Women Trip 2017

Our 11th anniversary of a backpacking trip to Europe and we found ourselves in Virginia and DC. We traveled east towards Julia since she has a 4 month old. We got to hang out at her oasis of a mountain home in the hills before heading to DC. She took us to some incredible caverns before hiking in the national forest. Man, it’s really pretty in Virginia!!!!

Then we left Julia at home with her babies and headed to DC. We got to see marine 1 land on the south lawn and then the helicopter take off and land again hours later with the president in it. We saw the pope from 20 feet entering the Vatican when we were in Rome 11 years ago and now we’ve seen the president (from afar) take off and land. It was really exciting. We also experience Arlington Cemetery, the world war 2 memorial and the holocaust museum (neither of which I have been to). All were moving and the whole city inspires patriotism. I am glad I got to see my dear friends and thankful to be an American.



We have a neighbor who babysits for us on the weekends when she not racing dragsters. She’s 13 and races cars at 80 + miles an hour. Pretty bad ass really. BUT she still can’t drive a street car or even a golf cart for that matter… ha! Her family has been inviting us to come see her race and we finally caught a moment to enjoy the speedway last weekend. I wish I would say it was all for the kids but we thought it was pretty amazing too… nix was entranced by the motorcycles 😬


Mommy-Daughter Day

At the beginning of the summer when reason I made a list of all the things she wanted to do over the summer one thing she said was “mom, I want to spend an entire day with just you and me.” I promised her this day and we finally found time a few days before she started kindergarten.

The day started with a a tour of her new school and the opportunity to meet her teacher and find her desk. That was sure an emotional morning for me as it was starting to sink in that she was really going to start kindergarten.

After we headed to Boulder with our bikes. We parked downtown, unloaded our bikes and rode them up and down the creek. We stopped on the way to play in trees and talk about the river and just hang out. The day was warm and perfect. We then had lunch at the Boulder teahouse. The lunch was lovely and we had a really nice time exploring the restaurant and just chitchatting the afternoon away. Before we headed home had a chance to walk up and down Pearl Street and grab some ice cream. The day was absolutely perfect and I’m so thankful that sweet girl wanted to spend so much time with me. I hope we will get many more mother-daughter days together. She is a joy.

Last Hurrah- CB

In preparation for kindergarten and our lives and schedules changing dramatically we took a few days to head to the mountains with just our family. We chose our most favorite spot, currently, Crested Butte. We rented a little alley house that we have stayed in before and spend the long weekend riding bikes around town and exploring shops and restaurants. We also put Reese and Nixon in a daycamp on the mountain. They had such a good time that they asked to go back every day. They took the kids on nature walks and to different parks all around the mountain. It was cute.