the month of may

Well.  Long time no see!  I have been working so much more than ever before, which is great, but it does keep me on my toes and force me to use my time a bit differently.  This summer promises to be excellent, though, so I hope to keep up with what we’re up to a bit better.

May kicked off with our trip to Boise which will no doubt go down as one of the best weeks ever.  I love me some Burgess family and now, Boise too.  The green belt, the trees, the pretty neighborhoods, the cookie butter…I just can’t stop.  It was good.

My parents and Mysteridge came to visit over Mother’s Day weekend.  We went to church, where Danny has been leading worship for the past five weeks, went to Red Robin for lunch, and ate an apple cranberry pie that Mysteridge, Danny, and I made together.  Mysteridge stayed another couple of days, and the weather was rain rain rainy, so we occupied ourselves with games and grocery shopping.  And Mysteridge will probably never want to visit again because it was so boring.  (I hope that’s not true.) (In reality we had fun, but we did stay inside about 98% of the time.)

Danny kicked off summer spring by organizing a softball team.  He has put so much time and effort into making this team a reality, and even though they may not have a winning record, it has been so much fun.  Tuesday evenings have the been the highlight of my week for the past couple months, because not only do I get to watch Danny play softball (and look really good in his uniform), but I get to sit in the stands with all the wives of his teammates.  Which means I have gained about seven new friends in the past six weeks.  Softball season = roaring success.

Over my birthday weekend, Danny and I went to Pueblo to check out their zoo and river walk.  I’ll share more pictures and details in another post, but here’s a preview…

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On my actual birthday, Danny made a delicious blueberry coffee cake and decorated the table with puppies!  I know.  It was so precious.  He also gave me some really sweet gifts, including this book that I found at the library a couple of months ago and have known ever since that it’s one I want to own, the official DVD of William & Kate’s wedding which I plan on watching every April 29th for the rest of my life, and this precious tea set.  Isn’t it pretty?

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I got to spend the rest of the day with my mom in Denver – she even took the day off to do it!  We enjoyed walking around Washington Park (our first time there, and let me tell you, we will be going back!  What a great place!), eating at Native Foods (and yes, we had peanut butter parfaits), and shopping at World Market.  My biggest regret: not taking any pictures.

Danny and I went to HuHot for dinner and I decided that eating there officially makes me feel sick.  Danny’s parents came over for dessert and brought a tasty lemon cake that covered over the damage that dinner did.  They also gifted me with a zoo membership (again!), which I have already put to good use.  We love the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (last year I went 13 times!) and I can’t wait to make another 13 visits this year!

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The following Saturday, after I got off work, my sweet, sweet friend Sarah came to visit.  We ate dinner and went to the new frozen yogurt place across the street from our apartment, and eventually we sent Danny to bed and sat on our couch and talked until it was Sunday morning.  Like really talk and listen and cry and realize that you’re both walking through similar hard, tough, confusing things.  I wish this lady was my next door neighbor.

DSC08542On Memorial Day weekend, Danny and I got really crazy and went to Canon City for a night.  Here’s our “we-are-so-spontaneous-and-leaving-town-on-a-couple-minutes-notice” picture…

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More pictures to come, but we had a lot of fun.  One of my highlights of our 24 hours away was this trail…

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Also in May: Danny became a bike commuter.  I know.  Be impressed.  Every day that he rides to and from work with his heavy backpack on, I am so proud.  Look at him!  Colorado Springs’ cutest bike commuter.

DSC08598And that, folks, is how we Everetts spent May.  Looking forward to June and all of its glory…I know it’ll be a good one.

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it’s always better in boise

Danny and I went to Boise, Idaho (adding the state on for clarification because you will not believe how many people have asked me what/where Boise is) for six days to see our friends Chris, Emily, and Hendon.  Aside from spending time with our sweet and dearly loved friends, Boise had a lot to live up to.  Even before they moved last summer, Chris and Emily talked about Boise like it was the Promised Land/Disney World/insert other renowned locations that are often portrayed as the Happiest Place on Earth.

It’s safe to say that we had pretty high expectations.  Once we were there, Chris and Emily would tell us about the merits of different places and restaurants and so on and so forth, and at one point Danny said, “You know, it’s always better in Boise, isn’t it?”

Well, we’ve been back for a week now, and after the freezing temperatures and snow we’ve had the past couple days, I can finally confirm: It’s better in Boise.

A peek inside of our beautiful trip…

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 ^^ Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  I don’t ever remember seeing them from above, and my goodness, aren’t they a sight to behold? ^^

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^^ We walked out of the airport to temperatures in the 80’s and realized we had packed for Colorado and not Boise. No complaints though. ^^

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^^ We walked into the kitchen to see Emily’s sweet sign.  They sure know how to make visitors feel welcomed and loved! ^^

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^^ Glad to be reunited with ol’ Jebby! ^^

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^^ Saturday morning at Boise’s amazing farmer’s market.  Seriously, I could go back every week and not grow weary of it. ^^

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^^ Chris and Danny, BFFs of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea ^^

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^^ Idaho State Capitol ^^

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^^ True love. ^^

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^^ Hate to break it to you, Chris and Emily, but this right here is why we really came to Boise. ^^

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^^ Snow cones and soft ice (see next picture for explanation) before trekking up Camel’s Back. ^^

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^^ Soft ice.  In other words, dairy-free ice cream. ^^

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^^ Camel’s Back. ^^

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^^ Did I mention that they’ll be joined by baby Ellis in July?  So excited! ^^

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^^ Sunday afternoon bike ride on the Boise green belt. ^^

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^^ Nature center with these two hooligans. ^^

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^^ A tour of Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, where Chris works.  This is the frame of the plane that Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and their three companions flew in Ecuador when they were martyred. ^^

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^^ The main focus here was the planes used for training MAF pilots, but I was mostly just looking at Hendon…a true fashionista and not even two years old. ^^

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^^ Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.  Easily one of our favorite things in Boise. ^^

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^^ I just couldn’t get enough of the green belt.  Monday afternoon stroll. ^^

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^^ Trader Joe’s picnic in the shadow of the capitol. ^^

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^^ Our third state capitol together. Only 47 to go! ^^

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^^ Majestic. ^^

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^^ So much fun exploring the different floors and rooms and even a little bit of pretending. ^^

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^^ The Squirrel Debacle of 2014.  After watching the little guy question whether he’d ever see solid ground again, Danny finally convinced him to crawl back down the deck to safety. ^^

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^^ Chris took us to Table Rock on Tuesday evening.  I took this picture and said, “I’ll photo shop Emily in!”  I think everyone knew there was no way I had those kind of skills, but they went along with it and didn’t say anything.  Thanks guys.  And by the way, isn’t Boise beautiful?! ^^

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^^ Definitely one of those moments where I said, “It’s better in Boise.”

Thanks, Chris, Emily, and Hendon for showing us a great time and for letting us crash your life for a week.  We had a spectacular time and can’t wait to come back sometime and meet Ellis and ski Bogus and eat all your cookie butter (again)!  You’re the best.

what i learned in february

I unintentionally took a hiatus from these “What I Learned” posts.  Turns out I’ve kind of missed them, and am ready for more.  Here’s what I can remember learning in February (and the first couple days of March)…

1. I’m not very good at saying no.  I made at least three big decisions in February that deep down, I wanted to say no to, but said yes instead.  Now I’m wading through the consequences of not being able to be up front and honest in the first place.

2. I ache and yearn to travel and see new things.  I guess this wasn’t really news to me, but I can’t stop surfing travel websites and picking up travel magazines.  I’ve been meaning to start a bucket list of places I want to go, and most nights before I go to sleep I make a mental list of destinations, starting with the west coast of the U.S. (San Francisco, Seattle, Oregon coast) and making my way all the way across the world (New York City, Iceland, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, just to name a few).  Going to Chihuahua with Sofi was a great way to see a new place and country for under $10 (!!!), not to mention really fun, and up next is Boise!  We finally bought our tickets this week…we’re (finally!) going to see Emily, Chris, Hendon, and Jeb this May!

3. I hope that rescued farm animals come visit me someday when I’m in a nursing home.  Just looking at these photos warms my little vegan heart.

4. Anthropologie is out of my league.  After Christmas they were having all manner of sales that made me feel like Anthropologie could be My Favorite Store Ever.  However, after a visit in mid-February, I realized that even their normal sale prices are a bit more than I’m willing to fork over.

5. I am not a big winter Olympics gal.  I enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies, but beyond that, I didn’t ever turn the Olympics on this year.  Maybe it’s because I’m bad at winter sports (or at least those that I’ve tried) or because there were more interesting things going on in Sochi like #sochiproblems, but they just didn’t capture my attention this year.

6. Keeping patio furniture in your guest room for a couple of weeks isn’t really as inconvenient as you might think.  This whole painting shenanigan is taking a lot longer than expected, so we still have our table, four chairs, and grill taking up all of the available floor space in the guest room, however, seeing how we haven’t had any guests in the past month, it hasn’t really been a big deal.

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7. Tofu can be disguised really well.  We found a recipe for Native Foods’ peanut butter parfait that calls for a box of silken tofu, and I promise, you would never know.  I am not a big tofu fan, but these are ah-mazing.  So good, in fact, that I bought at 12 pack of silken tofu at Costco last week.

8. On that note, I also discovered how awesome Costco is.  My mother-in-law has a membership and she’s been kind enough to go with me twice this past month.  I honestly thought I would find one or two things I was interested in, but in reality, I’ve had to make lists and try not to buy everything at once because there is so much good stuff there!  Jumbo jars of coconut oil, veggie burgers, chocolate chips, and so much more.  Costco, you are glorious.