September 30, 2012

Little updates

We have been in school for one month and tomorrow is the first day of October. I don't understand how all of this has happened. 

This weekend:

 While out to dinner with Patrick's parents and sister and bro-in-law, we sat right next to Eugene Levy (the dad on American Pie).  His eyebrows gave him away.
That is his head right behind us. We were totally incognito posing. 

 I love coming home or going on walks around our neighborhood and seeing the rainbow colors on the trees.  Fall's beauty always takes my breath away each and every year. 

I'm only 5 days away from being done with my new eating plan.  I am proud to admit and will tell you over and over again that I have been successful!  Hard to believe, but I did it, almost.  I actually do have willpower. 

 The best part...I don't feel any different, so hopefully this weekend I will be enjoying banana bread, yogurt and a big fat ice cream sundae.  

September 29, 2012

The ice

Patrick's parents are in town this weekend for Grandfriend's Day at school and Patrick's sister's family also joined us this weekend.  

We have had a lovely weekend so far that has included ice skating at the resort.  We haven't ice skated since winter, so it was quite fun!

Thanks for the photos Grandpa Bob.

 Uncle Channing teaching cousin Owen how to ice skate.
 Patrick and I ignoring our son who has fallen!

September 24, 2012

All the leaves

Today, this daughter
Brought home some maple twigs in her backpack.  I thought they went nicely with my fall/Halloween decor.  
 Especially my yummy new fall candle that makes me smile every time I light it.
 Fall is in the air.
I love driving around and seeing all the yellow and red leaves.  Such coziness!!

September 22, 2012

Somewhere else I would like to be

Patrick is in San Diego and has been sending me awesome pictures, such as these.  
 My favorite hotel!
As much as I like being a soccer mom on Saturday  morning, I wouldn't mind being in San Diego right now riding bikes with my family along the beach.  The ocean is calling my name...

September 19, 2012

Elise's outdoor trip

For the past two days, Elise has been enjoying the first grade outdoor trip (it is only during school hours).  They truly enjoyed being in nature, exploring and getting dirty.  

Her teacher sent us all of these pictures and I just love how Elise's best friend is next to her in every single one.  Such sweet friends.
 The weather was so nice that the kids even got to get in the river!  
 I would love to know what they were chatting about....... Perhaps the fall colors on the leaves, the current of the river, or American Girl Dolls?

September 18, 2012

Preparing for the snow

The snow hasn't started falling yet, but when it does, these young ski teamers will be ready.
Braden plays 4 hours a week at the amazing indoor ski team facility.

B is in the red helmet and has a mother that wishes she could join in on the fun.

September 16, 2012

Picture recap

Glorious summer/fall.  You make my heart sing. 

This weekend in pictures:

We went to our local air show where Mr. Will pretended that he was shooting bombs out of a plane.
 Then, to the skateboard park to scooter around with friends (practically Braden's whole soccer team).
 Sometimes we wear bunny ears all around town, just for the heck  of it.
 Just because we could, we went swimming before dinner.  

Simply glorious!

September 15, 2012

Where I love to be

Fall soccer season has begun and you will find my whole family at the soccer field every Saturday morning watching Braden.  I love it! Wouldn't want to spend my Saturday morning any where else.

**Braden's in the blue/green plaid shorts and cooper colored hair. **

September 13, 2012

What to eat

(that was my dinner tonight.  Delicious!! But, I'm still hungry!)

I am a healthy person who eats healthy.  I eat what I want and feel great with what I eat.  Healthwise, I have some minor health compliments every once in awhile, but so does everyone else.

That is why I'm crabby, whiney, and bummed out when a local (and amazing) natural doctor told me that right now, my body is having a gluten and dairy intolerance.  What!!  

I eat pasta, M & M's, cookies, crackers, etc. all day long and never feel weird.  

Yet, my internal body (no, I'm not talking digestive system stuff), would prove me otherwise.  

So, for the next 3 weeks, I am gluten, dairy, egg, nut, tomatoe and corn free.  BLAH!!!
That is not fun at all!

I really don't know how I am going to do this and I am already considering myself a failure before I officially begin my new way of eating.  Nice way of thinking, I know.

I have a supportive and loving husband who is also going to do this new way of eating with me even though he is fine with gluten and diary. He knew that I just needed a cheerleader!

So, please forgive my complaining and my not necessary whiney.  I know that I'm being a big baby.

I will let you know when I succeed, if I can make it that far!

I better start glowing and radiating soon.

September 10, 2012

When she gets married

(a little Victoria Beckman action)

Recently on Pinterest, I saw a tip to take a picture of your daughter in your wedding dress to show at her wedding.

Since I have a daughter who LOVES weddings (and is always asking me questions on being pregnant and being a mommy), I knew that this would make Elise's day.  Since I only have one daughter, it also made my day. 

September 9, 2012

For us

I'm still getting use to our school routine, plus am enjoying the September weather way too much, plus, I don't have much to "journal" about these days.

Yesterday, Patrick asked me why I hadn't blogged all week. It warmed my heart to know that he cared (and that he reads the blog).  

So, this one's for you babe!

Living in a ski resort town has many, many perks.  We tend to take advantage of those perks, especially when all the tourists are around.  Yet, September is calm tourist season (slack, as we call it).  It's just the locals in town.  

Last night, we went to Battle of the Blades. Think Dancing with the Stars, but on ice.  We have former Olympians and World Champs (who all now live here) teaching local "celebrities" how to skate and they put on a BIG performance. That is all caps since the event was sold out and jammed back.  

It was for the locals, put on by the locals and only the locals would get it.  It felt great and made me love my community even more.  

I know all of you are dying to know what the Buchanans wore to such a fun event, so I will give you a little peak (plus, it's my chance to show off some cute faces).
 Me:  Sequin top and my Toms Wedge shoes. 
 Elise:  a Christmas dress, my scarf, her peacoat and sunglasses.  She gets the creativity award.
 Braden:  "skater" clothes and our $5 cup o' candy
Mr. Will:  Pajamas.  He gets the smart thinking award since he fell asleep towards the end of the performance.

September 4, 2012

Back at it

We dabbled into family mountain biking this summer, but this time, I wanted to take the kids on a harder, single track trail.  
They did awesome and I can't wait to see what they can do next summer.

Greenhorn Gulch

The trailhead...
 Our mountain bike chic, in a dress

Braden led the way the entire time. 
At the end of our ride, Braden caught a water snake (as usual!).

September 3, 2012

Smelling nature

All summer, I wanted to do a big hike with my family.  I was bummed when school started and we didn't achieve this goal. Yet, I had forgotten that September is my favorite month and that summer isn't over yet.  

Chocolate Gulch Hike
Miles:  4.7
Time:  almost 3 hours (slow, but proud!)

 Our trusty hiking companion, Calle.

 At the top.

Loved this!  At the trailhead, they had a cooler full of drinks....strictly on the honor code.  

September 2, 2012

The big hitch

This weekend, our crew was in the Wagon Days Parade. We got to ride in honor of State Farm and invited our good friends to come along with us.  

The parade is a massive event and I think we saw the entire town, plus a ton of tourists.  Quite fun!
 The Buchanans and the Griffins scoping out the baby horses.

 The parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the US.  You either have to go in a horse wagon or on a horse.  We got to ride on a beautiful white carriage.
 Braden, our avid reader, even brought his book along in case the parade got too long!  
 Patrick got to ride up front.  

True story:  The driver of our horse wagon grew up in  Walla Walla, WA (where Patrick grew up) and knew Grandpa Martin.  Small world!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!!