Happy Independence Day

Independence day is one of my favorite holidays. I truly am proud to be an American. There is a lot of mess and I am rarely proud of our government, but that isn't what I am talking about.

I am proud of the people and the land. Our country is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to explore. You could spend your entire life discovering America and never get bored. And that land is filled with some of the most amazing, hard working, and beautiful people you will ever meet. All kinds of people with all kinds of views, but most of them only wanting to live healthy, happy, and free, in a place that they love. That is what I am proud of. 

These pictures might a little cliched' but I don't really care, I am feeling patriotic dang it.  Happy birthday 'Merica.

Birthday Weekend in Estes Park

This has been such a crazy year for us. So many changes have occurred. It has been good but also pretty stressful. I have to admit that it was starting to really get to me. Courtney knows how refreshing and refueling simply getting away is for me, and I think she could tell that I needed a break, even just a little one. So for my birthday this year she bought me a one night getaway with her, in a little hut/cabin, in the mountains. I could't have asked for a better gift. It was exactly what I needed. She also bought me a Topo Designs camp hat that I have wanted for awhile. I was a happy camper. 

Saturday night we checked in to our little place. It was this awesome little cottage that Courtney booked on AirBNB. It was romantic and so fun. It even had a private outdoor hot tub. After dinner at a little bar and grill in town we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying our little place. 

Sunday we decided we were up for a challenge so we hiked to a place called Chasm lake at the base of Longs Peak. It was beautiful and amazing and the hardest hike I have ever done. One of our goals is to climb Longs but we have a lot of training to do before that. The scenery was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I kept having to remind myself that it was real. It was amazing. 

I could't have asked for a better birthday. Thanks for making it special.

Happy Father's Day

Happy father's day to the two greatest men in our lives. They were always the foundation to our family, the rock, the leader, the provider, the maker of jokes, the lightener of moods, the decision maker when things were tough, the protector of their crew, the first man I ever loved (Courtney) and my first best friend (Nathan). We have been blessed to have two Godly men in our lives to call dad and they both just so happen to be masters at Dad jokes. Here's to you dads. Thanks for being great examples in our lives.