Jake & I made some onsies for our little nephew.

Using the same fabric stenciling technique as I did on the “Crafty Bag” we made these:


Jake’s is a little hard to read in the photo but it’s a Daft Punk song title “Up all night” in a little glow-in-the-dark robot helmet. He’s so clever.

Mine’s from the song Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. I saw this on-line somewhere and that song was stuck in my head for days.

In case you haven’t heard these songs:

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I saw this on Pinterest and thought…that HAS to happen in my kitchen.

It did. And it was good.

We used Bisquick to make some pizza dough (warm water and Bisquick), pizza sauce & Cheese.

IMG_0002Jake sliced the sides & we pulled the little arms over the cheesy goodness.

IMG_0003baked at 375 (I think) until the bread was all toasty brown.

IMG_0006We ate the whole thing up. Then made it again with turkey pepperoni the next week.

Highly recommended!


Bergen Peak

Bergen Peak - 4 (1)On April 4th we tackled Bergen Peak outside Evergreen, CO. We started out a little later than usual, as in after 8a, so we ran into a little more foot traffic than we typically do which wasn’t really an issue.

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Bergen Peak - 4.4 (23)This out and back trail was easy to follow, but at this time of the year we ran into quite a bit of snow. Quite a bit. The air was crisp and clean with a bit of highway noise towards the beginning.

Bergen Peak - 4 (4)There are two magnificent overlook points. One, closer to the beginning of Bergen Peak Trail.

Bergen Peak - 4.4 (16)The second was a mile from the summit.

Bergen Peak - 4.4 (24)That last mile up the summit we felt like mountaineers. Snow covered the trail so thickly our tracks were the only foot prints up there. It was gorgeous!

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Bergen Peak - 4.4 (41)There are a few Jessica-isms from this trip that MUST be shared.

Let me begin this one with the following disclaimer: I didn’t have a compass and, at least for me, when you’re up there it’s hard to get your bearings. We summit (more on that later) and I’m looking at flat land, awestruck. I’m misty eyed with the sheer beauty of the landscape and our view.

I look down over flat planes and sigh “wow, this is amazing” followed by the declaration “I’m seeing NEVADA! Is that VEGAS?!”

“That’s Denver dear.” Jake standing over my shoulder kindly replied.

“oh. . . well that’s mildly disappointing.” HA! Bergen Peak - 4.4 (26)

Second Jessica-ism wasn’t fully realized until several days after our hike. I was so proud to have summited a real peak, something substantial, I’d worked pretty hard to get up there and back down without much complaint, the view was majestic. I’m sharing with co-workers this awesome experience and our wise guide Rick piped up…

“So you went around to the little radio tower just a few feet behind the rocky overlook right?”
“No, not me, someone else did but not me.” I replied skeptically “Why?”
“Well that radio tower the real summit…you were just a few feet away!”
“Your KIDDING ME?!” I reply in near fury.

We made that 9.4 mile hike up through snow, down through ice worried about a snow storm the whole way and i didn’t even actually SUMMIT!??! not cool.

We’ll just have to try again later this summer.

Bergen Peak - 4 (6)Miles hiked: 9.4 (Making this the longest hike we’ve taken so far)

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June Love

This idea stolen from Janet who apparently ‘borrowed’ it from a few other women.


Visiting Family : it was a blast kicking the month off with family in KS and having Julie in town for a week

The BBC’s Sherlock: with all three seasons on Netflix it was hard to ‘ration’ this addictive show.

Touring down a Scenic Byway: Colorado is by far the most beautiful state I’ve ever been in. ever.


Camping: tents, sleeping bags, s’mores, a campfire, it was magnificent

Patio Time: it’s wonderful to have a little slice of the front range to come home and watch the sunset over after a day at the office

Lunch Dates: twice this month we were able to fit in lunch dates

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(i couldn’t help myself, she’s just too cute!)

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Coors Tour

IMG_0022In the quiet and quaint town of Golden you will find the Coors factory. They happen to give free tours. We happened to have a free Sunday afternoon. Perfect-o!

I’d been told to take the ‘long’ tour which is about 45 minutes long. Apparently the ‘short tour’ is simply a ride in the elevator to a lounge. (Booooring!) I’ll try not to spoil anything but it was a fun & educational tour.

IMG_0004On ‘the long tour’ you’re shown through the majority of the facility, you get to see the barley being roasted, the beer being brewed and learn all about how Adolph Coors kept his company afloat during the prohibition era. Did you know he invented aluminum drinking cans? We were told he didn’t mind sharing his invention with others so it wasn’t copyrighted.  We also learned Mr. Coors chose Golden because of the natural Rocky Mountain springs. ‘Tap the Rockies’ was a catchy slogan but it’s also truth!



The building on the Right is part of the original factory and the section on the left is new, interestingly enough our guide said that if new equipment is purchased and won’t fit into the current building, sections of the concrete can be removed to make room…innovative!




Verdict: DO IT! It’s fun even if you’re not a beer person, seeing a cool and ridiculously old factory was pretty neat; do I need to remind you it’s absolutely FREE?!


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KITTENS are in no way CATS


My boss brought her 2 foster kittens to the office today….

IMG1463No she’s not drinking my coffee…close but no cigar.







Summer Reading

Reading was the 1st item on both of our Guidelines for Better Living this year.

Sadly we’ve dropped the ball. As of today I have finished only 2 books and I Jake’s still working through the first.

The ball is on the court, sadly rolling away.

This week we’re pickin’ it back up and have dreams of jaw dropping slam dunks by December 31st.

Here are the stacks on our nightstands:




Worst Habits – Jake

I shared my worst habits, now it’s Jake’s turn!

his original answer was

  1. number one…I don’t have any habits
  2. number two, we don’t talk about me having habits
  3. number three, if you think I have habits then think again.

after some “reconsideration” his answers were:

  1. I feed my boogers to Izzy
  2. If I hear the words “Texas Roadhouse” I have an uncontrollable desire to eat at that restaurant
  3. I have a horrible problem not picking my clothes up off the floor




Signs of a Great Day


There’s one way I can always tell if a day is going to be great: the Beatles come on the radio or Muzak.

No seriously. I don’t have a highfalutin’ Bluetooth radio or mp3 auto-connect device in my car so when I’m on the way to work and BLAMO the Beatles come on…BOOM! Insta-great day.

I remember my BFF & I were on a cruise int he Bahamas (haaaaaad to throw that in) on the first we were sitting at breakfast and “Obladi Oblada” came over the music system and we just knew it was going to be a day of sheer awesome (well duh, we were in the BAHAMAS, but still).

Although not as strong or sure, there’s another sign that the day will be great. I call it the “Great radio morning”. Have you ever driven to work and every song on the radio is a ‘sing as loud as you can’ good? (think Queen, Maroon 5, or The Eagles) A “Great Radio Morning” is where ALL the songs played on your commute are those kind of songs.

How can a day be anything less than fantastic if your commute is full of energetic singing, head bobbing and finger drumming?!

I loooove those mornings! I sing so loud it’s embarrassing and more often than not it makes me laugh out loud. I look like an idiot to other sad commuters but I  just. don’t. care.  why?



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Dakota Ridge a.k.a. Dino Ridge

Dakota Ridge - 3.29 (22)March 29th Jake & I decided to trek Dakota Ridge just the 2 of us. We were told it wasn’t too bad, a short 1.5 mile hike out and back, nothing too intense.  Correct it’s short, absolutely no insane terrain but when you start at the northern end of the ridge at the dinosaur gift shop it’s a pretty steep incline. We looked (and felt) a little silly walking up the road with our full hiking gear on, beside tourists in flip-flops. Then we got to the real trail, not feelin’ so silly now!

Dakota Ridge - 3.29 (8)It felt like a steady climb up but it offered pretty nice views of Morrison and the front range to the west and sweeping views of … Lakewood? to the east.

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Dakota Ridge - 3.29 (21)I just love the way the elements change the shape of trees on our hikes. They are all twisted, warbly and weather/wind whipped I can’t help but stop and take photos left and right.

This one reminded me of an octopus. Dakota Ridge - 3.29 (19)


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I mean, look at the bark on this guy…so interesting!Dakota Ridge - 3.29 (18)

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This photo makes me chuckle a bit because I was trailblazing along and didn’t notice the path lead down the slope Jake’s taking here and I just marched myself down the smooth rocks. I have a knack for not taking the simpler way.

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See this guy? what character!!

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Overall it was a real treat going out just the two of us.

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