First Day of First Grade


This morning my biggest girl started 1st grade.  She moved from the primary classroom to an elementary classroom at her Montessori school, which means she will be learning alongside not just other first graders, but also second, third, and fourth graders.  After a final summer in a preschool program, Nora was more than ready to be […]

Camping in Colorado State Forest State Park


On a Friday afternoon in June, we drove up the Poudre Canyon, through Roosevelt National Forest, to State Forest State Park.  Chris and I had learned a little late this year that people start reserving camping spots in Colorado as early as January, so there were slimmer pickings when he went to reserve spots for us […]

July Celebrations


July brings one of our favorite holidays.  I’m a real sucker for red, white, and blue, summer sun and simple celebrations of unity and promise, so I get super excited when the 4th of July roles around.  Just like last year, we joined Nora’s school in the Fourth of July parade, only this year she […]

Backyard Camping


After our trial run last fall in the freezing cold with borrowed gear and a sick baby, we crazily decided that camping regularly was something we wanted to do…because it really could only be uphill from there, right?  The only problem we had was that we did not own a single piece of camping gear. […]

Some Random Things


I wrote a while back that I might use Thursdays as an opportunity to play catch up on all the things I never blogged, in honor of “Throwback Thursday” — and then I proceeded to not blog at all…and apparently not take pictures off of my camera, either, because when I went to get pictures […]

Debt Free


It is officially summer in Colorado.  We have a mini garden started with some veggies and berries, we’ve taken our first trip to buy delicious things from the farmer’s market, and this afternoon Chris and I rode bikes (together!) to pick the girls up from their summer program.  After a gray Seattle-like May, we are reveling in […]

Hello 30

30 Before 30

One year ago, I posted of a list of 30 things I wanted to do before today: Pay off my school loans Go to Wanderlust Colorado  Get Boudoir Photos Taken  Go to a Movie Alone Knit a Sweater Be Capable of Passing the Army Physical Fitness Test Read Pride and Prejudice Go Camping Relearn How […]

Zara’s First Hair Cut


In honor of “Throwback Thursdays,” I’m going to use Thursdays as a day to take a break from my new goal of writing substance and post all of the things from the last few months that I never got around to posting…like Zara getting her first real hair cut.  I took her right before we […]