Sunday, August 30, 2015

Date Night

One of Jeremy's coworkers, Julie, has a band: the Julia Shea Band. So we went down to Bennington to watch her work her magic last night.  We found that they have quite the following. The evening was just lovely.  The weather was ideal, we had tasty treats (Jeremy had some cinnamon sugar chips, I had a delicious cream soda complete with great words to live by), and we sang along with fun live music.

And some dancing of course... I couldn't just sit there!!

We stopped on the roadside to watch the moonrise from the mountains on the way home... and it was AMAZING!  And then we stopped at our local Arlington dairy bar and I got a strawberry marshmallow shake - so gooood.  The chocolate marshmallow shake is also to die for, so I have decided anything mixed with marshmallow cream is just the best. Now you know... you can thank me later.  So we will chalk all of that goodness up to a date night success! Life is just wonderful.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 12, 2015

I resurrected this file from Jeremy's phone.  I forgot that I took a video with his phone the first night we had our bikes and I saw it today in his DELETE album.  The nerve!  So I "recovered" it, stole it, and saved it forever on the internet.  Mwah-ha-ha! < That is supposed to be an evil laugh.

Friday, August 28, 2015

From Green to White

For the past 4 days, I traded the Green Mountains of Vermont to play in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It hasn't been all play.  I have been attended a conference and learning all about Mindfulness, Ethics, and Trauma Informed Practice.  It was great!  For Mindfulness, we pretty much meditated for two days and I came out of there loving the world and feeling so grateful for the people in my life.  Meditation is great stuff.

The Conference got out at 3:15 everyday so we could have plenty of time to play in the mountains.  I did some hiking, running, and kayaking.  It was a wonderful learning environment and it really felt rejuvenating.  I met some really lovely people.  I just love everyone in this Mental Health/Substance Abuse field.  I felt valued and encouraged in my work.  Everyone is so supportive and rooting for each other.  I love the work I do.

Monday Evening

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Afternoon

Wednesday Afternoon

Thursday Morning

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Today's Ride

This afternoon we headed to the Equinox Preserve to check out the trails on bikes

...and we LOVED it!

There are easy trails (our territory) to hard trails, so there is a lot of riding to be done.  We may be complete novices at this point, but we will be actual beginners in no time.

A New Fall

This August has been a different one for Jeremy and I.

Everyone is prepping for back to school and for the first time ever in our marriage, neither of us are students (!!!!!). We have been doing the student thing for quite a while, so this feels weird.  So weird.  I was walking by the school supplies today in Walmart and I almost bought a box of fresh crayons.  There was some serious internal dialogue happening in the aisle.  Luckily, Walmart on Saturday morning is pretty desolate.

Although student life can be fun, I am very excited for this next step.  We are living the life of no homework, where the nights are our own, and the weekends are for adventures!  And we are truly having a blast - biking, hiking, biking.  We are loving this town.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Our Maiden Voyage

Today we ventured out on our new bikes for our Saturday morning adventure.  We took our novice talents to the West River Trail. It was mostly an old road that used to be a railroad.  There were a few single track parts along the river that were a little more technical.  It was a great first ride and we just can't wait for more! 

Here are some phone pictures of the trail:

It was beautiful and the day was just perfect for riding!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Welcome Stella!

Today we got to pick up our beautiful bikes!

We love them!  I named mine Stella and she's a champ.  Jeremy hasn't named his yet and sadly, he probably won't.  He's not really into that thing.  We went on a ride when we got home, but it got cut short when it started raining.  We can't wait to take them out for a real ride this weekend.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Vermont-style Riverwalk

Last night I needed to get out of the house and in to nature.  We discovered this rocky river on Saturday as we were scoping out places to mountain bike.  I kept imagining scrambling over the rocks last night while listening to the water navigate about.  So that's exactly what we did.   

It was a perfect night for that sort of thing.  Isn't that rock on the right beautiful?  I love the ribbons of pink and orange running through it.  I could have studied these rocks for hours.. the colors and the markings of the river over time were captivating.  I am dying to get my swimming suit and tevas on and just hike up this river all day.  Who's with me?!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Gluten Free Homemade Oreos

I was reminded about the existence of homemade Oreos on Friday and I thought, "I haven't had those in years... I bet I can make them gluten free."  So we did.  And they rocked.

After our dinner out on the town, I googled the recipe and we bought the 2 ingredients to make it happen - GF Devil's Food Cake Mix (I use Betty Crocker) and a tub of Cream Cheese Frosting.  We already had the other 2 ingredients at home.  As you can see, it's a quick and easy recipe.

1 box of GF cake mix
2 Eggs
1/3 cup of oil

Mix and bake for 8 minutes at 325 F. **Warning... these expanded like crazy.  I typically prefer little cookie sandwiches, if you do too, then roll the dough out to the size of nickels.  Seriously, nickels. Then you get more and more cookies!**  Also, they won't look done - pull them out anyway.  Let cool... or not (we didn't because I just couldn't wait) and use the blessed store-bought cream cheese frosting to finish off your Oreos.  Jeremy and I are loving them.  ENJOY!

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Quick Nine

We randomly went golfing last night after work and it was just a gorgeous night for that kind of thing.  There is a basically free course just a mile away from us, they encourage you to put $2 per person in the slotted box as a donation.  It's a pretty short course and exactly what we were up for after a full day of work. 

I drove the ball closer to the pin on this hole!!  And that rarely happens, because Jeremy is a total golf rockstar.  My short game has gotten a thousand times better since we met. 

Yeah, it was a gorgeous night.  I love these mountains.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

On Wednesdays, I wander

After I dropped Jeremy off at work this morning, I headed to Manchester to hike Prospect Rock.  It was on the shorter side, only 40 minutes up and 30 minutes back.  I of course sit at the top for a while to breathe it all in and ponder life.  Today, I sat at the top and read an article on Patience in this month's Ensign, which I just loved.  It was a perfect morning with beautiful views!

Looking over Manchester (and Dorset probably).
There's Mount Equinox, the tallest peak across the way.
It's quite a shame how many timer selfies I had to take to get this.  Good thing it was desolate up there.
I love the sun (and that rad sun flare!).  These August days in Vermont are DREAMY, I tell you.  DREAMY!
And now I am home doing laundry.  If you really know me, then you know Jeremy will be so surprised.  I swore off laundry long ago.  Laundry is my archenemy. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1 Paddle

We had a lovely branch picnic at Lake Shaftsbury yesterday.  We had grilled burgers, pie eating contests, three legged races (Jeremy and I won - since our legs are the same length), stick pull competitions, giant jenga, and potato sack races.  We had a great time.  

My favorite part was a taking a little canoe ride around the lake.  A member of our congregation graciously brought his two canoes to the picnic.  Our canoe had three life jackets, but only one paddle.  Our second paddle was in the other canoe.  It worked out great for me though.  Jeremy did all of the work while I just took in the gorgeous views.  He really is my favorite and I just love chatting with him.  I'm definitely hoping for some more canoeing this summer. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Letters

Dear August,
Well, you have arrived.  And so quickly it seems.  Typically, you are for back to school prep, but since Jeremy and I are both not students for the first time EVER, we will just be playing.  Summer is in full force and we want to soak up every bit of it.  I'm hoping for more s'mores and drive-in movies.  This is going to be great.

Dear Nature,
You have been killing it.  I love everything about you, except maybe the bugs.  Yep, I could do without those.  The fresh air, the mountains, the lakes, the streams.  I feel like I'm living in a dream.

Dear Mountain Bikes,
We made the big purchase today!!! Sadly, they had to be ordered in the right colors/sizes so we don't have them just yet.  We are now just waiting for the precious gems to get shipped and built.  We can't wait to get on the trails and go exploring... on wheels!!

Dear Meteors,
I am mesmerized by you and think you're about the coolest thing around.  Your spectacular show is on it's way in just two weeks and I have been scheming away trying to figure out the best place to watch it.  Luckily, Vermont has about zero light pollution, so we are bound to see a good show. 

Dear Running,
Our relationship has been completely rekindled since our race at the end of June.  I know we took quite a break and I abandoned you for other methods of exercise, only flirting with you here and there.  I have finally rediscovered how fun you can be, especially when I have such inspiring roads to run on.  We may have to reevaluate things come winter though.

Dear Great-Grandma Verland,
I have been thinking about you a lot lately.  You had an adventurous soul in your later years and I find you quite inspiring.  I love that you took up painting in your late 60s and you were actually good at it.  I look around me these days and I feel deep within my bones an urge to paint the beauty around me.  Some might dismiss it, but I think to myself... it's in my genes.  I can surely start in my 20s if you started in your 60s.  

Xoxo, Katie

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lake Paran

Sometimes I get done with work before Jeremy, ok almost all the time.  I have started packing some running clothes almost everyday and then I just go an outdoor adventure until he's done.  Today I finished work a few hours before Jeremy, so I ran three miles to Lake Paran from his office, sat in the sun for about an hour and a half, and then ran three miles back.  It was delightful! 

I got trapped by a train right before I was about to leave and it just camped out right over the road I needed to cross.  After patiently waiting for 10 minutes and exploring all other options, I just crawled right under it.  Don't worry, momma... I was speedy fast and I won't do it again.