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Splash Day

Saturday was such a fun filled, busy day: Laren & Jack are here so were packing it in. We kicked it off frugalista style (yes, that’s a ridiculous word I just made up) by hitting the Hillside Church of Golden’s kids clothing swap-brilliant! I could only handle parting with one tub (out of 7!) of my precious babies’ clothes and it was a teary parting at that. But I was brave & reasonable in realizing the opportunity to trade out the dusty tub of Trip’s 18mo duds for clothes needed for the here & now was a worthy one. We walked out of there with a fresh tub of clothes for Jack, Jossi & Trip-everyone benefited! We even made a new friend & got some great insight into life in this area. Moving right along we stopped by the Golden Farmer’s Market to grab some dried apples, dried mangos & a canning book I won from the Ball booth-my lucky day! While at the Ball booth some one tapped me on the shoulder & told us they’d seen us at the clothing swap & wanted to know if we would like to do a canning swap with them. I was beside myself with domestic joy! They had just finished a batch of tomatoes & salsa verde, neither of which have I attempted, so this will be great! Once the swap occurs I will post here for those of you interested in hosting one yourselves. So Lauren & I are gearing up for a hot day in the tree house kitchen to turn boxes of Paonia peaches into luscious & sweet peach jam. (Yes, I said Paonia, not Palisade.  I am a peach snob & do declare Paonia’s peaches an arm & a leg better, sweeter & juicier than Palisade’s!) So, note here, it’s only about 11 am and we are on cloud 9 already…now for the poor, starving, patient chitlins…to the water park! A friend from church is a real estate agent & hosts a Splash Day every year, renting out the park, providing free entry, sub sandwhiches for lunch & pizza for dinner. What a fantastically free & fun summer day for the kids. After that the kids caught quick naps, I popped a gluten free, high altitude cake in the oven & we were off again, like a heard of turtles with our sunburned little ones. A new friend had invited us to a dinner party on her deck. She is a Texas that moved here the same weekend that we did! Crazy! We hit it off instantly like we had known each other all along.  So, even though the kids were dragging a bit, we couldn’t miss out on an invite like this. What a great night it was: great food, good conversation, the kids got along fantastically & my cake was a hit. You can catch a glimpse of it here on Ms. Claudine’s very own blog.


I made it in a pic-thanks Lo!


Little fish!

So proud he was hopping on one foot.

Sun bathing mamas



Jack-a-bee turns 5

Jack is our friend who Jossi stayed with when I was working full time & she was only a few months old. Lauren took care of Joss for us 3 days a week & we are long-ago childhood friends who were desperately in crush with the same youth group guy. Which in some strange high school way brought us together! Well, Jack has turned 5. It’s official, he’s a kid. We love him so much & were so thrilled to get to be a part of his big day. the fishing outing was a brilliant idea on his part. The kids loved it, the weather was perfect, the food on the fire was great & the fellowship left nothing wanting. Happy birthday Jack-a-bee! We sure do love you!



somehow I didn't get a pic of the 3 of us! I'll get Luke to work his photoshop magic.


Fishing it up like a real 5 year old. (Clay that chair looks a little small for you buddy)

beach babe

The crew


Silverton, CO: 4th of July

The gang awaiting the big parade


A family shot a midst the excitement


The Greenfield FamChecking out their stash

Jossi recovering from her first merry go round mishap


One of Luke's great firework shotsAll of us line up across the church parking lot watching the fireworks

He was pretty pumped




Oooooohhhhh my word, the poppies in Silverton were outrageous yesterday! They are by far my favorite flower. They are the most intensely cheerful color of orange and they make me smile. I wanted to pick armfuls, but I restrained myself so others could see their beauty.



These guys were worn out! We joined the 4th annual Soap Creek Bash for en epic camping outing of 12 families (45 people!). It was such a blast! We are so blessed to.have been invited to join the families of Grace for such a great weekend. More pics will follow frm the real camera later.


Better late than never. I tried to post all these pics before & after loading them, putting great captions, etc-they wouldn’t post & my saved draft was gone! So i was immensely frustrated & gave up altogether. But here they are. A few pics of the greatest Texas snow day I’ve had in a long time!


What a catchy new phrase! And I decided to steal it & make it our own family lifestyle. Isn’t it true though? We should focus on what we are grateful for all year, not just during the holiday season. Maybe we need to switch on some feel good tunes & light a few candles in August to get us in the mood to be gushy & thankful. I do that anyways in August (the music & candles) but they call me gushy all year round. What can I do? This year was our first Thanksgiving away from family. We missed everyone in Texas, but we were so grateful to be included in the Greenfield’s celebration.  Mrs. Greenfield outdid herself on the meal. Trip even ate pickled asparagus! Yes his pee stuck for the next week. The guys shot their guns till it was too dark & cold to feel their trigger fingers. The big girls got to go on a “horsie” ride (which was really a mule ride 😉 )The big log cabin was roaring with Christmas tunes & a fire in the stove. The kids enjoyed having their buddies to play with. Elizabeth & I enjoyed that they were all so entertained that we could knit our hearts out! Over all it was a great time. We are blessed to have found heart friends so quickly here in CO. Divine clickage is the terms Elizabeth uses & I love that. It describes our type of bond perfectly-when  you meet some one & hit it off instantly. Thanks Greenfield’s, for sharing your family with us! Some how these are the only pics I got that day. But I made half of a scarf!

Joss was spotting ducks as she was riding Lacoda the mule.

Jeremiah's sweet sister, tending to the little cowgirls