Hammond's Candy Factory & Talking Gratitude
Happy New Year everyone!
We had a great little winter break. Took the girls bowling for the first time ever on New Year's Eve and it was one of my favorite excursions with them! They get so incredibly excited over the littlest bit of action, even a single pin, even a ball stalling out midway down the lane, and Remy seems to have quite a competitive streak coming out. One game was all we needed. I sort of want to get them bowling shoes for everyday- SO CUTE!
The girls and I also headed out west for a mini trip to see family since husband had to travel for work over the holiday. I wasn't sure we were definitely going, I was just sort of talking out loud about it and the girls had packed their little back packs with all the necessities when I was clearing breakfast one morning. You know, all the import ants, like their hair brushes, a bunch of toys and books and odds and ends. I had been napping on New Years' Eve and Remy had excitedly ran towards me with a drawing she made of my Dad's house with all the animals. We had to make the trip. By Tuesday I had geared myself up for the LONG drive and the girls were more than ready to hit the open road and see their Pa.
While I don't make resolutions or even set defined GOALS for the new year, I do have a few broad ones rumbling around. I have been thinking more about what I want out of this year in particular than I have in years past. One thing, one idea, one word, to focus on and center on and really give light to, my word I want to spotlight is "gratitude." I want to SHOW my graciousness and humbleness and how appreciative and thankful I am every day. It isn't easy. It's easy to play, "poor me," "if only," "what if," up in your head, but you have to snap out of it and be in the present and really acknowledge and recognize what we have NOW, HERE, and more than enough of. I am so beyond THANKFUL I have been gifted this chance of a life to be a mommy and to be HOME and WITH my babies. I have mentioned it before, but it has come to light, that perhaps I am able to "blog" about my thankfulness more than I SHOW it to the people most important to me. I am really focused on this, and want to change that. I want to be more vulnerable and OPEN with myself and my loved ones, more honest and try to be SWEETER, SOFTER, more grateful. Because I AM!!!
When we traveled last week, the winter weather was actually PERFECT and I am so glad we were able to ring in 2018 with my Dad. Blue skies, dry roads, warmed up afternoons.... I had never been out that way in winter, so I am glad the Colorado climate was mild and fair to us those few days to get there and back safely. Dad had bottles popping of his mead and wine he makes and treated us to really delicious dinners every night. I hadn't had his spaghetti in YEARS! He always made a mean spaghetti sauce. Thank you so much for having us and spending time....it is always special and memorable and we just love it out there a real lot. The girls got to see the baby calves they have, feed the chickens, gather eggs, feed the horses and goats hay, also grown by Dad. There are three horses on the property, all female, and all preggo! We will see babies come spring! We came back and passed the Colorado Western Stock Show and I explained it to the girls. Knowing what they know about a farm from their Pa, they are interested in what that's about! Not sure we'll make it there this year, but thinking about what parts of that might be most of interest to them for next year maybe.
Before Christmas, the girls and I took a little field trip up north to do the candy factory tour at Hammond's Candy! I had been once before, Remy was very small, but it was so great with the girls in their curious stage. Remy was so sweet watching the initial informational video, look at her tiny fingers folded. Arlo was a very GOOD girl too, the last of her baby thighs hanging out of her jumper and those piggie tails...and that smile! Arlo was game for the paper hat which I found ADORABLE, Remy, wasn't having it. I think I get MORE excited about these things than the kiddos sometimes. I was totally THAT person who asked several questions and I could tell the tour guide was a bit irritated. Not sure why, we were three of six on the tour and it was the end... ALSO, she gave us terribly smashed and broken bits of candy canes at the end. I remember from my tour before they hand a cane out at the end, but this was not a very generous or nice gesture if you ask me. A basketful of hard candy in smithereens... No thank you. Just a little note on hospitality...
Anyway, of course we styled up in our "candy factory" best- stripes, and rainbows! They run tours of the factory almost daily, so check out their website to book yours online ahead of going down.
Happy New Year and thank you all for stopping by to read this space! I would love to hear what some of your goals are this year, as well as what you would like to read or see more of around here. I know so many bloggers have changed dramatically since the start of blogging. Less posts, less photos, maybe one or two lines, but I just can't shaw the writing bug. I LOVE blogging for that reason- sharing and writing... what do you all think about the present state of blogs and the future of it?! Feel free to put it in the comments!
Wearing: Remy is wearing a sweater by Tootsa MacGinty, a skirt by Children's Place, brogues by Crazy 8 (similar), handmade hair bow. Arlo is wearing a thrifted black corduroy jumper, and thrifted/vintage rainbow turtleneck, (similar look) and sequin shoes.