Tag Archives: Friends

The Monday Snapshot – Girlfriends Edition

Growing up, I was mostly friends with guys. Eventually I found a small core of girls who became my long-time friends, but for many years it was mostly me and the guys, really from my teens and all the way through my 20s. When I moved to Colorado 14 years ago as a 22 year […]

Mountain Living

Last weekend was a busy one with friends in town and lots of holiday events going on, but one of my favorite parts was a quick hike I did with my girlfriend on Sunday morning since we were both kid-free for the day. We had gone out the night before, and we both decided that […]

More Rafting Adventures!

After our rafting trip last month with the kiddos, we were excited to do an adult-only trip with our friends again as well. It has been YEARS (seriously, like 6 years) since I’ve been on an adult trip, and as much fun as we have with the kids on the river, it’s also kind of […]

Microblog Monday: Rafting Adventures

Last weekend we took the kids on their first overnight rafting/camping trip of the summer, and we had a total blast! There were a couple of overtired meltdowns and potty accidents and whining, but overall it really was a fantastic weekend with them! I even ran 10 miles before we left on Saturday morning, which […]


For most of my life, I’ve been a “guys’ girl.” I got along with women just fine, and I always had a couple of close girlfriends, but for the most part, I preferred guys as they seemed to encourage less drama and bullshit and just go with it. BUT…over the past few years I have […]


I hope to write a well thought out post soon, but in the meantime, here are some updates on my insane life lately! *The show last week went SO well. My hair was crazy, the show was crazy, my husband decided at the last minute to come support me, and it was awesome. It resulted […]

Long & Short Goodbyes

Three years ago in March, a man walked into a medical office with a cough he couldn’t shake. He walked out with a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer and a referral to oncology. He started aggressive treatments and was told he had 4-6 months to live. He overhauled his habits & lifestyle, utilized every tool he […]


Last week I left my house on a Wednesday night after tucking my kids into bed, and I didn’t return back to reality of parenting and work and the daily grind until Sunday late afternoon just before the start of the Superbowl (GO BRONCOS!). I literally didn’t know until an hour or two before leaving […]


What a freakin’ week. So I started off the week feeling pretty overwhelmed with Harvey, and it’s like God or providence or whatever you want to say wanted to give me a reminder to slow down and appreciate the struggles and just love on my little boy. Sunday = frustrated with my crazy 2 year […]

Mental Health Day

Tuesday was payroll day, and when I glanced at my paycheck stub I realized that I had one unaccounted for vacation day that needed to be used in the next 2 days or I would lose it. Well then – that’s a no brainer! Yesterday became my mental health day wherein I actually used a paid vacation […]

Friends In Low Places

The last 48 hours have been an emotional roller coaster for me. I’m coming off a week of being horrid sick and I’m probably PMSing (CD32 over here, but I have no idea what that really means since my cycle could be 30 days or 50 days, I never freakin’ know)… so the combination of […]

Some Days…

Some days you are running behind because both of your kids ended up in your bed at 5:15am (UGH) but somehow they magically both fell back asleep so you cuddled with them until 6:15am until you silently crept out of bed started your workout late. Some days you decide to pack your kid’s school lunch […]

Tiny Tuesday Thoughts

I want to be back by a pool on vacation with great friends again. #ThatIsAll

The Monday Snapshot – Las Vegas Edition

Last Wednesday I got up at 3am and drove 600 miles to Las Vegas with two friends for the wedding of some good friends of ours. Vegas is SO far outside the realm of my normal life, but it was a fantastic time of hanging out with old friends, meeting new friends, and having a total blast […]

The Monday Snapshot – Anniversary Weekend Edition

On Saturday night, we had my brother babysit the kids and we went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant to celebrate 7 years of marriage together. We ended up closing the place down (at 9pm) and then drinking with the owners until after 11. It was so fun to sit and chat with […]

The Monday Snapshot – #LoveWins

Last Friday I was at a work conference a couple of hours from home, and when I checked my phone during one of the breaks, I saw post after post on both my Twitter and Facebook timelines filled with joyous words and celebration about the SCOTUS decision. Love is love, and now everyone has the […]

A Very Twinkly Baby Shower

Those of you who have followed my blog for pretty much any amount of that know I’m more of a meal in the crock-pot and beer in the fridge type of party host. However, for my best friend’s baby shower, I really wanted to go all out and make it a super special day for […]

Party Prep

I have a gazillion half finished posts but no time to sit down and finish anything properly, so I’ll leave you with this short post: Tomorrow morning I am throwing the first (and probably only) baby shower that I will ever be in charge of organizing and hosting. Somehow I got it in my head […]

The Monday Snapshot – PAIL Edition

We just had a crazy busy weekend full of meals with friends and their kids, but man was it fun. These are the weekends that I try really hard to step back and just appreciate the journey and how much our lives have changed in the past 5 years. This pic is of my kids along […]

Besties…5 Years Later

Quality over quantity is what matters most to me when it comes to friendships, and 5 years ago I was fortunate enough to make a friend who definitely fits in that category. She is kind, she is compassionate, she is fun, she is non-judgmental. Our husbands are best friends, and we can hang out at any time […]

The Monday Snapshot – Weekend Away Edition

Time has gotten away from me today between caring for a sick kid & playing catch-up at work, but I just had to at least throw a pic or two up here! Charlie and I went to a town about 2 hrs away last weekend with our best friends. The guys had a hockey tournament, and Marissa (my […]

The Monday Snapshot – Back to Reality

From last Tuesday – Saturday, my little sis and her husband were here. They are Godparents to both of our children, and the kids absolutely love them both. It was SO much fun to have them around for the Thanksgiving holiday and to get to spend some rare quality time with them. The kids agreed. […]

A Break from Real Life

I have SO much to say and to catch up on, but I basically haven’t touched a computer in the last week, and I have to say it’s been SO NICE. I miss y’all tons, but the disconnecting from everything has been pretty great too. Lots of quality time has been spent with family, old friends, […]

Summer is here!

As most of you know, I live in a really rural area of Colorado in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Both the town I live in and the town 10 miles down the road have populations of about 1,000 people, and there are 4,000 people in the entire county…so when I say “small town” – […]

Quite the (Birth)Day

Well, the birthday party went well yesterday. We have a tiny house, and it was cold as shit outside (12 degrees and it felt like 1 degree) so nobody could be on the back deck so there were 23 people (17 adults / 6 kids) crammed into our little living area, but overall, it honestly […]