Thursday, July 17, 2014

Frisco

I love the mountains and every year I intend on spending time there. And pretty much always it's the end of the summer and I realize with a start that we haven't even made it up the hill. When the end of June came around this year and I realized we hadn't gone anywhere or planned anything I decided we were going to sit down that night and put some mountain days on the calendar. We decided that we should explore Colorado by starting with day trips to mountain towns close by.

Our first stop was Dillon Reservoir and the town of Frisco.

We started at Dillon and learned our first lesson - make sure to check what's going on the weekend you're going up. This was the inaugural Frisco Triathalon so a lot of the roads were closed off to cars so that the cyclists could make their trek. Fortunately, we were able to park at Sapphire Trail and we walked around that short trail for awhile and enjoyed the views.


We had a picnic lunch and then we did some water color painting. :) I brought a tablet of paper and a box of Crayola watercolors and we painted the mountains. Silly? Maybe. But it was fun!



After that we went to explore Frisco. Neither of us felt like it was a town we could spend a whole day in but it had some fun things. They have a history museum that's well done. They've preserved several buildings and it's set in a really nice little park. We enjoyed that and enjoyed taking our time and just meandering through. 



Dave would have a hard time living in these houses since the ceilings are only about an inch above his head...

We also liked the Gatherhouse Glassblowing Studio.  They do demonstrations from 2-7pm three days a week. It was interesting to see them shape and create a beautiful vase. Too expensive to buy anything there but worth going and watching for awhile. :)

We didn't see anywhere we were too excited to try for dinner so we drove up to Breckenridge and ate there. And decided that Breck will definitely be on our Mountain list - it looks like a fun place to explore!


Frisco, CO


We came back totally sunburned (the dumbest thing is that we had sunscreen with us but we forgot to put it on! That would be the second lesson learned. Duh!) and tired but it was a fun day and so very nice to get away and not worry about a thing all day. 

What Colorado towns should be put on our list to explore in the future?  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Review

Dave and I had Becky & Jeff's kiddos for a few days last weekend and we had lots of fun. Here are some random thoughts from the weekend:

We picked them up from the Pinewood Derby where Nana and Ponka had cheered them on. Tiernan's car won "Best Theme" and Josh's car won "Most Patriotic."  Nice job boys!


I had bought tickets to the Denver Pops Orchestra months before and I tried to find tickets for the kids so they could join us but much to their dismay I was unsuccessful.  Instead we (as Dad puts it) sublet our babysitting job to a great babysitter and the kids claim they had way more fun that way. Dave and I enjoyed the concert so it was a win-win. The concert was in a beautiful old church downtown - here's a little glimpse:


One day we made George Washington's favorite hoe cakes (recipe from Mount Vernon). Josh said (& Tiernan agreed) he didn't want to hurt George Washington's feelings (because he really likes George Washington) but these really aren't very good. We all agreed. Sorry Mr. Washington but we prefer our modern pancakes! We decided if he were here today he would agree.

Mia came knocking on our door on Sunday night to tell me she threw up all over the bed.  :(  Poor girl,  it's no fun to be sick but it's even worse in someone else's house. Then she got to stay here on Monday and be bored out of her mind all day while the boys were at school. Darn the luck!

This is how T left his sleeping bag in the mornings:


And this is how Josh left his:


Classic Josh and Tiernan! :)


We found out that I am missing quite a few important things since I haven't moved everything over to our house (since we'll be moving out shortly there's no point in moving everything over just yet). A few examples:

None of the kids brought a comb and I only have a round brush here. Josh said that kind hurts. I told him to be careful. 

I only had one set of sheets for the guest bed where Mia threw up so she got to sleep on the couch while I washed sheets. She said, "I nevah slept on a couch before!" Ah yes, well you never know what new and exciting thing you get to try at Carrie's house...  

Drinks for school lunch? Um....... Oh wait a minute! I have a box of Capri Sun in my car. See? It's good to be prepared. In your car. 

Kid books to read at bedtime. I have lots of them!! Just not here. 

Next time we have them for a weekend we should be in a new house with all our stuff so we'll be better prepared and that will be good for everyone. Either way we had fun with them and were so glad they could come stay with us!  :D

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Tidings

This was a Christmas for the books. It was a mixed bag of sorts. We laughed and cried. We missed Mom terribly and we were greatly blessed.

Here are a few highlights:

Some dear friends of ours came caroling to us the Sunday before Christmas. Dad and I both cried. It was an answer to a prayer.

We had our Raclette dinner on Christmas Eve and realized that Mom knew all the details and we didn't so much. We made notes after we were done eating so that next year we'll be better prepared. It was still enjoyable and next year it'll be fabulous! ;)

Christmas day was here, there and everywhere.  I went to Dave's in the morning then we went to his dad's house then his brother's house then we stopped by aunt Peggy's house then finally back home for dinner and presents. The Hanlins were in the Springs with Jeff's family then over to Peggy's then on to Dad's and they got there about when we did. And that's where things got a little interesting. As you can imagine, all those stops took a little longer than we had anticipated so we got home about an hour and a half later than planned. That meant that the meatballs in the crockpot were....mostly burned. Yum! And the soup in the other crockpot was maybe a little over cooked as well. Before I left I had cut up fruit and measured out all the spices for wassail. I gave Dad instructions - Pour the cider in a big pot, add everything in this bowl and let it simmer for a couple hours. I was really excited for wassail! (I wasn't super excited for soup or meatballs...)

As we were sitting eating overcooked soup and burned meatballs (I think everyone was just trying to be nice and eat it anyway - or maybe they were just glad we were finally home so they could eat...) I took a sip of the much anticipated wassail. Oh dear. It was not good. Not like a little not good. It was really, really not good. There was almost no flavor - it was so weak. I thought, "Huh! I would never have thought wassail would get so weak from simmering too long. In fact, that's just weird. And dang, that's a really big pot of wassail to just throw out." Turns out Becky was thinking something like "I don't want to tell Carrie her wassail isn't good but..."

We even got Becky's kids to try it. They didn't like it.

Then Dad said, "I wonder if I put too much water in that wassail?"

Me, "You put water in it?  Did you use all of the cider?"

Dad, "Cider?  What cider?"

We all burst out laughing - there's no water in wassail but there IS cider.  And it was all in the fridge. Later that evening Dad, standing at the fridge, said , "Now I do kind of remember you saying something about that cider..."

We laughed about that all night. And maybe for a couple days afterwards. Dad is no longer in charge of the wassail.

Despite the hard moments wishing Mom was here with us it was a good Christmas with family and friends and laughs and blessings and memories. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

SA Conference Luau

Better late than never, right?  Here are a bunch of pictures from our Single Adult Conference Luau - none are amazing but it'll give you an idea of what it looked like. We had months of fun creating the tiki dudes, volcano, waterfall, centerpieces, signs, etc.

We'll start outside where we had a couple of these signs (thanks for the wood burning help Becky!) directing everyone to the various activities in the two buildings:




Inside is where everything came to life...

Tiki Dudes - cardboard boxes (boxes for all these projects were courtesy of Mom - thanks Mom!) covered in newspaper to give dimension then in paper mache then painted once they dried:







We had something like 25 tiki dudes, which looked like a lot in Kristin's basement but hardly any in the big cultural hall!

Next up, table centerpieces.  We made 3 different kinds to have a little variety.

Baskets with tropical flowers:

Palm trees!

Floral rings around vases.  Inside the vases we had sand, tiny seashells and rocks, and a battery operated tea light.

We had a tiki bar thanks to Kristin's generous friend:



One of our favorite features (and the one that caused the most frustration and took several rebuilds) was the volcano:


Once again this was a product of many hours of covering boxes in paper mache (I think we've all had about enough paper mache time to last a lifetime!) then we added lights wrapped in red cellophane for lava.  Behind the volcano we hung black paper punched with holes for stars (lamps behind the paper) and of course a sparkly moon (you can't have a luau without a sparkly moon can you?). 




In the back corner we built a waterfall.  Guess what it's made of?  Right!  Boxes covered in paper mache.  Then we put blue plastic tablecloths down the center followed by white lights.  Then we draped blue organza over the top. Justin and Paulette made a ring of stones around the pool of water and hung the background scenery.


We strung about 180 paper lanterns (fuchsia, orange and lime green) in three different sizes across the ceiling and added a couple strings of lights.



We had a delicious dinner from Lifestyles Catering and then Manea Polynesia came and danced for us. They did an incredible job!!  They had 16 dancers and did dances from many of the different islands.



Our conference committee was small but they were incredible to work with!  The best part of anything like this is all the new friends you have!  Thanks for everything Kristin, Debbie, Cheree, Penny & Dave!  


Friday, October 28, 2011

Hungry Boy

J - Mom, I'm starving! Will you make me something to eat?

Mom - We have beef stew, taco chili, chicken fried rice, egg drop soup, or white chicken chili in the fridge. (All leftovers from homemade meals this week.)

J - Sick!! I mean something good!

Mom - I'm pretty sure you know how to make Ramen noodles.

J - Ooo, yeah. Will you please make it for me??


[An ongoing yet never changing conversation in our house...]

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mom Pace

I walk fast. You may or may not have noticed that but if you spend much time walking with me you'll see that I have trouble going at a leisurely pace. Wait, I think I've mentioned this before... Yep, here ya go.

When the J was little, (from the time he could walk), he's had trouble keeping pace with me. He would hold my hand and say "Mom slow down." Or I'd be cruising along and realize he was running to keep up with me. I did try to slow down but really he had to learn to move it. To this day he is more of a dilly dallier than me. Until today.

Today I had the J take me to the library to switch out some movies. I was moving as fast as my little surgered self (gall bladder removal last week) could and he was several paces ahead of me. I said, "Are you running a marathon?" He laughed and said, "No, I'm just going my mom pace."

That gave me a good laugh. Which hurt. ;)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Don't You Love Getting a Surprise in the Mail?

I mean really, who doesn't love getting a little unexpected surprise in the mail? This afternoon I got home from work and thought I'd check the mail on my way in.

I opened the box and just as I was about to reach in I saw, to my great surprise, a snake!! For the record I said, "ooo" but I didn't scream. I thought that was pretty good. And then I promptly moved far, far away from the mailbox. I've seen Indiana Jones and you just never know what these creatures might do!


Now, I'm sure this is a garter snake and they say those are harmless but really I've never had the urge to know that first hand. So I informed Dad and the J that until one of them removes it the mail will stay in the box. (This is a clearly defined "man" job!)

My guess is that those lovely junior high kids thought they'd have a little fun - at my expense. Rude.