We’re more than halfway through June, can you believe it? I keep on seeing snaps of people in Houston complaining about how miserably hot it is, and I’m dreading our return this week for that reason (but so excited to see everyone!). It’s been in the high 80s here, and we’ve been melting, so I can’t imagine!
This past weekend, we went on the T-Rex Express train ride to a dino camp, where Isla got to do lots of dinosaur related activities. After getting over an initial shock/fear of the people dressed up as dinos, she had the best time, and has been wanting to go back to see Mr. Bones at the station every day!
We also celebrated Father’s Day yesterday by spending the entire day together (except for Sasha’s bike ride) – we went down to the river to let Belle swim, ate lunch at our new favorite spot, got Cream Bean Berry ice cream, strolled along Main Street, ate our favorite meal for dinner at Carver’s and spent the rest of the day together in the yard. It was wonderful.
I also decided to sell my Lightroom editing presets on Saturday! It was an exciting business decision and I’ve loved seeing before and after pictures on Instagram from people who purchased it! I’m going to do a blog post this week outlining more details! If you’re interested in buying it, click here!
One weekend it’s Isla’s birthday, then the next it’s Sasha’s, only to be followed by Father’s Day the following weekend! What a happy month. Sasha’s birthday celebrations were very low key, and since he really wants a new road bike for Christmas, I was off the hook for a gift (apparently it’s being combined in December!). I asked him no less than twenty times, “When you say you don’t want a gift, does that mean you really want something but are just saying that? Or you’ll be okay if you wake up on Saturday with just a card?” I think this is quintessentially the difference between males and females – when they say they’re okay without getting a gift, they actually mean it! Ha.
We roadtripped to Moab on Friday – and ohmygoodness, the views. It is one of the most spectacular places. We even noted that the car ride was one of our favorite parts because it was just gorgeous view after gorgeous view after gorgeous view. I’m so in love with Colorado and Utah.
Other highlights from the week were getting Isla’s new bike (a gift from my parents) and watch Isla gain confidence as she strode along the sidewalks. We also went to the Rec Center to swim, which was fun (Isla loves going down the big slide with her dad!). We drove to meet Sasha mid-ride at Baker’s Bridge, which is about 15 minutes away and is a gorgeous part of the Animas River. Last, but not least, a highlight only because it ended well – Sasha’s treacherous journey down the river on a two-man raft. The river is going to quickly right now (and it’s freezing!). So when Sasha said he wanted to go down himself, I thought he was crazy. But he loves adventure, so it wasn’t that shocking. I dropped him upriver and then the girls and I drove down to White Water Park, where all the crazy rapids are, to take photos. We were only there for a few minutes when I saw his duckie floating without him on it, just past the craziest rapids. I literally thought he had drown and was panicking. The sweet man next to me started looking for him and spotted him on the other side of the river, walking along the bank to get the duckie. I managed to call him, then watched him walk with the raft over his head to avoid more rapids before embarking on a journey across the river without paddles! The crazy man used his hands as oars. He was freezing cold when I got him in the car, and his GoPro footage has us crying laughing. What a day! We won’t forget about that journey down the Animas.
I hope you had a great week too! We are leaving Colorado next Wednesday, and we plan to enjoy every second we have left in this gorgeous weather. xo
June is here! The month of Isla’s and Sasha’s birthdays and Father’s Day… and the beginning of summer (which truly came circa March in Houston). We celebrated Isla turning three yesterday (update coming soon!) with a very fun, relaxed day in Durango. We opened gifts, played outside, went and fed the fish, rode our bikes to the ‘big park’ (it’s furthest away, but the best!!), ate a dinner of her choice – salmon (it’s her favorite), then finished the big day with Moana, of course. We typically only watch a movie on Friday night, but made an exception for her birthday!
As for the rest of the week, we had a few encounters with deer (in our yard!), celebrated Memorial Day and Emi’s four month-iversary, made many trips to feed the fish, ate at Thai Kitchen, Grassburger and Fired Up Pizza, spent many hours playing with Isla’s new dollhouse and took a much needed walk across town to get a Diet Strawberry Limeade at Sonic (my constant craving!). We only have two weeks left in Colorado, and we trying to make the most of it! I hope y’all are enjoying the beginning of summer too! xo
Happiest Monday! Aren’t holiday weekends the best? Why aren’t all weekends three days? Doesn’t three and four seem more well-balanced for a week to weekend split? Anyways, I digress. Our best friends, the Behennas, headed back to Oklahoma today after spending a week here in Durango. This was their third trip, so we’re now in the “annual” territory. I cannot believe the first time they came, Lillian was only 6 weeks old, and Isla 10!
They arrived on Kirby’s birthday, so naturally I had to try to make a Funfetti recipe healthy, so we celebrated the best we could with dry, vegan, gluten free cupcakes. We got into a daily routine of walking down to the Fish Hatchery to feed the fish in the morning, then would go to the park, play outside, walk through town, etc. until lunchtime. Then nap time, and another activity in the evening. We went to the Rec Center to swim, Kirby and I escaped for ‘Mother’s Day Out’ spa treatments, we frequented many parks, ate at our favorite restaurants (Himalayan Kitchen, Carver’s, Grassburger – to name a few), had lots of Cream Bean Berry ice cream, roasted s’mores, played bean bag toss, waved as a zillion trains went by, browsed the goods at the Saturday Farmer’s Market, celebrated Isla’s third birthday (party photos here), and cheered Sasha on during his big mountain bike race (the Iron Horse Classic). In the evenings, we played games (Monikers and Butt Head were favorites!), drank wine by the fire pit, and had some deep belly laughs while catching up. Needless to say, we made amazing memories and I cannot wait until next year’s trip.
And to prove it, there are a zillion photos below (unfortunately not in any sort of chronological order)! Ha. Totally a shutterbug when these four kiddos are together.
Happy Wednesday! I’m a few days late for my ‘Week in Review’ post, but we’re on Durango time! Kirby, Brett, Lillian and Henry arrived around 2am this morning, and it’s Kirby’s 28th birthday, so we’ve had a busy day, roaming around town and celebrating with rather-dry gluten free vegan cupcakes that the kids really enjoyed! Ha.
The last week was very, very busy Monday and Tuesday, in preparation for us leaving on Wednesday. We’ve been in Durango since Wednesday evening, and it’s been dramatically less busy. My FitBit tracks my sleep, and it went from 3 hours, to 4.5 hours to 5 hours to 9 hours! So basically, I’m never leaving. A few highlights before we left on the trip were seeing my sweet friend Alexis and her adorable son, Zachary, for juice at Juiceland in the Heights, taking newborn photos (check out Mackenzie’s amazing hair and her gorgeous nursery!), watching Isla’s music presentation at school/celebrating her last day (tears!!!), and documenting Milly’s one month-iversary! Since being here, we’ve gone to the library, eaten at our favorite restaurants, fed the fish, gone on long runs, waved endlessly (multiple times a day) at the train, and enjoyed time as a family doing absolutely nothing. Totally in heaven.
I hope everyone is having the best week so far! I hear that the weather back home in Houston today was just perfect. I hope it stays that way.