Last weekend Ryan and I visited our old stompin’ grounds, Denver, Colorado. We blew in for a quick weekend to celebrate our good friends, Ed and Eddie’s beautiful wedding.
Whenever we go back to Colorado again, we reminisce about our years living there BEFORE KIDS. Mostly we try to recall what the hell we did all day when kids weren’t in the picture.
I can’t even recall what my daily to-do list was, but I’m guessing the biggest priorities were knocking out showering, reporting to work, and then coming home to watch The Bachelor.
I know, you’re probably exhausted just hearing about it.
Before you have kids, you have no idea how much your life will be taken over. Our family isn’t even huge into the sports and extracurriculars and it still seems like we are booked solid day in and day out (and NONE of it necessitates watching the Bachelor).
When Ryan and I visit Colorado and enjoy our standard BEFORE KIDS activities, like hiking, camping, or snowboarding, we fantasize about raising the kids in such beautifully inspiring location.
I envision weekend excursions with our family outfitted in head-to-toe Patagonia, whitewater rafting down a river, and then setting up camp under a grove of Aspen trees.
Ryan likes to entertain these pipe dreams a little longer than me, AKA The-Voice-Of-Reason. Although they are wonderful scenarios, I shoot them down quickly with a little reality check…
Because these shots from our past weekend would not be plausible if our family relocated to Colorado.
1.) Not one of our children are capable of a 2,000 feet elevation climb without incessant complaining, mandatory prodding, or general discontentment that would kill the overall vibe.
2.) There would be no time ever we’d have 4 hours of correlating free time to orchestrate a family hike.
3.) If, by some grace of God, we did find ourselves being able to enjoy this view, Ryan would definitely not be throwing his arms open wide cliffside, for fear our kids following suit and plummeting to their death.
4.) See that grin on my face? That’s the look of a woman without any kids in a 1,000 mile radius that requires any attention. Most likely, if we moved back to Colorado, the kids would be a package deal.
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Tuesday: (Slow Cooker) Buffalo Chicken Chili (Hands On: 10 minutes Slow Cooker: 4 hours high or 7-8 hours low), Cornbread (Hands on: 5 minutes, Bake: 20 minutes)
Wednesday: Healthy Weeknight Mexican Fish (Hands On: 20 minutes), rice, leftover cornbread
Thursday: Creamy Sausage Pasta (Hands On: 20 minutes), salad, fruit
Friday: Grilled Parmesan Chicken with Polenta, green beans
Weekend Making: Fried Ice Cream Cake will be a perfect make-ahead dessert for Labor Day and it’s naturally gluten free!