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  1. 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!

  2. 45. Dinner with the ladies in Denver

    July 13, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Olivia is almost eleven months old and I’m pretty sure that I just had my first night out without Tim or Olivia.

    What the hell took me so long?

    I met my friend, Jenn, and a gaggle of other ladies at an Indian restaurant in Denver.

    The food was good and the company was better. It was good to have some girl talk. #45: Crossed off.

  3. 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.

  4. Denver Zoo

    June 17, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    **Note: All the pictures in this post were taken by Tim. He’s got a good eye.**

    We took Olivia to the zoo for the first time.

    She was excited. I swear.

    My mom is still here so we took her too.

    We saw a lot of animals. Duh, it’s a zoo.

    We wore our little peanut out.

    The zoo is awesome. Very lush and easy to navigate. The enclosures are very accessible with multiple viewpoints. If you live in or are coming to visit Denver, put the zoo on your list.

    You can see the rest of our zoo pictures HERE.

  5. Memorial Day Weekend on the Front Range

    June 2, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    This post is going to be about how my family and I spent Memorial Day weekend. The thing is that’s not really what Memorial Day is about. So, before we go any further, let me take a minute to thank all of those who are serving, who have served, and especially those who have made the greatest sacrifice in defense and protection of our country. Without your service, weekends like these would not be possible. Thank you.

    After Tim let me sleep in, we hung around the house taking care of chores and playing with the baby. Tim ran an errand with Olivia and when they got back we loaded up in the car and drove into downtown Denver. We stopped and picked up our friend, Jenn, and her son, Bennett, and made our way to the 16th Street Mall. The mall is a pedestrian area with many shops and restaurants, but more importantly, that day was the Denver Day of Rock. This concert festival is a benefit for education, health, and the children of Denver. Who might be playing you ask? The Samples, one of Tim’s favorite bands!

    Olivia loved the music and even bounced in her carrier a bit. Not bad for her first concert, huh?

    This was our first festival of the summer season and it didn’t disappoint. We met up with some other friends and made our way to to the stage. There was music of all varieties on every corner and excellent people watching. It is odd to me, as a recent transplant from Arizona. Summer is the time when we hole up in our air conditioning and try to stay cool in triple digit temperatures. Here on the Front Range, it is the exact opposite. Summer is when everything gears up and starts shakin’. It might be more of an adjustment to summer here than winter. I can’t wait to spend the next three or four months outdoors.

    See more Denver Day of Rock pictures HERE.

    Sunday was a day for Tim to hang with our good friend, Dave, as part of Dave’s birthday celebration. They went fishing in the mountains while Olivia and I hung out with Jenn and Bennett. The boys had a great day fishing and Jenn and I had a nice day hanging out with the kiddos.

    Ah, the day of grand plans! Tim and I were looking forward to spending this day together as a family with Olivia. Ideally, that day would be spent hiking in the mountains somewhere. After looking in some books and online, we decided on Brainard Lake. We got on the road. Between us and the lake, lies Boulder. On Memorial Day, Boulder is the site of Bolder Boulder, a 10K race with 50,000 participants. There was no getting through the city. Yikes. We finally found an alternate route and got up to the lake…to find it closed. Ugh. Back in the car, we drove to Nederland and hiked around the Barker Meadow Reservoir.

    We had a great holiday weekend. Hope you did, too.

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