Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Shoeing Solo

A couple snow storms have hit Denver and left beautiful powder. I decided on a cold, sunny Tuesday that I was going to dust off the snow shoes we bought FOREVER ago and go snow shoeing.

It was beyond fantastic!

Since injuring my knee it has been difficult to do the types of cardio that really bring me great joy; Zumba, dancing, running and high intensity plyometirics. I LOVE yoga and strength training and am really reaping its benefits but miss making my heart rate sky high. Snow shoeing up a mountain sure got my heart rate up. My breathing was heaving and fast, droplets of sweat were covering my body and I felt so alive among such grandeur and beauty. 

While climbing the mountain and trudging through snow I listened to some inspirational talks. 

I loved the message that Linda Reeves shared. I particularly loved this quotes:

"How do we lead our children to deep conversion and to access our Savior’s Atonement? I love the prophet Nephi’s declaration of what his people did to fortify the youth of his day: “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, [and] we prophesy of Christ … that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”4





In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return.4
You are infinitely more precious to God than a tree. You are His son or His daughter. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life. The whirlwinds in your youth, like the wind against a young tree, can increase your spiritual strength, preparing you for the years ahead.




We can depend on that unfailing desire of the Savior to bring all of Heavenly Father’s spirit children back to their home with Him. Every faithful parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent shares in that desire. Heavenly Father and the Savior are our perfect examples of what we can and must do. They never force righteousness because righteousness must be chosen. They make righteousness discernible to us, and They let us see that its fruits are delicious.





When you as husband and wife recognize the divine design in your union—when you feel deeply that God has brought you to each other—your vision will be expanded and your understanding enhanced.



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Glenwood Springs

The sick bug visited our house and out lived it stay. After almost 2 weeks we were finally feeling normal and cleaned our house to ride any left behind germs and decided to escape reality. A 24 hour visit to Glenwood Springs as a family was a delightful change of pace. 

The weather was perfection. A warm sun shone on us all day even leaving gentle sun burns on our backs. Who know February could be so pleasant? 24 hours after swimming outdoors in the sun snow traded places and we are now back to winter. 

 



















At Lunch











A quick visit to the Roaring Fork. It was not so roaring since the last time we visited back here.





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The chicken's story



When we got back from vacation in Texas we got home to 5 alive chickens who had braved some REALLY cold weather. A couple evenings after being home we let out Reagan. When we went out to fetch her in we saw she had scared off a fox and was looking sadly down at a dying Madison.

Ben picked her up and by the time he placed her in the garage she has died. 

Our hearts felt very heavy that night. Ben and I thought it was Violet but we were wrong and Jack was right with his suspicion that it was our Madison. 

The next week there was lots of talk of death from Lucas.

Then, Last Saturday we were trying to  be good parents and discipline Jack while he was being a little snot. Ben suddenly realized that our next door neighbors were in the yard. We went to check it out. The dogs from behind had got into the yard and had a field day chasing and catching chickens by their necks...sad.

Our neighbors were in the yard trying to save our chickens. They love them just as much as we do. 

Two were down and were in very bad shape. Jack came out to see the reason for the commotion. When he realized he freaked out. My heart then sank even lower. 

We brought the chickens inside and laid them in a box. I stroked them and Lucas sang to them. Jack on the other hand went outside and climbed the fence and yelled no YELLED at the dog's who in his words Murdered our chickens

That evening we were all sad. 

We sure miss Violet, Madison and Rose but a grateful to still have Star and Garfield!

Here are some photos of our two soldiers that are left;




 





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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happenings

This my friends is an onion bagel with peanut butter and jam smothered on top. 

I thought it would be a disgusting combination but according to Lucas it was delicious!

He ate 

EVERY. SINGLE. CRUMB











Jack was too sick for school. 
We were driving home from school after dropping off Lucas we spotted two coyote's in the field near our house. I just had to grab my camera and snap a pic or two. Jack decided he wanted to see how close he could get. They took off as soon as he headed towards them. 

silly boy.






We had another day of stunning weather so naturally we had to be out in it; even if Ben and I felt like a truck had rolled over us. Sometimes I find it is better to exert the energy to get the family out of the house instead of being cooped up indoors having the kiddos be cray cray while us adults try to recuperate. 

We walked to the park, threw the ball for Reagan, played some football with Jack and watched Lucas slide down the tall metal slide on his tummy backwards. 

It was a good time. 

Oh and when I said we I really mean Ben because I spent most of it laying on the grass feeling the warm sun penetrate my skin... and taking photos:)
















We are down to only two chickens:(

One was killed by a fox.

two were killed by neighbors dogs. 

Sad times. 

it seems silly how much our hearts hurt when these chickens died but they did hurt and we sure miss Madison, Violet and Rose clucking and strutting around the yard. 

I think we will get more but perhaps wait till we are out of snow season. Till then we will enjoy Star and Garfield.


This is star


The is "Alice" the neighborhood rabbit




Our view from our Sunday drive when we were all to infected with germs to go to church.
Instead we visited God's glorious creations and marveled. 





My lovely and kind neighbor who happens to also be a photographer radomly called to me from over the fence to see if I would like to try out his Canon 85 mm L Lens...Uh, Yes please!

Of course I shot one of my favorite subjects:

LUCAS





And then for no reason Lucas was naked....



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