Wednesday, July 23, 2008

6 hours until VACATION!!!

and i can hardly wait! Really, it feels like i'm about 10 again and the clock has slowed down. We leave tommorow at noon for our totally awesome roadtrip. My sweet hubby has already bought the beef jerky. I'll be finishing up the mandatory house cleaning this evening and tommorow morning. I found it genetic, the whole, can't go on vacation until the house is clean and the laundry is done? I don't think everyone does this, but the women in my family certainly do. CHEERS CHEERS AND MORE CHEERS AND A HAPPY DANCE THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE!! I'M OKOBOJI BOUND!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

First Hike of the Summer!

Yesterday, I hiked Rawhide Trail in White Ranch Park, just NW of Golden about 20 minutes. I went with Melanie, Ruth and her two kids. This is the perfect hike for the following: first one of the season, out of town guests, families (with some athletic ability) and those of us who love to enjoy the view!! We definitely went the right way (literally) so as the watering hole was at the middle end of the hike. The hike is about 4.5 miles long with about 1300' in elevation....not too strenuous, although I was impressed with the amount of sweat seeping through my shirt. Gross? Not to me, it's cool! The views from this hike are magnificent.. the trail goes through a canopied forrest, grassy plains and wooded areas....the smell is fresh and cleansing....there was a slight breeze and wildflowers were in full bloom. WHY DIDN'T I BRING MY CAMERA????

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friends are friends forever (if you're lucky)

We have been friends since 1987. That is 21 years. That is one hell of a very long time. It is so nice to have someone that has known you since you were 12 years old. We have been through 21 years of craziness. And by craziness, I mean the kind of craziness that is best kept between two lifelong buddies! I love my Beck. I will always love my Beck. There are just some things I know in life, that is one of them.

Monday, July 14, 2008

my list of 52 things to do before i turn 34...

1. Hike a ‘14ner
2. Go to a William Topley Concert
3. Visit susan in prison
4. Read a C. S Lewis book
5. Go to a weekend yoga retreat
6. Ski a back bowl
7. Write a letter to Jill 08/13/08: sent an email to apologize for my actions and kill negative chi.
8. Watch a Marilyn Monroe movie
9. Go to a taping of E-Town
10. Go to the Denver Museum of Art
11. Get a couples massage
12. Take a picnic to the mountains with RW and Jut
13. Send a “just because I love you” card to dad
14. Go home for harvest
15. Plan and host a dinner party for 8.
16. Read an entire book in the bible
17. Take a mental health day and not worry about work.
18. Decorate the guest bedroom.
19. Take a walk in the rain
20. Ride a rollercoaster 08/08/08: completed at Arnolds Park in Okoboji.
21. Run a 5k
22. Go for a bikeride
23. Take river to the children’s museum
24. Go camping with the family
25. Clean out closets
26. Update river’s baby book
27. Clean out the garage
28. Pay off the truck
29. Make the perfect margarita
30. Go fishing with justin 08/08/08: completed during vacation in Okoboji
31. Start a blog 08/08/08: started and making regular entries.
32. Pick a school for river to go to
33. GTG with steph and keith
34. GTG with jasmine and dave
35. Meet Malia at the park with the kids
36. Meet the girls in Kearney
37. Make a new friend
38. Send all grandparents a “just because” card
39. Go to a concert at red rocks 08/26/08: Willie Nelson with jut, Jeanne and steve!
40. Join a bookclub
41. Take River to a new park 08/21/08: Pillar of Fire park. He loved the basketball courts!
42. Play Frisbee in the park with the boys
43. Visit Tambra in Greeley
44. Go to Grizzly Rose with Sarah/Tam/Mel/Jess for girls night
45. Send a “just because” card to donna.
46. Send a “just because” card to mom.
47. Send a “just because” card to roxie.
48. Send a “just because” card to mike.
49. Send a “just because” card to the Heinrichs.
50. Go dancing with Leigh.
51. Sleep in until 10 in the morning.
52. Go to WaterWorld 08/24/08: went with RW. Definitely going againx1,000,000,0000.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Just call me Rachel Ray!

Yes, that's right. Grilled pizza, homemade, from scratch. To DIE for. Pizza dough courtesy of the Whole Foods pizza maker. Toppings included fresh basil from my herb garden, grape tomatoes, carmelized onions, shittake mushrooms and prosciutto. A delicate cilantro pesto served as the base. A side of all American caesar salad and homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

So typical...

I love Saturday mornings.....Seriously, life is good. Especially when you are three and your mommy makes you blueberry pannycakes and let''s you watch cartoons. And even more so, when she has a surprise, a BIG SURPRISE, for you later.....she is taking you to see Wall-E, your first real movie! Hey, any newly potty trained young man should be rewarded with robots, right?