really home

oh yes, i’m still talking about crested butte. i could get in my car and drive back right now, even if i had to sit in a dead standstill on the highway because the interstate was flooded in oklahoma city, which is where i was when i wrote the following. taido drove the first leg from salida to walsenberg. he took this shortcut i’d forgotten about. at cotopaxi, you turn off onto a deserted mountain road that shaves a bit of time off the drive, a benefit of the many trips he and dad have made to colorado is that … Continue reading

final splash

taido and i talked the night before we left crested butte about what a great week it had been and as we started to think through our plan for leaving, he said that it would be okay with him if we left later rather than earlier. that we could still have one more full day in colorado. well, since i was still trying to figure out how we could stay forever, i was definitely game for that plan. we decided that we would call early the next morning down to noah’s ark in buena vista and if they could take … Continue reading

crested butte yoga, part 4

oh my final yoga class in colorado. it fell at 4 pm, after we’d finished our grueling day of climbing at around 2 pm. in a normal world, the one i live in most of the time, i would never have made it. i could barely walk. i could feel my legs stiffening up. but in vacation world, this was my last chance at yoga in crested butte, my last chance for a while at bikram, since i have researched and there is none to be found in little rock (shocker), and my last session with the very kind and … Continue reading

home, sort of

we’ve been home for about two hours.  but i heard a very wise woman say once that in order to have a wonderful vacation with your family, you have to understand that a vacation is 1/3 the planning, 1/3 the actual trip and 1/3 the memories.  this was so helpful to me.  since i heard her say that, i have tried to involve my kids more in the plans when we go somewhere.  taido is really good at this.  he has the kids make these really cute lists. anyway, according to this viewpoint, i still have 1/3 of my vacation … Continue reading

Long Last Day: Climbing Mt Crested Butte

Climbing Mt Crested Butte, Colorado, Family Vacation, Summer Vacations, Mountain Climbing, Hiking with kids

Last night Taido warned us all that he would be waking us up very early for the final adventure of our Crested Butte vacation: Climbing Mt. Crested Butte. He and the kids made a list of everything we would need to take for our climb. crested butte. The big kids (ages 6, 8 and 10) picked out their clothes according to the discussion. Taido told them that it would be cold when we started out, but it would warm up throughout the morning. So he woke us up at about 5:30am. He fixed us coffee, eggs and French toast. We … Continue reading

crested butte yoga, part 3

bikram take two i went back to bikram yoga this morning. ready to sweat. hoping to go home a few pounds lighter if at all possible, though not likely with taido doing most of the cooking. each child got to plan a meal and prepare it with him. ben chose burgers, cole chose puttanesca with roasted asparagus and mp’s meal was the finale tonight…marinated flank steak, pasta with carbonara sauce and sweet potato fries. oh well, maybe i’ll lose weight next week. so things were pretty quiet at the studio sangha this morning. only three students there for hot yoga, … Continue reading

He makes the sun come up every morning

i watched the sunrise over the mountains this morning…its light painting the tops of the peaks a vivid orange, then spilling down the rock, casting a shadow over most of the valley. soon the green meadows and the evergreens at the tree line explode with color. i continue all morning to watch the light bring life as it trickles down into the valley, shrinking the shadows, making everything golden and new. i love how often the sun shines in colorado and the amazing scenery it reveals. i am reminded every time we come to colorado how much i just adore … Continue reading

crested butte yoga, part 2

tonight was my first time at a bikram yoga class. we did two hikes today so i was a little nervous about trying something new with how tired i felt. i almost didn’t go, but simon was crying and dinner still needed to be prepared and taido was saying, “go go go” and so i went. thank you for the urging out the door. sometimes we mommies need that so much. i was twinging with guilt as i pulled out of the garage still hearing little si’s whines through the screen door on the veranda, but it faded as i … Continue reading

crested butte yoga, part 1

i know you’ve been dying to hear about my crested butte yoga experiences, but i fear i am sort of expecting a lot of my very kind blog readers with how much i have been writing. however, writing is a life-giving activity for me, so i am excited about how much time i have had for it on vacation. i’ve been reading and writing early in the mornings, on a park bench while the kids play and in the evenings while taido has been teaching our kids to play spades, which by the way, needs its own post. it brings … Continue reading