7.24.2013

Bookworms


At the beginning of the summer Ava was invited to be part of a book club for 7-8yr olds - mostly as a way for mom's to keep these new readers going through the summer with the promise of fun parties and new friends for the girls. It has been the highlight of my daughter's summer! 

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We waited and waited for our turn to host. All the books selected were from the American Girl collections. Ours was about Caroline - a fierce little girl from the late 1800's with a passion for sailing and dreams of captaining her own boat on Lake Ontario.

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We ate fish crackers, swedish fish, had ocean water (blue Gatorade), and marshmallows dipped in white chocolate then sprinkled with sand (graham cracker crumbs).

Then we practiced tying knots - the figure 8 knot and square knots around our toes.

And finally we painted and sailed our own boats.

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My girls continued to sail theirs for the rest of the day and tie knots in everything.




Speaking of reading I have finally picked up a couple of books for myself: 





What are you reading? Any recommendations for me??

7.23.2013

Rocky Mountain Camping (part two)

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the first night is always rough. 

with temps dropping into the low 40s i found myself rolling over and peeking on my sleeping babes at least 3 times. most of them were sound and snuggled into their sleeping bags, but each time little Rosie was out of her covers and a bit chilly. of course every time i woke up Easy woke up too. 

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other than wiggling out of her covers Little Miss turned out to be quite the good little camper. i am very glad that we waited to go until she was walking. camping with a crawler is no bueno.  we had a quick breakfast of cereal, juice, and fruit and then headed out to explore more. 

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we wound through the mountains along Independence Pass admiring the broken down cabins of ghost towns where miners had once hoped to strike it rich.

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the views were really spectacular crossing over the Continetal Divide with views of Mt Elbert - CO's highest peak.


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we drove into Aspen and admired the architecture of the homes there. aspen is legit. it is beautiful. we got out of the car and witnessed probably the most affluent farmer's market around. we quickly grew tired of the crowds and the poshness. at about the exact same time Easy and I looked at each other and basically said, "let's get back into the mountains."

and so we did. 

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we randomly stopped at what looked like a popular day use area called The Grottos to use the restrooms and hike around a little. we found a great waterfall and the best part...

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ice caves that we took turns climbing down into with the bigger girls. we marveled at the carved stone and ice teetering on rocks above the freezing water below. it was a treat to happen upon such a little wonder.

we headed home the next morning through thunderstorms and the typical mountain/weekend traffic in CO. there is always a huge exodus from the mountains mid-Sunday.

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all in all our little girls are troopers. we had a few setbacks (disagreements/potty-accidents/dog-problems/no campfires/whining), but it turned out to be a much needed weekend for our brood and i really can't wait to go again.

there is just so much to explore in CO and i love that my man and babies are always up for an adventure!


7.18.2013

Rocky Mountain Camping (part one)

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Two weeks ago we loaded up our brood for a camping trip into the mountains near Twin Lakes, CO. We found the best little campsite within walking distance to the rushing creek and nestled up in a quiet canyon. 

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We set up camp then drove down to the lakes and hiked to the channel where the two bodies of water meet. The girls could have hung out there all day collecting driftwood, sorting through rocks, and drawing in the sand.  

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But Easy and I had our sights set on Inter-Laken Resort. He got out the binoculars and pointed the girls' eyes across the lake where 100+ year old buildings stood. The old resort is now only accessible by a 4 mile roundtrip hike or by boat. 

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The girls were somewhat agreeable so we took off for the trailhead. 

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I must say that they did pretty good - especially little Roo who was the designated leader. Her little 3 year old legs carried her the 2 miles there with given complaint, but she didn't give up. 

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We relaxed on the porch of the restored Dexter House as a few short storms passed overhead. It was especially fun to go inside and explore the house - admiring the craftsmanship and intricate details while climbing up to the tippy top 5x5' room for a beautiful view of the lake.

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We then ventured out to see the rest of the resort but quickly had to come up with a plan since it was getting late and the rain was really starting to roll in.

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Lucky for us an older couple had pulled up in a boat about 20 minutes earlier and took pity on our poor jacketless family chilled in the rain.  They agreed to take us back to the trailhead.

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We were so grateful for their kindness and made it back to the car just as the sun was setting and in time for hotdogs back at camp. 

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7.15.2013

another boring catch-all post

Okay!

I'm here!

Whew! This summer has been a whirlwind for us.

I hate hate hate how fast it's flying by and I hate to think that in just a month my 2 big girls will both be in school again full time.

Here's a bit of what has been going on. Enjoy :)


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>> My girls have turned into little mermaids this summer. All except Rosie. She would rather walk the 2' perimeter of the pool refusing to both hold my hand or wear a floaty. Needless to say this whole walking thing has turned her into quite the independent little rascal. 


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>> We had a fabulous 4th of July here in town. It included a pancake breakfast and bike parade.

The night before we roasted marshmallows and watched fireworks with friends. It was pretty surprising not to have any sparkler casualties with 11 kids under the age of 8 all swinging them around their heads. 

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>> The big girls and I went on a little date night to the premiere on the American Girl Saige movie. Ava has been in an American Girl book club this summer so they were both pretty excited about having their own night out to celebrate with mom. My friend Andy more throughly documented and posted here

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>>My garden is out of control and I absolutely love it. Every morning I go out and spend a few minutes checking on things. The tomatoes are blossoming like crazy, I'm picking peppers daily, the cucumbers are blooming, the zucchini is getting fat, and the herbs are perfect for our simple summer dinners. My garden is my joy this summer. I can't wait to add more next year. :)

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>> Easy's office provides the employees with zoo passes on a first come first serve basis. We have spent a few cooler days at the zoo loving on all the animals and shows. I can't wait to take them to a few museums downtown to - like the Natural History Museum. Hopefully we won't run out of time this summer. 

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>> Last week I chopped about 8 inches off my hair. I decided last fall to stop coloring it and just see what it's like to have my natural color. I was growing tired of my damaged locks and also the upkeep. It's been about 5 years since I've had hair this short and I'm loving it!!


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>> Over the weekend we had 3 little boys come stay with us as our friends (their parents) took a little trip to the Steamboat Springs. It was fun having some boys around!! The girls looooved it,  but I think it became very clear to Easy and I that we are not cut out for that many children. :)


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>> Finally, we had our first camping adventure in the Rockies 2 weeks ago. It was awesome and deserves it's own post so...


until then.





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