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Our Colorado Weekend: Pictorial

Miss Medical Student starts her away rotation in Emergency Medicine in Denver today. So, we flew to Denver to spend some time with her. Our dear friend Leslie hosted us. She took us to her sister's cabin in Leadville, Colorado. Do you know it is the highest elevation municipality. 

Remnants of a yearly festival in Leadville. Of course, we were one weekend too early. A Gold Miner stopped and provided me with an explanation of what we were looking at.


Twin Lakes. Near two 14'ers: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive.


The Husband. He spent the weekend fly fishing. He found heaven on earth!

 An old school house in Leadville.


 Leadville is an old mining town. Here is an old mine.


Near Crystal Lake just outside of Leadville. 

Wildflowers.


Our new friends. Chocolate Lab brothers. 

Another furry friend, Simba.


The fourth furry friend we spent the weekend with, Buckey, swimming at Twin Lakes.

 I love Aspen trees!



An old wooden fence. Can you tell from the clouds that we experienced a lot o…

Oh-So-Easy Coconut Tres Leches Cake

What is better than a girls weekend?

Maybe a girls weekend in a far off location with an amazing view?

Or maybe a girls weekend, in a far off location, with an amazing view, and a killer dessert!

I just got home from spending  the weekend in Leadville, Colorado, nestled between two 14'ers (Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive), with a few very important people in my life. We spent time hiking, fishing, shopping, and cooking for each other.

I made this super yummy Coconut Tres Leches Cake for dessert.

This cake is as simple as making a box mix but it taste like it was so much harder than that!


My family loves the taste of coconut but they do not love coconut. So when I found this mix from Duncan Hines I knew I was going to try and make a Tres Leches Cake with it. Unfortunately, the first time I found this mix I was on vacation with my family. I have not been able to find it around my home. Luckily for me, my husband recently brought me home six boxes from a fishing trip!

I prepared the cake…

Our Week In Review Through Instagram!

Welcome to my Week in Review!
It has been a busy one, but in reality, when are they not busy?

1. The kids and I have been catching up on our preventative care. In the past week, we have visited The Eye Doctor, The Dentist, and The Orthodontist.
2. The Husband went out of town this past weekend to go fishing. So we went out of town too! We took our friend, Melissa, to my Momma's home on Friday and then we went on to Jamesport. Here is The Short Chic trying on Amish straw hats during our visit to H&M Country Store.
3. The Boy getting in on the fun.
4. Cinnamon Rolls from H&M Bakery.


 5. Saturday after we left Jamesport we went to Plattsburg to attend our nephews birthday party. The party was in the local bowling alley and it was absolutely a fun time! This might be The Short Chics first time bowling.
6. The Boy bowling.
7. Melissa hanging out at the par-tay!
8. The other thing I did this week was tie-dye. A lot of tie-dye! {If you have missed that post, check it out HERE} T…

Bathroom Redo

I have been redecorating my downstairs bathroom over the past few weeks.  It is a small bathroom, I guess commonly referred to as the guest bath.


 Here is what I did not like about it:

The room felt drab.The walls are divided. The top is painted and the bottom has some type of paneling.The top part was painted a flat olive/sage green. {Maybe it was too flat for the small space?}The bottom part was painted a flat grey.The light switch, towel bar, electric cover, lamp accessories were all fake gold and silver. {Have I ever told you all that I do not prefer gold?}The mirror above the sink is a custom made mirror but the frame was gold.  




The only thing I had hanging on the walls before the remodel was this old framed cross-stitch project I finished in the mid 1990's.

The first thing I did was remove all the fixtures and buy new paint. I went for a semi-gloss paint. I thought we needed a little bit of that shine.

The new color? It is called Bermuda Bay and it comes from Better Homes and…

My Prayer for Miss Medical Student

Tomorrow is a very important day.

Miss Medical Student is taking her Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. Students who wish to practice medicine in the United States take this test in their final year of medical school.

Please say an extra prayer for her tonight.

My prayer for her:

Dear Lord, please be with Miss Medical Student tonight and tomorrow. Lay your hand on her and guide her to:

Do her best.
To Believe in herself.
To Believe in her knowledge.
To breath when she needs to think it through.
To not second guess herself.
 To Know that she have adequately prepared for this test.
To enter this exam with peace.
To leave this exam with peace.
To Know that while she is far away and "alone" she is never really alone. She is surrounded by love from many. Those she knows and those she has no idea.


Be with her Lord.  Amen.


My 110 Calorie Treat*

The Boy has a new addiction. It is Frozen Mocha Frappe's from McDonalds. He likes to order the large, which is 22 ounces and has a whopping 680 calories in it. Not to mention they cost me about $4.00 every time he orders one.

So, this weekend, I sought to make my own that he would like.

First, I actually had to buy ice cube trays. {I can hear my Grandmother gasping from heaven. Yep, Grandma, before last Friday, I did not own an ice cube tray!}

I had some coffee concentrate in my fridge from the Toddy, {check out that post}. I poured the coffee concentrate into the ice cube trays and froze them. If you do not have a Toddy, you can just brew very strong coffee and pour into ice cube trays.


 To actually make this treat, use a blender.

I added 1/2 cup of skim milk and 1 Tablespoon Hersey's Chocolate Syrup. After that is blended add 1-2 cubes of coffee concentrate. {If you did not freeze coffee concentrate you might need more coffee cubes. Add them to your taste.}

I then add 1 pa…

Weight Watchers Weekly Update: Variety

Today is my Weight Watcher's check in.

This has been the hardest week since re-joining the program. I hit a wall. A really large, hard, brick wall.

Variety. It is the key to a successful program. A person on a weight loss journey needs variety. They need variety in their exercise routine and in their diet.  Otherwise, boredom sets in.

I thought I was doing okay. But in honesty, I was not.

This week, I realized I am tired of sandwiches. I am tired of zucchini. I need more variety.

The lack of variety sets one up for failure and I really walked a thin line of crashing all week. I have even eaten a few meals that were not good for me. I compensated for them but still I struggled. 


My naked morning weight on my bathroom scale is the exact same as last week. I do not believe I have gained anything. But I have not lost anything.


I took a break from the scale today...or this week. I needed a mental break. And I need a new eating plan. I need some variety.

I will be back at it next week, in …

Tie-Dye Shoes

When I think of summer a few words come to mind: hot, watermelon, pool, fun, friends, ice cream, vacations, smore's.  And tie-dye. Yes, tie-dye. Maybe it is all the summer camp influence but I just can't imagine summer without a tie-dye project.

This project comes from this super cute girl. She is the recipient of my son's affection, which means she is around our house enough to give me a short lesson on how to tie-dye shoes.


The supplies for this project are super easy to find. Wal Mart has Tie-Dye kits in their craft section. They are reasonable, $15.00 for five bottles of dye, refills, gloves, and rubber bands. I also picked up the plain white shoes from Wal Mart and a plain white t-shirt. Total, I spent $20.00 on this project.


 My coach suggested going outside for this project. We took a plastic bag and put our supplies on it, to protect the deck. {That is almost funny because we need a new deck so badly!} Our tie-dye kit came with plastic gloves and I highly suggest…

My Week In Instagram and Shutterfly Contest

I have been really bad about blogging this week.

I think I have just been meeting myself coming and going and just have not had time.

Last night, for the first time in four days, the world slowed down for me. I so tried to write last night. Come up with something clever, or sassy, or cute. Instead I got creative and went to bed!

This is my past week in Instagram!


 1. Last week we actually got some rain. The Short Chic woke up and was so excited she could wear her rain coat and boots!
2. A drive to work with rain. FINALLY! Unfortunately, it was not enough, we still need more.
3. I got my nails done on Friday. This one hour makes me feel like a queen.
4. I have been craving BLT sandwiches and finally made my own healthier version of one. HEAVEN!


5. Baseball. Baseball. Baseball. We played in a game Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a double header on Monday. This is The Boy all decked out in his Evoshield. It makes me smile.
6. Me, in the car. I spent the entire weekend in a …