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Farewell from the Colorado National Monument

I’m going to just say it. Colorado is my favorite state so far. I know it’s not nice to play favorites but, purple mountain majesty, she is beautiful! That might…

I’m going to just say it.

Colorado is my favorite state so far.

I know it’s not nice to play favorites but, purple mountain majesty, she is beautiful!

That might explain why we were there for five months.

Yes, we’ve moved on.

But we didn’t go without Colorado giving us a glorious goodbye.

Visiting Colorado National Monument

Before crossing the state line to Utah, which very well be my second favorite state, we spent a day at the Colorado National Monument.

Thing One and Nico Colorado National Monument

Thing Two Colorado National Monument

Monkey Dad Colorado National Monument

What a wonderful farewell!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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More Fun and Friends in Colorado Springs

Who hasn’t dreamed of being an Olympian? Perhaps you’ve imagined yourself standing at the edge of the high dive or kneeling in the starting blocks with an empty track stretched…

Who hasn’t dreamed of being an Olympian?

Perhaps you’ve imagined yourself standing at the edge of the high dive or kneeling in the starting blocks with an empty track stretched out before you.

I don’t want to speak for the boys (Dream big fellows!) but it’s probably safe to say that visiting the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the closest Brent and I will ever get to being in the Olympics. Even if I can throw a pretty solid side kick.

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No doubt, the best part of our day was getting to see the Martin family again. We met the Martins last Fourth of July when I tweeted them after parking next to their truck on our way to the Boston Pops.

Chapel Airforce Academy Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Airforce Academy Chapel

Maybe you have never dreamt of being an Olympic Athlete but I bet you wanted to fly a jet after seeing Top Gun?

Yeah, me too.

Our second must-see-spot in Colorado Springs was the Airforce Academy where we learned about the daily life of the cadets. While the visitor center was cool, we’d all agree that the chapel was the best part. That is if you don’t count the falconry club.

O'Dells Colorado Springs

Then two days before we left Colorado Springs I got a text from our dear friends, the O’Dells!!!

Over the winter they had stayed with us in our RV in Breckenridge proving what I already knew: they are, indeed, kindred spirits.

Now they were on their way back home to Minnesota but wanted to stop and see us en route.

Hike Colorado Springs

Buddies Colorado Springs

We hung out. We hiked. Three of the boys slept outside in tent.

Colorado Springs Thing Two

And much too soon we had to say another goodbye.

And then another when we spent our last night (unfortunately we didn’t get a picture) with our longtime friends, the Fields.

Such is a life on wheels.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Surprise!!!!!!!!!

Life on the road is not always fun and games. Especially when you are an about-to-be-a-teenager and your birthday comes around. Especially when you are an about-to-be-teenager who is used…

Life on the road is not always fun and games.

Especially when you are an about-to-be-a-teenager and your birthday comes around. Especially when you are an about-to-be-teenager who is used to having birthday parties with lots of friends and family.

Last year, we spent Thing One’s birthday at the Biltmore Mansion.

This year, he was going to be 13 so we wanted to try and make it special.

Thing One is a family guy. He asked if we could go back to Indiana to celebrate his birthday with my family so he didn’t have to be with “just us” this year.  I said, “Sorry but we just can’t do that right now.”

Little did he know I was plotting.

For a month and a half, I hid in the bathroom to text or slipped away to the campground clubhouse to make calls for the surprise birthday I was planning.

It worked.

Thing One and Two were a bit confused when we asked them if they would like to go to Denny’s for ice cream at 10 pm. (I’m not sure if they were more surprised that we said Denny’s or that it was 10 pm.)

Regardless, they were even more surprised when we drove up and saw a couple that looked like GG and TT (my grandparents) walking into the restaurant. Oh no!!! However, much to my relief, they were distracted by ice cream and didn’t think it was really them. I mean GG and TT were in Indiana not Colorado. Right?

Wrong!

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They were in Colorado Springs for his birthday!

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Saying he was happy is an understatement.

The birthday week kept getting better.

Two days later on our way up to GG and TT’s hotel room, I suggested we check out the conference rooms as a potential place to celebrate his birthday. He reluctantly agreed.

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When we got to the conference room, we discovered it was locked. Like crazy woman I started jerking on the handle. The caterer opened the door and told me there was a party going on. She didn’t realize it was our party.

Uh oh.

So I stubbornly politely threatened said, “Well we might want to have a party here so we’ll just take a quick peek at the room.”

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Thing One was mortified as I pushed past the caterer and told him to take a look. That was until he saw Weewah and Papaw (my mom and dad), GG and TT, and our very good friends waiting for him.

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He was shocked to tears.

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Elated!

Later, he told me it was one of the best birthdays ever. I think it was even better than the time I made the dilapidated limo cake.

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Thing One wasn’t the only one we managed to surprise. Earlier in the day, I had dropped Thing Two off at the hotel for some alone time with GG and TT and he was shocked to see Weewah and Papaw had joined us!

It was a special weekend, indeed!

Airplane Restaurant CO

We ate in an airplane.

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We all crammed into an elevator shaft and went 1000 feet under ground at the Mollie Kathleen Mine.

Bakery Victor CO

On our way home from the mine, we stumbled upon a delicious little bakery run by German immigrants in a town of just 300 people and ate the most delicious food.

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Mostly, we spent time just being together and then, much too soon, the weekend was over.

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And it was time to say goodbye.

So sad but so thankful they came to spend time with us and make the birthday of a teenager so special.

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Thirteen.

Family Bday Party

We can’t believe our baby is thirteen.

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This just seems like yesterday.

Time is turbo charged and shows no mercy.

It makes us that much more grateful for our life on the road together.

Even if it means living in a small space with a teenager. πŸ˜‰

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Winter by Instagram

And this is the last of our Colorado winter. Hello spring! Love and Laughter, Jenn If you enjoyed this post you can follow one of three ways! 1. Sign up…

And this is the last of our Colorado winter.

Hello spring!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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A Bittersweet Goodbye

The other day on our walk Brent and I saw blades of green grass bravely poking up through the ground where the snow had been waiting all winter. It’s amazing…

The other day on our walk Brent and I saw blades of green grass bravely poking up through the ground where the snow had been waiting all winter.

It’s amazing how fast the snow goes when it gets warm.

Kinda like life.

Heading up To Breck

It just seems like last week we drove up to our home in the mountains.

 We were uncertain and nervous of how we would handle wintering in the RV, would our California boys like snowboarding, and can we stay put for three months?

Leaving Breckenridge

Then, like the receding snow, the months passed, three became four, and we said a bittersweet goodbye to Breckenridge.

Empty Site Breckenridge

 And left behind a spot we called home for four and a half months.

A spot that will be filled with others who will make their own memories.

We came to the mountains to snowboard but left with so much more.

Christmas Morning 2012

We celebrated our first Christmas away from family and we survived by decorating the RV, making cookies and snowflakes,and visiting longtime dear friends.

Virginia Out of Hibernation

We were away the day our heater broke and had a scare with Virginia. We came home stone cold and frozen stiff little turtle. Thing Two (Virgina is his turtle.) and I sat on the couch sobbing hysterically crying trying to warm her little shell in our hands. I may or may not have prayed for her to come back to life. I mean if Jesus brought Lazarus back to life he can certainly revive a frozen box turtle.  πŸ˜‰ A few hours later she moved her legs. Shortly after that she said, “Enough already!” and went back into hiberation for a good 3 months. A few weeks ago she “woke up” and we’ve been enjoying her every day since.

In January, we enjoyed the International Snow Sculpture by day and night.

Hamster Snow Ball

There was plenty of fun for the kids in the snow.

Teva Review Colorado Trail Hiking with the Boys

The Colorado Trail ran nearby our campground where we could find a deeper solitude and an even more stunning view than the one out our window.

Jezebel and Thing One

Thing One got his first job walking a sweet dog named Jezebel. He referred to her owners as his “clients”.

And a million other moments of ordinary beauty and togetherness.

Fresh Powder Breckenridge

To top off an incredible winter God sent the powder fairy on our last day at the mountain.

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We came. We survived. We thrived.

(even in -20 degree weather) Jumping Nomads

And now we are moving on to the next adventure.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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It was Epic.

I tried snowboarding when I was about 16. It was something I always wanted to do. Unfortunately, my single snowboarding lesson didn’t go too well. I ended up riding the…

Snowboard Family Epic Mix

I tried snowboarding when I was about 16. It was something I always wanted to do. Unfortunately, my single snowboarding lesson didn’t go too well. I ended up riding the board like a sled down the mountain with tears freezing to my cheeks.

Being a believer in the power of positive thinking, I prepared my kids for the worst before we headed out to Colorado for the winter.

I told them that snowboarding was super SUPER hard and they would probable hate it for the first month.

Parenting at it’s finest.

We were wrong.

At best I thought one of them would love it. Never, NEVER, would I have imagined that both boys would ask to go to lessons and come home happy. Most of the time.

This was their last weekend of snowboard lessons. The season ended on a high note. They rode with one of their favorite instructors and were filmed going down double black diamonds for a Breck website promo.

Thing Two said, “It was Epic.”

Yes, little man this winter was most definitely “epic” and we have the pictures to remember it.

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Our first day on the mountain heading to lessons.

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First lesson.

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They went from this…

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 …to this.

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Brent got his groove back after 15 years off the slopes.

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Even mama learned to jump.

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We are thankful for the Breck Ski and Ride school. The teachers and staff are amazing. They cared for and challenged the boys with enthusiasm.

Not only did our boys have a blast learning to snowboard at the ski and ride school…

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…their lessons gave Brent and I the chance to play by ourselves

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…and time to just chill.

Mama and Cubs Keystone

In March, the boys and I decided to snowboard for 6 days in a row. Some of the days were only a few hours long but we managed to get all our gear on (no small feat) and head to the mountain Monday through Saturday. In our homeschool, we used it as a lesson in “short term goal setting”.

Their commitment paid off and I could no longer keep up with them.  Just weeks before, I was riding slowly behind them offering words of encouragement and suddenly I was speeding along trying to keep them in sight.

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Four months at the mountain also gave us plenty of time to spend some quality one on one time with each of the boys.

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Dear Thing One and Thing Two,

We have had so much fun watching you go from the bunny hill to black diamonds. While we are so proud of your shredding skills, we are most proud of your willingness to try something new and the courage, patience, and perserverance it took to learn these new skills. Those thing are much more important than any spin or jump. We know at times the winter felt really long, the weather really cold and the rv really small but you guys stuck it out with (mostly) good attitudes. It’s been super fun riding with you and we hope this is only the first of many seasons we get to spend on the mountain together! You both are epic.

Love,
Mommy and Daddy

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Magic Carpet Ride

I have had a number of experiences that have been so intense, so spectacular, that I question their reality. Riding a camel through Petra in Jordan. Hiking the Mount of…

I have had a number of experiences that have been so intense, so spectacular, that I question their reality.

Riding a camel through Petra in Jordan.

Hiking the Mount of Olives to watch the sunrise slowly turn Old  Jerusalem golden.

Swimming alone in the Sea of Galilee at dawn.

Dancing and worshiping God with hundreds of Russians along the banks of the Volga River.

Hiking the Great Wall.

Galloping on a horse through the mountains of South Africa.

Visiting a tsumani stuck village on an island in India.

Swimming with manatees in warm spring waters.

And now I can add snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains at sunset.

Yes, snowboarding at sunset through the Rockies is up there with the Great Wall.

And to experience it as a family was pure magic.

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Snowboard at Sunset

Snowboarding at Sunset

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These iPhone photos don’t do it justice.

It was like spending 10 minutes in a dream.

Like riding a magic carpet on another planet.

Breathtaking.

Exhilarating.

Awe inspiring.

It makes me almost fearful of the beauty that will be heaven.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the RV Not a creature was stirring except for Ni-jee. (Short for Nigel) This is our first Christmas away from family since…

RV Christmas Stockings

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the RV

Nigel the Christmas Pug

Not a creature was stirring except for Ni-jee. (Short for Nigel)

This is our first Christmas away from family since Brent and I have been together.

It makes us all a little sad.

Despite the loneliness, we’ve kept busy.

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There has been decorating,

Homemade Snowflakes

snowflake making,

Christmas cookies

Making Christmas Cookies

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baking,

Fort buidling

fort building,

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game playing,

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and wrapping.

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Jr Ranger Christmas Wreath

We even found a use for those Jr. Ranger badges.

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RV Christmas Tree

A hundred memories hang on our humble little tree with the scotch taped star.

Each one reminding us that the seasons are fleeting and to breathe deeply.

Merry Christmas!!!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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