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Community Gardening


I am so so grateful for a  kind neighbor, who unknowingly gave me the sweetest gift. He welcomed me to join the community garden. Now you should know, in our “neighborhood” planting (anything) brings out the deer; composting attracts the bears and a henhouse entices the foxes. I mean seriously, what’s a girl supposed to do up here?! Naturally I lay in bed one night during our first week in the mountains, next to adventure-hub & had myself a good cry, dumping all my fears, relevant & non on him. So when the neighbor, who I had just met, informed me of a community garden, I teared up & fought the urge to hug his neck. The kids & I spent most of this morning at the community garden…sheer joy, let me tell you. The scent of pine needles crunching under our feet was intoxicating. We picked sweet little yellow tomatoes, weeded the herb beds in the green house & planted 2 whole raised beds with lettuce, beets & carrots. Gayle is a fantastic high altitude gardner & photographer, who I hope to soak up loads of inspiration from. And her sweetheart, Phil is a 70 something year old attorney who works from his mountain home-office as he wages his war with Parkinsons. They are the perfects hosts (the garden is at their homestead). The kids had ice cream, we shared hot mugs of strong coffee over the weeds we pulled. And most importantly, had good conversation. Thank you Jesus for sunshine, dirt and people. Beautiful creations.


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A Weekend on the Other Side

Last weekend we ventured over the Continental Divide to see our dear friends the Greenfields. Elizabeth is due any day now with Greenfield offspring #4, so we needed a good weekend to catch up before the arrival of Ms. Hannah Rose. The kids hadn’t seen each other since last July, but they never missed a beat. They were out on the trampoline & making a ruckus in no time.  We trekked over to Ouray to have a soak in the hot springs, but upon arrival were disappointed to find them closed for remodeling! So we had pizza in the park & froze our buns.  Luke provided entertainment as usual & James had a slip & ended up with wet feet from the spring fed koi pond. Is that how you spell Koi? Who knows. I’m tired & in a Whale Wars coma on the couch. Aaahhh, weekends.  🙂


Say "cheese pizza!"

Snuggled up & scarfing down

Luke eating while jumping a Trip-hurdle

Preggers, being a good sport for a pic

The chase in on


James kept rolling around trying to get warm & eat at the same time, ending up with pizza from his head to toes.


Quality mountain food

A rare shot of my elusive self, taken by Jossi.

Family Rules

Luke saw a few quotes before new years this year and decided that instead of making a New Years Resolution he would make our family a set of rules that we can refer back to for years to come.  We are going to get this printed on canvas so we can hang it up in our house. 

Our first visitors!

Before we made the move to Colorado my brother found out that he was going to have to go to Denver for work.  He was able to use some frequent flyer miles and get his wife a ticket too.  They came in on Friday night we had a great time.  Saturday morning we went for a hike in the Open Space Elk park here in Evergreen.  There are tons of trails there and we wanted to get out and enjoy the cool mountain air.







We gave them a tour of town after the hike and then headed back to the house for some rest time.  We went out to dinner in Denver later that night then on the way home it started to snow!  I was hoping we would get more than the 2″ that fell through the night but in the morning there was enough snow to have a pretty serious snowball fight and make a snowman!




We were so glad that they got to come and visit.  Hopefully they can move up here soon!!!


Easter kind of snuck up on us this year with the move a week before. So we died eggs after church & the Easter bunny hit the mountains during naptime. We had a great time watching the kids racing around for eggs. Trip only got a few eggs because he would stop to eat the dried mangos inside. (We went for a healthful holiday this year). And Joss cried when the real eggs would crack in her basket & wouldn’t keep the halves of the plastic eggs in her basket because they wouldn’t stay together. Oh to be a child again.








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Madonna Comes to visit

No, no, not the pointy chested pop star! Madonna the deer! The neighbors told us after her visit that she is a very friendly deer that will eat out of your hand! We were hanging out, waiting out the snow when we spotted the small herd in our yard. Then Luke is whisper-yelling from the bedroom for us to get in there quick! So Joss & I ran back into the bedroom & there she was peeking in the window, just welcoming us to the neighborhood. I’m sure the locals think we’re nuts. Running from room to room gawking at the wildlife. And in a few months I might be griping about them eating my plants & pooping in my yard, but for now it’s so fun! We have a neighbor who put a Santa hat on one of the bucks she feeds & took his picture! I’ll have to see if I can get that pic to show you! It’s been crazy around here just trying to find a place for everything & get everything in it’s place. We’ll post more soon!

Jossi showing Madonna her artwork for the day

She was so curious!

Deer in the yard


The progress is slow around here, but it is giving us ample downtime to just be together as a family. After a month & a half of separation: Luke in hotels & eating 3 meals a day out and me at home doing the child rearin’ on my own-this is much needed time!  It’s actually fun “camping out” in our new house. I think Luke might be having wild minimalist ideas about what we can do with out. I can’t say that I haven’t had a few of my own. There’s some sort of familial bonding that happens when you all go to bed at the same time in the same room. Although I wouldn’t want to do it indefinitely. Momma needs some lovin’ if you know what I mean. So we have been papering the shelves, cleaning the floors & windows, drawing & doodling until we can doodle no more. And a movie in front of the fire in front of bed time.


Trip catching an afternoon snooze


My house cleaner


Shelving paper makes everything better


My handsome helper (I swear I work too & don't just stand around taking pics!)


Cozy evening time