Last weekend started off on a pretty great note when Adam surprised me with a bouquet of flowers. Pink, of course! Also, he brought me a dark chocolate salted caramel bar. It’s like he knows me or something.
Then we spent the weekend at the cabin, which is always just what I need! Especially because there is no wifi or cell reception. Best part of the weekend? Reading in the hammock while he grilled dinner.
There are columbine everywhere up there! These were all on our private land (and we didn’t pick them anyway), but did you know they are the Colorado state flower and they are illegal to pick on public land?
We spent some time down by the Poudre River and this little guy was kind enough to stay still for a really long time while I took a gazillion pictures of it.
Then we took my little car on lots of winding dirt roads to find this lake that was one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. We sat next to the water for I-don’t-even-know-how-long listening to the waves brush against the bank and watching the fish jumping. Boots loves lakes and rivers, but he never wants to get more than his feet wet (not that I can really blame him).
We walked through fields of wildflowers and through forests of aspen trees.
And I have this habit of taking pictures of every new flower I find. But I really don’t know anything about flowers, so almost every flower I come across seems new to me. I have approximately 7 million unidentified flower pictures on my phone, but I love them all, especially the colorful ones.
He is very patient with all of my flower picture-taking. He even offers to pull off to the side of the road when we are driving by flowers I think are pretty.
Cabin breakfasts are my favorite! Partly because we always make special food (the french toast was for Adam…the turkey Li’l Smokies were for me!)…
and partly because there is something pretty amazing about watching hummingbirds and deer right outside of the window.
Mountain mornings are exponentially more relaxing than normal mornings.
I normally allow Boots to sleep on the bed with me, but I was staying in the “fancy” bedroom at the cabin, so I relegated him to the floor. When I woke up in the morning, this is how I found him. He has such a rough life.
This is how we cut cake. Adam gets a big ol’ corner piece and I carefully cut out a middle square (because middle pieces are the best pieces of all the pieces).
Broiled honey butter salmon and asparagus with quinoa for the win! I need to eat salmon more often. It might be my very favorite protein (though the skin still freaks me out a little).
I almost never broil food because I have set off my smoke alarm so many times doing it, but I am happy to report that I faced my fears, fired up the broiler, and didn’t set off the smoke alarm! And the meal was incredibly delicious.
Side note – did you know that if you use an electric oven, you are supposed to leave the oven door open when you broil?
My sister and I attempted to do a pilates video the other day. The kids started out trying to do it all with us, then they “helped” us (by climbing all over us) along with the dogs. It was a family affair.
But I really love every excuse I can get to use my yoga mat. It’s purple and squishy and it makes me happy (as do my pink toe nails that unintentionally matched my workout capris).
I went to a concert in the park the other night with my parents and we watched the sun set while listening to live music. It was pretty perfect. Also, I can never get enough motherly advice. She is seriously one of the wisest women ever and I happily welcome all of the input she has in my life, whether it’s my love life or my career.
My parents just got home from a trip to Belgium. They always pick us up little souvenirs on their trip, but this time I specifically told them, “All I want from Belgium is chocolate.” So, they brought back chocolate! It’s really rich, so I still haven’t even tried all of the flavors yet, but it is so so delicious!
Edible souvenirs are my favorite.
And my sister and brother-in-law are growing this specific variety of green bean in their garden that is purple on the outside, but it turns green when you cook them. Crazy, right?! I haven’t had them cooked yet, but the raw green beans are so good.
Last summer, I read the book Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer and I soaked in every single word. This summer, I’m reading it again and it is just as impactful. I never lose my desire to hear God’s voice and I am always seeking it in every area of my life, but this book just reignites my passion for that intimate relationship with my Savior and its wisdom just came at the perfect time when I so desperately needed it.
Do you have a favorite summer getaway place?
What is your favorite breakfast food?
Do you let your dog sleep on the bed?
Have you read any of Priscilla Shirer’s books (she is amazing!!)?