Spring Snow for Spring Break

Friday was the official start to N’s Spring Break.  On that day and throughout the weekend, CO was blanketed with the white stuff.  Our unofficial snow gauge sitting on my back deck registered about 10 inches.  N loves to play in the snow – sledding, making snowballs, skiing, snowboarding, and of course, eating it.

While we were enjoying the outdoors over the weekend, the birds were dancing in the trees tweeting their “Welcome Spring” song.

Our chocolate lab, Bailey, loves to join us for outdoor activities, even if he is not always actively involved.

On Sunday, we decided to recharge our brains by taking a scenic drive to a small town in CO called Nederland.  The drive was absolutely breathtaking.  When we arrived, we decided to stop in at the local Whistler’s Cafe and have a bite to eat.  I enjoyed two cups of their locally roasted coffee and consumed an entire grilled cheese and avocado sandwich on rye.  Well, minus the two bites I shared with N.  Delicious!  I will definitely be whipping up one of these in my own kitchen.

Whistler Cafe in Nederland, CO

Whistler Cafe in Nederland, CO

Of course, the locals were standing around chatting like best friends, and we overheard the waiter tell another patron about the bakery next door.  I love to visit local merchants in small mountain towns.  So, we walked next door and began to slowly make our choices.

New Moon Bakery in Nederland, CO

New Moon Bakery in Nederland, CO

A large cookie with cranberries and walnuts and lemon ended up being my choice.  N, of course, selected the huge chocolate chip cookie which he consumed in about 5 minutes flat leaving a pile of crumbs in his lap.

Here are a couple more photos just for fun

IMG_0772We may have snow on the ground for the start of Spring Break, but we are smiling.  What an amazing weekend.  To top it all off, Grandpa visited us from Florida!  What did you do over the weekend?  Do you always have special plans for Spring Break or just use it as a time to reflect and recharge?

HaPpY SpRiNg

So, today is the first day of SpRiNg!!  That, along with cleaning out my flower beds yesterday, has my nerve endings pinging for warmer days.  I thought today I would share some images with you that speak “spring.”  Spring makes me anxious for blooming flowers, scurrying animals, hiking and camping,  growing vegetables and herbs, fly fishing, watching nature, grilling out, living outdoors, etc.  I hope you enjoy!

Releasing ladybugs

Releasing ladybugs

Hiking to new destinations

Planting sunflowers and watching wildlife

Just enjoying the outdoors

Spending time on the beach

Finding baby bunnies

Blooming flowers

Nature

Lush, green garden

Herbs to use when grilling out

Being outdoors and fly fishing

Hiking with the family

Outdoors

Sipping a glass of wine while enjoying a beautiful campsite

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Have you started cleaning out your flower beds and making plans to bring them alive again?  Do you plant a garden or grow herbs?  Please share.  All of these things just make me smile because sometimes, it is the little things.

AdVeNtUrE Time last year…

Adventures with my family make me happy.  Memories of these adventures make me smile.  So, I decided to start a new series each month called “AdVeNtUrE Time last year…”  I will load this post with pictures/memories of my family’s adventure this time last year.  Hope you enjoy.

In March of last year, my family was fly fishing, camping, hiking, and slacklining at Stone Mountain, NC.

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Dad teaching son about fly fishing gear

Happy Fly Fisherman

Happy Fly Fisherman

The hike before the fishing

The hike before the fishing

A boy and his dog

A boy and his dog

Slacklining at the campground

Slacklining at the campground

Can’t wait to share another “AdVeNtUre Time last year” post.  To reminisce just makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.

Keepin’ Track of Our Adventures

This day is a journey, this very moment an adventure. (Rebecca Pavlenko)  My little family enjoys adventure.  I love leaving the routine behind and letting the dust settle on the furniture without a care.  So far, we love camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, bouldering, fly fishing, etc.  Since moving to CO, we have added skiing, sledding, and snow shoeing to that list.  When we moved to CO from NC, we hooked up our Coachman camper, packed our supplies, and headed cross country, enjoying adventures along the way.

To keep track of our travels and adventures for N, we purchased a map soon after moving to NC.  Since that time, we have been pinning the places and storing away the memories.

N's Travels

N’s Travels

Here is a close up to show you the actual pins.

Pinning N's Travels

Pinning N’s Travels

N enjoys coming back from a trip, grabbing the pins and his Daddy and adding one more red dot on the map.  He gets excited that he has been to about 10 states already.  We plan to add at least 2 more this summer in our travels. Of course, we not only have the map, but we have millions of pictures.  I always tell N that his entire life is documented.  Here is one of my all time favorites!

Does your family love adventures and do alot of traveling?  Do you have a way that you document your travels for yourself or your kiddos?  Where is your all time favorite place to visit in the U.S.?  Sleeping under the stars makes me smile.  Sometimes, it is the little things.

Adding to the Memory Bank

What a weekend…It all started on Friday when we picked N up from school early.  For those of you who know me, this was an unusual occurrence.  I think I believe that if N gets out of school early or misses school for anything other than being sick, I am not making good choices as his mother.  But, isn’t adventure, family time, and making memories worth the few hours missed in school?  I think so.

He buckled himself in and we headed to Chipotle to fill our empty stomachs before heading down the road in our fully loaded Tundra .  We wanted to get to the CO mountains before the white stuff interfered with our weekend plans.  You see, it was all about timing.  We wanted the white stuff, and LOTS of it, but we wanted it after we arrived at our lodge.  We stopped along the way at a discount ski ticket shack to get our lift tickets for the following day.  Discount?  Really?

A couple of hours later, we landed on Main Street in Breckinridge.  We checked into the lodge, unloaded our bags, and headed out with our snow boots on meandering down Main Street.  N enjoyed throwing snow balls and collecting huge icicles.

After walking in several shops, and making a few small purchases we ended up at the Breckinridge Brewery and Pub, where I enjoyed an Avalanche with my turkey burger and tater tots.  Back at the hotel, we decided to brave the cold, change into our swimsuits and head to the outdoor hot tub.  Oh, so nice!

Throughout the night, I could hear the roaring sound of the snow plow, so I knew fresh snow was a fallin’.  My heart and mind were racing due to my nervousness and the excitement of what the day would bring.

Fast forward to the next morning.  We woke up with tons of new powder on the ground.  After an amazing breakfast at Columbine Cafe, we grabbed our ski gear and headed to the gondola.  Our lodge was within walking distance.  Oh, how I love convenience.

Snow was pouring from the sky as we put on our skis and headed to the lift.

Breckinridge

Breckinridge

We had a full, fun-filled day of skiing.  I even perfected my ski lift dismount.  N is fearless, like his Dad, and even tried some jumps.  We were even able to ski down a slope that put us right back in front of our lodge.  Remember what I said about convenience?  After another visit to the hot tub and hot showers, we headed to dinner at The Motherloaded Tavern.

Snowshoeing was in order for the next day.  Here are a few shots.

What an amazing weekend.  Getting away with the family, skiing, snowshoeing, great food, hot tubs in the snow…just makes me smile.

What did you do this weekend?  Did you add memories to your memory bank?   Please drop me a line and let me know.

Color Me White

Yesterday, we got snow, and lots of it (at least for this girl from the South).  We got 10 inches to be exact!  N and I were like kids in a candy, chocolate, cupcake, cookie (ok you get it) store.  Our snow day started off with some of our cul-de-sac neighbors building a sled hill for the kiddos.

Sled hill

Fun, fun, and more fun!  We then ventured over to a bigger sled hill with some more neighbors and proceeded to sled for at least 2 hours.  The ends of my hair were frozen by the time we arrived back home.

This Monday morning, the school had a 90 minute delay, so N and I decided to have some playtime before the 10:10 bell rang.  I mostly took pictures.

Snow Angel

Sorry for the picture overload, but wanted to share with my family and friends back home in the South.  N and I both woke up this morning and could not believe that school was just on a 90 minute delay and not completely cancelled.  But, we had time to play before our walk to school, so all is good.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Sitting at my desk and looking out over the snow with the Colorado sun shining bright, coffee in my hand, and snow gear waiting by the fire just makes me smile…