How Great is Our God

Good afternoon and happy Sunday! I hope you all have enjoyed a fantastic weekend and that it continues through the day! It’s been a crazy busy weekend for us, but VERY enjoyable! We spent Friday night visiting with friends. It was supposed to be a campfire outing, but the downpour rain and storms made that not happen. It was still nice to get together for some drinks and chat. I worked on Saturday, but immediately after we were off to our friends house for their good-bye party! Good thing we will see them on Wednesday again, so it wasn’t really good-bye! 🙂 If you remember from my last blog post, our friends are moving to Africa! It’s been wonderful to get to know them and pray for them as they leave on this amazing adventure!

This morning we went to an amazing church service, which I will try and recap sometime this week….it was too good not to share! We followed it up by an awesome trip to the dog park with Telli! She had so much fun bounding through the water and playing with the other dogs!

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My favorite song at the moment- Chris Tomlin-How Great is Our God-World Edition

This song has been out for awhile, and I have loved it ever since I initially heard it, but there is something different about the song lately. It’s my jam…no joke. I have worked out to it, it pumps me up on my way to work, I listen to it at home, every where..I love it! It’s truly a song that stands true to it’s title, “How Great is Our God.” He is so great! And regardless where you are at in life, what your relationship with Christ is like, where you live in the world, what language you speak, what you look like….our God is SO Great and loves us the same!

He loves us unconditionally.

He gives us strength when we feel weak.

He shows the light when we only see darkness.

When we mess up, He shows His grace.

When we fall down, He picks us up.

He shows us His original artwork everyday when the sun rises and the sun sets.

He shows His creation by the beauty of this Earth.

We really do serve a wonderful, loving, amazing and GREAT God!

I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do!

And if you want to hear Chris Tomlin’s explanation of how he came up with the idea of the world version of his original song and the inspiration behind it, you can see it here. It truly is it’s own work of God and how amazing he is.

Now for the funny part of this morning and this song…….

As we were driving home from church this morning, I told Nate I wanted to listen to that song, so we played it and I sang along at the top of my lungs (like I always do), but this was the first time I had an audience. Nate looked at me and laughed. I knew exactly what he was thinking, she is singing to this song like she knows the words she’s singing, and the language she’s singing. Yes Nate, your right…..and God doesn’t care! 😉 As long as I’m singing to him, right? Or attempting in this case? Well, then he said something that we laughed so hard at for the next 20 minutes….”You sound like Joey on the Friends episode that he thinks he is speaking French! You are singing like you know African and Portuguese!”

I hope that leads you with a smile the rest of the day. Remember to praise our God always and see the beauty and grace he surrounds us with everyday!

❤ God Bless

Guess what day it is!!

HUMP DAY!!!!!!!! Every Wednesday one of my co-workers comes into the office saying this, just like he is the camel on the Geico commercial! I love it, and laugh every time!

A little bit of life lately….

My attempt at running…..

If you’re wondering about my running…..yeah, it’s not going to happen right now. After a couple of runs following my train for a 5k program I began to have a lot of pain in my hips and ankles. And I’m not talking a little sore here or there, but such pain that I wanted to go to the doctor (but was too stubborn) as always to go. From my experience as a diver and gymnast, I feel like I know the difference between being sore from doing something too much or that is new, and something that is going to result in an injury/injury itself. I diagnosed myself and decided to delay the running….just for now. BUT I began using our apartment facility gym and I love it! Already I’ve spent 45 minutes each morning doing a 30 minute elliptical workout followed by strength training! I feel great! I feel sore-which is the best feeling ever! I think if I can strengthen my muscles, I WILL RUN ONE DAY! 🙂

Telli at her favorite Dog Park….

I took Telli to her favorite dog park last week-the one in Evergreen we used to always go to when we lived up there! Her nose was sniffing as we entered Evergreen, I think she could really smell the fresh mountain air! When I took off her leash, she took off in her all out happy sprint. She’d run back to me with a big smile on her face-“thanks mom for bringing me here!”

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Look at her go! I was enjoying the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I walked around on the trails. It’s one of those things in life that I don’t think we realized how lucky we were to live up there. It was so green, so fresh, and the perfect mountain temperature-not city hot! It rained the night before, so the trail had a touch of moisture, that made it the perfect hiking/dog park experience…and Telli was in heaven!

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And this just sums up our day at the dog park! We had a fun mommy/daughter day!

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Well I think this has already been a long enough, but I will do an update on our food lately..with an overnight oats recipe I created and love! Be sure to check back in for that one.

❤ God Bless

Kendra

 

 

 

Fresh Market Food

Happy Saturday!

I hope you all had a fabulous, relaxing Saturday full of fun adventures doing whatever your little heart desired! This was personally my favorite Saturday in a long time...because I had the day off with absolutely NO plans! Really? Not only a Saturday off, but also no plans…whoo-hoo!!!! What was I going to do with my day? Sleep in and Farmers market for sure! I made a list yesterday at work for my weekend because I actually have a three day weekend-which makes this day off even better!

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I love my list! Everything that I enjoy doing….notice how I put an exclamation point and square around the RUN! 😉 I’m determined!

On our way to the farmers market this morning we stopped at Caribou for some coffee and oatmeal! I had the nutty maple brown sugar and a large iced coffee. It was very delish and the perfect pick-me-up to start my day!

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The Golden Farmers Market had so much food and goodies!!! They had cheese, wine bread, all the local produce, coffee, milk, honey, hats, bags, food trucks, salsas, jams, butters (the pistachio and cashew butter tasted so good….but it was a little pricey so we didn’t get any this time around) and much, much more. Nate and I made our rounds talking with the locals and what they had to offer to see what we wanted to spend our budgeted amount on. (We always have to set aside a certain amount of cash to go to farmers market, otherwise I get out of hand with my purchases)

We decided on a basket full of items!

**side note, my mom got me my farmers market basket for Christmas and this was the first time I was able to use it…I was more than thrilled-and received so many comments on how cute it was!

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That’s the pretty look of the basket, and below are all the purchases for the morning!

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Sweet Peppers, Zuchinni, Squash, Snap Peas, Asparagus, Carrots, Olathe Sweet Corn, Palisade Peaches, Peach/Honey whip, Eggplant Salsa, Green Jalapeño Fett and Spicy Thai Linguine! What some great finds!

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I sure had fun at the farmers market! It was a beautiful morning to walk around for fresh food.

We had a couple errands to run and when we got home we thought it would be fun to take Telli to the dog park. There are many different dog park options, all of which have their own special features. It’s always hard to go “dog-park shopping” because I feel like some parks have more aggressive dogs than others (not only more aggressive dogs, but also irresponsible dog owners). My co-worker recommended one to us that isn’t too far away and has a lake-well being that I am from Wisconsin, this is definitely not a lake, a mere pond/structure of water. Needless to say, it is a body of water and if there is one thing Telli loves, it’s jumping, bounding and splashing through the water!

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She sure had fun! We keep trying to get her to “swim” but she really only likes to go where she can still touch. I think too many dogs have been aggressive with her when she has tried to swim…so she prefers to keep her feet planted on the ground. Hopefully when we take her again it will be less crowded and she can just swim around and fetch like most labs do!

New Playlist

We got home and the storms were starting to roll in…so unfortunately my anticipated pool time didn’t happen. I did however decide it was time to refresh my music on my computer and that motivated me to create a new running playlist! I can’t wait to use it and see how well I put the music together. If you are looking for a new list, I hope you like it too. I will let you know it’s got a little more country flare than anything else…..but that’s only if you consider Eric Church and Zac Brown Band too country! 😉 check it out!

Determined to Run Playlist

Dinner – Leftover Pizza Eggs

I also made a quick left-over dinner favorite of ours!

We had vegetable pizza last night (although you can make it with any leftover pizza). All you have to do is cut it up, cook it in a skillet (I added some spinach to the mix),

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add some eggs and TA-DA  dinner is made!

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So simple. So Satisfying. So delicious.

Well it looks like the rain is stopping..so I think it’s time to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement!

What is your favorite find at a farmers market? Any workout songs you love that I should add to my list next time?

❤ God Bless

Where did the time go!?!?

Happy Sunday! Whoa-did I just say Sunday? I mean for real?!? And at that it is already Sunday afternoon…..Schnikees! Where did this week go? We had a lot of family in town this past week, and we enjoyed every minute of but it kept us very busy! We made the comment at some point, we’ve had more people over to visit us in the last week, than we did the 3 years we lived in our house! 😉

My cousin Keith, wife Katie and daughter Erin (7 months) stayed with us from Saturday through Tuesday! It was so much fun to have a little baby hanging around the apartment.  She is such a fun and cute baby-with the biggest bluest eyes!!! 🙂 AM I a little baby crazy? I guess that tends to happen occasionally! We spent our time splashing around in our pool, taking morning walks, enjoying dinner, a Cubs/Rockies baseball game and then going to the top of Mount Evans!

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And check out these views from the top of Mount Evans! (We drove up the highest paved road in America to get there!)

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Telli enjoyed her time as well on the top of the mountain! Her nose was sniffing out all the new smells! I saw some Mountain Goats by the bathrooms, they were just chillin’ on the rocks, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera on me to catch them…. 😦

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At the top of all the 14,xxx foot mountains in Colorado they have the medal plaques at the top of the summit! I tried to get Telli to pose for it, but she didn’t want the picture.. 😉 She also didn’t want to be in the picture below….

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We loved our time together and I feel so blessed they wanted to come spend a couple days on their trip with us!

Then on Monday, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law came into town for his work! It was perfect, they were able to stay in a hotel right down the street and came over for some pool time, another Rockies game and some good food and beer. Oh and just FYI, I also went to a Rockies game on Wednesday night for work! That is 3 baseball games for this girl in 4 days!!!

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You have to look at the beer I drank! I was quite hesitant at first, but figured, why not?!?! And it actually tasted it really good!

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I was so happy when they wanted to go to Beau Joe’s! It is some of the best pizza in Colorado…..very unhealthy, but very delicious! They offer the honey to dip your extra crust in at the end! There is nothing else that tastes this good!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Needless to say, our apartment is a disaster, cleaning needs to be done, laundry needs to be folded and food needs to be prepped for the week. I am thrilled that we are back to eating normal healthy food (I think my body likes it too!)…but now it’s back to the cleaning on Sunday…..

 

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Oh, and I forgot to mention one little thing…..did you ever know that the ABC’s song and Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star are to the same tune? Our pastor mentioned it to us this morning in church (of course non-shallantly during the sermon) but it made me take my mind off the message so that I could sing both in my head! What do ya know!!! It’s crazy! Are there any other songs like that I should know about?

Have a great week!

❤ God Bless

 

A friendly farewell….

Good morning!

Well our house officially looks like were moving! Boxes everywhere, cabinets empty and feeling a little overwhelmed!  We have the moving truck coming tomorrow and I can’t wait to get the process over…moving is a lot of work! 😉 I’m not sure if I ever explained, but we are going to be apartment living for 10 months while we look for a house. Nate and I joke that we will just live in an apartment for the rest of our lives so we don’t have to move again… 😉

I think all the animals know we are leaving…..we have had quite the sitings in the last couple of days! First, on Sunday night we heard a loud BANG! We thought someone set off fireworks or shot a gun! It scared the living daylights out of us! Well we quickly figured out there was an animal outside. Telli was next to the door doing her defensive bark and sniffing the air intensly!  We looked out the window and sure enough, a black bear was digging through our trash! He was around all of last summer so we kept our trash protected, but we hadn’t seen him yet this year….We had just thrown out a lot of food as we cleaned out the refrigerator, etc….Mr. Bear was enjoying dinner!

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He was very particular about what he wanted….he dug very carefully (I was shocked by this, I guess I assumed he would just eat anything in there!)

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Then he found what he was looking for. The chicken! (If you look closely you can see the bag of chicken hanging from his mouth! He took it into our “little forest” and sat there to eat through the bag!

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He continued down to our lower neighbors yard and dug through their trash. Telli was a little scaredy cat throughout the whole bear episode, however she did jump on our guest bed to watch the bear in the back! (I think she felt like she was at a safe distance) 😉

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Our lower neighbor (we live on a hill) just moved in about 2 weeks ago and he started carrying trash outside! We yelled out the window there was a bear outside and not to take the trash out right now! He gave us the look like, theres a bear, in MY yard? NOW? OMG!!! :)…..it was pretty funny….

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Nate took Telli to the dog park yesterday and when there weren’t many dogs there he was going to take her for a quick hike….well that was cut short when a huge herd of elk came galloping (is that the right term for elk?) over the mountain and headed down towards them! He said he sprinted as fast as he could back to the penned in area of the dog park. He got up close and personal with the elk once they made it to the green area they were moving towards!

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We think all the animals know we are leaving the amazing beauty of Evergreen, but don’t worry animals-we’ll come back to visit!

🙂

Have you ever had a close encounter with wildlife?

❤ God Bless

 

all about Telli….

Good Monday morning!!!!! I hope you all had a fabulous summer weekend! Nate was working at an event in Winter Park this weekend, so it was just the girls in the house for the weekend, and we had fun!

First, breakfast lately has been eggs and veggies. I love it. It’s so satisfying, filling, and refreshing!

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Our girls weekend was filled with walks and snuggles…..

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Packing…..

 

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Fun at The dog park….

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Watching an episode of National  North America. Telli loved when the bears came on the TV..

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And then she got the container of Fage yogurt when I had finished….and boy did she enjoy it…

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down to every last drop…..

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Just like Pooh-bear in the honey jar!

We had a very fun time together this weekend and we both were excited when Nate came home yesterday afternoon!

Have a great week!

❤ God Bless

 

Moving. Apartments. Travel. Wedding

Good morning! I hope the day is being well to you…and if it’s not, I found this on Pinterest and love the positive attitude behind it…..

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I have in fact been staying busy with work, packing, summertime activities that are always around (showers, birthdays, bbq’s, etc..) However in the midst of everything the selling of our house has continued and we continue to pray and cross our fingers that everything still goes according to plan. Here is how our life has been…

1.) We put a deposit on an apartment! We wanted to make sure we have something locked into place for when our house sells (I’m staying positive) so we don’t end up homeless! 😉 I am so excited to move in…it has a pool, a view, lots of green space for Telli to run in, shops and restaurants nearby and best of all….a 5 minute commute to work!!! BOOM! The only downfall that it might have is the actual space inside the apartment. We saw pictures, but it wasn’t available to actually see; and it has a different layout with angled walls, so that could be interesting, but hey…it’s only temporary living for 10 months so I think we can make it work! 🙂

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2.) We traveled down to Amarillo, Texas for the weekend to attend a beautiful wedding! I only worked a half day on Thursday, so it was great to leave early in the day light! Telli loves road trips-and I think she knows if she will be in the car for a while because her bed is in the back of the Subaru surrounded by luggage! But she loves to look out at the sights as we drive!

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We unfortunately saw too may fires as we traveled south on I-25. There was one 20 miles south of our house, a couple near Colorado Springs and a few even further south of Pueblo. Ive seen smoke travel from fires before, but the one that was just south of Colorado Springs, we could see flames. It was pretty crazy how big they were and how many there were. We will be continuing to pray for rain and that no more structures get burned!

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We arrived to Nate’s parents, late on Thursday night and enjoyed sleeping in a little on Friday morning. (Although I did wake up at 5:30 with Telli to take her to the bathroom and feed her. I was pretty out of it and was happy to go back to bed!)

Nate always loves going back home, not only to see family, but for the food! Between BBQ and Mexican food, it was pretty much our diet for the three days. We went to a new restaurant in Amarillo called Tylers BBQ.

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It was delicious! I enjoyed a shredded beef sandwich with a secret recipe potato salad. I asked the owner Tyler, for the recommendation “potato salad or coleslaw?” He told me to definitely try the potato salad because it is his own recipe. It had good flavor, but to be honest it was too smooth for my liking. I enjoy the chunky potato salad! 🙂

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That evening we got together for a rehearsal dinner. It was delicious food! I got to meet a lot of Nate’s extended family from Arkansas that I still hadn’t met yet. What sweet southern people they are! We took some family pictures and I thought these just turned out so good!

The three generations of Clements boys!

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The Clements family!

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Saturday was jam packed with wedding! We met early to help decorate everything, and it turned out beautiful! Nate was in charge of the music, and myself and Ashlan (my sister-in-law) were in charge of serving cake and punch! It was a beautiful service and wedding in the beautiful Amarillo Botanical Gardens.

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decorations

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We decorated the truck for them to leave in….isn’t it cute?

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I saw the ring bearer and flower girl running through the gardens, aren’t they adorable?

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Nate and I ready for the wedding to begin!

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Outdoor decor on the pergola

 

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The ceremony

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Table decorations

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The cakes!!!

After a wonderful and fun day, we enjoyed sometime in the hot tub! We had fun watching the dogs “want to jump in to join.”

We made the trip home yesterday and when we arrived in Denver we were greeted with some much needed rain and thunderstorms! As we climbed the mountain, we approached this cool looking storm cloud! 🙂

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I hope you enjoy your Monday and rest of the week!

God Bless ❤

 

 

Oh where, oh where has this little blog been…..

Good morning to you all! It sure is a beautiful morning….until the heat comes out AGAIN today! It think it’s supposed to get near 100! Ooofta! Anyway, I’m sorry it has been a while,  it has been a whirlwind around our house lately and I have just been too busy and when I’m not busy too tired to write anything.

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I love where I live……but not for long…..fingers crossed.

Here’s the culprit:

We are under contract with our house!!! It came about rather quickly. If you’re not aware there is a make me move option on zillow that allows people to see that you have an interest in selling your house. I wasn’t completely sold on going through everything that needed to be done to sell the house yet and therefore had no intentions/preparedness to sell. A couple in our small group recently sold their house and it was under contract within a couple hours of the listing!!! The Denver market is crazy right now! At just about the same time we received an email that someone was VERY interested in our house. She looked at it, loved it and now were just waiting for the inspection and appraisal! We appreciate any prayers.

Needless to say, our life has been a mix of de-cluttering

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organizing, painting trim, adding closet doors,

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multiple trips to good will, multiple trips to our new storage shed,

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She’s so silly…..but she LOVES the dog park—and the creek that runs through it!

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So besides that my life has been pretty boring…..I will be honest, a true workout has not existed in a couple weeks. When I have tried to take Telli for a brief walk, we tend to meet up with the neighbor dogs,and then they just play until they are worn out. So much for some exercise for me!

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Breakfast I’ve been making oatmeal and and dinner has typically been pasta, cereal, eggs or a salad-whatever is quick, easy–even some sushi rolls from the grocery store (yes I was hesitant at first, but boy they are delish!)

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Oh and I can’t forget, it was my birthday yesterday and in the midst of all that’s going on, Nate woke up early to make me breakfast before an early morning work meeting, and he took me to Menchies for some frozen yogurt! What an amazing man I have! I got the dole whip (mmmmmm….my favorite!) with almonds and lots of nerds! 🙂 Such a kid I can be sometimes!

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I hope I don’t leave you all for that long of a period again, but if I do, I hope you understand! I miss you and I miss my blog! 🙂

Have you ever sold a house before? Stressful or a breeze?

God Bless ❤

 

 

 

 

Fun in the sand

Good morning to all! Sorry it took me a little while to do an update from the weekend, but I was tired! 🙂

First things first, the level of Candy Crush Saga that I was stuck on forever in the car, I passed on the next try! Whoo-hoo!

We arrived at our campsite around 8:15 pm and it was a perfectly, beautiful night. Nate got busy setting up the tent while I took Telli for a walk. We took Telli camping last year when she was only 5 months old, so we didn’t quite know if she would remember what camping was. Well this was a different kind of camping….almost in the desert. Very hard ground, rocky and small cactus’ everywhere….no grass. Telli kept looking at me on the walk like, “mom I really need to go to the bathroom, but there is no grass to go on!”

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You can see the desert land, the sand dunes right behind that followed by the large mountains! It was a beautiful view from our campsite! On Sunday morning Telli had us up at 5:30 to go for a walk. The only good part about getting up that early after a rough night camping, was the sunrise! My photos don’t do it justice, but the way the soft light hit the mountains and the sand dunes, it was an incredible sight! After a quick egg breakfast we headed out the Great Sand Dunes National Park!

I will be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was just a huge field of sand that you played in, ran down. sand surfed on, etc…..I didn’t know you go for quite the long hike…in sand!

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We started the hike and it was flat like a big beach and we probably walked a couple hundred yards. Then the incline started, and boy, it was an incline. For every step you took I feel like you slide back a foot in the sand. The “only 1 mile hike” quickly turned more difficult! We hiked…stopped for water breaks….hiked some more and stopped some more….

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Let me tell you though…..sand has never been so beautiful! In case you are wondering the sand dunes were formed from deposits of sand coming out of the Sangre De Christo mountains and sand that was wind blown from the San Luis Valley. If you want more information, it as a very interesting history, read the story here. I still find it so crazy that this amazing formation, the largest in North America, is just plopped in the middle of the Rocky Mountains!

We finally made it to the top of one of the sand dunes! Telli reached the top first!

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She had so much fun–but I’m sure, like her mama, was exhausted! I reached the top and it was a beautiful view. It’s like the world’s biggest beach with mountains in the backdrop!

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And now the fun part….going down! You had the option to take the trail (the ridge line where it was easier to walk) back down or just run or surf down the dune. I decided to run…and hopefully not tumble! It was so fun…but challenging too! It was pretty steep and the sand had gotten pretty hot by this point so I started doing a little dance while running down too! Since there weren’t many people around us running down the hill we let Telli off the leash and she had a blast! Zooming around us up and down enjoying this new thing…SAND!  Then when she got tired she dug into the sand so she could lay on cooler sand….she’s so smart!

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We got to the bottom where there is a small creek, Medano Creek. It’s only a couple inches deep, but the perfect depth to cool of your paws and feet! We played in the water for a bit and even walked pretty far down the creek!! Telli loved every minute of it!

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After a little relaxing on “the beach” we headed back to the campsite for a relaxing afternoon. We chatted in the sun, took a nap in the chairs, and the dogs passed out for the rest of the afternoon. Telli wanted so badly to stay awake, she was doing the whole head bobbing I want to be awake, but my eyes are so tired!

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We enjoyed a campfire, s’mores, dinner conversation and the sunset before heading to bed.

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The next morning, Telli had me up at 5:30 again to take a walk! It was chilly! You can tell a cold front came through overnight (I remember really using my mummy sack sleeping bag in the middle of the night!). I put on so many different layers and just couldn’t warm up, so I brought Nate’s sleeping bag out to enjoy my much needed morning coffee! Nate told me it looked like I was wearing a down snuggie! 🙂

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While we packed up the camping gear the dogs played and rested. The did so good considering they were tied up in a campsite! Lots of untangling leashes and leads. They were very dirty from the dusty dirt after this trip…Telli almost looked like an older lab with grey patches!

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On our way out of town, we stopped by another “thing to do.” Hike 1/2 mile to Zappata Falls. It was a nice easy walk (I can’t call it a hike after the Sand Dunes the day before). We got to the base of the falls and unfortunately you have to walk around a cave  to see the falls. As much as I wanted to see it, I think many people had our same idea because it was super crowded, and we weren’t able to take Telli. There were portions where you had to hold onto ropes attached to the walls and /or cross the river. Even at the base of the falls it was still beautiful!

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It was a great way to spend a long weekend and enjoy conversations by friends! I am so thankful to those who served our country and fought for our freedom so that I can feel safe and enjoy Gods beautiful creation!

❤ God Bless

 

Vail Cascade stay-cation weekend!

Good evening! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I am just relaxing after a fabulous weekend in the mountains! Nate and I had got a living social deal a couple months ago for a 1 night stay in Vail. We didn’t recognize the name of the resort and we figured it would be perfect timing just before it gets too busy at the mountain resorts during the summer.

First I must say, having two days off in row with my husband was awesome! We took our time Saturday morning with breakfast, coffee and packing. We left our house and took off for a 1 1/2 hour drive to Vail. Telli did so good in the back seat and slept for most of the way. We always wonder after we drive for 10 minutes, does she think she is going for a long road trip (aka to Wisconsin) or somewhere closer that’s going to be really, really fun! Here is Telli looking cute as ever!

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We got to Vail Cascade and O-M-G….it was beautiful! It fits right in the Vail Valley with a luxurious, but mountainous feel as well. We weren’t sure if they would have our room ready at noon, but they did! Heck yeah! We walked to, it opened the door and fell in love at first sight. The room was cool, but the view–Ah-mazing! We were on the ground level which had a terrace, walking path and Gore Creek right outside our room! The snow is currently melting, so the water was rushing and you could hear the roar from our room. How cool is that!

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We knew the weather wasn’t going to be the best for the weekend, so while it was sunny with blue skies, we took a walk on the path right outside our room and along the creek. It was beautiful! I couldn’t help myself but do a little walking on the rocks and then of course, “hunny, take a picture of me!” 🙂

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We enjoyed the fresh mountain air, and taking in the beautiful views!

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Our walk didn’t last very long because as soon as we saw the pool, we knew we had to go. Once again, in the back of our minds thinking it may not be very long before it starts to rain and storm. The mountains are notorious for their afternoon showers and thunderstorms! The pool and hot tub area was beautiful!

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It was large enough to hold quite a few families with kids as well as a lot of couples like us! The water was saline water which I love because you don’t feel like the chlorine is eating away at your skin. Oh, and the best part–it was like bath water temperature! Perfect considering it was only about 60 degrees out!

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I was my waterbug little self! Swimming, swimming, swimming and relaxing on the infiniti side! We even stayed in through the rain and the one rumble of thunder! All the families went in when it started raining, and we stayed out! We were nice and pruney, but I love pools and it was warm so Nate was a trooper with me!

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It was getting late in the afternoon and our stomachs were pretty grumbly so we headed in to get ready for drinks and dinner. It was American Craft Beer week, so Nate was more than thrilled to try all the beers the hotel bar, Fireside Bar, offers. I still wasn’t thrilled about drinking more beer after my brewery tour earlier this week, so I was perfectly fine with my cocktail of choice- Blueberry vodka, Sprite and Grenadine! When Nate ordered a flight of beer, we got 50% appetizers!

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We ordered the white bean lentil hummus…..this is much more than the standard hummus I was expecting.

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The hummus was in a jar and the pita chips were very light and airy. It also came with sun-dried tomatoes, pickles, sweet peppers, olives and dates! Now that is what I call a hummus platter!

After some chilling by the fireplace with drinks we worked our way to the restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek. If you ever need a delicious place to eat in Vail, I highly recommend Atwater on Gore Creek! It was mucho, mucho delicious! I started with my standard glass of Malbec. It was a great tasting wine!

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I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted for dinner, they had too many good-looking things on their menu! A couple options I was considering; the butternut squash soup and a salad, Skuna Bay Salmon, Steak kabob or the Hand Torn Pasta….I went for the Hand Torn Pasta! It had crimini mushrooms, carrots, kale, butternut squash, kaffir lime and mushroom broth. It was the perfect dish to satisfy my desire for a healthy, savory, and warm option (since it was cold out!) I devoured every last bite!

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Typically when the waitress asks if we want dessert, we decline. But they had a flour-less three chocolate mousse cake that we couldn’t turn down…and I don’t think you could either!

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After a little relaxing and letting the food settle we wanted to go back into the hot tub! Well we didn’t end up in the hot tub because it was too hot, but we did end up back in the pool! It was still just like the bath water earlier, so it was perfect to relax and swim around a little bit! I think we stayed in with a few other people for a couple hours! It was so calm and peaceful, the stars were out and there were propane fires all over the pool deck. I could’ve stayed out there all night long!

This morning we woke up to lots of rain…so much for enjoying our little patio with a cup of coffee. We did keep the patio doors open and just listened to the rain and roaring river from inside with a warm cup of coffee! Personally I think just as good as being out there.

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We checked out of our room and headed over to the club and spa to get a good workout in. I’ll be honest, since I don’t typically use a gym anymore, I was a little overwhelmed! I just get too excited to use so much of the equipment that I don’t put anything together. I started on the Arc trainer for 20 minutes, then did some weight training, abs and ended on the stair climber! It was a great way to get a good sweat in before heading home! And we were super excited to use the spa facilities with hot tub and steam room!

It was a fabulous weekend! I would recommend this hotel and spa to anybody (I will caution you, be ready to drop some cheddar if you didn’t go the cheap way with a living social coupon!) Golly I love living social deals! We get the opportunity to live and dine in luxury without spending the money like we are!

What is the best place you ever vacationed or stay-cationed?

<God Bless