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!

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!

Punta Cana Vacay

We got back from our girls’ trip to the Dominican Republic late Sunday evening and it was truly JUST what I needed. More on that later. 
Almost nothing gives me more pleasure than visiting new-to-me destinations, and I was even more thrilled to be accompanying Alex on her first international trek. When we landed in Punta Cana after a 5.5 hour direct flight from Denver, a smile spread across my face upon seeing the palm trees and turquoise of the ocean. Eight days of tropical vacay awaited us!

Of course, they seemed to fly by. We spent the first three days immersing ourselves in the Dominican way of life: slow & relaxed, no worries and no schedule. We lounged around Erin’s adorable apartment, went to the local beach for lunch, reading and relaxation and enjoyed a sushi dinner.

We walked to breakfast at a Internet cafe by her house one morning and had a delicious pasta and vino dinner at an Italian restaurant near by another night.

We spent a day at the resort that Erin & her husband, Stefan got married at, complete with a Foam Party.

Then we checked into our resort for the remaining five days of our stay. The air-conditioning felt amazing, as did the hot showers & big, plush hotel beds. We blacked out our room with the curtains and slept in every morning.

Our days were spent alternating between the beach and pools, occasionally wandering over to the swim up bar to order a piña colada or dirty monkey. We floated in the ocean and lounged on the pool beds.

We spent one morning getting pampered at the spa.

I read three books. We basically did a whole lot of nothing. Ahhh…it was relaxing. 

We did spent one afternoon snorkeling, a first for Alex & I (you know I’m addicted to firsts), which was really fun. It felt a little challenging at first, but once I got the breathing down, it was peaceful to just float w/my face in the water, kick my flippers and watch all of the pretty fish.

Overall, it was a really great trip and I’m happy to have the Dominican Republic checked off of my “Places to Travel” list!

4th of July Must Haves

What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July?
For me, it’s a BBQ + fireworks + a cute look + being surrounded by people I love. We will be spending this fourth of July with all four things included. My parents are visiting Fort Collins for the first time and we plan to BBQ at our apartment before taking them down to City Park to watch the fireworks show. So…what to wear? 
I’ve seen so much festive inspiration lately, but here are my favorite looks:
Chanel (Hey, I never said I was being realistic…)
Super casual & easy.
LOVE the blue & white + red lips. And LOVE her. 
Whatever you plan on celebrating in, I hope you have a fabulous Independence Day!

Fort Collins – 6 Months In

It’s official: I get it. 
It seemed like everyone told me to hold strong through the winter, because when the Colorado spring and summer roll around, I would fall in love. And boy, did I. 

On that note, this will also be my last “Big Move” post, because we feel really settled in. We moved here six months ago today and we are a part of the Fort Collins community. We’re even officially considered permanent CO residents (I guess it takes six months).
Happy Six Months to Us!