Spring Has Sprung

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Happy first day of Spring! One of the fun things about moving into a new house is being surprised by what pops up in the yard in Springtime. Even though we did a complete overhaul of the landscaping around our house last Fall, we still had these beauties show up this week. I was so excited to see them. Spring is my favorite season and one of the reasons is because of the lovely flowers. I’m also excited to see the tulips we planted peek out soon.

What are you doing to celebrate this first day of Spring? What’s your most favorite thing about this season?

35 By 35 – #1 Hike to Horsetooth Rock

Hey there! How was your weekend? Better than mine I hope! I spent the weekend, (actually the past 4 days) either laying in bed or on the couch… sick with strep! Yuck! But, am so thankful for my awesome husband who took care of everything so I could lay around and get well… and when I say everything I mean everything! He rocks! But, I’m pretty sure he’s glad I’m well again. 😉

Before the sickness arrived like a freight train… we enjoyed a great Halloween! Noelle was Batgirl and Parker a Hamburger. I knew you would want to see a photo of them all dressed up so that’s why I’ve started with it, because really this post has nothing to do with Halloween!

What I really wanted to share with you today that is long overdue is the first item on my 35 by 35 list that was checked off a couple of weeks ago!

On Friday, October 19th we set out on an adventure to Horsetooth Rock! Yippee! We had debated for a while if it was a hike that the kids would be able to do or not, but we’ve taken them on a couple of difficult hikes in the past and thought they could do it, so we went for it! Only about 7 minutes in, the 6 year old had a meltdown and said her legs were tired and she did not want to go anymore… and the 4 year old, suddenly had a bathroom emergency… “oh boy…” we thought, “we are just getting started… what are we getting ourselves into?! Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea!” but, Daddy & I weren’t taking no for an answer… we were determined to do what we had set out to do! So we took care of business and kept moving! 🙂

It was a beautiful day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Horsetooth Rock is a large rock formation at the summit of Horsetooth Mountain which is easily visible from Fort Collins. It is a prominent landmark and often used as a symbol of the city, even appearing in the official city seal. The name comes from its distinctive appearance.

“The trail to Horsetooth Rock is 2.5 miles, a moderately difficult trail with primarily smooth trail surface and an approximate elevation gain of 1,400 feet… from 5,800 to 7,200 feet. The 1,400 foot gain in elevation is mitigated by switchbacks and stair cases so the hike is easier than it sounds.” (Source: www.blog.twoknobbytires.com)

After hiking about 2+ hours we made it to our destination! This is at the base of the rock (i.e. the summit of the mountain)… we debated about whether we could all four climb to the summit of the rock or not, so while Daddy went up to check it out, the kids and I hung out and enjoyed a snack to celebrate our success!

After a bit more debating… we decided to go for it… after all, we’d made it this far! 😉 And this… was the rewarding view from the very top… simply amazing!

A perfect family photo opportunity!

Another gorgeous view… those two highest mountains in the distance are Longs Peak (to the right) & Mt. Meeker (to the left). Both are located in Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs is the closest “14er” to Denver, Boulder & Ft Collins. You can actually hike all the way to the summit of Longs… but, I’m not sure I’ll be ready for that anytime soon… we’ll see… It definitely won’t be a family adventure. 🙂

Here’s me climbing down the rock… Documenting that I did in fact accomplish this feat… What goes up must come down! 😉

and I was quite pleased with the accomplishment! Awesome!

The hike down was as much of an adventure as the hike up. The sun was beginning to set and we knew we had to move faster on the way back down to make it back to the car before dark. But it was tough when you run into deer…

and a beautiful sunset…

and moon rise. But, we made it back without having to turn on the flashlights. Total, it took about 5 hours… a long time… but it was time well spent and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Such a fun & memorable experience. And one more goal checked off my list! Oh yeah! 🙂

Around Here…


Here’s a little update on what’s been going on… I feel like there has been so much that I could write a whole week’s worth of post just to catch up! Last week flew by so quickly!

But today we’ll do this in rapid fire… for fun… here’s the run down…

Celebrating… another year… 40 total to be exact… but who’s counting right? 😉

Hiking… to Horsetooth Rock…

 Checking another item off my list (more details & photos coming soon)

Spending precious time with family (grandparents who DROVE here all the way from North Carolina!! Nearly 2000 miles!)…

Feeling loved

 Visiting the farm…

seeing animals, taking a hayride and picking out some pumpkins…

 touring the amazing and historic Avery House… so cool… (Noelle was begging to move in!)

 walking around the Benson Sculpture Park…

eating out…

being silly…

 driving in the mountains…

saying goodbyes…

 fixing hair for “crazy hair day” at school…

 enjoying two measurable snow falls…

 building a (leaf-covered) snowman and

making snow angels…

getting nails done pretty…
 carving pumpkins…
feeling happy and grateful…

The Weekend in Photos

 

The Last Week… In Photos

We have arrived… we are getting settled in and having a blast exploring our new surroundings! Although we’ve had some lonely, homesick moments over the last week, we’ve also come to find just what we’d expected… that we love this place.

I thought I’d take some time out to share just a few photos of what we’ve done over this last week since arriving here!

 Of course, we’ve done a boat load of unpacking…


 Visited local parks…

 Done a little hiking…

 Cooked & baked in our new kitchen…

 And checked out our new town…

 {this photo taken by 4 year old Parker… pretty cool!}

 Now… we are gearing up for a little weekend getaway… camping in the mountains!

Happy 4th of July! Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful holiday with those you love!

See you next week!

Hello Summer!

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The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for our family! We’ve been doing lots of fun things as a family and with extended family like a visit to the amusement park, botanical gardens, a birthday party for our special 6-year-old, end of school year festivities, a field trip, field day and the list goes on… And in the midst of it all I came down with Strep Throat… again… twice in the same month!

But, today is the first official day of Summer vacation and I’m feeling so happy to have both my kids together all day for the next eighty some (?) days! Excited that it’s a pretty toasty one today so we can kick it off with a couple of beloved Summer activities like running through the sprinklers and enjoying a popsicle! I love Summer!

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I also wanted to let you know that I have a few new art pieces in my shop that I’ve posted in the last couple of weeks!

We move in 34 days so I will have my shop closed down from June 22-July 8. If there’s something you’ve had your eye on… now is a great time to snatch it up! And… you can use coupon code MOVINGSALE12 to get a 30% discount until June 21st!

When does Summer officially start for you? What’s on your list of adventures for this Summer? Do you have any favorite Summer activities you’re looking forward to?

Spring Takes Over

This photo of the first tulip blooming in our yard yesterday is the extent of my “Artsy Fartsy Friday” this week… my daughter has been on Spring Break, temperatures have been in the low 80’s most of the week and we have been playing, playing, playing… soaking up the sun and making memories together… lots of park fun, visiting the zoo, the library, bounce house playdates, lunch out, picnics, shopping… and on and on!

We’ve been living life and lovin’ it! Back to business as usual next week, but this has been too good to miss!

Hope you have a “spring-fully” wonderful weekend!