Monday, June 15, 2009

We Have Visitors! :)

This week has been CRAZY busy due to the fact that Nick’s sister and her family are vacationing here! We have been doing all kinds of things with them and it has truly been a lot of fun. I will try to let the pictures do most of the talking for today’s post so that you can see for yourself what we have been up to!

A Trip To The Park

Nick chased the kids all around pretending to be a shark!




The Hike to Hermit Falls

Absolutely breathtaking!





Visiting The Great Sand Dunes

On the dunes it was windy and miserable but in the water it was quite enjoyable!







Well, there you have it! It’s been a fun week so far! We have really enjoyed their visit!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Our Trip to Steamboat: Fishing Struggles

So I have already mentioned that while in Steamboat it rained, A LOT! Well not only was it rainy but it was cold too! Anyway, Nick brought all of his fly fishing gear and so of course he wanted to use it so we waded through the weeds to the banks of the Yampa River. Now, you must give my husband a break because the water was moving EXTREMELY quick due to the rain and snowmelt so it was difficult to fish in. However, he still attempted it.

Check out that wonderful form! He’s a skilled fisherman! :)


He caught a fish!


NOT! :) I would say he’s snagged.


So instead of losing his brand new fly what does he do? He goes wading in the almost freezing water!


The water was so cold he snapped my scissors before even using them! It was a good pair too!


Well, after drying him off, he was done. He did not want to fish anymore so we decided to take a break for awhile. However, we did want to check out Steamboat Lake so we drove the half hour up and hiked down to the lake. It was absolutely gorgeous!


I decided to try my hand at fishing.


Let’s just say it was a failed attempt! :(

Well, there you have it. Our fishing failures! We are usually pretty good fishermen (and women) but didn’t feel like sticking it out due to the cold and the rain. I guess you can call us wimps but hey, who wants to be miserable on vacation? Anyone? Nope, us neither! :D Well, either way we still had fun and can say that we have been fishing on the Yampa river and Steamboat lake. Even if it was a lost cause!

Well, that’s it for this evening. I am off to bed! My sister-in-law and her husband are bringing their 3 (fabulous) kiddos on vacation here this next week and I need to wake up EARLY so I can finish cleaning my house! I am excited for their visit and will have to share some photos with you! Until later, take care!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our Trip to Steamboat: Yampa River Botanic Park

While in Steamboat we also decided to check out the Yampa River Botanic Park. As you know, Nick and I LOVE flowers so we were really interested in going. Well, as we were walking in the park, a couple of ladies (from Texas) came up to us and said “We just want to warn you that there is a bear stuck in the gardens!” Well, of course, if you know my husband then you know that makes us want to HURRY before it leaves! Haha! He practically sprinted to the gate so that we could catch a picture of it before it took off. As we were approaching it though we watched it cross in front of the gate and bound over the fence. My husband then proceeded to chase it down so that he could snap a picture. Now, I would share the pictures that he took but they turned out to be pretty blurry since the bear was on the run so here is a picture of one that looks VERY similar to it! ;)


After seeing the bear off, we then decided to take a stroll around the gardens. My fantastic husband took some wonderful pictures of the gorgeous flowers and so here are a few that were our favorites (he helped me pick out which ones to share with you)!




Nick’s fabulous reflection picture! :)


He wanted me to take a picture of his reflection so I did! :) I risked my life doing it too. He made me stand on some teeny rock in the pond! I seriously almost lost my balance trying to get a good picture. Oh the crazy things we do for a neat picture! :) CIMG2122

And here I am in front of one of the prettiest sections of the garden! We just loved all of the gorgeous colors! Can you tell it was a chilly day? CIMG2111

Well, I hope you enjoyed this portion of our trip! :D We certainly did! Now I am off to work in my own garden! I promise to share some pictures of it soon! We have had horribly strong winds here though and I am now missing many leaves off my poor pepper plants! We hope that the weather starts shaping up soon! It’s been too cold and windy for our taste! Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Our Trip to Steamboat: Fish Creek Falls

Good evening everyone! Nick and I went on a little mini vacation to Steamboat Springs this week and we had such a good time! It was a much needed getaway and even though it rained most of our visit we were able to really relax and enjoy ourselves! Anyway, I wanted to share some of the pictures and experiences with all of you but there are so many that I am going to split it into separate posts so that I can show you certain experiences at a time, preferably in the order we experienced them! :)

We got to Steamboat Monday evening and wanted to just take some time to relax so we mosied our way around town a little bit and got to know the area fairly well. We checked into our motel, ordered some fantastic pizza and spent the evening cuddling in front of the t.v.! It was so nice! During this process we also decided on what sorts of things we would like to see and do. One of the very first things we decided we were going to do the next day was visit Fish Creek Falls. We had never seen a picture of them so we weren’t quite sure what to expect but we were not at all disappointed! They were absolutely gorgeous! It was such a nice hike too, not too long and not too steep! There were actually two different trails that you could take. One was where you could climb down to the bottom of the falls (sounds easy until you climb back up…hehe) and one was an easy trail that took you to a place where you could view the falls from above. We decided to try both! :)

The first trail we took was the one that led us down to the base of the falls. It was gorgeous! Here is a picture of us on a cute little bridge in front of the waterfall.CIMG2048

We then took the upper trail. Here is the view from up top. Isn’t it amazing???CIMG2061

And here we are in front of them again. This time with a different view. The guy who took this picture of us really knew what he was doing! :D CIMG2056

Well, we took a TON of pictures but those are 3 of my favorites so I decided to share them! I must tell you that my husband gets most of the credit for our vacation pictures! Picture taking is a passion of his. He likes to see how creative he can get and usually, if it is one of him, he told me exactly what to do and where to position myself! Haha! I will show you his fabulous photography skills in my next post, I promise! Until then, have a great rest of your Saturday!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Last week Monday my husband and I stumbled across two baby kittens that had been dumped near our house. We decided to then pick them up and take them home even though we aren’t really supposed to have any pets. We figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to find good homes for them but for some reason we have been struggling! Part of the problem is that I really don’t want to give them away. They are so stinkin’ cute! :) We have really enjoyed playing with them every evening before going to bed and it has been a blast watching them grow. When we picked them up they could hardly walk and were too young to eat solid foods. We were worried that they might not survive since they should have still been with their mama. However, after a lot of patience through trial and error, we were able to find some solid kitten foods that they could eat. Ever since then, they have grown like weeds and we are amazed at the strength they have gained!

Here are some pictures that I took of them while I was working in my garden. I hate leaving them alone so I bring them out with me. They love to lay in the sunshine!





Aren’t they adorable? I have just fallen in love with them! They are so lovable and cuddly! Nick says he hates cats but then I see him play with them and I know better! :) I am still hoping we can possibly keep one but I am not sure it will happen. One can dream right?