Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Foot Surgery

As most of you know, I had foot surgery last week to remove two hard rock-like masses in the bottom of my foot. At the time, we didn't know what the mobile masses were, but post-surgery we learned from pathology the masses were Rheumatoid nodules, developed because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. We're not sure what this entails for the future, if this will mean more will develop or if this is the end, but we're glad to know now what was going on. I spent several days in bed and am now back to work. A few highlights of the process below!

In a boot... again. My mom had saved my boot from my 8th grade ankle injury, but for this one, I got a brand new boot. Fancy!

Chris got me a "feel better soon" goodie bag - you'll notice it is mainly candy. He knows me so well.

Ashley and her little one Lily came to visit me at home, and they brightened my days!

Mom sent a wonderful array of foot cookies - notice the connection with candy, cookies, sugar ... they all know me so well. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Canvas and Cocktails

The Rocky Mountain Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha hosted a social night at Canvas and Cocktails. We had a great time and come home with beautiful works of art! The studio is set up with mini easels and everyone gets their own canvas, brushes, water and paint. The instructor selects a painting to teach that evening and then instructs the class on how to create the painting. You also have the option of creating your own masterpiece, and straying from the "lesson." I have really wanted a painting of aspens for our second bedroom, so that is what I created, and Ashley painted a chandelier!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Keystone Weekend with the Achterhofs

Last weekend was officially our last big ski weekend at Keystone. The resort will be closing Easter weekend, and with my foot surgery this week, I won't be getting up on skis again for a little while! We had a wonderful weekend with our good friends Chad and Michelle, in Silverthorn, and skied together on Saturday. Though we've been good friends since we all moved to Colorado three years ago, we had yet to all ski together! It was perfect, and such a filling weekend with good laughs, and good conversation. We are so fortunate to have them in our lives and so blessed by their friendship. 

Sunrise from the condo

Breakfast Sunday morning at a stellar local hole-in-the-wall cafe. These "locals only" places are always our favorites. I think we are on our way to becoming official food critics!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our Loss

Last week we lost the 100 year old, 70 foot Spruce that once stood in our front yard. We had a wind storm and it fell, fortunately, in the only direction that would prevent house damage (note houses on all 3 sides). The tree ended just feet before the street, preventing car damage as well. We were very fortunate, just sad to see it go! On the up side, this leaves a clean palate for front yard landscaping this spring!