Motherhood and Pie:  An Epiphany of Epic Baking – Meltdown Proportions

Motherhood and Pie: An Epiphany of Epic Baking – Meltdown Proportions

It all began the other day on Facebook, (as all epic failures do).  A friend posts that she is making her son homemade apple pie, scratch crust and all, just like her mama taught her.  This post was quickly followed with a few different moms both defending store bought crusts and lamenting that they didn’t have the time/ability to make scratch crusts themselves.  This got me thinking, I’d never made crust myself, but I strive to be a good mom–so maybe I should try it.  After all, my wonderful father had just picked me some ridiculously-organic apples from his “orchard” and they were just  begging to be turned into something unhealthy.  So, that evening when my husband asked what I needed from the store I paused and answered, “Flour and butter.”  Oh, I got this. (Can we pause and appreciate the fact that my husband offered to go grocery shopping for me, and that in reality I gave him a list two pages long, there just didn’t happen to be “refrigerated pie crust” on said list.  I married a good man…that is all.)  Now for a little back story.  I have been sick for a while so I had recently deteriorated into a full on “bad-mom” mode.  My kids were watching a lot of TV, staying in their jammies all day, eating cold pizza, the works.  SO, this mom’s achievements in uber-homemade-pie-making was a pretty big slap in my face.  Did I need the wake-up call? Yes.  Did I need to make myself feel so extremely guilty for having an off-week?  Prolly not. (To be clear, this other mother...
10 Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Porch

10 Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Porch

This is what happens when an active 7 year old is confined to a camboot for far too long. Give her pumpkins, a lot of glue and other random things and voila! Happy...
To Twilight or Not to Twilight?

To Twilight or Not to Twilight?

Yea, I read it. And I enjoyed it! The movies too!  But I’m not sure I want my 6th grade daughter to read it. Of course I had to defer to my sister who knows more about books than anyone I know. She hit the nail on the head – “She would probably rip through Twilight but I worry about the helpless female who always needs protecting element. Plus, that first one is horrible writing and all about his gorgeous marble physique. I’d hate for her to think relationships are that way.” Yes, exactly. And in response to that, I begged her for some alternative reading suggestions for a middle schooler and here’s what she gave me: Island of the Blue Dolphin Wonder The Wrinkle in Time The Mixed up Tales of Mrs Basil E. Frankwiler Julie of the Wolves The Phantom Tollbooth Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys Swallows and Amazons Sea of Trolls was good The Secret Garden Number the Stars Holes by Louis Sachar Where the Red Fern Grows, My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet. Jerri Spinelli (Star Girl), Carl Hiason and Gary Paulson are good middle school authors. The Sisters Grimm Series(8 books)-Michael Buckley Anne Frank And here are some lists of more books you can explore: From girls themselves: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101229175939AAgQXkm http://www.avon.k12.ma.us/librarymedia/100bookstoreadmiddleschool.htm http://hplibrary.org/kids/bibliographies/6th http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7157.Best_Books_For_Sixth_Graders http://mcpl.info/staff-picks/Too-Good-to-Miss%20Books%3A%20Sixth%20Grade http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/2010/05/great-books-for-6th-graders.html   We have plenty of options for tween reading before we get to Twilight. But what about you, readers? Have you or will you let your tween daughters read Twilight?  Why or why not? And if you did, how old was your daughter? My sister also points out – reading...
Eagle Flight Days

Eagle Flight Days

Last weekend we met up with my oldest and bestest buddy in Eagle, CO.  This friend – together we’ve been through college parties, bad boyfriends, graduation, meeting our future husbands, weddings, babies, staying at home, going back to work, and everything else in between.   Quite literally, we can sit and talk for hours on end. There will never be enough time to get it all talked about! Our husbands have learned to just let us do our thing. They are good sports! Over the years we have tried to meet up at least once a year and the result is that our kids, ages 12, 11, 10, and 7, have become really good friends too. Which is no surprise! Like mamas, like kiddos. The dads are friends too. Bonus. We’ve met in various locations over the years.  Sometimes they come here and sometimes we go there. We’ve met in Glenwood. We’ve done girl weekends. We went to FL once together. This time we met in Eagle, CO, mostly due to its location halfway between her home in the Boulder area and our home here. With absolutely zero planning, we lucked out to be in Eagle for Flight Days, an annual festival that was so fun and family friendly!  Saturday started out with a parade with a helicopter flyover, clowns, roller derby skaters, bikers, and the lawnchair brigade guys who have performed during the Inaugural White House parade. The fire truck parked in the middle of the parade and drenched the crowd to the delight of all the squealing kids. After the parade, everyone mozied on over to the...
Mack’s Family Entertainment Center

Mack’s Family Entertainment Center

Yesterday we finally visited the much raved about Mack’s Family Entertainment. Right next to San Juan Cinema in Montrose, Mack’s is packed with fun options around every corner. Below, you can see the variety of activities available to kids. Obstacle courses, climbing, sliding, a slack line, a car that goes down a ramp that every small child is a magnet to, a zip line, and more! The zip line is in this bouncy house… There are some really nice options for the small kids too – little trampolines just for them, aquarium station and building stations. Not pictured is a planetarium, lizards, a netted area with safety goggles where you can have a ball battle with your friends and giant basketballs. Here are more great things about Mack’s: The food! They have some great food options. Home made smoothies, all natural chicken nuggets, and they will even be offering gluten free wraps. They are open until 9 on Friday and Saturday nights Responsible kids 10 and up can be dropped off Curiosity Club – age specific clubs that meet and do activities that focus on science and play They do birthday parties Mack’s is a fun way to spend a few hours. My 10 year old and her friend loved the zip line and got into a ball fight with some classmates they ran into. The 7 year old and her friend were a blur of activity the entire time we were there. It was a great afternoon and they came out tired. Entry costs $7 per child, but punch passes and deals are available. For more information, you...
Spring Break in Western Colorado (and Beyond!)

Spring Break in Western Colorado (and Beyond!)

For those of you going somewhere exciting, I’m jealous! I have a wicked case of cabin fever. Nearly everyone we know is heading south, or west, or somewhere. This year we are hanging out at home because we started a couple of large home projects that we are determined to finish up by the summer so we aren’t held hostage by our house. While I realize that the majority of the week will be spent in the future garden that will be big enough to feed a village (we got a little carried away when we were planning), or wrestling with gigantic large panes of window glass to replace the old failing glass, I  am still clinging onto some last minute local adventure hopes. Here are eight local-ish things your family can do over Spring Break in Western Colorado (and beyond): 1. Try a Ski Resort that you don’t normally ski! We have so many options in this area! Of course, the snow is rapidly melting, so check out the conditions before you go! Crested Butte Powderhorn Monarch Durango Mountain Resort Telluride Kendall Mountain Silverton Mountain 2. Moab – So close and so warm. If you need to warm up and get some Vitamin D, go to Moab. Forecasts show it will be pleasant in the high 60’s to high 70’s. Something fun in Moab that is just getting ready to open is the Moab Zipline – four miles of off-road adventure and 5 ziplines!  They are having a Sneak Peak week April 8 – 13th, and spots are limited.  Check out Arches National Park and take the time to do...

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