First Guests of 2018

My brother, Ethan, and his wife Elise flew in on the 16th. It ended up being the craziest weekend! Everything was happening: ComiCon, Pride (post to come!), and the Red Rocks concert I already wrote about.

Nerd Time at Comic-Con!
We enjoyed Comic-Con together, and Gwen got some great time with them when we were at the concert. They made cornbread and got some ice cream (what a good Aunt and Uncle). 

After visiting with us for the weekend, they headed out West for some exploring on their own.

It was an easier goodbye then normal though, since we knew they'd be back in just a few days! We picked them up on Friday, and enjoyed our Litha celebration that night together.

They headed out on Saturday the 23rd, but the great news... we knew we'd be seeing them in just 3 weeks! I'm so glad for the time with my brother and his wife, they are truly amazing people.


Not-So-Wordless Wednesday {Litha Celebration}

Happy Summer Solstice!!

Pulled pork shoulder, cauliflower rice, berries, non-alcoholic honey mead, and for dessert - honey cake. 

Better yet, we got to share our meal with my brother and sister-in-law! 

In the spirit of Litha, we ate outside enjoying the warm temps and last of the sun (semi-hidden).

From this day on, the days will get shorter and the nights longer. But this was a lovely celebration of the sun and light!


Summer Scenes Take Two

Peacock Hair!

Yoga Rocks the Park!

Soul Sister was in to Visit!!

Yes, that's a milk shake with a piece of candied bacon in it...

S'mores in the oven!

Loving this summer!


Dispatch / Nakho and Medicine for the People {2018 Concert #6}

Another week, another concert... 😂

But really not JUST another concert.

Last Sunday Trav and I grabbed some friends of ours (Panda and Parker) and headed up to Red Rocks. This is only my second time attending a concert at Red Rocks, but it is definitely my favorite venue. And I saw the same headlining band that I saw at my first Red Rocks show! Dispatch! This time with Nahko!

I definitely enjoyed this Nahko show (my second time seeing him) wayyy more then the first, when I was still recovering from a stomach bug! I really love Nahko's music, and even more the feeling of connection I get at his shows.

They make me feel hopefully, that we can really make this world of ours a little bit better, a little bit brighter.

This was my third time seeing Dispatch. The first time was all the way back in college! Then last year. Every single time has been great.

This time they hit almost all of my favorite songs (only one I wish they played was Curse + Crush), old ones (the General, Flying Horses, Outloud) and new ones (Only the Wild Ones, Skin the Rabbit).

It was just such a good night! I’m full and happy and sad it’s over. Both of these guys are heart wrenching and soul healing. This will not be my last time seeing either of these bands!!


Summer Camp

Back when school was still in session, I scheduled Gwen for one week of summer camp, just to break up the month of June a little. That was last week, and it was quite the week for both of us. I was able to hit up a lot of the yoga classes I did while she was in school, and didn't have to drag her out for the classes I teach. I did some boring adulting, like taking car of my car in advance of our travels. I also squeezed in some fun things while I had the free time, like lunch (and murder mysteries) with friends and Trav.

Other then one little incident, she had an amazing time too. She got to do arts and crafts, swimming, and make some new friends. She went on a field trip to a super fun kids museum. It was a great week for her, and a great break for us. With just over two weeks until we leave for a full month of travel, of which half will entail me being on as the only parent 24/7, it was nice to have some quiet alone time, and prepare myself. It was good for her to be around other kids too.

It did also give me a newfound (or at least greatly deepened) appreciation for how easy or normal schedule really is. While it can be hard having to be back to pick her up from school by 2:30 during the school year, and it can be frustrating to have to drag her around to various classes or errands, it is amazingly easy and nice to not have to be out driving during rush hour normally, and to have long, relaxed evenings. Those were the things I did miss this past week. So yay for an "outside" look at our normal day-to-day, and with it a refreshed regard.


New Yoga Classes

I took over a new Friday morning yoga class at the beginning of this month. Its been something I've been thinking about for a bit, something I had passed up a few times, but this time it felt right!

Its really hard finding a balance sometimes between yoga and doula work, and finding where I want to spend most of my time teaching. But for now I have no doula clients lined up until at least the fall, and there are two classes that I have considered letting go of, so I can take on the extra classes now and when I need to I can let go of some of the old ones. 

Its a great opportunity, and I'm really excited to spend more time teaching in this particular studio! 



Gwen's Teeth

Back at the end of May, right after Gwen got out of school, we took her in for an evaluation of her teeth by an orthodontist. She had two adult teeth come in behind her baby teeth, her "shark teeth", and two more were starting to come in that way.

We knew we'd have to get them removed, but our dentist suggested an ortho eval so we could figure out if we'd need anything else done. Thankfully he said that he thought if she got those baby teeth out, her adult teeth would move forward just fine. So we scheduled to have them out and get a little filling done in one of her other baby teeth that would be sticking around for a while. 

[Note: Don't go any further if you don't want to see what her gums looked like!]

I'm a bit of a nervous-nelly when it comes to the dentist, but I've always tried to play it off with Gwen, but I didn't want to give her my nerves. Thankfully she seems nonplussed by the dentist, and wasn't too concerned beforehand. She was definitely sore afterwards for a few days, but she came through wonderfully!

Now we just remind her to push on her adult teeth with her tongue and have them work their way up. 

And fingers crossed for no more shark teeth!!


Paul Simon {2018 Concert #4}

This year is quickly turning into the year of concerts!

And a number of them are at the lovely Fiddler's Green. We headed there last week for Paul Simon! We dragged along one of our good friends, James, which was fun because not only does he love Paul Simon... but Gwen adores him! 


It was an incredible show, the man's still got it!

It was a beautiful evening. I love early summer concerts, all warm days and chilly nights. 

I love too that Gwen gets to experience so many amazing bands and musicians!

I hope that she'll remember these concerts for a long time to come. I know I will!


Semi-Wordless Wednesday {Scenes From the First Week of Summer}

Ball caps make me look like a teenage boy...
so fun to figure that out at the beginning of summer. Ha!

These two love each other so much.

Lots of time at the pool...
sometime I get to squeeze babies!

How is your summer going?


More Than Enough

The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.

-- Marge Piercy


Happy Birthday Trav

Trav's birthday was the 22nd of May, and he's now enjoying his 38th year. We celebrated a little beforehand and a little afterwards since I had to work on his actual birthday. The weekend before we got a babysitter and headed out to see Deadpool 2. It was absolutely hilarious. We were originally supposed to go to Partner Yoga afterward, but it got postponed, so instead we went out for ice cream.

The day of his actual birthday we went out to meet a friend of mine who works at Toyota, then this happened....

His car has been slowly dying for a while, and it would have cost more to fix then the car was worth, so it was time.

When he returned to the office he found it full of balloons from his coworkers! That night I worked, but Trav and Gwen headed to our friend's house where they treated him to fancy pizzas and sang Happy Birthday.

The following weekend was Han Solo time! Another great movie, and a great time for all three of us.

This is our 17th birthday of his that we're celebrating together, and I'm so glad we (with the help of some awesome friends) got to make it special for him!