Humbled-Great Sand Dunes National Park

dunes-panorama

This past weekend I celebrated 13 years of adventure with my guy. 13 years. It’s hard to believe its been that long, and I’ve loved every minute of it-all the ups and downs and round and rounds.

To celebrate, we sent the cupkeiki away with grandma and took a 5 hour drive to The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. I’ve always wanted to go, and it was so much more than I expected. I was in awe, humbled, thankful, excited, and in love with everything.

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The photo above is of me, that tiny dot humbled by the giant dunes.

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We ended up taking off our shoes and trekking around the ridges and running down the slopes barefoot. The sand was warm, the sun shone brightly and the wind-the wind blew. We had so much fun and enjoyed every minute. I can’t wait to take our cupkeiki-but perhaps in a few years when she’s not so quick to ask to be carried!

Lets Hang!

I got brave, after my cupkeiki requested something to make her backpack more personal (because what kid doesn’t want that on their first day of kindergarten??!!) and tried something I hadn’t thought of doing before with the Cricut Explore. Leather + Iron-On. Magic.

Instead of buying something, or contemplating an idea for days, I gave myself 15 minutes. Knowing she loves Sloths, I quick found a cute vector, cut a circle about 1.75 inches, turned on my Cricut Explore, loaded some black iron on vinyl, cut, weeded and ironed it. Punched the top of the leather and voila, the cutest darn Keychain ever. 

Her backpack is already super cute, it’s a Fjallraven that she got for her birthday, and of course it already has the cute little fox on it. But hey, a sloth and a fox go perfect together! 

5

“…But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me. I’ll be the only fox in the world for you…” The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery 

5 years. Today you are 5 years old. Yesterday it was 5 seconds old, last night 5 minutes, this morning 5 days, and as I stand in the kitchen looking at yesterdays pictures it’s 5 months…

Hau’oli La Hanau my cupkeiki most adored. 

End of Times? 

Yesterday was another day of prophesied doomsday happenings. The poles were meant to flip, things were set to burn…babies crying, car horns in every direction as people fled the cities for safety, horses running through abandoned streets, kool aid being passed around in red solo cups-just trying to describe the perfect apocalypse movie set for you. 

I decided to join in the fun and create my own delicious and slightly unhealthy Doomsday Dinner. A bit risky when you only have a few hours to prepare. And it’s questionable if that is really where ones final hours should be spent-you know, in the kitchen…

Turns out, what I thought I was creatively concocting is a real dish called Poutine! Crispy baked french fries, with fixings on top. I went the nacho route and added shredded Mexican chicken, black beans and a homemade queso sauce. Oohhh, doomsday was set to be killer, hehehe. 

Alas, the end came and went, I slept soundly with a 4 year olds feet in my armpits and not so tiny snores from the said little person. Soundly. Like a baby. And this morning I woke up happy as a Lark, realized I had some extra working out to do from last night’s glutinous dinner, went to the farmers market and made breakfast. Whew. What a doomsday I had!! 

       Mmmm, homemade cheese sauce.

                               Hi, still here!
I think doomsday menus might just be a great idea. I wouldnt want that potential last dinner to be one of kale, brown rice, beets or the highest quality organic and free range meat. No, no, no. If you’re headed out, it should be with those foods you save for sad or angry days. Which actually for me means chocolate. I could make an entire meal of chocolate, the sun could come crashing to Earth and I’d never know, because chocolate was happening. Truth.