Monday, September 15, 2014

SMP 9.15.14

SMP = Seven Minute Post

Happy Monday! September days are clicking by so quickly! How can it already be the fifteenth of the month? Good grief.

I had such a great weekend. John and I froze our tails off at a football game on Friday night. Will's high school team played Sarah's high school team. We chose to sit on "Sarah's side" which was also the winning side but I cheered for both teams the whole night. Fun. But so very very cold.

Will came home after the game to grab a few things before heading to a friend's house for the night. Right as he was leaving, he told me he had a date for Homecoming. He literally told me then RAN out the door. It was a strategic move on his part--he knew I'd have a million questions.

I got the scoop the next day but patience is not really my strong suit. I'm thrilled with his date choice. She is one of his best friends and one of my favorite high school girls!

Saturday, two friends and I drove up to another friend's cabin in Fairplay, CO. We spent the night so we could get an early start up Mount Sherman. It's official--I have another 14er to add to my list! It was such a fun day with friends. I'll post more about our hike this week.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Currently ::: September

Current Read: I finally finished this book. I generally don't like non-fiction but I really can't say enough good things about this book--I think I highlighted something on almost every single page. I'm still thinking of blogging about some of my takeaways. I started The Fault In Our Stars a few weeks ago but find myself reading only in short snatches in the carpool line and it's taking me forEVER to make progress with that book.

Current Playlist: Taylor Swift. One Direction. Chris Tomlin radio.

Current Color(s): Orange. Because it's September and is starting to feel like fall in Colorado. 

Current Food: I'm on a cucumber kick right now. I know summer is over because all the fresh fruit I've been buying all summer is really losing it's flavor. Mushy peaches (yuck) and sour blueberries (boo) mean it's time for apple season. I'm sad to say good-bye to summer fruits and veggies.

Current Favorite Favorite: Fall. Football. My mini NFL helmet collection.
Current Addiction: The Fantasy Sports station on XM radio.

Current Wish List: I really want a sound dock for my phone. We've never invested in a good one and I told John the other day that I'd love to have one (hint hint) sometime. 

Current Need: Hair color--it's been awhile and my grays are taking over. I have an appointment next week so thankfully there is hope in sight!

Current Triumph: Yesterday I finished all my work for the week, cleaned my entire house, finished all my laundry, made dinner and felt wonderfully domestic and productive. That is my favorite feeling. I hardly ever get all of those individual tasks accomplished in a single day.

This happened yesterday--Jack was napping while I was vacuuming. He was completely oblivious to the running vacuum that was inches away from his body. I "nudged" him a bit to get him to move and he laid right back down. Only after nudging him four times did he (begrudgingly) move to the opposite corner of the rug. The two of us repeated that same song and dance until all four corners had been vacuumed and he returned to his original spot.
Current Annoyance: Oh y'all. My list is way too long. But sharing it doesn't bring "life" to me or to you.

Current Blessing(s): My family.
Earlier this week, four boys from our community were involved in a single-car accident. Two were killed,  another was injured and the fourth boy, the driver, is facing some serious charges. Will and Sarah knew them. The boys that died were seniors at Sarah's high school. It's tragically sad and has been heavy on my heart all week. It has prompted lots of good discussion with our kids about drinking and driving, but more than anything has just made me aware of how very precious life is and what a blessing it is to tuck your kids in every night.

Current Outfit: Currently? A paper thin nightgown and a thick, fleecy powder-blue robe with white snowflakes. Nice. 

Current Excitement: The weekend. A new season of television.

Current Project(s): My Healthy4Life Facebook page. If you haven't already liked it, I'd love for you to. It's a place I share recipes and health/fitness inspiration, clean-eating groups (with meal plans and recipes) and fitness challenge groups (a new one coming soon). So that's my current and on-going project!

Current plans for the day: I've been planning a morning date with myself all week. I have nothing I "have" to do so I'm going to shop for some fall candles and do some browsing around before I meet a friend for lunch. Then carpool, dinner, some fun evening plans, and if I'm lucky I can sneak a nap in there too!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

One Direction: St. Louis

Last week, my girls and I went to St. Louis to see One Direction. I can't even begin to explain to you how crazed they are over this band of five boys. Truth be told I kinda love them too. Sarah and I saw them in concert last summer in Denver and Abbey was heartbroken that she didn't get to go. I knew I'd like to try to take her this year but when they announced their 2014 tour dates for the US, Colorado wasn't on the list.

It felt CRAZY to travel to see them in concert in another state, but we have family in St. Louis and I can usually get cheap plane fare and it just sort of all fell into place. We surprised the girls on Christmas morning with the concert tickets and there were many happy tears and shrieks of joy!

Here's some photos from our trip.

 They *had* to miss school so they did homework on the plane. I was absolutely NO help with Pre-Calculus. My kids are all better at math than their mama.
 And yeah, we melted in the heat and humidity. Oh. My. Gosh.
 Had to drive past Busch stadium on the way to the concert. I've been to lots of Cardinals games in my life but all in the old stadium. This new one is so pretty.
 This is as close to the Arch as we got. My last experience there was a little too fresh. 
We had to wait out a thunderstorm on the way to the concert. Since we were already downtown, we snacked on ice cream and then had pizza at Pi. It was my second time to eat at Pi and seriously, it is THE BEST PIZZA I've ever had. Better than any pizza in Chicago, hands down. I am hoping they will expand to Denver one of these days. 

 Our seats were WAY higher up than they looked on the seating chart. Nosebleed section for sure.
 This smile is PRICELESS!


One Direction put on a GREAT show for us and 55,000 of our closest friends (that's a LOT of people). I was looking at my iPod on the plane the next day and they sang a TON of songs from each album and all of my favorites!

The girls and I got to see both of my aunts and one of my cousins while we were there. Oh, and my aunt's new dog, Gracie, was our constant companion. We always try to grab a bite at "Bread Co", which is what people in St. Louis call Panera, because it originated there before it expanded. St. Louis is a fun city. We did some shopping one day and I even found Blase Avenue, though I wasn't fast enough to snap a pic. Plus I was driving so it wasn't really safe for me to do that. :)

Was it crazy to travel for a concert like that? Maybe. But you know what? My girls will remember that for a long time...and that makes me happy.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Dance Party

I worked myself into a nice BIG funk the other day over something I thought I'd dealt with a long, long time ago. It just kind of crept up on me and the more I thought about it the madder I got. I stewed a while while repeating my mantra of "forgive, forgive, forgive, and let it go"...lather, rinse, repeat. Truthfully that helps but on this particular day I just couldn't stay above it. Can you relate?

And then Taylor Swift's new song popped into my head. I downloaded it immediately and had a big 'ol SHAKE IT OFF dance party! You know what? Players and haters and heartbreakers and fakers will always be a part of life. Forgiveness is crucial but we also have to learn to just SHAKE IT OFF. I highly recommend keeping this song on repeat!

*Warning: LOTS of booty-shakin' in this video!

Monday, September 01, 2014

SMP 9.1.14

SMP = Seven Minute Post

It's SEPTEMBER! I love September and Colorado Septembers are the best. We've already had lots of fall-like mornings and milder temperatures and that just makes it feel like fall. The start of football season helps too. I'm going to pull out some canned pumpkin and bake something this week.

I was thinking of baking today but I have a stupid head cold and can't taste anything right now so I want to wait until I can enjoy it. Between traveling last week and a hideous case of insomnia I let myself get really run down and succumbed to a cold--complete with two days of fever. YUCK. I feel better today but am still going to take it easy and rest because I can!

If ever there was a weekend I wanted to be in Arkansas it was this past one. Both my family and John's had some big stuff going on that we were sad we couldn't be there for. I love Colorado but sometimes it's just too far away from our family.

Here's one last picture from Mount Evans that didn't get included in my last post. Mountains make me happy!

Happy Labor Day, y'all.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hiking Mount Evans 8.24.14

My friend, Heather, and I have another 14er to add to our growing list. We climbed Mount Evans on Sunday and it was a great hike. Mount Evans is the 14th highest peak in Colorado and it was my fifth 14er. 

We left at 5AM on Sunday morning and arrived at the trailhead at 7AM. After getting our gear on we hit the trail around 7:15AM. I am NOT a fan of wind but it was blowing pretty steadily with some serious gusts when we got there. Ugh. We set out anyway, thankful that we had lots of layers plus coats, hats, and gloves. The temp when we left the trailead was 34 degrees; I'm guessing the windchill was in the teens/20s.

It was windy for most of the hike but it got much worse as we gained elevation. As we were climbing up, we passed many hikers on their way down. We counted twenty and of that group, only THREE had made it to the summit. The other seventeen turned around because of the wind. 
Gotta be honest--all of the climbers that were heading back down freaked me out. I was even more freaked out by the wind that was moving me around. It was crazy-strong wind--probably 35-40mph sustained winds--and we were on an exposed ridgeline and I was scared. My friend was brave and fiercely determined though, and she hoped that once we got past the "wind tunnel" that it would slow down a bit. I'm so glad she didn't give up and that she didn't let me give up either because once we got past the worst part, the wind shifted and it made a huge difference. The point where people were turning around was really close to the summit, but you can't actually see it so you didn't know. I was so I was grateful we kept going. I would have been so disappointed to later realize we were so close and didn't push for it.
 It was a gorgeous climb! We could see Mount Bierstadt, the 14er we did last summer, and also Grays and Torrey's Peaks. We were also rewarded with a summit marker at the top. I guess John is going to have to order another pin for my collection. 

Stuff I want to remember:
It took us 4 hours round trip. We hit the Summit Lake trail at 7:15AM, summited right before 10AM and were back to the car by 11:15. We took the shorter route down (Northeast Face--super steep but much easier) and I was so glad. We left our neighborhood at 5AM and were back home by 2PM.

Exactly one year ago to the day (8.24.13), Heather and I hiked Pikes Peak together. Hmmmm. Wonder what she's doing on 8.24.15? It's a date, friend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SMP 8.23.14

SMP = Seven Minute Post

I just spent way too much time working on a blog post that completely disappeared. UGH. Super duper frustrating.

I took some Tylenol PM last night to help me sleep past 4:45AM which seems to be the time my body thinks I should rise and shine each day. It worked. I slept a bit later, but I didn't turn my phone's ringer off (I just can't do that when one of my children is away from home for the night) so I was awakened by text messages and push notifications. I figure I got an extra hour of sleep though so I'm not complaining.

On tap today?
A little bit of project planning
A few errands--I desperately need non-dairy milk. I had to drink my coffee black this AM. Yuck.

And most importantly, today is my day to R-E-S-T!
Tomorrow begins a week of some fun adventures and I want to start out feeling refreshed. Stay tuned.