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We are here on my parent’s farm, and our week is now booked! We just threw a family party last night and had over 25 relatives at my parent’s house. The rest of the week Mama’s going to see friends that she hasn’t seen since her wedding!

Trying to get a shot of Satori swinging on her swing eating fresh grapes that Grandpa pulled off the vine a few feet away.

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Mmmm… One of Satori’s favorite foods is grapes!

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Next, we found this furry caterpillar, I remember these guys in plenty from my own childhood here.

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When I’m away from home I use Picnik as my editor, I just upgraded to their Premium service and got cool frame options! 🙂

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Saturday we spent the day in Breckenridge for their Oktoberfest. The drive was beautiful, the trees were all turning their colors and the weather was perfect! Here’s some photos of our day.

Dog waiting patiently for his owner to return, ski slopes in the background. His eyes never wavered from the spot he saw his owner last. His brother is in the cab of the truck, doing the same…

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Upside-down laughing girl on her way to the party.

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We soon found the stream running through the town, with children playing in it. It wasn’t long before Satori made her way across.

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Trying to get back to Daddy on the other side, sipping from his Breck beer bug.

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Mom trying to warm her back up!

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Satori smiles…

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Got two geocaches during the day, one was just a few yards away from where we got our third and last shared beer. The second was on our way home. Geocaching brings you to beautiful vistas like this! This was just a few miles south and my eyes would’ve never set upon this sunset-lit scene if it hadn’t been for the cache. We didn’t see any mountain goats as it suggested we might, but it was a memorable moment nonetheless.

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Labor Day Monday we spent the afternoon at the Boulder Creek Festival. Satori jumped, flew, climbed, and got wet!

First up, a quick face painting.

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We were doubtful Satori would be up for this, but she remained undaunted. Well, perhaps she was slightly intrepid here…

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Satori in the Sky!

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Above was purposely exposed for the sky, to allow a silhouette of my little girl. Next up, some flash in the face.

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I think she likes it!

it tickled my tummy!

– Satori

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Next up, jumpy jumps!

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They had 5 separate jumper companies. We did them all!

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Some strange zucchini race animals. We kept seeing their wheels fall off as people toted them away. 🙂

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Ready to go home… Satori just had to get her feet wet in Boulder Creek. Unfortunately, some guy distracted her and she FELL into the water! She was quick to say “I’m OK, I’m OK” to all the onlookers.

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Uncle Justin (my brother) and his girlfriend Senaca flew to Colorado to see our family and Ken’s. They were only here for a few days, so we had to make the most of it!

Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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After meeting for lunch in Boulder, we then went to Evergreen, CO to do some geocaching around their beautiful lake.

The Lake at Evergreen CO

The Lake at Evergreen CO

It was their first time. I gave them both a nice GPS device so they could hunt down the “catches” (as Justin says). Some were harder than others, but we found all 5 that we searched for!

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

As we strolled around the lake, I would snap quick little portraits.

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justin & senaca

Goofy little Princess

Goofy little Princess

No Making Out cache

No Making Out cache

I think they were thinking romantic shots, as I caught this after Justin and Senaca together solved the cache “No Making Out”.

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It was a wonderful day, weather was perfect, scenery beautiful, and a good time with family and friends!

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The last time Satori went camping was when she was two years old. She was so excited that I don’t think any of us got any sleep that night, with our active toddler crawling all over us in the tent, giggling and talking… Fast forward two years and Mom and Satori try again. Success! We had SO much fun! We went to Kelly-Dahl, a campground just a few miles from our house, with a cool wooden playset.

Camping at Kelly-Dahl campground

Camping at Kelly-Dahl campground

It was mom’s first time ever pitching a tent, grilling out, and building a camp fire. (I didn’t realize I always let someone else do it for me, I have been so sheltered.)

Satori and Mary-Jeanne

Satori and Mary-Jeanne

We invited our friends and the two little girls loved warding off the 171 mountain lions and 4 bears from our camp circle. Here the girls are, lit by camp fire only.

By the campfire

By the campfire

That night we read stories in the tent. Mama also stepped out to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower and saw lots of shooting stars! The next day, both Satori and Mom (and Maddie our dog) wanted to stay again, so we stayed another night. After a few hikes, we retired to our campsite and drew nature sketches. Here Satori is studying animal tracks and drawing them.

Drawing/Studying animal tracks

Drawing/Studying animal tracks

Satori then drew pictures of our tent, our campfire, and herself and Maddie (shown below), while Mom read Magic Treehouse Books (which I hope she’ll be able to read next summer by herself).

Satori and Maddie camping

Satori and Maddie camping

We had such a great time, we can’t wait to go again!

This weekend was my friend Stacey’s baby shower. There are always cute little kids running around that are Satori’s age, so it’s fun watching them. Stacey is a Boulder children’s photographer and I’ve been watching her grow to an amazingly talented photographer since she started just over a year ago. We met each other from the babywearing industry, and our interests have always seemed to run very similar.

Thank you Stacey for talking these photos, I love them!

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Her son, Elijah, moves in to give Satori a kiss!

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I always kick myself for not bringing my speedlight flashes to an indoor party, so I had to rely on on-camera flash or very high ISO of 4000. 🙂

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Beading Stacey's necklace

Elijah placing his bead

Elijah placing his bead

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David, the winner of Estimate the Pregnant Belly!

David, the winner of Estimate the Pregnant Belly!

Kid's helping open gifts

Kid's helping open gifts

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The Happy Parents - Stacey and Adam

Water Balloon fight!

Water Balloon fight!

Satori throwing her balloon

Satori throwing her balloon

Need more water balloons!

Need more water balloons!

Satori and I celebrated Earth Day 2009 today. Once I told her that Earth Day was a holiday, she got very excited and said we can help keep the earth healthy! Exactly the point my dear. 🙂

We discussed ways we can keep the earth healthy and clean and then after dinner we made the earth. Of course I got a chance to throw in a geography lesson. 🙂 We’re going over the 7 continents this week as part of our new phase of homeschooling (more about that later), so I whipped up a quick project, only figuring out what to make as I scrimmaged around in our craft room.

Foam Earth

  • Foam sheets in blue, green, white, brown (we lucked out and had some blue foam circles lying around)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String

Foam Earth supplies

Foam Earth supplies

To start, I very roughly cut out some basic continent shapes. Most of the continents were green shapes, with Antarctica being white. Satori ran to get her tiny earth globe, and then glued the first side of continents, matching up the shapes to her globe. She pasted Antarctica on the bottom before even getting her globe though!

Pasting continents on earth

Pasting continents on earth

After all continents were glued on, we looked at our globe, decided to add Greenland as another white land mass. Then to demonstrate a few mountain ranges, we also glued on brown strips to add more dimension (and color) to our earth!

Side 1 was North America, South America and Antarctica.

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side 1

Side 2 was Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica again.

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Remember that this was a last-minute project, I very roughly cut out the continents, and gave Satori the liberty to paste them on as she saw fit. So things may not be totally geographically accurate and to scale. 😉

As you can see, we punched a hole and strung it up for it to twirl around and remind us of our beautiful and wondrous earth!