work done in those few hours.

From the kitchen... going to take it easy in the kitchen this week. Kids are asking for French dip sandwiches. I'll also make some Greek salad pasta. Maybe a flank steak. And maybe a chicken.

I a wearing... black workout capris, a super cute tank that crisscrosses in front, and a loose sweatshirt

I am creating... quilts. Going to piece a quilt-as-you-go baby quilt top today. Also would like to get a lap quilt basted and quilted this week.

I am going... to take Kate to breakfast before swim practice.

I am reading... just finished Everyone Brave is Forgiven and starting Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

I am hoping... that I can get rid of my tennis skirt tan this week!

Around the house... is fairly clean and calm. Not a lot of projects right now. So nice!

In the garden... basil is out of control. Need to make & freeze pesto this week.

In the homeschool room... nothing formal. Need to gear up to test Jack before school starts again. 

How I am exercising... Pilates early this morning. I've done a few runs. Starting a 2 week booty program. Also want read Power of 10 and try it out soon.

A few plans for the week... all our normal swim practices/tutors/etc, a little tennis, gaming for Jack, haircut for me, a few other appointments, an evening party, and the state swim meet.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekend Review

My friend Ashlee and her three kiddos visited this week, so it felt like the weekend began with their arrival Wednesday evening. Love having a few days of fun!

Thursday we took the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak.
Bit chilly at 14,000+ feet

Lovin' being in the clouds!

I had a tennis match Thursday evening. My car was in the shop so Matt had to come get me. We attempted to figure out Pokemon Go on the drive home... still don't get it...
Catch him, Matt!!

Friday we headed towards our place in the mountains, stopping for a few hours along the way to tube again in the river. Matt and Kate joined us later that night after work and swim practice.
More river time

On Saturday after having a leisurely morning, waving goodbye to our friends, and napping a bit, we hiked Mayflower Gulch. Easy but beautiful hike that we had never done before. Extra enjoyable that there were mining ruins to discover along the way and a bunch of old log cabins at the top.
Christmas Card photo?
The Girls
(I have a great photo of the boys also, but it's on Matt's phone. 
Will come back and update this post)
Sunday morning Matt & Jack went mountain biking, I did a 7 mile run (with a lot of walking!), and Kate relaxed at home with the dogs.
This boy is loving mountain biking!
Mid-afternoon, Matt & the kids went to the pool while I showered and packed and took (another!) nap.

Now we are home, and I sent the kids on their bikes to the Tastee Freeze for dinner. I'm about to have a light dinner of blueberries, Noosa lemon yogurt, and granola. Then it is off to get organized for the week!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend Review

Another fun weekend in the books.

Kate swam one event for her weekend swim meet on Friday evening. That night we had dinner at our house with Matt's medical school roommate Todd and his family. I haven't seen Todd since they graduated almost 20 years ago and have never met his wife and three boys. We made it an easy dinner with Il Vicino pizzas and salads. Kids had a great time running all over, and we loved checking out their RV.

Saturday morning Matt went to work, Kate & I went to her swim meet, and Jack slept in.

That afternoon we went to see The BFG. Loved it, but we already love the BFG in our house. It was Kate's favorite book when she first started reading, and I have fond memories of all the giggling over whizz popping! We had a family dinner that evening - grilled BBQ chicken, strawberry & avocado salad, roasted potatoes, and grilled yellow squash.

Sunday morning was much like Saturday morning... Matt went to work, Kate & I went to her swim meet, and Jack slept in!

Sunday late afternoon we headed up into the mountains with friends for a dinner picnic and tubing on the river. So much fun! The water was refreshingly perfect, the food was great (fried chicken cutlets, smoked salmon & veggie pasta salad, watermelon, and Texas cowboy cookies), and there was even small forest fire nearby which caused much excitement as the fire trucks raced past.
Sharin' a Tube!
Funny girls 
Picnic Spot
Dinner in a tube 
I swear that I feed him!!