7.19.2015

Colorado Twenty Fifteen…

June was a busy month!  We put over 3,000 mile on our car and with a quick add up of travel times, we spent about 40 hours in the car.  Traveling can be exhausting.  I hate coming home from vacation feeling like I need a break.  However, long drives aside, it was a great month of vacationing.  And an added bonus…I am completely unpacked.  Not quite caught up on laundry, but unpacked.

This year for vacation we headed out to Colorado.  Our first stop was Denver for Marissa’s wedding.  Marissa and I lived together for two years right out of college.  We got to experience all the fun and stress that first year teachers have together.  It was so much fun getting to be part of her big day!  The venue, the weather and of course the bride were all beautiful.

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After three days in Denver we headed into the mountains for a little camping.  Anyone who knows me knows that camping is not exactly my cup of tea.  I love being outside, but the idea of being outside all the time is a bit much.  No bathrooms, no showers, no thank you!  But, I put on a {mostly} brave face for Trent and mustered up the best attitude I could as we set up our tent.  (Trent may or may not disagree)

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Pikes Peak in the distance…

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If you look carefully at the above picture you will notice the bear that was roaming around the lake we were fishing at.  Surprisingly I handled the situation quite well…even when he made it to our side of the lake!  I was scared to death to hike the rest of the trip, but I handled the actual situation quite well. :)

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On Tuesday we drove up to the summit of Pikes Peak.  The original plan was to hike another 14er, but there was somewhere in the range of 200% more snow still on the peaks than normal.  We figured that our novice hiking skills probably weren’t up for that challenge this year.  So we made the twenty one mile drive, slowly winding and turning all along the way.  When we got to the top it felt like winter.  Cold, windy and snow all around.  However, we could still see for miles and miles.

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On the way down from Pikes Peak we stopped off at a nice little reservoir and Trent did some fishing. 

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First catch of the trip!

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On our final day in Colorado we decided to hike up the Manitou Incline near Manitou Springs.  It is an old railway that was used to help transport supplies up to Pikes Peak.  Now it is a climb that is one mile long, straight up 2,000 feet.  It was fun and challenging at the same time!

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We made a quick stop in Nebraska on our way back.  I got to squeeze in a little Audrey time and hit up a College World Series game.  Nothing says summer like the CWS.

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Vacation was a success.  My favorite part about Colorado is that we go there almost every year, yet there is always something new and amazing that blows my mind.  

Until next time Colorado…

{The Launes}

6.02.2015

The Windy City…

In all my thirty years, I have never been to Chicago.  I’ve been to the airport.  Both Midway and O’Hare, but never outside those walls.  Last Saturday, on a whim, I drove a little over three hours north to meet up with Trent who was working at a football camp at Olivet Nazarene University.  We spent the evening (and wee hours of the morning) with our friends, the DiSandros, who moved up there last winter.

Then Sunday morning Trent and I decided to take the train into the city and explore Chicago a little.  It may have been the shortest trip on record to Chicago, but we managed to squeeze in some fun.

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Number one on my list was the Bean.  It was crazy busy around the Bean at Millennium Park, but I managed to snap a couple of pictures.

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We stopped for lunch at Giordano’s for some Chicago style pizza.  If you are ever in the Chicago area, I would recommend Giordano’s at Navy Pier.  I think they were the friendliest wait staff I have ever encountered.  And the pizza was uh-mazing, too!

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A view of the city from Navy Pier…a little gloomy and cool, but still a nice view!

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And then came the rain.  Trent is clearly thrilled that I thought this picture was necessary.  Just as we were ready to head back to the train it started to rain.  Nearly thirty minutes in the rain left us riding back on the train most likely smelling like wet dogs.

With less than three and a half hours in the city we were able to see the bean, Navy Pier and eat at Giordano’s.  Like I said, it may be a record for shortest visit to Chicago, but we got to dip our toes into big city life for a few hours.  Now I just have to convince Trent to go back…

Until then…

{The Launes}

5.13.2015

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now…

The first weekend in May I was back in Nebraska.  Again.  Lately I’ve been back in Nebraska more weekends than I’ve been in Greenville.  Not that I’m complaining, I love being home.  All the traveling just wears on a person a little.   However, my reasons for being back were extra special. 

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The first was to celebrate my pretty momma’s birthday! 

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The birthday girl and her sweet grandbaby…

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This girl will be walking without assistance in no time…

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Presents and cake!  I lied on my last post when I said that on my next trip there wouldn’t be cake and I’d have to run 13.1 miles.  I did have to run 13.1 miles, but I also got cake.  Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? :)

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Morning coffee with this cutie is fun.  So is the mug. 

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This girl loves going for a bike ride!  And she is about as cute as can be in her little helmet.  Safety first!

The second reason for my trip was to run the Lincoln Half Marathon.  Jamie had high expectations early on in the training, but by the day of our expectations weren’t too high.  The only things that were going to be high were the temperatures and the humidity.  With a high temperature of 86 degrees plus high humidity my new goal was to finish in one piece.  Happy and healthy.

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I got this note from my sweet friend Heidi.  It totally made my day and kept me going during the race.

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Pre race dinner at Toast.  Best French Dip in the Midwest!

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A little hardware to add to my collection…

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After the race.  Let’s just say I look a lot better than I feel… We definitely didn’t set any records, but we had fun.  Or as much fun as 13.1 can be.

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And then came the not so fun part.  I did finish the race happy, but didn’t quite meet my healthy goal.  I spent the next few hours “talking to dinosaurs” as Jamie would say, before I reluctantly told Trent that I probably needed to get fluids.  It was a flashback to the 2012 Lincoln Half Marathon.  All is well again, but my attempts at my “serious” running might be over.  We shall see…

Overall it was a fun weekend!  Anytime I get to see my family is a good time.  Plus there was cake.

Until next time Nebraska…

(The Launes)

 

4.29.2015

One is Fun…

Little miss Audrey turned one last Saturday.  I can’t believe it has already been a year since I gained this sweet niece!  It has been fun watching her grow and seeing her new tricks each time I visit. 

While I’m sure I could go on and on sharing stories from the trip, I will let the pictures do most of the talking.  :)

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The girl was obsessed with balloons.  All day long she played with her balloons.  From the time she woke up until she went to bed she had a balloon in her hand or her eye on one close by…

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Nothing says happy birthday like a little girl in a yellow tutu…

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The trip centered mostly around Audrey’s birthday, but on Sunday I got to catch up with Marissa at her bridal shower.  Her Colorado wedding is just over a month away!

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While it was a quick trip, by the time I got home, my countdown was already on for my next trip.  Tomorrow night I leave again for another weekend trip.  Only this time there won’t be cake and I’ll have to run 13.1 miles.  The Lincoln Half Marathon is on Sunday so it will be all work and no play!  Actually, the only work will be the run and the rest will be play!

 

{The Launes}