life rearranged

We had a pretty awesome week!

We packed, loaded up the coffin on top of the Ford, and set out on our Colorado adventure! We stopped along the way and grabbed my Dad, who was desperately in need of a break.

My husband is a die-hard Lions fan, so I had bought tickets for the Lions/Broncos game a few months back. He convinced Ashton to be a Lions fan, too, and the rest of us sported our Broncos gear!

The game was a blast! My husband might have claimed it was the best day ever… The Lions kicked some serious ass and after the game we and 70,000 other people tried to leave the stadium. Justin decided he and the boy would take a victory pedicab ride all the way back to our hotel. I made the pedal-er promise to take good care of my little one and off they went! My Dad, BB, Averie and I got in line behind, and I’m not exaggerating, 300 other people waiting for a cab. Five minutes later, the cop told us to go meet her down the block a little and she would help us out. We kept it on the down low, and snuck down the street. She inconspicuously wandered over to us and told us to back up a bit so the rest of the crowd couldn’t see us talking. The plan? She was going to talk to another cop and he would flag us a van-cab before it got to the mass of people. She talked to him, he gave us the nod, and two minutes later we were happily on our way back to the hotel. Seriously. We roll VIP like that.

We spent the next morning shopping the streets of downtown Denver. Bridger wore his costume, and the sign we had made. Totally heartwarming moment? A random {assumed homeless} man came up to me and gave me a handful of change for Bridger’s charity: water campaign. $2.47. How awesome and selfless is  that?

We trick-or-treated in a random neighborhood in Cheyenne the next night, as we made our way back home. The kids made a total haul.

Now, it’s back to the grind. We are trying to pull off a garage sale before the snow hits tomorrow, and I have nothing done. We are giving everything away for donations, and every cent will go to the boys’ charity: water projects!


My twins are raising money for charity: water:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign

the accent vlog, north dakota edition

I saw this over on Britt’s blog tonight and had to get in on it. So fun! I guess I should also mention that I spent a lot of my life living in other states over the years… Montana, Utah, Idaho, Colorado… so I’m a bit of a mutt.

If you want to follow along or do the Accent Vlog yourself, here are the words/questions: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

the super-sized random post


Instead of telling myself, “tomorrow” and then never finding the time that I thought I would have, I’ve decided to forgo the 10 million blog posts that have been swimming in my head and just get it all out there. I can then have a nice, deep breath and a clean slate, right? Okay, good.

*I have been having lots of trouble sleeping the last few months. I wake up ALL.NIGHT.LONG. Either I am heading to the bathroom to pee, tossing and turning and cracking my bones, or having crazy dreams. Apparently, I have also turned into a sleep-kicker. I kicked my husband last night. Not the scoot-over-you’re-too-close-and-obnoxious-type of kick. A real kick in his shin. He woke up and asked me what the hell I was doing. Duh. Al Roker was biting my foot and I was kicking him off.


*Speaking of disturbing nighttime activities, one of  my kids slept-walk last week. Scared the crap out of me. He was standing next to my side of the bed talking gibberish. Freaky.


*Did I ever mention our trip to Colorado at the beginning of the year? It was awesome and sunny and warmish, until our 2nd day there, then of course it got REALLY cold and we had blizzard conditions. We enjoyed the scenery, scoped out some houses (none of which we liked), visited the Denver Science Museum, and Averie and I got to take delight in Denver’s shopping malls. I had coffee on morning with one of my best friends from college. We drove down to Colorado Springs and spent the night with a friend of ours and had an intensely competitive game of PIG. Do not try this at home, unless you are wearing a sweet helmet.





*Our oldest kid turned 14. Yikes.

*Justin and I turned 32. Double Yikes.

*Our family spent New Year’s with the Rosten family. We should really be on America’s Got Talent. Really.





*I’m going to begin training for the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 marathon again in the next few weeks. I am organizing a team of people to join me, too! That means YOU! We are going to be raising money for charity: water, will have an awesome coach for support and a custom training plan, and most of all, it will be FUN! You know, other than the walking or running 13.1 miles.

team: shrinking jeans

Where did January go? What have you been up to?


I need to pedal faster.

I keep falling sooooo behind on everything! I have a feeling things will only get worse once the kids are out of school, a date which is racing towards us!

The twins, Averie, and I made a marathon road-trip to Denver this past week. We left Thursday evening and just made it home last night!

I used to go to college at UNC in Greeley, and my best college friend tied the knot on Saturday. I hadn’t seen her or my other friends from that area in 12 years! TWELVE YEARS! If that doesn’t age me, I don’t know what does. It was so awesome to see her and all the others, why, oh why, do I let the years slip by with no visits?

Since I am such a multi-tasker, I decided to look at a house I have been eyeballing while I was there, plus a few neighboring finds. The Realtor met me at an exit about 45 minutes south of Denver, and I followed behind him. Holy hell, I am so glad I did not meet him at the house, like I had originally planned. The roads were dirt, steep, and filled with hairpin turn after hairpin turn. I had to do some crazy parking tricks, and for those of you who know me personally, you know that I am a parking-phobe.

I am pretty sure no school bus could EVER handle those roads, which would mean ME driving up and down them at least twice a day. And sometimes IN THE WINTER. Oh, HELL NO.

Hopefully, we will check out some other areas this summer and find something more suitable for our family. You know, something that doesn’t require ice picks and safety ropes.

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Here, There, Everywhere

Where, oh where, have I been?

We drove through South Dakota and Wyoming to get home to Colorado.



I flew to Chicago, then on to Baltimore for Fitbloggin’.

I hung out with fun, amazing people.

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

Less than 48 hours later, I flew back home.

I’m tired.

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It’s a Sign

I had a wonderful, relaxed weekend filled with some of my favorite people! The twins, Ave, and I headed out-of-town on Friday after school. I had big plans of watching the kids swim, reading, and lounging, but ended up having visitors while the kids were frolicing in the pool. First my mom dropped in, then my dad, and then Cyndee called and said her and Al and my former stepmom, Becki, were just across the street and would stop by. It was great to catch up with Becki, I hadn’t seen her in probably a decade! She is also in the oilfield industry and had just moved back, but gave me the name of her former employer for Justin to contact.

My husband emailed the CEO of the company right away this morning with his resume, and had a response not even 20 minutes later! He said they were going to be setting up an office in Colorado and had plans to hire in mid-May. They are at a conferece right now, but he would get ahold of Justin when they return.

COLORADO!!! Woo-hoo! I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up yet, but -too late!

I will post photos from the weekend a little bit later -gotta go pack! ;o)


We are in Colorado!!! We rolled into Pueblo after 10 last night and I have yet to step foot out of the hotel room, but my mood is already lighter and I have a perma-smile on my face. It feels so good to be back! I can’t wait to make my way northward today to see some of my favorite scenery in the country! LOVE.