More Family Visitors

Last week, Trav's parents came up for a visit, to see our new Colorado home. They arrived on Thursday and left late on Sunday. Its a much easier plane ride for them to visit us here!

I feel like I'm getting better at being a Colorado host. Our first few visitors, we didn't have so many great ideas about where to take them or what to do! We were just learning ourselves. But we're starting to figure things out.

Of course, even with that Red Rocks is still one of our go-to places! Its gorgeous there, and Saturday we had the perfect weather for it. The temp was in the high 50s, and it was beautifully sunny.

And now we've learned to double check that there aren't any shows that night, leading to a closed amphitheater! Sorry Babs and Keil!

We walked around the amphitheater, then took them on part of the trails as well; then headed down the mountain to the Red Rocks Grill... our favorite little food place in Morrison. 

Besides Red Rocks, PopPop was a great Lego helper for Gwen. We went out to eat a few times, and I took Nana shopping.

My friend at the Red Rock Grill had a big nose...
he's right behind me, isn't he...
The last day of their visit, we were planning a day in Denver, but it turned quite cold and snowy, so we spend a lot of the day just relaxing together, before heading into the city for a shorter dinner trip.

Overall, it was a fun visit. It was great to see Trav's parents, and show them our new humble home, as well as some parts of Colorado they'd never seen before.

It was also so nice to have the continued parade of familiar faces! We've been so lucky to have a visitor, or going to visit someone, every single month that we've been here. Its been wonderful, and I'm happy that isn't going to be ending anytime soon.

We can't wait to see them again in the summer!




The days are long, but the years are short... who wrote that?*  Whoever it is, they were so right. I sound 80 when I say this, but every year goes faster then the last. I've talked some recently about how the days can seem so long, but I look back and I can't believe January is already done. It was full, and busy, and it flew by. Doctors appointments, swim lessons, yoga classes,visitors, and finally school and homework, for both of us... the days are long, but they bump into each other, tripping over themselves in their rush to go by.

February threatens to go by just as quickly. More school, more swimming, more visitors, and doctors appointments; and my baby's birthday! I'm sure this month will be over before I even know it too.

Since school started, things have been better with Gwen. We still have our days! Oh damn, of course we do. But its way, way better.

There was a moment during Trav's parents visit (more on that later), we were out at dinner and Gwen was full and a little tired. She laid her head in my lap, I rubbed her back and hair, and she kissed my hand. It all just felt right. In that moment, I knew that I was doing something right; despite the hard moments, despite the frustrations, in that pause, everything else could have faded away, because I felt content. 

Here's to a month full of days more like that.

* I googled. Apparently it was Gretchen Rubin. Now you know!


There I Am...

I know all the reasons not to. The real life and imagined fears. I had them all. But the best reason to do this was right in front of me. She's almost 6 years old and the light of my life. What was I teaching her by continuing to spend my days doing something that was draining me, while letting my true passions stay hidden inside?

Truth time though: the pursuit of authentic self is hard. Its time consuming and draining, things that have the potential to pull you away from the very little one that is kicking your ass towards dream chasing. 
So how do you pursue your dreams while kicking ass at child raising?

Check out my piece, Balancing the Me with the We: Chasing your Dreams as a Mother, over on Hiya Tootsie!