Alas, our trip in Durango has almost come to an end! We are embarking on our last week here, and although I’m so ready to see family and friends at home in Houston, I’m going to miss the gorgeous weather here in Colorado. We have a “punch list” (as Sasha calls it) of things to do before we leave on Saturday – most of which includes doing certain hikes and eating at our favorite restaurants. We made the most of the past week and plan to do the same for the next five days. I’m even taking a “blogcation” from Wednesday onwards so that I can spend every single second with my sweet family!

Speaking of family – yesterday was our second year anniversary, and we are so engulfed in the laid back mountain lifestyle that we had no idea what the date was! We figured it out when a friend posted an anniversary picture on Instagram in the evening, and I checked the date right after. We had a good laugh about it, then I walked two streets over and bought a bottle of Chandon Rose and we celebrated 730 days of marriage. I love that man to pieces.

Some of this week’s highlights included:

  • Making two trips to Maria’s bookshop – I finished The Girl on the Train and We Are Called to Rise – instead of having a second reading list post, I decided that I will just update this post as I read new books! But in short: you must read both. The latter is one of my favorites ever. Sasha also read Into the Void and loved it. We read every evening on the front porch with a glass of wine (i.e. I was in heaven).
  • Joining the Durango Recreation Center and spent three days playing in the splash pad and sliding down the fun slides – watch two short videos of her sliding here and here.
  • Eating meals at Himalayan Kitchen, Fired Up Pizzeria and Grassburger – our top three favorite restaurants in Durango (you can read my full guide here).
  • Taking morning hikes up to Fort Lewis College – the view is so gorgeous (photo here), and I will miss it so much!
  • Shopping at the Durango Farmer’s Market and getting some delicious treats from local farms and restaurants. There are some great markets in Houston, but this one is definitely my favorite.
  • Perfecting the “Neiiiigggghh.”
  • Riding our bikes to the numerous nearby parks where we did lots and lots of swinging – Isla loves it! The Yepp bike seat is a hit around here.
  • Playing soccer with a beach ball at Buckley Park – Isla was getting so into it! Belle loved it too, but she burst one of the balls we bought, which was a slight inconvenience!
  • Drinking oodles of flavored water – even tried Codi of Creative Wife, Joyful Worker’s kiwi mint recipe here. You can read my healthy basil lemonade recipe here.
  • Getting featured on Annie’s blog for her #theprettypursuit roundup. MontgomeryFest is one of my favorite blogs out there and you should definitely be reading!
  • Updating my website – Snapshots by Ailee Petrovic – with some new photos and cannot wait to add even more after the 8 shoots I’ve got lined up when we get home. So excited about them all! Incredibly appreciative of this journey so far. I also spent time working on a client relationship management database, which is so dorky, but makes me so pleased to have things become more organized!

How was your week? I’d love to hear your highlights in the comments below!

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  1. LOVE these pics.
    Isla has a better wardrobe than me. And better shoes.
    Also, the pigtails!!! Go Sasha.
    Enjoy your last week in CO!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ha, I happen to know a lot of the items in your closet and can vouch that your statement is false!!! Isla owns no Kate Spade! 🙂 Sasha LOVES the pig tails. He needs a son desperately!!! Ha. Miss you!

  2. Too many cute pics to pick a fave. Also, I can’t believe Ailee forgot our 2 year anniversary! She totally failed the test 🙂

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Hahahah lies!!!! There was no test! But there will be a calendar reminder for next year!

  3. those pink heart sunglasses!! too sweet that you were too wrapped up in the day to realize the date!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I love those sunnies too!! They’re my favorite! I can only picture Justin planning some special for your anniversary weeks in advance. Sigh!

  4. I love that you forgot your anniversary date! Way to unplug 🙂 Ours is next Sunday and I sent Chris an Outlook invitation so was prepared. Did take the train from Silverton? That was a childhood favorite of mine during the amazing Limited Too era.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      That is SO smart!!! Happy anniversary in advance 🙂 🙂 We’ve still never done the train, which is crazy. It’s hard for us to be gone all day long w/ Isla not being able to nap, but we plan on doing it soon. Oh those amazing Limited Too days! 😉

  5. Her pigstails, that french braid, that double pony. I love it all! Do you do her braid while she’s in the highchair? That’s the only way I can get Livi to sit still long enough for a braid!

    & Livi loves almond butter & Jelly sandwiches too!

    Ps. What spoons are you using for Isla? I am on search for some! xo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you so much, Kristy!!! I managed to get this ONE shaky braid in while Sasha was changing her diaper. We have reverted to sometimes giving her an iPad or iPhone with The Duck Song playing while we change her because she is such a wriggle monster!

      I love that Livi loves AB&J sandwiches too (why does PB&J have to sound so much better?). Isla normally has the stickiest hair afterwards! Ha.

      The link for the spoons is:

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