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“best day ever!”



Landon got after his vacation entry as soon as we got back while waiting for supper. In his words…”this was the best day ever!” I’m really not sure how he figures…we made a wrong turn on our Perimeter Trail hike making our trip 2 miles longer than the intended 5 mile hike around Ouray. Which, put is at tripling our hiking from yesterday. When he whined and griped. I will never understand him, but the joy he’s had all day has given us all joy. (Well, it’s all relative. Not much joy when we veered off our path). By the time I started our mapmyrun app, we had already gone well over a mile.


And Landon’s thoughts…

“We had a really big breakfast with steak and eggs. We did a 5 mile hike but we turned rongand we added 2 more miles.

I was walking with Dad and he dropped his granola bar and he slipped on a rock and his foot whentup and he kicked the bar and almost hit me in the back of the head.

Me and Kourtney whentto the hot springs pool. I sat out for a hour because I thout that I wasn’t going to pass the swim test but I actually past the swimming test!!”

(Kids under the age of 13 have to pass a swimming test before they are able to play on the obstacle course.)

{see Landon going over the yellow end~he and Kourtney raced each other over and over}


a fave fam vacay idea…


A very good friend of mine and awesome mentor gave me such a wonderful idea for family vacations. First, purchase a journal specifically to document your vacation. Or if you have a blog, that works great too!

Each day of your vacation, a different family member documents that day’s events. We started this a few years ago and it is so awesome to read through and remember things we did. And we have found that we forget so easily.

It’s also an awesome way to get different perspectives from each person. This may be my favorite idea ever. And for this year, the kids and Steve are going to tryto document via the blog. We’ll see how this goes.


Kourtney is excited to share about our first day. As you will see, there is nothing she wants to remember about our 13 hour drive to Ouray, Colorado.

“Yesterday we got there and we went to our house and we saw some deer. We ate out at a pizza place. Then me and Landon went to a hot springs. It was fun. Landon had a bloody nose. It was bad. That’s pretty much all.”



I’ll be still.


Our kids were giddy driving up into our home in the mountains for the week. Some were nervous. And some were very nervous as Steve sped around and around and right past our home. We honestly counted a handful of deer and even a mama and her baby as our welcoming committee to God’s beautiful creation.


As I woke up to the aroma of fresh ground coffee (Steve’s a good man—and he also knew he would NOT be seeing a Starbucks for a week) God just laid on my heart to “be still”.

I know we have been in a time of craziness for the last couple of months. Never would I trade the life we have. Looking forward to an intentional time of slowing down and then actually being here (getting here was the hard part—as all moms know when packing for vacation) I think makes this time even more sweet.

Sitting off the kitchen deck with hot coffee on a beautiful 55 degree morning, with goose bumps from the chill in the air, it is easy to “be still”. We were “still” enough for a hummingbird greeting. And we were “still” enough to hear animals ruffling through the leaves. When we are “still” we are able to recognize God’s voice simply saying “Be still and know~that I God”. Psalm 46:10.