Happy 4th of July!

We're pretty cute for 6:45am
on a holiday!
Busy day yesterday! And a nice calm one today, so finally getting some quality blogging time in. Ahh... Happy to get to visit some of my blogging buddies! Hello :)

Yesterday started with my second time participating in our town's Downhill Mile race, but this year my totally awesome friend Katie (@katieschmalzel) joined me!

Then Katie helped with some yardwork, which I am SO very happy to have finally gotten around to. You know that feeling of having a Thing To Do that irks you every time you think of it? But then you finally get it taken care of and it is the BEST feeling ever?? Yeah. This chore was like that.

The previous owners of our house did all the 'landscaping' in our backyard with piles of rocks that they used as borders around beds. I think they put in landscaping cloth to keep the grass from growing in the beds, but if so it was forever ago and the cloth is non-existent at this point. I tried last year to re-mulch, but it was not sufficient to keep the grass from growing, and I had given up on keeping things dealt with this year so the beds around our trees in back ended up looking like this:
I swear there's a bed under there, somewhere!
After about an hour of work digging the rocks back out of the dirt into which they had sunk, adding topsoil, new landscaping cloth and mulch and re-placing the stones, the beds now look like this:

Ahh... much better..
Strawberry rhubarb
and mint chocolate chip! Yum.
I'm very pleased :)

After all that work, we headed to the town Pancake Breakfast (as many free pancakes as you can eat! and adorable booths from local businesses!). After running and then doing manual labor, we'd definitely earned breakfast and made short work of some nice stacks of cakes. So yummy. :) Then we walked home and showered before heading to Boulder for some delicious cupcakes from Tee and Cakes.

By the time we got home we had about an hour to relax before folks came over for a BBQ, so we played with some SunPrint paper, and sprawled on the living room floor to rest. There might have been a little bit of a sugar crash in this part of the day. Yup.

The rest of the day was slightly more typical for the 4th - BBQ, movie to fill the time a bit, and then fireworks. All in all, pretty epic!

What did you do for the 4th? 


  1. Sure sounds like you were on the go a ton, deserve those free pan cakes haha

  2. Wow! That was a busy day by the sounds of it...and delicious as well! I need to try harder to make rhubarb work for me!

  3. Sounds like you must have felt a true sense of accomplishment by the end of that day, especially for a holiday. I am intrigued by the Sun-print paper and will have to check it out--sounds cool! I had to work a normal day on the 4th, but it was nice and quiet.

  4. What a way to celebrate Independence Day! 6am and running is a combination that I tend to avoid at all costs. Ha! Kudos to you and your friend for participating in your town's race and still having enough energy to do housework before the BBQ and other festivities. My irking to-dos are laundry (which still needs to get done), plumbing and roofing repairs...all of which I sigh about when thinking about them. It sounds like you all had a great holiday and that is fantastic :)

  5. I work on my garden only a few times a year (which is why I have very few plants). It's a full day activity that gives me nothing but the munchies and an intense need for a long afternoon nap.

    A race and then gardening? You definitely deserve those pancakes and cupcakes!

  6. what a wonderul and productive day! endless stacks of flapjacks? how awesome is that!

    and thanks for commenting on my broken branch falls blog tour!

  7. Sounds like you've been busy! Hope the rest of your July went well. :)


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