Steamboat Springs or Bust

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2 Comments A+ a-

This past weekend we packed up all four children and headed up to the mountain town of Steamboat Springs.  When we went there two years ago for our anniversary trip, Jon and I sat in the hot springs and talked about how we’d love to bring the Littles up there.  And finally… finally… we were able to make that a reality.  It was everything I had hoped for, and more.

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We were joined by our friends Mandy and Derek, and their four little ones.  For those that have children, know how extremely rare it is to find friends where both the women AND the men AND the children all like each other, all get along, and just… click.  I am so thankful for the day that God brought Mandy and I together in a Human Resources Department 12+ years ago.  She is an inspiration to me as a mom, a wife, a Godly woman, and someone whom I can be completely myself and admit all the things without fear that she’ll judge me for it.  And to watch our husbands and our children interact and enjoy each other too… well, its just icing on the cake.

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We originally discussed staying in a hotel, but after weighing the pros and cons and envisioning us adults hanging out in the hallway after bedtime lest we wake the herd, we decided to rent a vacation home instead.  It was the perfect solution.  There were two living rooms, one upstairs and one down, a kitchen, a dining room, and plenty of beds and bathrooms.  After bedtime, in which no child actually stayed in their bed or even pretended to sleep, at least the adults could visit downstairs and yell in the general direction of the stairs to “get back in bed!”

Most importantly was the pool!!  Seriously, that pool was our saving grace for boredom and/or bad attitudes.  Never mind that it was in the fifties and freezing… there was a pool and the children could not be stopped!  They jumped in and out of that thing more times than I could count.

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It was an incredible weekend, and one I definitely want to replicate again.  Between the food, the Corn Hole, the hot springs, the fishing, the visiting, the swimming, and everything in-between, it was good.  So good!

First Day of School 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5 Comments A+ a-

I have been chronicling first days of school for about 5+ years now.  You can view 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 when you click on those dates. 

I’m happy to report that with the exception of Jon throwing his back out, the first day of school went off without a hitch.  At pick-up, Reagan’s teacher mentioned that she was quite upset that it was time to go home.  I feigned surprised.  Reagan?  The girl whose mad at me because I didn’t sign her up for all-day kindergarten, upset that school is over?  Shocking!

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Sigh.  Life continues to fly by us at a rapid pace and I shouldn’t be surprised that we find ourselves parents of a fourth grader, second grader, and kindergartner, but I just don’t feel old enough.  They’re growing into amazing people and I’m so honored to be along for the ride.  Praying this year is great one for my loves.

Cabin Weekends

Monday, August 04, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

About three to four times a summer, and even occasionally in the winter, we escape to the mountains and stay in Jon’s grandparents’ cabin.  My first memory of this cabin dates back to before Jon and I became a couple, when our youth group headed up there to play “Capture the Flag” on their property.  But I digress…

This cabin has meant so much to us, and we are so thankful to have this place as our retreat.  There’s no indoor plumbing, no television, and no cell phone service.  In order to get any kind of contact with the outside world, we have to hike to the top of their property, in a specific clearing, where we might get two, three bars max.  There’s an outhouse and we wash dishes by hand.  And while there’s been some added improvements in the sixteen years Jon and I’ve been together, such as electricity, a dvd player, a refrigerator, and a stove, it forces us to slow down. 

I love watching the Littles use their imagination and create forts and secret hideaways on the property, I love curling up with a book, listening to a fire in the wood stove, I love sitting down to dinner with his dad and grandparents and reminisce over years past.  There’s a special continuity to it all, from one generation to the next to the next.  Just as if we’re linking the past to the present every time we measure the Littles on the same beam as the cousins before them.  This place is where peace and contentment come to life for me, as if remembering that getting back to the basics is where true joy is found.

Playing Catch-Up

Sunday, August 03, 2014 2 Comments A+ a-

Ok, so I’m fairly certain that one post in two months is a new record for me.  A bad record.  A record that Jon has mentioned more than once, and honestly, I am pretty sad about it too.  I could insert a number of sad excuses here, but instead, I’ll just move forward.  Be forewarned, you’re about to get a bunch of random thoughts and updates, all at once.  It’s basically going to be a hot mess…

We’ve been enjoying summer.  So much.  The lazy days, the lack of schedules, Hudson’s baseball games, swimming at the lake, playing with friends, lunches at 2:00 in the afternoon, sun-kissed bodies, and overall, just being together.  Don’t get me wrong, my house is showing the effects of our lackadaisical schedule, but in time, we’ll get back into a schedule and a clean house again.  Maybe.

This summer will forever be known as the summer of lost teeth.  At last count, six teeth have been lost between Devyn and Hudson in the past four weeks.  And at $3-$4 a tooth, the Tooth Fairy is going bankrupt.  It was NOT my decision to pay out that much per tooth, but I believe the Tooth Fairy’s management said something about inflation and “you can’t buy anything for 50¢ nowadays” and management is overruling the Tooth Fairy.   Whatever.  I’m sure Management is eating his words about now.  *Ahem*

The most exhilarating and memorable tooth extraction (thus far) happened to Hudson at one of his baseball games.  He was playing second base and a fly ball was hit towards him and I watched as the ball bounced and then hit him square in the jaw.  I saw him grab his mouth and then cup his hand around a tooth.  I knew instantly what had happened, so I met him and the coach at the dugout.  He was offered a chance to clean out his mouth and wait for another turn to bat but he declined.  And so I watched as my 7-year-old son spit out blood in-between pitches.  I am still kind of in awe of his resilience.

There were no vacations planned this year, neither did Devyn head off to camp.  Instead we’ve just kept busy around here…  However, a long weekend in Steamboat Springs is coming up and we’re going with some of our favorite people.  We’ve rented a vacation home for our combined group of twelve, and are planning to go to the hot springs, rent a boat for a day, and whatever else we feel like doing.  Of course, all the Littles care about is that there’s a pool for us to use.  And I’m sure that’ll be the highlight of their trip, superseding anything else we might do. 

Unbeknownst to me, we scheduled our Steamboat trip for the weekend AFTER school begins.  I am that mom, the one who doesn’t really pay that close attention to school schedules and ends up paying for it later.  Truth be told, I am frustrated with our school district anyway right now, so much so that I just don’t care if the Littles miss two days of school.  Two HALF days of school to be exact. 

Yep, you read that right.  Our school district decided to implement a Heat Policy this year and for the first two weeks of school, elementary and middle school students will only go to school until noon.  And because Reagan is in afternoon kindergarten, she’ll only go to school from 10:00am to noon.  Seriously.  Why are we just not waiting to start school until after Labor Day?  This seems ridiculous to me, and as such, I really don’t care if they miss their first Friday and Monday of school.  Mom of the Year.  Right here.

The One and OnlyDevyn and I did get to go to Beth Moore again this year.  We went with my mom, Christine, and our friend, Becky.  I always walk away from a Beth Moore conference with kernels of Truth to tuck away in my armory.  It is NEVER a wasted weekend.  However, this conference felt a little different than usual.  She individualizes each conference, which means she always waits until the conference gets closer to see what she feels God wants her to teach for that specific group.  This is the first time that it felt like she came with one idea to teach but felt that God was leading her in a different direction once she was actually here.  I’ve never heard her speak to such specific situations before, and it was both unnerving and powerful.  I walked away with a definite instruction to obey.  Of course, the hard part is putting that into action…

It has been a busy two months, and one of the things that kept me busy is that I re-designed and moved Munchkin Land Designs from Blogger to Wordpress.  Truth be told, any free time during these past two months was spent on getting the new site up and running.  The move was a long time coming and I’m excited to see what Wordpress can do with all of its tools and plugins.  Please feel free to hop over and take a look around.  I’d love to hear to what you think!

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I believe that catches you up with us.  It’s a long-winded post, one that barely scratches the surface.  And its my hope that I don’t go nearly as long in-between posts.  Please feel free to hold me accountable to that… I know Jon will.  Ha!