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September 2021

September 2021

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.

August 2021

August 2021

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.

A Major Award

A Major Award

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…

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2020/2021 School Year Debrief

2020/2021 School Year Debrief

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…

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Spring Break 2021

Spring Break 2021

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…

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February 2021

February 2021

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.