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Estes Park, Colorado 2018

FINALLY!! We are back in Colorado. This is year 9 for us. Beginning in 2009, we started spending each June out west in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Our favorite place is by far Colorado. Last summer, we had to skip the trip. We were finishing up the house construction and just could not leave …

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Schoolyard Roots

Spring has definitely sprung and that means our school garden is ready for some harvesting! We are so incredibly fortunate to have a school garden funded by Schoolyard Roots (formerly the Druid City Garden Project). This partnership brings a fully functioning school garden for teaching all the students about gardens, based on the state standards. …

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Sunday Concerts

We are taking it back to the old school this week. For my birthday this year, I bought concert tickets for some of the best bands of my school and college days. Tonight, we rocked it out with Styx and REO Speedwagon. We parked in the Rosen Harwood building lot because the RiverWalk is right …

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Fall Breaking+Harvest Moon

If it’s early October or November, we are usually headed to the beach. This year, we went back to one of our favorite places around Apalachicola, Florida. This year, we happened to arrive at our condo just in time for the rising of the Harvest Moon for 2017. I’m glad the clouds cooperated enough for …

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House updates!

We are a few weeks from closing and a LOT is happening. First, the cabinet man has worked some miracles. When he came to do the measurements, I went into great detail about the open shelves. He asked a few questions and spent some time talking with me about the reasoning behind wanting this open …

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Working Weekend

Technically, fall doesn’t arrive for another week, but this girl starts the frivolity on Sept. 1st. I know the weather will not cooperate but that has never stopped me before. After putting in a few hours in my classroom on Saturday, I wanted to try out the new Aldi store. I have never been to …

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Labor Day away from home

I love the sunsets on barrier islands in Florida. Cape San Blas and St. George Island have gorgeous sunrises and sets. We got up and hit the beach one more time before driving back. We will be back in October but I never miss a beach sunrise if I can catch one. The drive home …

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The Tide is Rolling in.

What a beautiful day we had! We are not normally beach-sitters. Both of us are not used to sitting at our jobs and just sitting around makes us restless after a while. However, this year, is different. He has not taken a day off in months. Many months. Building a house while working a regular …

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Beach Bound

It’s a really big weekend around here. We are celebrating an anniversary, awaiting the first Alabama football game of the year, and FINALLY going on vacation for the first time in a long time. There is a lot of great things happening this weekend and day 1 is jam-packed already. A few years ago, two …

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Dinner and a Movie

Since we did not travel this summer and with the heat already setting in, we have managed to break our 3-movies-a-year habit. We have already seen 3 movies this year and it’s only June. We both love to watch movies, but with my dependency on Closed Captioning at home and his restless watching mode, we …

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Market Day

Summer is definitely here! I know the actual summer solstice is a few day away, but around here, the weather dictates our definition of  “summer”. With the increasing variety of our produce, I think we are well on our way to a great summer in Alabama. I haven’t been back to Pepper Place in a …

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Closing up the classroom.

No favorites today. This is a reflection post on the last day of school and start of summer for us. Just like the first day of teacher training in August, my friends I teach with in Kindergarten met up at City Café for the last day of school breakfast. Whenever we have these days that …

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Pepper Place 2017

Market season is here! Pepper Place market just opened it’s spring season. This market grows every year and this year will be another booming season. With the severe drought in the summer (30+ days without rain), I wasn’t sure how plentiful the spring crops would be. The strawberries and sweet potatoes seemed to be right …

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Early mornings

I wish I could pinpoint exactly when things started turning around for me. By that, I mean when it seemed I started getting ducks at least in the same pond, working on getting into rows. Happy ducks. Not many sad ducks, lately. All I know is that my mornings are so much better when I …

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Tea Town Thursday

Today was BRUTAL. I had no snacks in my Subaru. NONE. I was starving since I had to skip lunch and then left my lunch at work. It’s a good thing I have friends who give me pre-packaged bacon for my birthday. I have been noticing the Thursday night events at Tea Town Alabama. Since …

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Running and Wishing

More progress on the house! The outside part of our pole barn home is going up fast. The harder part comes soon with building walls, electrical, HVAC, etc. And, we are tossing around the idea of making the upper part an actual usable loft area. We originally thought to just make it good attic space. …

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