September started with a trip closer to home. We met up with my sister (Hope), her husband (Joe), and their two boys (Porter and Theo) for Labor Day weekend. We’d cooked up this plan because Joe loves bagging peaks and couldn’t resist bagging the tallest one in Colorado.
At the end of July/beginning of August, we went on a much anticipated trip to California. This trip had been in the works since early 2021 and had been a lot of fun to plan and dream about. It was slightly stressful to be flying again (especially since we’d never in all our years of travel seen the Denver airport so busy), but things went pretty smoothly.
July was a busy and fabulous month. We had many adventures (and a few misadventures). Read on for more details.
Time for a quick catch-up. For the sake of efficiency, let’s break this down into categories of people/things with a whole lot of pictures.
Noel and I recently entered Recreation.gov’s Share Your Story contest. We had a lot of fun reminiscing about trips we’d taken and editing, editing, editing. At the end of the day, Noel had a winning essay – an honorable mention for the Family or Group travel category. For his efforts, he was rewarded with some Recreation.gov swag. If you’re interested, you can check out our essays below: Lessons on the San Juan River – Noel’s Honorable mentionPerseid Meteor Shower at…
Oh. My. Goodness. This has seriously been the longest school year ever. I think that’s in part because it’s been 14 months since the kids have sat in an actual classroom. Last summer, there was a lot of uncertainty about what school would look like. Our school district sent out surveys for parent and student input and tried to put together a plan. My vote was actually for a hybrid schedule where the kids went to school 2-3 days a…
When we got back from our Spring Break, Ellen had a fun package in the mail from Grandpa Wayne. This is basically her spirit animal.
Noel and I got our COVID-19 vaccines literally an hour before driving out of town for our spring break plans. I felt a little off that afternoon and was really worried about how it would affect our spring break trip, but ended up feeling completely fine the next day. We spent the night in Moab. Our room had a window right outside the hot tub. The kids were so sad because we told them there was no way we were…
March was a good, but busy month. Even in a pandemic it’s still March madness.
Sometimes I wonder why I keep this blog up and have often thought about just stopping, but there is something that compels me to keep it up, even if no one reads it. As I am writing today, I am reminded that when I do these recaps I feel increased gratitude and perspective as I look back on what we’ve done, survived, and enjoyed. That exercise alone is worth it for me, at least for today.