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We were fortunate to be able to kick off our summer vacation with two nights of camping in Great Sand Dunes National Park.  It was our first multiple night camping trip and the first time we’ve ventured more than about an hour and a half away. It was amazing!  I don’t think I can fully articulate how majestic the dunes are in front of a Rocky Mountain backdrop.  This is the perfect time of year for playing in Medano Creek,  a stream created from the snowmelt. The kids even tried some sand dune sledding. We all had a great time and can’t wait to find our next campsite!


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Dr. Jill

Today was Riley’s second visit to the dentist and I must say it went so much more smoothly than the first.  She relaxed at the play kitchen before we .  Keith and I had been ‘practicing’ opening wide with her and it seemed to pay off,  no crying and a fabulous report.  We stopped by to say hello to the butterflies and then lunch at Chick-fil-A.  We even squeezed in a quick car ride before nap.

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After all the excitement of yesterday,  we were planning on a morning at the Botanic Gardens with friends today.  I can’t even begin to describe how much fun it is to have all of these girls together or how difficult it is to get a picture 🙂  We strolled through the main garden before heading over to the Children’s garden for some running and water play.  Bridges are tons of fun, as is the stream and after getting properly wet Riley loves to be ‘wrapped’ up.

We kept thinking it was awfully hot,  no wonder…check out the temperature. 

Turns out all that heat and fun was so invigorating Riley didn’t want to nap but was in a great mood so she helped Keith and I pick out new shoes and we even ventured out to an early dinner.  Here she is trying on my old shoes and enjoying her first steamed mussels.  That’s my girl!!

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The Stinger is out

Yesterday we had an eventful morning that started so nicely with a visit to the Leanin’ Tree  museum with friends.  We toured the Western Art gallery and then went out to the sculpture garden for a snack and to peruse the sculptures.  Unfortunately,  Riley got stung by a yellow jacket on the tip of her middle finger.  As this was her first sting and despite the ice I put on it from our lunch, it was swelling fast and into her hand (Keith later commented that she had a Michelin Man Finger),  we tabled our picnic plans and headed straight to the pediatricians office and met Keith there.  The best news from the doctor was that the stinger was out and some instructions to reduce the swelling and relive the pain.  Riley’s right hand was in pretty bad shape but we managed a left-handed picnic in the living room after we got home.  And true to her healing she was all better and ready to go this morning.

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I ran across a set of travel watercolors and thought we might give them a try.  They were quite a hit.  Check out Riley’s “boo boo sticker”,  we’ve been using stickers for those not quite band-aid worthy boo boo’s.


  And I can’t remember why Keith got the headset but this was too cute to pass up 🙂

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Special Delivery

I have been working on a very special quilt these past few weeks.  My amazing grandmother is celebrating a very special birthday this year.  She is so special in so many ways and has taught me many things over the years.  I remember all the fabulous things she made for me as I was growing up including the Christmas stocking that I still use and cherish every year.  I wanted to make her a quilt.  I wanted it to be cheerful and cozy (she lives where it is rather cold).  I hope I achieved that and that she enjoys it half as much as I enjoyed making it for her.   Riley loves to help,  she worked with me on arranging the blocks on the design wall and of course wanted to help with the photography.  This is Riley and her great grandma from last year.

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Sunday Fun

We went for bagels this morning and then decided to spend a little time with the butterflies, and Rosy of course.  Check out the cute layer cake skirt I whipped up for Riley. 

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