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Family Visit: Red Rocks

Wow! February is already here!!! I can’t even believe it! January went way too quickly. I can’t even believe it. Although, not gonna lie, I am super ready for sunshine and warmth. We just got another 4-6 inches of snow last night so I am beyond ready for some warmth and sunshine down here in Denver. Keep winter up in the mountains so I can continue to have my ski season, but warmth down here.

Anyway, my mom and sisters have been in town since last Monday! It has been a whirlwind week. They leave on Tuesday but I thought I would share some snapshots of the fun we have had!

Tuesday, I started them out by taking them to Red Rocks. It is absolutely stunning there and essential to see when you are here in the Denver area!

Aren’t these rocks beautiful?!

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The amphitheater at Red Rocks!

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The stairs at Red Rocks!

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This is Tara’s “I totally crushed that!” face! Lol!

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It looks like everyone was pretty tired!

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More adventures to come! Keep an eye out!

Happy February everybody!

See ya!

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Kauai Part 1 (finally)

I am finally blogging about Hawaii! Just going through the pictures made me desperate to go back! Oh man! These are not in chronological order but just some of my highlights. The pictures really do not do it justice. Enjoy!

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On one of the days we were there we did a short little day hike into one of the state parks. It was amazingly beautiful! Sprinkled a little that day but there wasn’t a day where we didn’t get sprinkled on. It created this super beautiful fog though and that made for some wonderful pictures!

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While on this hike, we got to look into the valley that we would be hiking in a week later. This is the Kalalau Valley. Honestly, really majestic. The mountains there are truly amazing!

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This was one of their tallest mountains. It topped out right about where Denver’s altitude starts lol!

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We had way too much fun hiking this little day hike!

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While we were out there, we came across this waterfall and definitely hopped in and swam and sat under the waterfall. Oh my goodness, it was freezing! I am pretty sure I was screaming as I sat under the waterfall. I don’t scream very often.

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This was not on our hike, but I was not quite sure where else to put it. This is called Queen’s Bath. It was super cool! Waves came in a little bit but it was just this little cove just a couple blocks from our condo!

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Time to Stop Avoiding

Alrighty, well I have really been avoiding the blog lately because I keep saying, Oh I need to post about Hawaii. That task just seems so daunting right now lol. We took so many pictures and did so many things that it seems like such a monster to tackle. I am not sure how I feel about tackling said monster at this point. So, instead of avoiding the blog I am just going to continue blogging. Fun things happen everyday and I miss talking with you guys! Hawaii will come, I do promise that. I am just not quite sure at what time. First thing to do is find the SD card with all the pictures. I think I might have misplaced it. Oops!

We are now into the month of October! Yay! I am so happy and ready for all of the fall weather and fashions. Not gonna lie, the more layers the better! Love it! I have made my first pumpkin chocolate chip bread of the season. So yummy! I got the recipe here. You should definitely give it a shot! It was a hit at the little friend gathering I went to as well, so it wasn’t just me munching away at this deliciousness! Are you guys excited about the changing weather as well? Or is that just a me thing?

Also, we have snowcapped mountains now! I love the Colorado mountains all year long, but they are especially beautiful when they are snowcapped. When it is sunrise, the sun reflects off of them often in pink and purple colors that just cannot be beat. Seeing the snow up there means that some of the ski mountains will be starting their season soon. That is music to my ears! We have started getting our ski gear in at work and I could not be happier. It is giving me the itch to get out there and “shred some gnar”.

Cooler weather means Faelyn and I get out a little more. It is so hard to take a husky outside when it is blazing hot. But we are now going hiking a couple times a week. That keeps him from getting destructive as is the tendency of bored huskies. I love seeing all the colors and getting a good cardio session in at the same time. You just cannot go wrong with a good hike!

Well, I’m off to enjoy this beautiful weather! Hope your fall is starting off awesome!

See ya!

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March 26-29 Photos!

Alrighty, so much for trying to finish strong lol. I promise they will all be posted before the end of March though.

March 26: Playing With Shadow

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Love the colors on this one!

March 27: Natural Light

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I get some really great natural light that streams in through my windows 🙂

March 28: Incorporate Motion

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A little blurry but they were being so crazy and running like mad men lol

March 29: Clouds

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I can’t wait for life to get green again 🙂

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the last picture of the photo challenge!

See ya!

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Photo Challenge Continues!

Alright, so clearly this has been a hard challenge to keep up with! I just get so distracted with other things in life! Lol! My bad. Anyway, lets get caught up here!

March 17: Street Lights

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I did not manage to get it all lit up but I thought this was kind of cool on a super dreary day. Lol

March 18: Depicting Emotion

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The look on these two faces is hilarious! They were having so much fun exploring. Miss you Alexi!

March 19: Landscape

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Why yes, yes I do live in one of the most awesome places ever!

March 20: Whatever You Want

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One of our close Friends (his name is also TJ). This picture definitely shows how much he loves climbing lol.

March 21: Sunset

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The sunsets here in Colorado are amazing! They never cease to amaze me!

March 22: Someone You Love

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Gotta spread the love around! This is my other sister Katie! Missing both sisters lots!

March 23: Childhood Memory

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I guess this is more high school but it is one of my favorite memories! Grandpa and Grandma visited me at Hume Lake and we drove around the lake in his sports car. Miss you Grandpa!

March 24: Favorite Color Scheme

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Purple and Orange! It looks kind of blue in this picture but it is definitely purple! Plus this picture has all my favorite people in it! 😛

Well, there we are! All caught up! Phew. I promise to finish out the month strong!

See ya!

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March 16: Experimenting with Light

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TJ actually took this picture in a new state park that opened up last spring. He found this chair and actually took several different photos  while playing with the lighting. I liked this one the most! It is such a cool shot!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

See ya!

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March 7 & 8: Silhouette and Something Close Up

Ok, so I missed yesterday. It was super hard to come up with something so instead I will use my brother-in-law’s  picture that is as silhouette as I could find. Lol!

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And then something close up….

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This is something from a hike earlier last year. I love close up flower pictures 🙂

See ya tomorrow!

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Resolutions, Cars and the Joy of Having a Rib Cage

So, this week went better in regards to my resolutions. I think bringing it up in my blog earlier this week really helped me get excited about the resolutions I had made as well as why I had made them! Some of my resolutions I did more days that I had originally planned. I also felt like I had been cheating a little bit on some of my resolutions last week so I resolved to be better about them this week. I definitely managed to be better about them! I feel great about my week! Yay!

Two weeks ago today, TJ was heading up to Arapahoe Basin for Ski Patrol tryouts and heading up I-70 on a Saturday morning has a ton of traffic. Long story short, an accident happened, no one was hurt and our vehicle had way more damage than the other person’s. Took it to see how much the damage was and it was totaled. So, we have been driving around a rental car for the past couple of weeks. A Dodge Avenger. The nerd inside me definitely was super excited about the name. Lol. We drove it around until just the other day we found a car that met our needs almost exactly. We bought a 2006 scion. It is one of those boxy looking cars. I don’t have pictures at the moment and TJ took it to work so there will be pictures later! But it has so much room inside. Enough for a couple friends as well as two pups! It gets just as good of gas as the Honda Fit if not better. So, there we are, we have a new addition to the Parnell household!

Around the same time as the accident, I must have fallen skiing or something. I have had sore rib since. The only thing I can remember is doing a Jillian Michaels DVD and not being able to finish because my rib was killing me! So, it has been super sore off and on since then. I’m trying to just take it easy and let the rib heal. I have come to realize I am terrible at taking it easy. First, I have a relatively physically demanding job. I do a lot of stocking shifts at work which means some lifting of sometimes heavy boxes. I love stocking but my rib does not. Lol. Then I just want to be outside, hiking or skiing or walking the dogs. That is not a good idea right now. Today was 50 degrees! It was screaming to have me outside because that is the warmest it has been in a while! But I am doing as the doctor (aka TJ) ordered and trying to lay around and let it heal. Seriously, so much harder than it seems!

Well, anyway. I’m off to laying around again!

See ya!

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A Day of Catching Up

I always love Sundays. Lately, TJ has had to work all day on Sundays and so it has become my day to catch up on life from the previous week or weeks. Lol. I will admit, not nearly as easy as it sounds. I realize that I let alot of things go when I get busy throughout the week. I don’t make dinners as much. I don’t do as much laundry or the dishes. I don’t read as much. I don’t knit as much. I don’t work on projects that I have been wanting to do for awhile. It just gets pushed to the side. So, Sunday has become the day I get to focus on the things that I want or need to focus on. Not necessarily errands or anything. Those I can do on my way home from work each day. No, this is stuff that I don’t usually have time to think about during the week. It helps me start my week off on the right track.

It is a day of productivity. A day of rejuvenation. A day where I feel like me the most. I day when I can take things at my pace and get things done the way I want to get things done. I love it. I woke up with a sense of purpose this morning and it was awesome.

I feel like I’m rambling. But today, I got up and did some reading. I borrowed a whole bunch of books from my brother so I am desperately trying to read them. Lol. Then I took Faelyn and we went for a walk/jog this morning. It was a beautiful day, so I had to get outside. I did not run as much as I wanted because I slammed my right knee into a handhold yesterday while climbing in the gym. But I was able to get it moving again and that was good.

I have come to realize I am a little heavier than I would like to be. I also tried on some dresses last night and wasn’t thrilled with my current state as shown in the mirror. So, hence the reason for going out today. I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal App to work in conjunction with the RunKeeper App. That way I know my calorie intake as well as how much I am running. I will most likely really start focusing on that tomorrow. But I am determined to get back in shape. I have been looking at healthier options for food too. I have a really bad sweet tooth as well I just love food! So, I want to find a way to be healthy about it. So here goes my journey!

TJ and I have the day off together again tomorrow. I think we might go hike around the Flat Irons near Boulder and spend the day up there. Should be fun! Gotta keep both of us active! I miss date days with my man, so that should be great tomorrow!

I also really need to work on my halloween costume for work! I can’t believe it is only a couple days away.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

See ya!

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Back to the Land of the living!

I’m back! I have slacked so much on this lately. I’ve really slacked on a lot besides work. I was feeling it this morning. I had been putting so much focus and thought into work and nothing else that it had really just gotten me down. I was so very aware of how much I need a work life balance. Also that I didn’t have it! Haha! But, I have come back and I promise I will do my best to be more regular on here! I have some great ideas for posts coming down the line so I can’t wait for you guys to see them!

Do you guys have something that you want to see on the blog? Or more of on the blog?

Today, on my completely free day off, I decided to go hiking. I thought I was going to go hiking in Alderfer/ Three Sisters open space park… Well then, I must have parked near a beehive because a massive amount of bees decided to chase me around the parking lot. Needless to say, that made me not want to hike there the rest of the day. So, instead we went to Red Rocks. I got some more pretty pictures. Love it! It was a nice short hike but we drove down from Evergreen along Bear Creak. The creek is usually a nice low creek. Nothing crazy. Driving alongside today, it was super high and super fast. It was white water. So ridiculous!

Anyway, there was a lot of damage done by these floods, so keep the families in your prayers that were affected by these floods!

Here is the pictures from Red Rocks:

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They may a little bit blurry, but I love Red Rocks. So beautiful up there!

See ya!

P.S. This showed up in my email today. Check out this link to get the info and join the Automattic WorldWide WP 5k. I’m totally going to do it! You should join me! It’s coming up!

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