Monday Matters

1. My brief lack of blogging is because I spent the weekend (err Wednesday through Saturday) in Keystone. My dad has a conference there, the basic theme for the event was “making Colorado the healthiest state.” There were a few sessions about nutrition and my dad invited me to attend snuck me into one of them. I’ll be discussing it more in a future post.  Look forward to that soon!

2. We climbed our first fourteener on Saturday! The atlitude + rockiness + steep incline made this a tough hike, but we made it!

3. I totally lied to you the other day when I said something about 61 songs. It was an accident. The number is actually higher. STOP JUDGING ME.

4. I start school in 11 days. Nooooooooooo. Summer reading, College apps, SAT stuff, and service hour sheets will be occupying my week. It shall be lots of fun (what is this, opposite day??).

5. I’m going vegan for the week. Actually, 5 days. The thing that is making it most difficult is I’m refusing to use any substitutes. No margarine, tofu, or soy yogurt for me. I’m sure if I was a long-term vegan I would use those things on occasion (except for margarine, I would NEVER cheat on butter like that) but I figure I can go without them for 5 days. I will be making lots of Mama Pea recipes.

Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

6. I head back to Texas a week from Wednesday. I’m going to die in the heat.

7. I have a super easy, tasty, healthy, breakfast to share with you.

Trail Tacos

Whole-wheat tortilla + natural pb + granola + honey + apple slices + cinnamon

Try ittttttttttt.

Seal with peanut butter (it help it stay closed!) and love.

Make ahead, store in the fridge, grab when you’re hungry.

Perfect thing to eat while climbing mountains, listening to teeny bopper music, or reading borrrring books.

Can you believe it’s August 1st???

Weekend Recap: 11 Things I Learned

This weekend some of my parents’ friends invited us to their cabin on Trout Lake which is near Telluride.

The view from the cabin

I learned a few new things this weekend.

1. Contrary to what spell-check says, jeeping is most definitely a verb.

2. Driving is better than riding.

3. A fish is a fish, no matter how small.

4. Having a fire in the fireplace in July is totally acceptable.

5. If you can’t find skewers for your shrimp/veggies/pineapple there’s no reason you can’t make your own by whittling some aspen branches with a pocket knife.

6. Wildflowers are oh-so-fun to take pictures in.

7. Sometimes it’s fun to go through rivers…

even if there is a bridge right next to you!

8. If you’re unsure if your cobbler turned out (baking at 10,000 feet certainly messes with things), top it with ice cream. No one will notice.

9. Melting snow is some pretty powerful stuff.

10. Gondolas are the best transportation method to take to church.

11. Painting in the middle of the street is totally acceptable.

What have you learned this weekend?

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Natural Revelations

Sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy.

Like seeing a double rainbow form as you look down upon rushing water

Watching the water rush forcefully and realizing that no matter how big and strong I think I am, there are other things much bigger and more powerful.

Enjoying the beauty of nature and wonderings why humans insist on altering the world so much when God already made it so beautiful.

Looking out at the adorable little town of Ouray and wondering what is must have been like for the miners who lived their hundreds of years ago.

And, when your camera battery dies long before your adventures are over, taking time to take in your surroundings and ingrain them into your mind, not your memory card.

What little thing makes you happy? Do you take time to enjoy the beauty around you?