Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Everyday Views

Wherever we go around Summit County, I'm always floored by how beautiful it is here.  This post will take you around Silverthorne, Dillon, and Frisco to the views from all of our regular stops.

Post Office

Grocery Store



the park

Recreation Center

Medical building

I love running errands:)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum

I am so happy to be posting on here again!  Now that we've moved to Colorado, we are starting to explore our new home with little day trips.  So here's a new post for the travel blog:) 

This past week on our way home from Denver, we decided to stop at Lookout Mountain in Golden and visit the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum.  It was so fun!  We love finding these little hole in the wall places. 

Annie Oakley
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Sadie had a blast!

Buffalo Bill's grave

Awesome gift shop and soda fountain
The views from Lookout Mountain are so beautiful!

So excited to be traveling again and adding to the blog!  There are so many possible day trips from Summit County, so stay tuned:)

Friday, September 5, 2014

French Lick, Indiana

Travel blog entry!  For our 5th anniversary this year, we crossed French Lick off of our Indiana bucket list.  There are two historic grand hotels there: French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel.  Hank, Sadie, and I packed up and drove about an hour south from Bloomington down Hwy 37 through beautiful farm land and small Indiana towns, past Paoli Peaks, until we could spy the huge dome of the West Baden Resort peaking out through the trees.  I didn't expect the sheer magnificence of seeing this hotel after driving through such small towns.  It's crazy big!

We drove past West Baden on to the elegant French Lick Springs Hotel, and I think elegant is the best way to describe this resort.  It was beautiful and just gorgeous with all of their Christmas decorations still up.

There are mineral springs that run through this area, and these resorts were first founded back in 1845 as health spas.

Yes, the pond is totally frozen.  January 2014 was a super cold one!

Located in the Hoosier National Forest.
Indiana limestone tunnel they used in the construction of the hotel.

The ceilings were incredible!

Sadie was so tiny here!  She's twice as big now.  That's what I get for taking months to post this;)

French Lick has such an awesome candy store!
The pool:)

A beautiful anniversary gift in our room from the hotel:)  

The hotel also has some amazing restaurants.  We ate at the famous 1875:The Steakhouse for our anniversary dinner.  It was so fancy and delicious.  Then we had an awesome breakfast at The Grand Colonnade Family Restaurant, which is the former ballroom where FDR received the nomination to run for President in 1932!

It was a great way to celebrate 5 years married to my dream cowboy:)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Our Year:)

What an amazing year.  Full of ups and downs, laughs and tears, lots of sleep deprivation.  But the one consistent this year has been the above ray of sunshine!  It has been pure joy watching her grow into the beautiful little girl she is.  Each month has brought a whole new level of fun to our household!  Sadie is full of energy; quick to laugh, always chatting away about something adorable;)  She loves books, loves "reading" to us, playing peek a boo, "walking" around outside, being the center of attention, playing with other kids, cuddling with us.  My favorite part of this year has been watching her heart for other people develop.  She loves people.  Her heart is huge, sympathetic, and sensitive to others' emotions.  She is concerned when someone is hurt, sad when they cry, happy when they smile, and quick to hug no matter what.  I'm so impressed by the little person she's become, and I learn so much about Christ's love from her every day.  Excited to see her grow even more over this next year!  Happy one year, baby girl:)  We love you more than we can express.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My Baby Story Adventure

I was beginning to think my due date would never arrive.  It was the middle of May as I stared at my calendar, thinking about all the things the Lord had brought me through over the past 9 months.  
Early contractions, shingles(that left me with a nice scar on my forehead), 9 months of nausea... I just didn't know pregnancy could be like this.  But here I was, finally due...

...and thinking of any and every way I could help jump start this thing!  Let's do this!  So I tried Zumba!  (Had to have been hilarious to watch this big belly shake her thang;)  Annnd...nothing.  Spicy food, eggplant parm, daily walks, "running" stairs... I watched the days tick by.  After two weeks of this, the doctor said those beautiful words, "No matter what, you're having a baby tomorrow!"  Thank goodness.  It was Thursday morning, May 30.  I went back to work after the doctor because, well, why not.  Our bags were packed.  We were as ready as we'd ever be.  Finished out the work day, went home, turned on Parks and Recreation(love that show!), and waited.  Finally 8pm and time to check into the hospital.  They monitored me overnight to see if I'd start labor on my own.  Silly doctors, of course not.  Between me and Hank, our baby is waaay to chill to come on her own;)  7am Friday morning May 31, a seriously angelic nurse comes in and starts me on pitocin.  And labor starts.
I now have to give a shout out to my most amazing coach ever, Hank.  Walking with me, rubbing my back, best foot massages of all time!, breathing with me, running and getting me water, ice chips, yoga ball(which I stayed on until...), epidural.  Now y'all, seriously, I believe epidurals are the Lord's greatest gift to modern woman!  Holy night!  If you haven't been through this, imagine the most intense pain coming in and out every minute, and then all of a sudden it starts coming in less and less.  My eyes opened, cold washcloth on the face, Hank brushed my hair(I guess I'd been grabbing at it, and it looked like a bird's nest. Literally.), laughter coming from me, and then the most peaceful sleep.  Doctor comes in, I'm almost there.  Baby's heart rate starts to drop a little, nurses turn me on my side, heart rate comes back up and is just fine.  Hank holds my hand and reads me scripture.  Sleep.  Doctor comes in, time to push.  Say what??  Hank's eyes get huge and a smile creeps on his face.  I tell him, "It's time for the "Push It" mix!"  I think he's a little embarrassed, but I made this CD myself just for this moment.(Thank you to everyone who suggested songs on Facebook:)  First song, Push It by Salt 'n Pepa.  My doctor and the nurses start laughing and continue to laugh at my extremely diverse choice of songs.  But it was doing its job, keeping me awake and as energized as possible.  After 12 hours of labor, with one hour of pushing, it was time to meet our baby girl.  This is where I take a more serious note.  Baby girl came into this world perfectly, with 10 fingers and 10 toes and a head full of beautiful dark hair.  They laid her on my stomach to let Hank cut the umbilical cord.  Silence.  Our wonderful doctor quickly cuts the umbilical cord and rushes her to the side table.  What?  I look at Hank and look over at the table.  I can't see past the nurses surrounding her.  I hear one nurse start counting the minutes while another starts giving oxygen.  I can't tell what's happening.  "Why isn't she crying?"  No answer.  My heart stops.  "Is she okay?"  Still no answer.  Hank tells me it's okay, but his eyes are questioning right along with me.  2 minutes.  I grab Hank's hand and start praying, "Lord, help our baby girl cry.  Give me a scream.  Anything."  3 minutes, and I reached a point I thought I'd never reach.  Praying, trembling, I remember saying, "Lord, she's Yours and not ours.  You gave her to us.  You give and You take away, may Your name be praised."  I cry just thinking about that moment.  4 minutes. . . A little whimper.  The tiniest most beautiful sound I've ever heard in my life.  Then another and another.  Still so quiet and so incredibly beautiful.  Praise Jesus, maker of all things.  I used to ask people what was one thing they wish they'd known before they got pregnant.  Well, this is mine.  Sometimes it takes some babies a little longer to take that first breath.  Even 4 minutes longer.  As long as they're moving, their PH levels are good, the oxygen in their blood never drops... they are just fine.  Yes it's scary and the medical staff won't talk to you because they're focused on getting the baby breathing, but the baby is just fine.  I had gotten to the point of thinking she'd be brain dead when there was absolutely nothing wrong.  Sooo, yeah.  I wish I'd known that.  So our cute little thing quickly got pink and started singing a beautiful cry, and then I finally got to hold her.  Talk about surreal and singing endless praises to the Lord in my head.
God is good.  All the time.  Even when things seem darkest, He's in control.  And now we have the most healthy, smiley, bright eyed baby girl.  We named her Sadie Ann after her great great grandmother.  She is 7 weeks old and growing up so quickly.  She brings unspeakable joy to our hearts on a daily basis.  The Lord brought me through a hell of a pregnancy and gave me the most healthy and beautiful baby girl, and I will forever be grateful.

Here are some more pictures:)

See how Sadie has grown. From the size of a lentil...
 to this beautiful baby girl.
 "Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God." Job 37:14