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Long long ago (1975ish) in a land far far away (Minnesota), my Mom got a dresser from my Great Grandma – because Great Grandma had an extra one and Mom needed one. It had been used and had oil stains on the top, so Mom said thank you, took the dresser, and painted it white so Pat and I could use it in our bedroom.

My bro Pat around 1975ish – with the newly painted dresser (I wish I still had those piggy banks!). And yes, I do believe that Pat, in all of his 1970s coolness, is indeed wearing a short-sleeved turtleneck shirt.



I saw this dresser every now and then at Mom’s house. I wanted this dresser. I’ve always wanted this dresser. I never got the dresser.

Until last summer. I spotted it in a crawl space under Mom’s stairs. She agreed that I could have it, and she sent it home with a friend of hers who was driving to Colorado Springs.

This is what it looked like when I got it.


A little worn, and definitely used, but Keira loved having it as a nightstand in her room – and also as a place to store American Girl Doll clothes :-)

I finally got around to having it stripped, sanded, and stained – back to the most natural state we could. I got it back a couple days ago and absolutely love it! Especially the top drawer with all the fun grain.


I’m hoping that some day down the road one of my kiddos will want to have this awesome dresser!

Christmas in Pictures

And a few words (because it’s me!)

We traveled to MN for 10 days for Christmas. We were fortunate to get to spend time with all 3 families!

First, the Boedies :-)

Love this pic of Grandpa and the Grandsons

Grandpa, Grandma, and the Grandkids


The whole fam

Then we were off to the Millers! The last time Dude and Princess saw their cousins on this side, one of the cousins (who is now 5) wasn’t even born! Dude had a blast with the boys, which rekindled his requests for a little brother – um HELL NO!


I think the boys liked having a “big brother” around, too :-)

They reluctantly took a break long enough to let Princess in a Cousins photo

The whole Fam



Last, but not least, was the Baker family. We do things our own way, for sure! Like spending Christmas day bowling and playing mini golf and shooting each other in multiple cut-throat games of laser tag. Princess used this time to show off her style :-)



Hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas and wishing an Exceptional 2015 for all!

Remembering Seth

Originally posted December 17, 2007

I am so excited to be leaving tomorrow to visit family for 2 whole weeks to celebrate the Christmas holiday. As I prepare to leave, I can’t help but think of those who will be celebrating without all of their family members present. Even though we are not military, we live in a military town. Every time I go to the airport, I see soldiers leaving to return to Iraq from their break, sharing tearful goodbyes and forever hugs with wives, husbands, and children. I see soldiers coming home on break, meeting their infant children for the first time . . . it’s heartbreaking, and I can only imagine what they go through to protect our freedom. I also work with many wonderful people who have direct ties to the military, whether it be a friend, husband, wife, brother, sister, or child serving in the military. One year ago today, a dear coworker lost her 19 year old son in Iraq. I can’t imagine how difficult that day and every day since has been for her and her two sons.

So please take a moment to remember Seth today – a brave young man who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could celebrate our freedom with our families.



Following is the e-mail message Seth’s mom sent regarding her wonderful son.

PFC Seth Stanton – Lost December 17, 2006 – Never Forgotten…


To All Who Knew My Brave and Honorable Son, Seth Stanton, and to those of you who didn’t get the honor:

Seth Stanton died in Iraq Sunday, December 17, 2006 from complications from injuries he sustained in an explosion that occurred when the Upper Armored Humvee he was Vehicle Commander of, struck an IED (aka roadside bomb).

When the rear detachment officer for his unit called me at 4pm on Saturday, Seth was listed in stable, but serious condition.  He gave me the details that his unit was out on patrol, on a recon mission, when thru no fault of their own, his vehicle hit the IED. The explosive went off with much damage. The soldiers following his vehicle were able to immediately assist the wounded soldiers to a safer location.

His injuries at that point were: broken jaw, broken elbow, broken shoulder, fractured collarbone, fractured tailbone. Shrapnel injuries included, but were not limited to: Lacerations to his liver and colon, which were repaired.

I was told that on Sunday, he would be flown to Germany for continued care and medical attention and from there would be flown to Walter Reed in Washington DC and that I would be flown there next weekend to see him. At least there was hope – they said he was in stable condition and was going to be fine.

A knock on the door Sunday morning changed my world forever.

Two uniformed officers were there “please, God no.”  As I listened to the news that my 19 year old son, my brave, strong son, my baby had died in Iraq earlier that morning, everything became a blur. I begged them to tell me this wasn’ true, they had said he was fine. They said I could see him at the end of the week – this couldn’t be true.They sadly shook their heads and said: No ma’am, this is an official record that your son has died due to complications sustained from his injuries while in Iraq.

You can only imagine the horror as all of this began hitting me – the questions, the repeating of what I was told the day before about getting to see him, the questions regarding his being stable and ok – my heart is broken for this fallen soldier. I will miss him so much. He was the apple of my eye, as are my other two boys.

Nate and Dylan have been going thru the grieving process the same as me. None of us can believe it. There is a lot of hugging and crying and lots of holding each other.

As there is so much more that I could probably share, I will end this letter to all of you. Lots of you have already heard this news, and have asked: what can I do? The truth is I don’t know. I appreciate your prayers, love and support. I know your thoughts are towards my family, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Proud mom of a fallen soldier, a brave war hero, my precious angel, Seth.




Wordless Wednesday – There Are No Words

Easter Egg Garden

We always have a fun night coloring eggs, but this year I bought a couple fun kits for us to play with. The result was a fun Easter Egg garden in addition to our regular eggs:



This egg has accepted its fate:



This egg apparently just found out about his fate:



This two-headed guy apparently found frightened guy’s epiphany funny:



This guy:



. . . is laughing hysterically at this guy:



Mr. Cool Monster with the sleepy eyes and . . .


. . . Bunny tattoo :-)

Hope you all had a good Easter!

Geocaching 2012

Long long ago in a land far far away before baseball schedules and work got in the way, the Boedies headed up to Breckenridge for a few days to get our of town for spring break. Our awesome friends, M and MS, let us use their condo for part of the week. We were way excited to get out of town for a while, but we were bummed that the weather was so warm and the snow was terrible. We didn’t even take our snowboards with! Instead, we packed the GPS, hiking boots, and geocaching loot :-)

We headed up Wednesday afternoon early enough to stop at our favorite Mexican restaurant/bowling alley on the way up for dinner. We got a couple good games of bowling in, ate our favorite most awesomest bison burritos smothered in bison chili, then headed to the condo. The kids unpacked in about 3 minutes and jumped right into the hot tub, which gave Hubby and me an opportunity to hang out, relax, and decompress.

Thursday morning we got up, had yummy breakfast, and headed out for our first geocaching of the year! We snagged our first official cache off of Boreas Pass road. We stopped at a pull-out part way up and hiked down a little way where we met up with the trail. Here are Hubby and Princess on our first forest hike of the year :-)


As you can see, even up at altitude, there wasn’t any snow. That gives you an indication of how warm and unsnowy it’s been up there!  Turns out we could’ve hiked up from the park in town . . . but when you hike up, you don’t tend to see as much of the good scenery as you do on the way down . . . like this awesome view of Breckenridge ski area:



We were all pretty excited when we found the first cache :-)


The kiddos found the regular cache loot in there . . . stretchy people, a deck of cards, other odds and ends :-) They made their trade, signed the log, and we headed back to the car to head to the next trail, which was our actual destination for the day. It was a 1.5 mile hike up to the abandoned Sallie Barber mine. We were on the northwest side of the mountain most of the time, so we had to hike on hard crunchy snow most of the way.



It was such a beautiful day that we took our time, enjoyed the view, and took breaks here and there. Here are my 3 favorite people resting on a fence that seemed to be here for no apparent reason.



We reached the entrance to the mine, and were a bit disappointed. The notes said it was a very scenic area! Instead, we found this:



So we took some pictures and looked around for the cache. Then someone had the very bright idea to actually check the GPS to see where the cache was. Turns out, we were still 1/10th of a mile away! So we kept hiking up the hill until we came out at this!



The views from the back side were very cool. The kiddos enjoyed dropping rocks down the shaft to see how far down it went and exploring the old pieces of machinery used to operate the mine.



Up in the forest a ways, the kiddos found geocache #2 for the day!



Princess was way excited to find a neat deck of cards, and Dude was beyond happy to find a CD of Louis Armstrong, who is his trumpet teacher’s favorite trumpet player guy. Dude decided to take the CD so he could give it to Jon. Can I just say how happy it makes me to see him think of other people and get so excited about it :-)

After some more exploring, we headed back down the trail back to the condo for some lunch and game playing. QT and Ed came to stay with us for the night, which we were very happy about :-) After a yummy dinner at the brewery, the adults played a fun new game, while the kiddos relaxed their tired selves in the hot tub. I had to giggle because the hot tub is right outside the window to the condo. The screens were off the windows when we got there, so the kiddos requested that we turn on The Big Bang Theory on TV and open the windows so they could watch from the hot tub. Ahhhh – a dream come true 😉



After hot tubbing, snacking, and showering, Princess was apparently too tired to make it the 5 feet to her bedroom for the night.



A definite sleeping beauty!

A great ending to fun, outdoorsy day to start the spring :-)

Go Fly A Kite

We decided to do some family pictures this spring again; however, we did it a little differently this time. Instead of posing in front of a canvas or some trees, we headed out to a meadow and flew kites :-) The folks at 20/20 Visual Studios in Palmer Lake, CO were so fun to work with and did an awesome job!

2020 Visual Studios, L.L.C.

I didn’t like the few photos they took in the studio, but I love the looks Dude and Princess are exchanging in this one :-)



2020 Visual Studios, L.L.C.


2020 Visual Studios, L.L.C.




2020 Visual Studios, L.L.C.


2020 Visual Studios, L.L.C.

 Princess was much more interested in finding bugs than flying kites.




 Dude and I found this plane in the yard. After closer inspection, we found there was a beehive inside, complete with bees!






The First 5K Down

We did it! The Boedie fam completed our first (and last?) 5K this past weekend. It was part of a fundraiser for the kids’ school, so we figured why not!

Princess was one of about a half dozen 2nd graders that did the whole 5K. Dude was one of a few 5th graders who did the whole thing. I was so proud of them! Dude, Princess, and I finished in about 42 minutes . . . it was better than the goal I set and we weren’t last, which was my other goal 😉 This is Colorado, so the course was not flat by any means . . . downhill, up hill, flat, up hill, down hill, etc. The kiddos did pretty well sticking to the plan of running the downhills and flats and walking the uphills . . . although they did require a little prodding on the last mile and I did end up giving Princess a piggy back ride up the last hill. But it was fun!

Why didn’t Hubby run with us? Well, he tried. He finished in about 34 minutes. Dude started the race running with a friend, but then he slowed down when his friend kept going. Hubby was trying to catch up to Dude and must’ve run right by him at one point! So he spent the race trying to catch up to Dude while Dude was jogging along with me and Princess quite a bit behind :-)

All in all, it was a great experience! I was so proud of the kiddos for doing the run. We had an awesome pancake/ham/fruit breakfast in the cafeteria afterward. I even won a $10 gift card to It’s a Grind in the raffle – woo hoo! I must say, the Boedies have been pretty darn luck with raffle drawing winning lately 😉

The kids took full advantage of my good mood and joined me on a trip to Castle Rock after the race. I needed some pants and shoes . . . but of course we ended up at the Underarmor and Adidas stores first . . . where I may have been feeling so proud of them that I spent a little more moolah on them than I normally would have 😉 They did allow me 30 minutes at my store to get what I needed, so all was good.

We hightailed it back to town so we could make it to Dude’s soccer game that afternoon – yup, after running the race, he had to run around that ginormous soccer field for 1.5 hours! He was a trooper and did awesome :-)

How about you? What did you do last weekened?

What is 3.10685596?

3 miles + 564 feet + 2.4 inches

The distance in a 5K race.

The distance the Boedies will travel, by foot (some people call it running), on September 18th in a fundraiser for the kids’ school.

What the hell was I thinking registering for this?

I blame it on a brain fart after a long, busy day at work.

Or it may have been the bottle of wine I drank with dinner.

I wonder what the kids will think about this new development when I tell thim in the morning?


900 – miles driven

12 – hours driven

1 – people in the car

5 – states entered

2 – stops for gas

1 – stop for a beer at a bar with my bro who lives on the route

1 – Hubby I was excited to see when I got here

2 – Kids I was excited to see when I got here

2 – inlaws I was excited to see when I got here

10 – minutes it took me to run a mile to start this morning

24 – hours before we get in the car to drive to our final destination

5 – hours we have yet to drive to our final destination

11 – people we’ll have in a cabin for our mini reunion

6 – days we’ll be in the cabin

countless – times we’ll laugh, cry, joke, play, eat, have a great time