Friday, August 31, 2012

Bath time at NanaSue's

Two different babies, two years apart, same bath in the sink at NanaSue's house!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gone with the Wind


When my daughter was first born and I'd tell strangers and friends alike that her name was Scarlett, I'd receive an array of reactions all referring to the main character in Gone with the Wind.

People would immediately respond with "I just don't give a damn!" and "I'll think of that tomorrow!" One stranger old lady went so far as to say, "Well, you just gave her a name that will cause her problems the rest of her life!"

I didn't get it.

What was so bad about this Scarlett character?! Not only was my Scarlett not named after Scarlett O'Hara, but I had actually never read the book or seen the movie!

I decided I must read this book in order to understand these mostly negative references placed upon my sweet little new baby girl...

Well, after almost two years of (non-continuous) reading, I have finished Gone with the Wind!


I'm so emotional right now!

I finished this afternoon. Ironically, I felt a little like Scarlett O'Hara herself when, with only ten pages left, my Scarlett woke up from her nap and I couldn't be bothered with her at that moment. (Eek!) I went to David, with tears streaming, "I'm almost finished and I'm crying!" He instinctively understood, and took a break from work to watch Scarlett while I read the last pages.

Wow!! All I can say is, "WOW!"

Who else has read this and wants to have a book club discussion with me?! I have so many thoughts and feelings right now!

Also, all I want to do is watch the movie immediately to see the epic story portrayed on screen, and, of course, see Vivien and Clark in action! I searched high and low on streaming video websites to no avail, and I called about 10 no-longer-in-business video stores throughout Summit County. Oh, why have all the blockbusters gone out of business?! The nearest Target and Walmart didn't have the DVDs in stock either. There is no way to watch it tonight! Waaah!

Seriously, I am crestfallen.

If I don't find a way to watch it, I will scream! But I guess I'll just have to think about that tomorrow! I must find it! I will find it, and watch it - tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recent Tripp

Tripp's trying to get up on all fours! This boy's going to be crawling in no time. He already amazes me by transporting himself across the room via rolling and kicking. Sometimes he looks like he's doing the worm dance move. (Hopefully he keeps that skill for a cool party trick later in life.)

In the meantime, no teeth yet, but they are definitely on the way. Constant gnawing on fingers or whole fist, and its drool-city over here. Scarlett calls it "barf" despite my best efforts to teach her otherwise. Awesome.

His appetite is becoming impressive, but still doesn't seem ready for cereal. He also continues to enjoy a 3am bottle, which isn't his best trait, but we'll work on that when we get home.  

Finally, if you haven't noticed in pics yet, please pay close attention to Tripp's pretty severe widow's peak. And if that wasn't enough of a hairline, there is a huge cowlick behind it. It's a perfect circle swirl, and the hair sticks straight up! No joke. And it seems to defy gravity more the longer it grows.  

Could continue to be the cutest thing ever, or he'll just need to have a buzz cut his whole life. 

Either way, he's still the most handsome boy in the whole world!

I'm sure you agree, don't you?!

Side Pony

Scarlett this morning

"Mamma, I playing!!"

Still in Breck

Perhaps all my loyal followers (which y'all are of course!) have noticed that it has been more than 27 days of Breck...

Yes, we are still here. 

Our house remains uninhabitable (ie: no functional bathroom), so we are staying a little longer here in Breckenridge while things are finishing. Countertops go in on Friday in the bathroom so that's a major step towards becoming functional. Then the sinks and faucets can go in, and then plumbers will finish other important plumbing things like, um, the toilet, and then final inspection can happen. And then we can live there. Yay! Progress!

The rest of our time here will probably be more chill, less adventures. Previously, we tried to do a fam activity each morning until around 10/11, and then David would have to work the rest of the day. But this week, his free time has been less and will be the same next week too.

So me and the babes are just keeping busy. We've checked out the Breck library and are going to the pool/rec center; there is even a pretty neat children's museum here. So basically the same stuff I do at home, except not currently 100 degrees and humid. Instead a crisp beautiful mountain backdrop. No complaints here! (I do miss my friends though! Do y'all remember me?)

But pretty soon, it's back to reality. And probably a harsh one for Scarlett and Tripp to swallow as daycare starts and mamma goes back to work right when we get home. Eek! Might be harsh for mamma too!

Meanwhile, the kiddies are just being as cute as ever. NanaSue took some adorbs shots of the S&T on the couch this afternoon. Soaking up all the sweetness!  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New job...

I had to drive an hour and a half today to take a pre-employment drug screen for my new job, which starts two days after we return to Austin.

First off, let's look at the name of this place!

Second, the woman taking the sample and entering my info in the computer was telling me about her upcoming cataract surgery. And then actually said to me, "whoopsies, I was entering the numbers wrong!"


Chances that my test is negative for any substances: 100%

Chances that the correct result will get delivered to my new employer: ????


Monday, August 27, 2012

Mohawk Falls Hike

Our favorite hike!

This was one of the first hikes David took me on back when we were dating. We have a photo over the falls in 2004, and then we have another photo of us plus 9 week old Scarlett in 2010.

Now here we are in 2012 as a family of four! (and now all I have to do it find those first two photos. Eek!)

Until I have the trifecta, enjoy these pics of our hard, but worth it hike this morning.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Red Mountain horseback ride

NanaSue, Christine and I went on a 4 plus hour horseback ride today. It was incredible! We rode up mostly single track trails to Red Mountain just outside of Breck. Sometimes we weren't even on a trail and I felt like a real adventurer!

NanaSue and Christine are excellent veteran riders, but I think I held up pretty good on my own! Definitely love the fast cantor but need to work on making a smoother gait. It's a fun and cool challenge learning to ride. Yay!

Slowly becoming a legit cowgirl...

More delicious dinner

My sister in law Christine is in Breck for the weekend. She brought along her new boyfriend, Lucas, and her friends Ben and Brinda.

Lucky for us, Ben is in culinary school and is an amazing chef. Last night he made us all chicken piccata and summer vegetable risotto.

It. Was. Amazing!! 
I want more right now. 
Thank you so much Ben!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The game of things

Have y'all played this before?

It's super fun!! Highly recommend for a game night!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Family Dinner

Sweet potato fries.
Garlic sauteed spinach.
Buttered mushrooms.
Red wine.
White wine.
Homemade cherry pie.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

House progress

Sneak peak of cabinet installation. Not a Breckenridge picture, but exciting and beautiful (to me at least) nonetheless!

Getting cabinets installed seems like a big step to me. Still a lot to be finished, but it's exciting to see progress is happening.

Tripp: 5 months

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Indiana Creek Trail

We hiked along Indiana Creek this morning, which opened up to Goose Tarn Lake. I love reflection photos!

It was a short hike so we decided not to bring the carrier for Scarlett since normally she prefers to walk. See video if you need a reminder.

Of course she asked to be carried at least a hundred times.

But, I just can't say no when she says, "Mamma, carry yoooou? Mamma, carry yoooou, peeese?" when asking to be picked up. I'm a sucker for language development mistakes. Too sweet, right?

Also, I couldn't say no to picking her up because it was taking a million hours to hike back.

Balding. Again.

Post-partum hair loss. It's horrible. And worse than the first time I fear. 

Every time I touch my hair, GLOBS are falling out. The bathroom floor needs to be swept more often than a hair salon. Though of course it is not, so it's just wholly mammoth central. 

And why is it always a handful of rich brown colored hairs? Why aren't all my gray hairs falling out?

Or, better yet, why don't I go bald on some other body part? 

Like my knee caps, for example. No matter how many times I shave over my knees, there are always awkward strays sticking out! Know what I mean?

Ugh, the prices of age and beauty we pay for these precious littles...don't even get me started on my boo...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chili con carne

This morning, we went on a hike that led us into town and enjoyed pancakes at blue moose cafe as a reward. Yum!

But instead of warming up post breakfast, it kept getting coooolder. Brrrrr!! Though I'm sure y'all in Austin or Chicago or anywhere hot don't care to hear about that...

But, then it started to rain, and it rained alllll day. Boohoo!

To stay active, I went to body pump class and Scarlett played in the rec center daycare. When we returned I thought what better to cook for dinner on a cold rainy afternoon than chili?!

So I started some chili, and then spent the rest of the afternoon searching on Craigslist for a nanny. Fyi, I'm returning to work when we get back to Austin, and we need someone to help between the time when daycare ends and I get home from work. Of course that is all dependent on IF we ever get back to Austin, more and more delays on the house...ugh.

Well, good news, right as the chili and cornbread were almost ready, the skies cleared and Scarlett played outside with daddyD, Pop and the doggies, while NanaSue and i enjoyed some nice white wine on the deck. Turned out to be a pretty beautiful evening. As ever, so thankful to be here!

**i followed the Betty Crocker chili con carne recipe, but then added some of my own special secret ingredients. Turned out pretty deelish!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Breckenridge Rodeo

My first time at a rodeo. It was really fun! Pretty cool mountain backdrop too.

It was an experience for sure. Real 'merican event!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

5 year anniversary

So happy and lucky to be celebrating FIVE years of marriage in Breckenridge, where it all began.

Happy Anniversary Hubs!! I love you!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dillon Farmer's Market

Another gorgeous day in summit county!

Highlights of the great purchases made today: fresh peaches, beefsteak tomatoes, blackberry balsamic vinegar, basil parmesan olive oil, hot habanero jelly, homemade tortilla chips....

Can't wait to use these purchases to make something delicious!

Yum yum!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tripp's first cereal

He didn't really like it and didn't know what to do with it, so we'll try again later, but these faces were too funny not to post.

Bon Appetit Mr. T!

Little Cowgirl

First horseback ride with Nana Sue!

Scarlett loved it! And said, "Scarlett ride da horsey!" about eight million times.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summit Trail Running Series

Breckenridge hosts a series of six trail races throughout the summer. I saw when I first arrived that there was a race tonight, and thought what the heck, I'll give it a try.

Not surprisingly, running at 10,000 feet mostly uphill on single track mountain trails is H A R D!!! My legs didn't even hurt; it was my lungs and back of my throat. They were B U R N I N G!!!

I did the short track at 3.4 miles. These other runners were serious! There were probably only a hundred runners total, and I'm pretty sure I came in dead last. Also pretty sure a hundred year old man passed me.

But hey, I did it at least!

Thank you to the girl in the pink running tank who became my running partner for the second half of the race!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012