Friday, January 13, 2017

Incline


Fresh air, incline stairs and the kids burning up tons of energy. This activity is perfect for that. 


Mason went the easy way up-- on dads back. 



P and K were troopers and went up and down with me 4x. I was pleasantly surprised. 

 




That one time I got the boys to read a book in the hallway while I had parent teacher conferences. Yah, needed to document that one!! NOT always that easy.


Babysitting our neighbors dog, Mango. It'll have to do for now. Still working on dad :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

I Love the 90's Concert - DC or Bust


In May I snuck off to DC for a girls weekend with two of my best friends. It's an unbelievable treat to be able to do something like this. I've known Rachel since we were 5 years old and Stacy since we were 12. We all live in different states now but when we get together we just pick up right where we left off. We had a great time catching up and spending time together.

We toured DC and Baltimore and then went to see Salt-N-Pepa, Spinarella, Coolio, All-4-One,  Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, Kid 'n Play, Rob Base and Tone Loc preform at the "I love the 90's concert".

I have to admit it was one of the best concerts I've been to. We didn't sit down at all. So-much-fun!!


We toured DC the first day. It was the perfect weather. Rachel has a plethora of information since her husband works in the secret service. The perfect tour guide.












We had dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill a very old and well known restaurant that's popular with the local politicians.


Our bartender. I bet he's got some great stories to tell. He was so personable. He's been working there for a long, long time he said.


My martini was way too full but I didn't complain ;)





Dinner #2



We walked, and walked and realized we couldn't find the parking garage that we parked in. Oops. We hopped aboard the bicycle taxi, gave him some clues and things we remembered seeing before parking and he eventually found it for us. He was the man.


We shopped and ate and Rachel talked us into buying Helly Hansen jackets :) She's obsessed.

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We rushed home from shopping and changed quick, plastered on the makeup, blue eye shadow, teased our hair out and used a can of strong hold hair spray and bam! We represented 80's/90's Jane Fonda, Stone wash jeans/jean jacket, and a little rapper/grunge/punk?




We danced the night away.


How happy are we!?! :) 


Spinderella in full effect.



After concert dinner view from outside of subway (the only place still serving food in Baltimore at midnight) Really... I was so shocked.


Crafting with Rachel's mini-me.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Paddle Boarding


We loved going to the lake this summer to paddle board and enjoy the sun. We get our little beach fix at this place. Similar to Tampa Bay and St. Pete Beach, as in they both have water and sand ;) But one smells a little like sewer and the other like saltwater n' fish.


It's such a nice way to spend an afternoon. We rent one paddleboat and one paddle board and just switch up the kids. Afterwards we hang on the beach and let the kids build mud/sand castles.








Monday, January 2, 2017

My Birthday


I had a birthday in July. John and I were lucky enough to have my mom watch the kids so we could sneak into the mountains for 24hrs. It was so great but it felt a little like the elements were working against us. It seems like this happens often when we leave the kids for some reason?!

Vail is beautiful and one of my favorite places to visit in the summer. And it's much more affordable in the summer months.  


Our room was amazing and big. I almost wish we had brought the kids after we walked in. Well, for like a minute lol. I don't feel guilty anymore about wanting time for just myself, or for John and I. It's natural and it doesn't mean I love my kids any less. I think it means we just need a re-boost every now and again. Space can be good for everyone. And it's not often that we aren't with our kids. Since we live far away and we no longer have any family in CO :( 
It's just us, our family of 6. Of course every once in a while we get the treat of having the kids at a friends house or a group playdate. But for the most part we are it, all together, working from home, playing from home 24/7 --except when the boys are in school.



Our balcony view was so peaceful.


Everything was so green and bright and the flowers were vibrant.


Happy to be turning 37. Woot-woot! 


We had dinner reservations at 8:00pm so we decided to take a gondola ride to the top of Vail mountain at 3:30 for a little hiking and viewing. We should have thought twice on that!!




Blue skies going up. Amazing views. 




Pictures didn't do it justice.


When we got to the top they informed us that this particular gondola was shutting down because they spotted lightening in the distance. Looked pretty white and blue to me! 


So we picked our path and headed almost a mile to the next gondola hoping we could catch a ride back down in an hour or so.


We thought we might have been a little over half way there and BAM. Rain. Hail. and it dropped like 30 degrees. Um ya-it-got-cold!


We started to hear thunder and decided to take cover under a pine tree. We ended up there for an hour, freezing and waiting. We were hunched over trying to keep our phones dry. The lightening and thunder was so close and loud it was one of the scariest things we've ever experienced. 


VailMountain copy from Christa on Vimeo.

We decided to make a run for it managed to get to the zip line cabin. Where we hung out for another hour or so. Then we finally made it to the other gondola around 6:30. There were over 200 people stuck at this lodge. Thank goodness it had a bar and some munchie food. We played games on our phone and toasted to my exciting, adventurous birthday celebration. 


They opened up the gondola at 8:30 and we went to our room changed super quick and made it to the last reservation at 9:45. Whew. It was the best meal ever and we were starving. Until 8:30 all we had that afternoon were chips, cookies and beer. It wasn't too terrible.



Before heading back to reality we soaked up being away by eating lunch and working from the cutest cafe in Vail for 3 hours. So, so relaxing, eating, drinking lattes, and eating some more while working. 



The run off into the river was the melting freezing snow from the caps. A little refreshing.




Where is the last place you want to be when you get a flat? In the mountains on the side of a small winding road, in the rain. This is why sometime we feel like we're being sent a message when we leave the kids... don't go, haha! We drove on the flat for 5-10 minutes until there was a spot for semi's to park, 90% of the mountain roads are just too narrow to even think about stopping on.

We came back with a few stories and I won't ever forget this birthday!