Lawn Lake Hiking

On our second day of backpacking we left the tents and bags behind (except for Clint who carried all our food/water/snacks/extra clothes for the day) and headed up the Lawn Lake trail near our camp site. It was a gorgeous day and a tough hike. We had a head start already being nearly 3 miles…

Backpacking Party of 7…..

So last week we took our crazy crew backpacking. It had been planned for awhile and we had a backpack camping permit in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was actually the back country camp site that we went with Caedmon and Leighton 5 years ago. The site is up the Lawn Lake trailhead and the…

First Meal Down….

We made a rule in our family that when someone turns 11 they have to make a meal a night at home. It will develop good cooking skills, an appreciation of food and planning and prepping and get them each ready for life beyond home. So Leighton got a cooking set and cookbook for his…

Afternoon With Mommy

On Saturday Clint was going to have some friends over to brew a home brew and as much as I thought he probably wanted 5 little helpers around I thought it might be beneficial if we found something else to do. I thought about going for a hike but mid-day in late July sounded hot…

New Eyes…

Clint and I have both wondered since Paxton came home what his vision was like. He always held things really close, and while I know most kids bring things really close he just seemed to bring them closer compared to the other kids. He often would tell us “I don’t see them” when we’d ask…

Birthday Hike and 11 Years Old!

Thursday we celebrated Leighton’s 11th birthday. He said he wanted to climb Mt Bierstadt. He had heard about it during our virtual summer Colorado run that he and I have been doing and it is a 14’er at 14,065 feet. The younger kids stayed at my parents house and we got up at 2AM to…

The Loch Hike….

We had told the kids that we would go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday and they were all really excited. With all things COVID-19 right now one has to get a timed entry pass to get into the national park which we figured wouldn’t be an issue because we were able to…

July 4th 2020

I was working nights all July 4th weekend, but we still managed to have a good time. Friday night we were supposse to go to one of our neighbors for our annual neighborhood party but a few of us caught a stomach bug so we laid low and watched Peter Pan instead. Saturday morning it…

Summertime Fun….

We’ve had some fun end of June/beginning of July activities. The kids have all been busy with the library summer reading program and each week requesting 2 books from the library that we can pick up in the parking lot. Coppelia picked a cook book the last time we went and is so proud of…

Garden and Bees…

My little garden is coming along. I’ve got some tomatoes set on, and finally the onions that I planted by seed are starting to sprout, the ones that were bulbs look great. We had a ton of lettuce and are eating lots of fresh salads right now. My corn is sprouting and growing great. My…