This summer found the girls getting an education on how their mama grew up in Missouri. And a culture shock for these city girls. It's a hillbilly life, for sure. You can read about it here. My mama skills were tested to the max. This the summer I discovered all is not well in my house.... Continue Reading →
Journaling Your Travel Memories
We're fresh off our trip up to the Black Hills is South Dakota just a few weeks ago. It feels like longer. The girls and I have been busy working on our summer art journals, already starting a second journal! This week we are taking a break and working on journaling our travel memories of... Continue Reading →
Colorful Travels: Black Hills, South Dakota
Today, I am blogging over at my other blog, Colorful Travels. Please join me there for a little run-down of our family vacation last week to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the Black Hills, South Dakota. See you there!
Echo Lake Picnic
Last week we threw some sandwiches and drinks in a cooler and headed to the mountains. I really needed my mountains-fix. On the way down the mountain we stopped at my favorite place to explore near Mt. Evans. This river, with its many little waterfalls, is just off the main road on the Idaho Springs... Continue Reading →
I need to a vacation from my vacation…
...And it was only 4 days! It was a quick trip to Wichita, KS. We loved seeing my lil' sis, her awesome kids, my soon-to-be brother-in-law, and my mom (aaahhhh!). With only 2 full days in Wichita we had to pack a lot in. First up was Tanganyika Wildlife Park. This is a 100% private... Continue Reading →
Free Day at the Museum
Free day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science | View of the Denver Skyline on the 4th floor. Why have I never known about this view before now? "Expedition Health is about YOUR human body-how it is constantly changing and adapting in ways you can see, measure, and optimize through the choices you... Continue Reading →
Top 7 Road Trip Fights
Ah, nothing signals the official start of summer like a road trip. The open road can be exciting to some. The anticipation of the destination...the photo ops...the places never seen...travel stop food...the constant "Are we there yet?" question... and the "Don't make me pull this car over!" response... Pack several people in a small confined... Continue Reading →
Tennessee: The List, part two
Continued from part one of our adventure in Tennessee... Eat at: Tony Gore’s in Sevierville, TN. I should have know the portion of BBQ would be big after reading Tony's slogan on the rooftop sign. “Never trust a skinny cook.” The portions are HUGE but the BBQ is also big on flavor. The smokers are... Continue Reading →
Tennessee: The List, part one
We're back from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. And, I have to say, I left a little but of my heart there. I didn't expect too. The Great Smoky Mountains were not on my Travel Bucket List. Not even close. But, I love mountains. These are not like the Colorado Rocky Mountains. They're completely different, and both beautiful... Continue Reading →
This week in our life.
How much stuff do you need to pack for a 7 day trip? Well, when you have kids, you can never over pack! We are on our way to Tennessee, and thanks to my awesome sister-in-law, we are staying here: Be back in a week with all the details. Parker lost her first tooth yesterday.... Continue Reading →
We're back from the Vail Invitational. Alex competed in two skate events, compulsory and free skate. The whole experience left me with a somewhat sour taste in my mouth. Not from how Alex preformed, because I couldn’t be more proud at how she handled herself, but from how so many skate-parents behaved. Let me start... Continue Reading →
31 things | covet or crave
The prompt word from 31 Things at Big Picture Class was "Covet". Call me crazy but that just sounds to "Biblical" to me, so I changed the word to "Crave" instead. TRAVEL, it’s what I crave most. I have a bucket travel list of places I want to see or do before I die. I... Continue Reading →
Panning for gold.
My sister left her 3 kids with me for 5 days (13, 13 and 12-years-old). Her 3 kids, plus my 2 kids, equals 5 kids for FIVE-WHOLE-DAYS. The fact that it was my idea to keep her 3 kids for 5 days is beside the point. I am going to look at it as a... Continue Reading →
It’s not the destination, but the journey.
Final resting place. My family (Mom, sister with her fiancée and kids) were here this past week to spread Ron's (my step father) ashes in the Rocky Mountains. Since he didn't specify where to spread his ashes, it was left up to us to decide. He really should have known better. There was a plan,... Continue Reading →
With my nieces and nephew in town this week I thought it would be fun to take them up to Argo Gold Mine in Idaho Springs to pan for gold and a tour. To read about my bad review of the mine, and our fun trip to the cemetery, hop on over to my Travel... Continue Reading →
It was spring break for my oldest daughter so we decided to go to the Downtown Aquarium. Stupid us. Everyone else in Denver had the same idea! After doing a drive by to see that the Aquarium ticket line was down the street, looking like at least an hour wait, we went to Plan B:... Continue Reading →
One Little Word, 2012
I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit...losing weight...eating less junk food...or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking... Continue Reading →
Celebrating 16 years
My hubby and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary this past weekend. After 16 years it’s sometimes hard to find time for romance. Okay, with 2 kids it’s almost impossible. What says romance better than a great steak? Maybe that is just my husband’s idea of romance… After asking around, “What is the best steakhouse in Denver?”... Continue Reading →
A New Beginning for Animals
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado is a 700+ acres facility dedicated to saving wild animals from abuse or neglect. Earlier this year the Sanctuary rescued 25 Lions from Bolivia. These ex-circus Lions came to the Sanctuary malnourished and abused but are now beginning a new life in the grasslands of Colorado's front-range. Read more... Continue Reading →
Colorful Colorado Wildflowers
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” – Dr.Seuss. TRAVEL LOG: Clinton Gulch Reservoir, near Copper Mountain in White River National Forest, Colorado, July 2011 FIELD NOTES: Clinton Gulch Trailhead is located about 7 miles off I-70 on State Hwy 91 near Copper Mountain/Leadville, CO.... Continue Reading →
Stuck in the Suburbs…Get me Outta Here!
So, lately I have been daydreaming. Daydreaming about taking a drive out of our severely suburban neighborhood and not returning for a long while. Daydreaming of booking a hotel (a nice one with a mountain view), ordering room service, sleeping until noon and reading a book, uninterrupted. Just today, as I was turning the girls'... Continue Reading →
Hospitality: Texas Style
Destination: Ft. Worth, Texas, Flinn Family Reunion, June 25, 2011 "Are we there yet?" "Are we getting close?" "When are we going to be there?" "How much further?" These questions can only mean one thing: You are traveling with kids! Almost 800 mile one-way, from Denver to Ft. Worth, and I was trapped in a... Continue Reading →