Sunday, August 31, 2008

Labor Day Weekend Funness

I love 3 day weekends. I honestly feel that our work weeks should be cut in order to have a 3 day weekend every week.

On Saturday, Ben and I spent the morning running errands, cleaning up the house, playing with Jack, etc. Then, we went to dinner at Jake and Telly's. Yum! We had a Greek feast complete with some sort of flaming cheese, yummy wine, crab cakes, and a sampler plate with all kinds of deliciousness...except the olives (yuck.).

After dinner we headed down to Memorial Park for the Balloon Glo. We (okay I, Melissa) were a little bummed because we tried to invite other couples to join us. Here's the tally: Invited 14 people, 6 said they were in, and 0 actually came with us. Tangent alert! Why is it so hard to make friends here?? In Boulder, I had a bunch of really good girlfriends. Here, it's been surprisingly difficult. I know, I know, it takes time to make friends. But sometimes I feel like I'm making lots of effort only to be left feeling sad and rejected. Perhaps I should not post the creepy wine picture of me (above) in the event that a potential new friend sees this.

Okay. Now that that's off my chest, I'll get back on track.
I loved, loved, loved the Balloon Glo!! I kept thanking Ben for taking me there. For me, it was better than the 4th of July fireworks. Loved it. And now, pictures!

Oh! We also took a few family pictures...

Sunday was pretty laid back...slept in, went to church, played with Jack, ran some errands...

We spent Labor Day afternoon/evening with family and friends: Jim, Debbie, Em and the kiddos, Jonathan and Jen, and Val, Michael and Craig. We all met up at the driving range to practice our skillz. Then, went to Jim and Debbie's house for dinner. It's always a blast hanging out with the family!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


It's been a little while since I've written a post, so here you go!

1. I (Melissa) am no longer a stay-at-home-wife. Bummer. It was a wonderful summer, but then it was time to get back to the "
real world". Here's my "real world":
Nice, huh? I'm now a "long-term Kindergarten substitute" at the Colorado Springs School. So far, it's really great! I have 8 kiddos in my class. It's a beautiful campus near The Broadmoor. Every 15 minutes we can hear the chimes from the Will Rodgers memorial thingy. We also have frequent visits from bears! We have to take the "bear bag" out to the playground with us...just in case.

2. We haven't killed the dog yet. Yes, Ben and I have successfully kept Jack alive for 7 weeks now. Go us! Ben has taught Jack how to fetch. It's really cute. Here's proof:

3. We took a little family trip to Grand Lake a few weekends ago. That was fun! Had we brought our camera, I'd have pictures to post. But, we didn't. So, here's some other person's picture of Grand Lake:

4. We found a church! Ben and I are now regular attenders at Vanguard Church. We've really enjoyed getting to know people in the LinX group...for Young Marrieds.

5. Golf lessons! Ben's parents graciously purchased golf lessons for all of us. We had our first lesson last Thursday. It's a little overwhelming, but I'm beginning to get the swing of things. (haha! Punny.) I'm still in the stage where I have to think about every little aspect of hitting the ball...feet shoulder width apart, weight on the insides of my feet, knees bent, butt out, proper grip, etc. I'm considering making a t-shirt with a checklist on it. I'd have to put it upsidedown so I can look down and read it. That would probably look weird. Tangent. Back on track. It was a blast hanging out with the fam. I'm hoping that someday I'll be able to make it through 9 holes without wanting to cry out of frustration. :) We'll see. I think I just need a rockin' cool golf outfit like this:

Seriously. I need this outfit.

6. Last, I will leave you with links to my 2 favoritest blogs.
  1. Cake Wrecks- Ben and I laughed at this for a very long time. The life-like baby cake is my favorite. Wait. I'll link you go!
  2. Smitten Kitchen- I've made lots of recipes from this blog. So yummy.

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!