Catamount, Take 2

We went back to Catamount Reservoir today.  Not to hike, just to lounge by the water.  It was a relaxing, pleasant day.  The weather forecast indicated a storm would be building.  We went anyway, hoping to get in some good sunshine before the storm hit.  It was a wee bit cold for my liking, but I’ll take it!

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We spent the morning strolling near the water.

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And lounging in the sun.


Johnny enjoyed navigating the rocks like a big boy.  When he got to the top of this section as we left, he threw his arms up in the air and said “Jay (yay)!  Woohoo!”.


Panning for gold.

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Checking out the water without getting his shoes *too* wet.

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Checking out all of the random stuff there was to find – like fishing lures (we didn’t leave them there – we picked them up & took them all home).

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Eating his lunch on a log.

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(Side note – there is a picture of my around this age eating a snack on a stump.  Looks kinda similar from what I can remember.)

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Doing some serious thinking.

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It was such a nice day to just kick back with your feet up!

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Just when you get nice & comfy… you are guaranteed to have a Bug come & plop down on your belly. 

Those who know me well, know that I have an irrational fear of squirrels (I blame National Lampoons Christmas Vacation).  Apparently, that doesn’t extend to chipmunks.  I was kind of taken by this guy.    


So was Johnny.  He kept saying, “ooooo bunny!”.  And the chipmunk would run away, and Johnny would say, “Awww bunny gone!”.


Perhaps I grew too fond of the little chipmunk, because I threw some of Johnny’s bread crust for him to snack on. A momentary lapse of judgment! Word spread fast among the chipmunks that some human sucker was passing out free food.  Pretty soon, a whole little colony of chipmunks start popping their little heads over the rocks scoping for food.  One even tried to drink out of my Camelbak.

*Insert irrational fear of chipmunks here.*


I draw the line at allowing wild rodents to drink out of my Camelbak.  I started “shooing” away the chipmunks.  Johnny started saying “Go, bunny, go!” and shooing them with his hands.  Chuckle.  =)


Double fisting what is left of his sandwich while watching a boat pass by:


Waving and yelling “hi” to the people in the boat.


Loving on dad.

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These are Johnny’s “tired eyes”.


Sure enough, the storm clouds started to build.  We packed it up and headed back home.

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Coming up to the reservoir has made me realize how much I miss living around water.  The soothing cadence of the waves lapping the shore.  The slow breeze coming off of the water.  Now that we have found this place, we can at least have a little bit of amidst all of these mountains.  The best of both worlds.


Our Weekend

I hope all of you Moms had a pleasant weekend.  Well, and everyone else too. =)  We had a fun time!

Saturday, we celebrated Mother’s Day early and went to Peak Grill for an early lunch.


Johnny was pretty excited that his coloring sheet had Woody on it.  He had brought along his little Buzz Lightyear that Fisher gave to him.


Then I got to go clothes shopping AND fabric shopping (by myself!).  I had been wanting to go to Fabric Bliss in Denver for a while now.  It is pure heaven for a fabric-lover.  I got lots of pretty fabric to make myself a quilt.


(I blogged more about the fabric & upcoming quilt HERE over on my crafty blog).

Sunday I got breakfast in bed!  I think that’s the first time that’s ever happened… It was lovely.

Afterwards, we hiked part of Barr Trail.  This is one of the trails that goes to the top of Pikes Peak.  It may not look like it in the pictures, but it’s a decent grade.


I was pleasantly surprised by all of the lush green – there is so much deciduous vegetation on this trail!


Looking at the beers (birds).


The trail just steadily climbed up & up.  I’m sure my legs will thank me one day.


This little guy couldn’t stay awake.


I think I need to put making a neck pillow on the sewing list too.  It will probably make his naps on the trail a little more pleasant.


In fact, the pack just didn’t work for sleeping today.  So dad carried him the rest of the way down the trail.


We will definitely be doing this one again soon.

Happy Monday!


Happy Mama’s Day

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”  ~ Diana, Princess of Wales


“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston


“I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.”  ~ Terri Guillemets

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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”  ~ Rajneesh


“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”  ~ Margaret Culkin Banning


Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!  And Happy Mother’s Day to all of you “ma”s out there.



These Days

These days we are trying to spend every spare moment that we can outside.

Doing things like painting with homemade sidewalk chalk paint.


(Which apparently doesn’t taste good… in case you were wondering.)




Lots of running around and exploring – like the little kid in the Family Circus cartoon. And can I just say that my child must be part albino – he glows in the bright sun!


One day we “painted” the pizza oven with water.


This little turkey kept trying to delegate the work.  He kept saying “here! here!” and handing me a paint brush.


We’ve even been eating snacks and lunch outside every day.


When it’s this beautiful… why not?!

Catamount Reservoir

Fun fact for you – Catamount means “cat of the mountain” or mountain lion.  We were on the lookout today for some, but we didn’t see any.  Or bears.  In all the years we have lived in Colorado Springs, we had never been to Catamount Reservoir.  I’m really glad we found this gem of a hiking trail.

We were a bit worried at first, as the route we took to get there started on the Pike’s Peak Highway (you do get a discounted rate – it was $4 per adult).  It was mega touristy, but the road to the reservoir was not at all.  In reading after we got home, it looks like there are a few routes that allow you to hike in from Green Mountain Falls and the surrounding area).

It started out simply enough, with a short walk through a section of Aspen trees.


And then the trail opened up to this view. 


We just stood in awe for a while.


We very slowly meandered through the trees, the trail following closely to the edge of the reservoir.


Down onto the shore & back into the trees again.


We happened upon this neat, little lean-to… reminds me of the book, Megan’s Island I used to read as a kid.


We walked & we talked.



I’m not a huge fan of fishing… but after seeing this guy out on that rock, casting his line – made me want to bring a pole next time. 


We even got a picture with all of us looking in the same direction!  A small miracle, indeed.


I hope you all had a beautiful Saturday!

A Change In Course

A few things for you today. 

First, I finished Johnny’s quilt!  Wooooo!


The backing is a nice, bright orange – such a happy color.


Is it perfect?  Certainly not.  There are places where the thread got knotted & the binding got all wonky.


But will it keep my baby warm? Certainly.


And can I see him snuggling in it for years to come?  Indeed.


Secondly, I started a crafty blog!!  I’ve wanted to start posting crafty stuff, but it just seems a little muddled in my head to put it all here.  I like Johnnybug being a digital scrapbook.  SO, if you are interested – my first post is live on my new blog, True Color.  It’s all about this quilt & the lessons I learned. 

Happy Friday!