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  1. Caribou Ranch

    August 8, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    As I sit here and write this, Tim is somewhere in the mountains of Colorado sleeping in a tent on a leaky air mattress. All in the name of trout. Fly fishing used to be a once a year treat when we lived in Arizona. Now that we live in Colorado, where you can literally pull off the side of the road and start casting, fishing is turning into a full fledged hobby.

    Because Tim had plans to be gone most of this weekend, last weekend was mine, alllll miiiiine. I got to choose what we were going to do together as a family and I know you will be shocked when I tell you I immediately flipped to my Summer Fun List.

    Ok, maybe shocked is an exaggeration.

    By the time Sunday rolled around, I had done all that I wanted to do in terms of getting the house together, grocery shopping, etc. and it was time to get outside. We gathered up our necessities and piled in the car. When I looked at the dashboard clock and realized we had made it out of the house before 9am, I was stunned. Why can’t we manage to do that when we are headed to church? We might be on time for once.

    In less than 40 minutes, we arrived at our destination….Caribou Ranch.

    Caribou Ranch is part of the Boulder County Open Space, but over the years has been a mining operation, a horse ranch, and a recording studio.

    Keep reading…


  2. Visitors!

    July 17, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Tim’s mom and her husband were in town last week. Olivia had a great time visiting with her Grammy and Grandpa Craig. So did we.

    We were able to have a lot of adventures in the week they were here.

    We celebrated the Fourth of July.

    We went down to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory.

    We went into Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked around. We saw snow in July.

    I’ll be blogging over the next week or so about these adventures, but needless to say Olivia was smothered in kisses and hugs and love during their visit. We don’t live in the same state as any of our family so we really cherish the times when we get to visit and spend time together.

    P.S. Grandparents=naps for Mommy! Woohoo! Buh-bye #48!


  3. 33. Go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

    July 7, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    We’re making progress on the summer fun list, people!

    Tim’s mom and her husband are visiting, so we decided to go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour today.

    If you like the show How It’s Made, you would love this tour. The tour actually takes you onto the factory floor with belts of tea whizzing by.

    Here are some things you should know about the tour:

    -Free tea! Samples and a packet to take home. I love free.

    -Kiddos have to be 5 or over to go on the full tour. Olivia and Grammy perused the shop while Grandpa Craig and I went on the tour.

    -No photos on the factory floor. You can take pictures in the tour lobby and tea shop. I only had my iPhone with me, so the tour sign is all you get. I wish I could have taken a picture of the mint room. It was cool.

    -You will smell fabulous aromas throughout the tour. We smelled fresh blackberries, hibiscus, peppermint, spearmint, and tea, of course!

    -You will wear a hair net. You will look silly, but the guys wearing beard nets will look sillier.

    -Go in the mint room. It’s the best aromatherapy ever.

    -This is an excellent activity anytime of year, but I think it is an ideal thing to do if it is rainy, snowy, or really hot.

    -Our tour guide said their busy season is November to March, I think. Maybe that would the ideal time to visit to see the factory in its full tea making glory.

    I’m going to go drink some tea now! Up next…maybe some tennis with Tim.


  4. Summer Fun List

    July 1, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Tomorrow is July 1. Can someone please explain how this happened and where June went? As usual time is slipping away before my very eyes. Add to this time warp the fact that I’m hoping to go back to work in the fall and I am grasping at the remaining days of summer.

    Amanda, who writes one of the blogs I regularly read, Last Mom on Earth, posted her summer bucket list a couple of days ago and I was inspired to write my own. Nothing like a list to keep me accountable for the valuable time I have left in the summer. Especially the time with Olivia. She is in this list A LOT. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    1. Finish my own version of a Daydream project with Olivia. I have a couple done already, but need to do a few more.

    2. Have a family swim day at the public pool.

    3. Hike in RMNP with Tim. No babies allowed. Olivia can’t come either.

    4. Sew new pillow covers for living room pillows.

    5. Make homemade ice cream.

    6. Play tennis with Tim.

    7. Plan and celebrate O’s first birthday!

    8. Read a magazine while lounging on the deck with no interruptions.

    9. Go to the drive in.

    10. Hike Heil Valley Ranch.

    11. Bake homemade English Muffins.

    12. Sew Olivia some bibs.

    13. Bake a peach pie.

    14. Attend fireworks for the Fourth of July. This is new for me after living in Arizona where it is too scorching hot to sit outside and watch fireworks.

    15. Go to a U-pick farm.

    16. Get together with friends here in Colorado that I haven’t met up with since we moved here. Amy V. and Kuby that means you.

    17. Call and visit with friends in AZ that I haven’t spoken to since we moved here. Hopefully, they are still speaking to me.

    18. Teach Olivia how to blow kisses.

    19. Go to the Farmer’s Market and make one meal completely from ingredients purchased there.

    20. Redecorate the guest room.

    21. Get into a workout routine.

    22. Find a playgroup and start going.

    23. Go to this Makerie meetup.

    24. Convince Tim to take me fly fishing.

    25. Migrate blog to a new platform and do a redesign. Continue to tell myself I can do this on my own. Even though I have no idea what I’m doing.

    26. Sew a crib sheet for Olivia.

    27. Hike Bear Lake. Finally.

    28. Go to a concert at Red Rocks. Amos Lee. Kings of Leon. DCFC. How does a girl choose?

    29. Teach Olivia to “gimme five.”

    30. Go to Steamboat Springs for the weekend.

    31. Sew a crib rail cover for O.

    32. Take Olivia to the splash pad on Pearl Street Mall once she is walking. (Any day now.)

    33. Go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory tour.

    34. Open O’s college savings account.

    35. Take Tim on a date to see the last Harry Potter movie ever. Then, cry myself to sleep over the fact that there will be no more Harry Potter books or movies.

    36. Read. A lot. (See what’s on my list.)

    37. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

    38. Attend a Colorado Rockies game.

    39. Tour around Boulder on a Boulder B-cycle.

    40. Have a family picnic at Chautauqua.

    41. Pajama day! Laze around all day in our jammies. This will also involve naptime cinema and maybe a little Yo Gabba Gabba!

    42. Hike Caribou Ranch

    43. Go on a brewery tour.

    44. Take O to story time at the library.

    45. Dinner with the ladies in Denver.

    46. Play board games. Often.

    47. Yoga in the park.

    48. Take a nap.

    49. Have a garage sale.

    50. Volunteer once a month.


  5. Gardening 2011: The Front Yard

    May 31, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Back in my home state of Arizona, I had a garden. Hard to believe, right? Hot, arid desert with little to no rainfall. Why would anything without spines grow there?? But, to be a gardener in Arizona, you just have to adjust your thinking. Instead of growing vegetables throughout the spring and summer, you grow in every season but summer. I think it is accurate to say that Arizona, and Phoenix in particular, has two distinct growing seasons: cool and warm. The cool season starts in the fall and the warm season starts at the beginning of spring. If you water just right and amend your soil so it no longer resembles thick, heavy clay, you can have a pretty productive and lush garden.

    Here’s a picture of our garden at the beginning of the warm season (mid-March) in 2009. Along the wall are roma tomatoes in cages, then bell pepper plants, and in the empty space I planted zucchini seeds.

    And here it is again just a couple months later. The tomatoes and zucchini were so robust that they choked out the peppers. Also, there are very few garden pests in Arizona. Insects and birds are the biggest problem.

    In fact, the tomatoes were so abundant that I was able to can salsa for our wedding favors later that year.

    The zucchini was out of control as well and our freezer was packed with bags of tomatoes and zucchini. I still don’t eat much zucchini because I got so burnt out on it that summer.

    Fast forward through two years, a marriage, and a baby and we are now living in Colorado on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

    The weather here is completely different. It is still quite dry and arid, but the temperatures are obviously much lower. Here there is really just one growing season from the summer to the early fall. If you want to garden in Colorado, you’ve got from May to October. Period.

    Gardening in this climate presents its own set of challenges. Have we really had our last frost? Or is there a pesky April/May blizzard just waiting for you to put your tender transplants in the ground? What will grow here? What is more trouble than it’s worth? Oh, and I can’t forget to figure in the shade provided by the leaves that haven’t come out yet when planning our garden. Also, Colorado has squirrels, birds, insects, and who knows what else that will devour the bounty of your garden before you even noticed that it is ripe for the plucking.

    The best part of moving into a new house in the fall is that you often have no idea what is already planted in the beds. Spring can bring some pleasant surprises.

    So, here’s what I’m working with in the front yard. A flower bed under the front window. We already have a flowering cherry and some small bushes there.

    A bed along the garage with some more shrubbery.

    And a small plot at the end of our walkway.

    Now for planning…What should I grow? Do I put veggies in the front or keep the front decorative with flowers and shrubbery? I’ll update later this week with what I’ve done in the garden. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you are growing in your garden.

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