#StyleMeOctober Day 22: So My City

I live in a college town of 150k, so you can probably imagine some of the interesting fashion I see on the streets of my city. Some good, some bad, some…essential. Like these Sorels. 
Last year I roamed the snow packed canvas of Fort Collins in Uggs, Hunters and embarrassingly, heels. None of those worked but eventually my native Colorado friends informed me about these babies. 
While I don’t own a pair quite yet, these are the ones I plan to order!
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A weekend with Grandma

My Grandma Terrie and I have always had a special bond. We just seem to connect and “get” each other. This past weekend she came to visit us in Fort Collins and we had such a good time.

We took her to The Crown Pub for dinner on Thursday night and went out for breakfast and shopping on Friday morning. Later that day we had delicious salads on the patio at Austin’s before going for mani pedis at She She, ending the night with homemade pasta & going to see the movie, The Family.

On Saturday we breakfasted at Snooze and drove up to Red Feather. We sampled beer at Fortober Fest and shopped for the grandkids. That evening we tasted cheese at The Welsh Rabbit and grabbed tapas at Jay’s Bistro.

More than all of the fun things we did though, it was so nice to spend quality time with someone we love so much.

Sometimes I feel a little lost in the world. Like, who am I? What am I doing here? Does any of it really matter? And then I get to spend a weekend re-connecting with my grandma and am reminded where and who I come from. I tend to make life way more complicated than it needs to be and I realize that some things are just really simple.

I have love and I am loved. And there’s nothing more important than that.

So thanks, Grandma, for reminding me of this simple truth this weekend. Love you!

The Poudre

A couple of weeks ago we drove up and explored The Poudre for the first time. What we discovered on this cloudy little Sunday, did not disappoint. Here is my amateur attempt at capturing it in photos:
The drive up the canyon.
I was able to catch this little explorer in action.
Mountain cabin.
My love.
Tubers – A to do on next summer’s list!
One SA-WEET, little camper.
Imagine waking up to this.
Rafters.
Our road trippers.
After spending several hours walking & driving around – there was just so much to explore – we even found a great little bar with an outdoor music venue that we hope to be able to check out soon.
Anyone up for a camping trip?

Weekend Wrap Up

Last weekend was one of those that just went by too fast.

We spent Saturday morning stand up paddle boarding on Horsetooth lake, something that we had tried before in Hawaii. It was gorgeous, super peaceful and fun, but I must admit that I preferred SUP in the ocean. It’s much more of a challenge, you’re able to go at a seemingly faster pace and it is a LEGIT full body work out – OUCH! I was a little disappointed that only my upper back was sore on Sunday from SUPing on the lake.

Still, it was a wonderful morning. We even got Natty out on a board…until Cory tried to stand up and she jumped ship.

We’re on…

And we’re off…

Saturday afternoon met our friends, Rachel & George at their campsite for some grilling before we headed out on George’s boat. We hadn’t been out on the lake all summer and we really missed it! There is nothing quite like the breeze you feel when you’re on a boat out on the water.

Sunday we drove to the Highlands in Denver and met Griffin and his sister, Chelsea for a long, mimosa filled brunch at this awesome restaurant called Root Down. The food and drinks were yummy, the atmosphere had a certain buzz about it and the company could not be beat, of course.

Griffin and I met while working together as tellers at a credit union in 2006, and the rest is history. I was so happy he and his sis (a fellow Coloradoan) were able to squeeze in brunch with us while Griffin was in town.

Overall, a wonderful and full weekend…but next weekend, I think I’ll be taking it easy. : )

End of Summer

If you would have told me four months ago that I would be saying this I would have called you crazy, but I’m really looking forward to fall. It’s always been one of my favorite seasons as a Kansas girl, but as a Coloradoan I had been looking forward to the warmth of summer since right around January 1st. So it’s just a little crazy to me that I’m ready for the end of the season. 
Don’t get me wrong, summer in Colorado has been wonderful, and I want to make sure I soak up every last drop of it before I regret lusting for the changing of the leaves. We’ve had such a fun season so far, filled with: bike rides, pool time, BBQs, patios, travel, visitors, breweries, and so much more. But, true to my nature, I’ve conjured up a list of all of the rest of the things that I want to get in before Labor Day. 
End of Summer To Do List:
Stand Up Paddle Board at Horsetooth
Go Camping
Drive In Movie Theater
Read under the shade of a tree at the CSU garden
Go on more picnics
Walk or Bike to CB Pott’s, less than a mile from our place
Boat Horsetooth
What is left on YOUR list for this summer? Carpe Diem!

Celebration

Last night we celebrated our third anniversary with a progressive dinner in Old Town. It was wonderful. And I’m going to hot yoga today, maybe twice, to pay for how wonderful it was. 
I sometimes hesitate to label us “foodies” because I feel like you need some culinary expertise to rightfully call yourself this. But who am I kidding, enjoying food from all different sources (homemade, restaurant, international, farmer’s market, etc.) is one of the main pleasures in our life. So there you go, we’re foodies.  
I mention this because I’m noticing that most of our celebrations are food-centric. And this one was no different.
Stop One: Wine & Cheese at the Welsh Rabbit

This is one of our favorite Fort Collins digs, by far.

Stop Two: Dinner at Canino’s

I’ve wanted to try this little Italian place out since we very first moved; it reminds me a lot of Savute’s in Wichita. It did not disappoint. Great atmosphere, vintage Italian decor, good wine and the pizza we ordered was delish! 
Stop Three: Dessert at The Chocolate Cafe
We couldn’t have asked for a better culinary ending to the night. This chocolate peanut butter pie was LEGIT.

Here’s to year four & making it the best that it can be!

Ride Yo Bike

For us, this is the year of the bicycle. Thanks to Fort Collins being such a bike friendly town, and also to our proximity of so many cool places, we’ve been biking up a storm. 
(This past weekend’s bike ride to Old Town.)
There are trails we take leisurely rides on, ice cream shops we frequent, we even ride our bikes to pick up our Redbox movies. We’ve ridden our bikes to Old Town a couple of times, once to the CO Brewer’s Fest, so that we can down a few drinks & apps and then bike home to burn off some of the calories we’ve consumed.

(CO Brewer’s Fest)

This weekend we plan to ride to a Farmer’s Market close to our house. 
Basically, we can ride our bikes almost anywhere, which I think is SO COOL! We’re really enjoying taking advantage of our rides during the good weather. 
No matter where you live, I hope you’ll hop on your bike & join us on your bike this summer. It will make you feel like a kid again!