Saturday, October 26, 2013

KC Fall Visit

Like most trips, our visit to KC was quite a whirlwind visit!  Fortunately, it really did feel relaxing and we got to visit quite a few people!

We took a trip to the petting zoo for a Halloween party with Nanny, Aunt Chelsee, Aunt Katie and Big A, visited Great Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth, ate lunch at Fritz's with Grandma and Granddad, celebrated our birthdays with my parents, Grammy, and my sisters (and significant others), had a play date with my bestie, Amy and her boys, ate dinner at the Farnsworths with Grandma and Granddad and Aunt Jenny and Uncle Ian, got to Zumba with my old crew, put our house on the market, visited H-Town where I got to hold the newest addition, Jude and finally, played lots of cards and caught up on Blacklist with my mom and dad.  Whew!  I told you it was a whirlwind!  I can't wait to do it again in December.  

Brace yourself, there are a lot of pics!  And not in any order... (It's called lazy blogging!)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Birthday

Looks like I've got some catching up to do on my blogging!  I've been having so much fun in the kitchen with my new toys and food preservation obsession that I haven't had time to blog!  More on that later though.

A few weeks back I turned another year older.  Thirty one is going to be a great year.  I can feel it.

We started the day off at a cute little breakfast cafe in Golden called Roast and Toast.  My boys gave me two new books to add to my kitchen collection.  A canning book and a juicing book - yes!!  You can guess what I've been up to lately!

Then it was off on a four wheeling adventure.  In the snow!  Yup, it snowed on my birthday.  I love this state.  I'm pretty sure this was a first.  Snow is so beautiful and refreshing to me.  It's feels cleansing somehow.  It was the perfect way to spend my birthday!

I also picked up my out and brought home my new phone and the best part is, our bill is actually cheaper than before!  Why didn't I do this sooner???

I had to teach two classes that night but when I got home, all that hard work went to my fantastic ice cream cake!  It was so worth it. : )

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes via facebook, email, phone calls,texts, and even snail mail.  I feel very loved and fortunate to have so many people in my life that genuinely care about me.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lessons in Happiness

These are the days I live for.  The kind of days where you can't keep the grin off your face and your heart feels so full it could burst. They don't happen all the time and there is no formula on how to make one happen. They just happen.  One morning you wake up and things just go your way.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I know I haven't been posting as much on the blog so if you are just looking through some of those posts you will notice the bubbly upbeat tone of most of hem.  Please know we are just like everyone else with bad days and tired days too.  We are not perfect.  But yesterday was.

It started (on my part) by getting up at 9:30.  Yes, I typed that correctly.  John and I laid in bed until 9:30 while for the most part, the kids behaved and watched cartoons.  I think John got up once to instill some daddy "love" on them and make sure they were not destroying things.  We rolled out of bed and began making some glorious waffles.  Well there really was nothing special about them but my kitchen stayed clean through out the process and THAT was glorious!

After breakfast we wrangled the kids and got them dressed in their new outfits that they received in the mail from Grandma and Granddad.  We weren't on a time table so there was no rush.  We decided a Jeep ride would be fun.

So we pulled out John's CO Jeep Trails book and found one not too far from home to explore.  Next stop, Caribou Coffee!

The trail was so beautiful.  It was about an 8 mile loop through forests and meadows near Idaho Springs.  We stopped in a clearing and admired the beauty.  The boys absolutely love Jeep rides.  And it's amazing they can actually nap while we wheel sometimes too!  Since we were not rushed we stopped often and got out and explored.  At one point the boys were climbing rocks and John and I sat together in the sun, looked down on the clearing where we ate our packed lunches, and day dreamed about living in a spot like this someday.
 Our Lunch Spot

 We found a tepee!
 There are still some Aspen leaves left in certain areas.  They are gorgeous!
 We thought these might be wild horses but we found their owners later (we think).
 They came right up to the windows to say hello!

When we finished the trail it was getting late in the afternoon. Time to head off to church.  The service was great and spoke to both of us.  In fact, instead of picking up dinner on the way home, we decided to save our money and go home to cook.  I'm not a fan of cooking at 7pm but I didn't mind last night.  We ate good food and saved our money.  The kids were tired so they didn't take long to fall asleep.  John and I hit the pillow and thanked God together for all of the blessings in our life.

The lessons we learned today:  Perfect moments take you by surprise so seize them.  A content life is lived in the heart, not the pocket book.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

11 Year Anniversary

John and I celebrated our 11th anniversary last weekend!  Time just never slows down.  Looking back at our wedding photos we looked like babies.  We were babies!  And now we have our own babies.

We decided to make hiking an annual family event for special day since the Aspens turn a glittering gold color in late September.  Last year we celebrated at Rocky Mountain National Park.  This year we decided to try Devil's Head near Castle Rock.  It was beautiful! Of course.  Not much in this state isn't.  

 Our fur-niece, Gretchen, led the way for most of the time.  But she had to compete with the "line leader" Aaron
 He is ALL boy!  Every boulder or rock we passed had to be conquered! 
My boys <3
Taking a rest!  Poor daddy!
At the top of a 1.5 mile climb up the mountain there is a set of stairs to the oldest standing fire lookout in Colorado.  
Our little champ made it up all 143 stairs.  AND the hike to and from.  Go Aaron!
Even Gretchen came for the view
Waiting on the rest of our group.  It's one way only so John got stuck on a platform waiting as people went back down.

Pike's Peak in the distance
Lunch time!

Getting some sun while the boys explore.

John and boys climbing boulders
The kids found the perfect cave/tunnel/

Everyone's pooped!  Aaron, we are so proud of you!  He hiked 3 miles and climbed 143 stairs at the top, the longest hike he's ever done on his own!  Way to go!

We had a wonderful day and ended up grabbing pizza on the way home.  I was too tired to cook!  Where will go next year?  Time will tell!

John and I went to dinner the next night on a special date.  It was probably the best date we've had since moving here.  Simms Steakhouse for dinner and a little jog downtown for a special dessert.  The best part?  My wedding ring is fixed!  You may not have known, but several months ago the diamond in my ring went missing when a prong broke.  The estimate was too high to afford so I figured it would be a while.  I have been wearing a temporary replacement ring.  Until now!  AND it's even a better quality diamond than before.  Yay for upgrades!

John Farnsworth, I love you more than words can ever describe.  What a fantastic 11 years we've had.  Looking forward to many, many, many more.