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July 2020

July 2020

The day after our 4th of July trip, I had my first day working with clients since March 13th. It had been almost 4 months. I had been really nervous about my work opening back up and whether or not I would feel comfortable about it. I felt like my work was being really responsible (we are a city municipality which helps) and actually felt pretty good about it.

Fourth of July 2020 Backpacking Trip

Fourth of July 2020 Backpacking Trip

As the fourth of July approached, we weren’t feeling very enthusiastic. All the fireworks shows were cancelled and honestly, we weren’t feeling terribly patriotic and didn’t have much of a desire to be around people who were. We decided it would be best for us to get away from everyone and enjoy some of our nation’s natural beauty.

1st Half of May

1st Half of May

I was thinking the other day how most of my readers are not my local Colorado friends. I’ve mentioned what sort of rules or guidelines we have in Colorado during this pandemic, but I haven’t mentioned statistics about where Colorado stands.

November 2019

November 2019

The first weekend of November, we went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. They had two exhibits we though the kids would really like: Extreme Sports and the Science of Pixar

September 2018

September 2018

Over Labor Day weekend, we went on a backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had really good timing, driving through an afternoon thunderstorm that cleared up a few minutes before we pulled into the trailhead parking lot.

August 2018

August 2018

August started with our big trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. The following week we had all our back to school activities and school started on Thursday. Cooper has the same teacher he had last year (she moved up to 3rd grade) and Ellen has the same 1st grade teacher Cooper did. It’s nice to already know these teachers and know what to expect. Cooper’s favorite thing about 3rd grade is every kid gets a chrome book that they use…

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Yellowstone and Tetons Trip

Yellowstone and Tetons Trip

Our big summer trip this year was a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We booked our Yellowstone campsite months ago, put it on the calendar, and then just kind of got distracted by other things. When we were debating whether to rent a pavilion for our cheesecake party, Noel and I made a pros and cons list and enumerated the reasons why it was a good idea. One of our biggest reasons would be that our house wouldn’t be…

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June 2018

June 2018

Summer is FLYING by!  We know summer days are fleeting (last Thursday marked the half way point for our summer break), so we like to pack in as much fun as possible before we head back to school and into a more boring predictable schedule.  Here’s what we did in June.

Spring Break 2018

Spring Break 2018

This year for Spring Break, we decided to go to Las Vegas, and Zion. We have a considerable amount of family in the area, Noel’s mom is buried there, and we love the desert. We debated whether or not to fly or drive and ended up buying plane tickets. Then as the trip drew near we debated the decision again. (We were flying Southwest so we easily could have cancelled the flights and banked the points for another trip.) After…

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Winter Break 2017-2018

Winter Break 2017-2018

Based on my research in the field, there are a multitude of ways parents survive winter break. Some stock up on alcohol or chocolate, others allow unlimited screen time and ice cream for breakfast, some plan exotic (or not) vacations, and a few send their kids to day camps. This year, my method was to pretend like we were on vacation in our hometown. I’m calling this method a success. Before the break, the kids had their holiday parties. It…

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