Thursday, June 23, 2011


School let out in May, so we are full swing into summer. Summer sunshine gracing us from early morning until the wee hours when "it's not quite bedtime Mom, it's still very sunny out." Summer may be the only time I constantly curse those darkening curtains I paid a pretty penny for, as they don't stand a chance in the summer sun. While this summer has to be the most casual and under booked summer in the past few years, we have been incredibly entertained with so many summertime things to do, including, but not limited to:

S'mores with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate squares (divine people, divine)
Backyard camping (hey campgrounds fill up in January in Colorado, sigh)
Real camping in July
Dinner with friends
Lots of picnics, at parks with friends
Friday coffee
A special farm dinner
Cycling as a family, even up mountains
Hiking solo, with friends, and as a family
Garden nurturing
Garden watering
Garden weeding
Garden water line set up
Flower planting
Weeding leading to very bad leg rash
2 nights of Ben Harper, with said rashy legs strategically covered
A little shout out from Ben
Lots of girl time
A visit from some dear friends
A first ever neighborhood potluck
Finally meeting and getting to know my next door neighbors
After dinner walks
Scaling the construction fence at school so we could check on the garden
Many bicycle rides to the new Frozen Yogurt Shoppe
Brew Pub
Finally organizing my bedroom closet moving in 6 months ago
Lots of library time (which reminds me, I must pick up my book that's on hold)
Farmer's Market
Breakdancing at Band on the Bricks
Sleepovers and American Girl Dolls
Loving the first fabulous summer back in Boulder
A new blue swing
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Butterfly Pavilion
Cupcakes from Sprinkles Bakery and Georgetown Cupcakes
Scootering to the park
Learning to skateboard off the curb into the street
Awesome frisbee moves between Sj and J
Relaxation and smiles, for it's summertime

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Introduction to Letterboxing

A week ago I kind of invited myself to join a couple of friends at a museum in Denver. Any time we go to a museum the girls think it's a huge special treat, which I love, so of course I made it happen. A convenient side note to our meet up was that my friends were going to be doing some letterboxing in Denver that day as well.

Letter, what?

The long and short of it is, Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt. When you discover a letterbox, from clues you find on the Atlas Quest website, the letterbox will contain a logbook and a stamp. A letterboxer also carries their own logbook and personal stamp to record the find. I stamp the letterbox logbook to let the person who planted it know I was there and then I stamp my personal logbook with the letterbox stamp to help me record the letterbox I discovered!

Now, I've only been doing this for a week, but I've learned so many things. For example my letterboxing lingo has grown more than tenfold. I can now explain what a hitchhiker, first finder, plant, F/P restrictions are, and even how to hand carve a stamp. I've already created a box that I planted for others to find, with a hand carved stamp and logbook, complete with clues.

The best part of letterboxing? It's something I do with my girls, they've learned the LB etiquette, and we have a really great time exploring all sorts of amazing locations. Even J was eager to join us to grab a few new finds on Father's Day. So far the letterboxes we've found have been very creative and all the stamps have been beautiful hand carvings. I love connecting with such creative folks. Another great part of letterboxing is that they are planted around the world, so any where we travel to will have an extra bonus with hunting down special boxes.

Letterboxing is a lovely hobby and I look forward to where the adventures take me!

Here's my signature stamp, the stamp I take along with me to use in logbooks, leaving my little mark in the letterbox! It's a bit tricky wrapping your brain around carving a stamp, because you have to do any lettering or images you want backwards. My letterboxing identity is EatPlayLove (big surprise) with the Flatirons (for Boulder).

To date, 18 finds, 1 plant, and 1 hitchhiker picked up and sent off!

 A huge thank you to JoAnn and Melissa for the endless answers to my questions via email and for setting me off on this adventure on the right foot! We're hooked! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Magic Moment, Ben Harper Style... (with By My Side video)

Ben Harper rolled through Denver the past two nights and played the Ogden Theater. I've seen my fair share of Ben shows since 1997 and last night came pretty close to topping the list of my all time favorite show. The Ogden Theater packs a crowd of 1,300 when sold out and during a hot few days in Denver, the venue was like an oven. I can nonchalantly say I've had the pleasure of meeting Ben over the years, more than a handful of times. I will admit, he really takes a moment to listen to whatever blathering on happens when you are standing in front of him, for that I adore him even more.

Last night J and I grabbed a spot in the balcony on the railing. The energy level of the show was through the roof, Ben played for 3 hours. It was an amazing night and my heart was full from the experience. Just shy of midnight, Ben was thanking the crowd, the lights were raised to the balcony, Ben was looking up in various sections. He caught a glimpse of me in my t-shirt from 1999 (hey it still fits, I had to represent), then did a second take, still looking right at me, and pointed up to me and smiled. I pointed right back at him with the smile that filled my face. Of course I wanted to turn around like Molly Ringwald in 16 Candles and see if he really was looking at me, but I didn't have to. I knew he was. Even J had a huge grin on his face. 

It was a magic moment... I still haven't come down.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Thirteen: The Loveliest Number

Thirteen is my favorite number,
today is my thirteenth wedding anniversary,
although J and I have spent more than half our lives together.

It all started with me opening the door at a party when I was 15 years old,
after I picked up my heart that fell from my chest,
I introduced myself.
A couple of years passed and I made a great friend,
daily phone conversations,
a trip that separated us for months and over 3,000 miles,
finally a friendship that grew into something more.

We've never "taken a break" since 1991,
every day since we've made it work,
some days with tears,
some days with the most amazing joy I've ever known.

J has given me the greatest gifts of a lifetime,
his love and our girls.