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Summertime, Oh How I Love Summer...

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Today I thought to myself, what if I just sat down and wrote without a focus. Long ago, I would just stand at an easel and paint. I didn't know what I was going to paint, I just pushed the paint around created something with out preconception. Maybe I'm writing on a whim, I've got some posts mulling around in my head, but they aren't quite ready to be written. 

Maybe this whimsical feeling can be blamed on summer's arrival. The days have been passing so quickly, my daughter has been out of a school for a month already. For once we aren't overbooked. We spend our days mainly hanging out around the house, creating craft projects, watering plants, gardening, swinging, building sandcastles, playing jump rope, and of the last two days swimming in the pool. I've been trying to keep on top of housework considering we are here all day long, but playing is more fun. The housework just has to wait sometimes. Not sure if I should be proud of that or just cringe inside,…

Where Colorado Locals Go: Lunch at Cherry Cricket & Denver Art Museum

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While my husband took a few days off, we decided to do a little local exploration. We live less then 15 miles outside of Denver, so literally it's a hop, skip, and a jump away. The first destination on our staycation, the Cherry Cricket in the swanky Cherry Creek neighborhood. After finding a parking spot, you may chuckle as across the street are high end design stores and fancy schmancy boutiques. Now the Cherry Cricket I can guarantee is a step back through time, a feeling which overcomes you as soon as you enter the door. The lighting is dim, the paneling is heavy dark wood, and the place generally has an well established feel to it.

As you can imagine, the food is good in a place that's been around since the 1950's. The menu is classic for this type of restaurant (bar food) burgers, wings, appetizers, sandwiches, and a few mexican inspired dishes. I ordered the Philly steak sandwich and my hubby ordered of course, the classic 1/2 pound cricket burger. The meat was supe…

My First and LAST $24 Starbucks Iced Caffe Mocha

The story I am about to tell comes with a bit of hesitation, but it's also funny. Potentially making someone laugh wins out over my sheer embarrassment. Let me first start with a simple statement, I am a tea drinker. I've never really had a thing for coffee, but go through phases of convincing myself that it's time to grow up and become a coffee drinker. Typically I prefer an iced coffee heavy on the milk and a touch of vanilla syrup. Plus, I am cheap and my eyes bulge out of my head whenever I see the price of a chai latte compared to the price of a coffee. Seriously how do coffee shops get away with charging so much for a tea concentrate with some milk?

Anyway, back to the embarrassing story.

I went to sign up my daughter for a few summer camps, it was early in the afternoon and there just so happens to be a drive thru Starbucks right next door to the summer camp spot! Bonus location for camp, may I add. I thought I'll just pop in and pick up an iced coffee for a l…

I'm Here, But I'm Not...

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My husband took four days off, with the weekend smack dab in the middle. We haven't gone away, but we've been playing LOCALLY! I'll be back Wednesday when he's back to work. Some of you were wondering about me. Let me confirm, I'm here, but I'm not...

I Miss You My Dear Friend, 15 Years Later....

Years ago my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I lived in Saranac Lake, which is a small town nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. We were young and carefree, going to college, living life on our own for the first time. I still remember how strange it was moving to a new place and knowing no one else. It was a hard transition moving from my childhood home and my family, but eventually we made friends and settled into Adirondack life.

One of the dearest people I've ever met in my life, I met in Saranac Lake. My friend had a spirit and joy about her that was rare and special, her personality drew me in making me feel like I had been a friend for life. But after our first year in Saranac Lake, she moved away to Colorado to attend Naropa Institute in Boulder. I remember my eyes filling up with tears the day her rental house was packed. We said goodbye, but I knew we'd be seeing each other sooner than later.

We kept in touch, making phone calls and sending letters. Be…

Coldplay Live In Omaha: Beautiful Music, Surprises, Chris Martin's Sweat, and A Smile Beyond Compare...

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Following a five hundred mile seven hour drive, there was a whirlwind check in at the Hilton Omaha, a quick pop into a close by pub for some appetizers and a Stella Artois or two, then off to the Omaha Qwest Center to see Coldplay. Of course my heart started pumping on the walk over to the Qwest Center as it appeared before us. I just wanted to be inside, I just wanted Coldplay on stage.

My nerves were a bit on edge in line for security as I had a couple of cameras, but quickly enough I was relieved to be following a concrete block maze through a door that said Main Floor. Then it hit me, Main Floor. When I saw Coldplay in Denver, we had decent seats but we were on the opposite side of the venue. It still changed me, that night across the arena. Tonight was going to be different, it was going to be main floor intimate.

The entry into the main floor was from the back, we kept walking further and further up front. I thought it was time to stop, but I was still ten rows behind our seat…

There's a Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow, British Blonde Gold...

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One month ago, I posted on my Facebook page that I was looking for some adventurous friends to road trip with me to see a concert. Well not just any concert, a Coldplay concert. I found some takers and the adventure was born.

Tomorrow, I am off to Omaha to see Coldplay.

Mind you, it's a bit of a drive. So there will be snacks, sing-a-longs, potty breaks, and lots of conversation. Oh and corn, this is Nebraska. Wide open fields of corn.

Followed by live music. Did I mention, we have awesome seats. And that the band comes off stage to play in the back of the venue for a few songs, meaning I have a 90% chance of a high five. Which means hand on hand contact. I'm just hoping I'll let go of their hands...(I have a thing for hands, if you didn't know).

Stay tuned on Monday for the full story. I have a new camera to try out as well, fingers crossed the stars will align and I will capture some magic, also known as Coldplay live in concert!

Until the butterflies rain down o…

The Phone Call I NEVER Expected...

Where we live in Colorado, there is Open Enrollment in our school district. Which basically means, if you don't want your children to attend your neighborhood school, you can apply via a lottery system to other schools in the district. Some of the schools are exclusively Open Enrollment schools because they are charter or magnet schools. Even if you live next door to the school you aren't guaranteed a spot in an OE school.

Last year we were shut out of Open Enrollment for Kindergarten. Whine, whine, sob, sob details here.

I will be the first to admit, I was disenchanted by the entire Open Enrollment process, having been shut out last year. On one hand I thought why even bother applying for First Grade, where there will be a tenth of the spots there were for Kindergarten. But I applied anyway, thinking it was worth a shot.

Well, the story goes this year, we received a first round letter stating we did not get a spot in any of my FOUR school choices. Then a letter came in mid…

Summer Travel, Is Now Summer Dreaming...

My husband and I are both from Upstate New York. Our families live less then ten miles apart. A bonus for traveling to visit our family, considering we live 1,800 miles away. We haven't been back to New York to visit since I was pregnant with my youngest, whom is now 2.5. If you do the math, yes it's been way too long.

I sit here thinking of all the people that haven't even met my youngest daughter. A grandparent, a couple of uncles, numerous cousins, plus friends from home that are also family to us. It seems kind of strange to me to think that my children don't know their relatives, but as with life, it's complicated. Obviously location makes the issue, but now we are facing a new dilemma.

Purchasing FOUR plane tickets.

The current going rate for four plane tickets to upstate New York is around $1,800. Gulp. Completely ridiculous and heartbreaking, rolled into one big scenario.

As I sit here and type about New York, I really should be in New York. My mother had v…

Time to Address The Neglected Backyard: Shady Plants Between Walkway & House

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If I could describe my backyard in one word, monstrosity. If I had two words, disappointing monstrosity. My yard is a hodge podge of so many different areas, most of them containing rock. What a nightmare to remove rock that has been compacted with soil, hidden under landscaping plastic AND fabric, and topped with mulch that has been breaking down over the last few years.

For some odd reason, today I thought I would address this area of our yard. A spot that gets full sun in the morning, but shade or partial sun the rest of the day. I believe years ago it was a flower bed, but recently it looked like this (photo will enlarge if you click on it):
The area between the crushed stone walkway we built last summer and our house has always been home to landscaping fabric and mulch. Have I ever mentioned my disdain for mulch? Well it is one notch above rock because thankfully mulch does break down after a while, where as rock has to be dug out.

Instead of planting my tomatoes, I decided to …

The Dress, The Feeling...

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When I walked into the dressing room with my arms full of dresses on Wednesday, I had no idea how many of the dresses would actually fit me. I picked out a huge range of dresses from ones I wasn't naturally drawn to, some short, some longer, low back, buttoned up, one with a plunging neckline, and wrap-arounds. It was fun and tiring, rolled into one big experience.

I probably returned three times to the fitting room. My last time in I told the sales woman, don't let me back in here again.

I started emailing my photo in various dresses to a dear friend in New York City (whom I later found out was out with a client, oops) and my hubby. The problem I was having, I couldn't pick a dress. They all fit me. Now when I say they all fit me, I don't mean they all looked great for my body type, but every dress I put on fit me, like zipper went up with having to suck in my belly. Or there weren't any maxed out seams going over my head or hips for that matter. They fit. (May…

HELP Me Pick A Dress...

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I just left Nordstroms with FOUR dresses! Help me choose which one I should wear to a wedding tomorrow! I am desperate and need help. I really can't decide. I've never gone into a dressing room and had ELEVEN dresses actually fit me, this is what I narrowed it down to.

The wedding is in Colorado, outside, late afternoon, on Thursday. Colorado is always casual, but I thought it would be fun to dress it up a bit.

DRESS 1:
DRESS 2:
DRESS 3:
DRESS 4:

Wordless Wednesday: Apparently Sleeping Positions Are Genetic

No doubting these two are related! On our trip, the girls slept in the same bed. I couldn't help capture some of the moments when they were sleeping...

Road Trip: Beautiful Rocky Mountain HIGHway

This weekend, we took a little break and headed west to Utah. Park City, Utah in fact. During our seven hour drive, I was amazed by the view out my window. Have you ever been on a road trip out west?

Please stop by and read what I saw, click here to continue reading...