3 Summits

Wow, is it really already Friday? Where did this week go?! We have been busy truckin’ away at painting and Calder is staying busy with exposing that beauty of a brick wall. I will say, he won that battle…we will leave it the red that it is because it’s absolutely imperfectly gorgeous! But it will be a LONG job…and don’t you worry, there will be updates. Here is a little teaser…

BUT I am not here to post about the house just yet. I want to share about our camping trip last weekend! It was SO fun 🙂 Did I ever think I’d become a girl that enjoys sleeping in a tent? I love being outside but not so much the tent sleeping, not showering part. I will say I’m being slowly converted by my outdoorsman of a husband and I’m thankful for it! We had awesome weather and enjoyed the company of great friends and the beauty of the changing aspens trees. The are such a vibrant yellow, it’s gorgeous!

The pictures just don’t do them justice.

Enjoying a little campfire cooking on a frosty morning.

Gorgeous river valley where the boys spent the day fishing, while we….

climbed THREE 14ers! Woo check that off the summer goals list! It was a long day of climbing, but so rewarding. And now my count is up to 4! There also may or may not have been some miscommunication with the guys which caused them to have to hitch hike back to town haha. Good thing it was a life long goal of Calder’s to hitch hike! He can die happy now…

Looking down at Kite Lake, where we started.

Almost to the summit…snow on top!

Celebrating with food and football in Breck. We even got to watch K-State!

It was a wonderful “last hoorah” in the mountains before the house happened. This weekend will be the major move..not quite as much fun so I’m glad we were able to get out one last time before ski season.

Anyone do anything fun last weekend or have exciting plans this weekend? Or just relaxing with some football? (The hubs has officially turned me into a football fan too. He and Friday Night Lights. ha)

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Anniversary Camping

Our camping weekend was a much better success than our attempt last year I must say. If only we didn’t get rained out early, it would have been perfect. We didn’t get to roast hot dogs over a campfire, but since it had already rained and the clouds were looming Saturday morning…i decided to have smores with my breakfast burrito…ya know, in case rain prevented a campfire later 😉 AND that happened…so I’m so glad I did! Nothing beats smores when camping in my book. Here’s a little picture recap of the weekend:

we had a preetttty awesome campsite, not gonna lie.

just a few steps away from this. Can’t beat sleeping to the sound of a mountain stream!

My husband is the fire master. The fire he built survived a ten minute downpour!

Mmm. Campfire cuisine 🙂

There was quite the temperature shift during the day…

Perfect hiking attire. Socks and flip flops. Hottie alert!

Overall a great weekend. And we got to sleep in our own bed saturday night–so the rained out early thing wasn’t all bad 🙂

Anyone have any favorite anniversary memories?!

Oh! This also checks off one of our summer goals! woohoo! We’re not on track to check off everything, but it’s been a fun summer anyway!

Estes Park!

On an unrelated note….

WooHoo! I’ve been featured on 2 awesome blogs this week! Both for our map project.

Thanks House of Hepworths and Embracing Change!
This past weekend we got to meet up with our friends from Kansas. It was so great to see them and went by way too fast. Calder tackled Long’s peak with the men & Amy…one of the toughest 14ers! He has definitely gone above and beyond on the 14ers goal for the summer…but I still need one more so he hopefully has at least one more in him! haha Here are some pictures from the weekend!

Our whole group! Love these people!

Emily and I in downtown Estes Park!

Miss Claira and I..such a cutie!

Mr. Mason!

The backyard of the house we were all staying in..fun little hiking!

The view from our deck. So gorgeous!

Love this girl!

The hubby’s hike up. Looks so intense!

Summit Shot!

Couldn’t leave the mountains without spending some time relaxing by a mountain stream of course! One of my favorite mountain past times.

I can’t believe already another weekend is approaching! Hope you all have had a great week…any fun weekend plans?!

Weekend Map Project

A few days ago I gave a sneak peek of the map project we would be working on this weekend. And I’m excited to now be able to show you the finished product!

Our apartments have several vacant garages and we “borrowed” one to use to make this project outside but protected from the wind. We have been wanting to do this for a while and we have had the map for a couple of months now. We found it on amazon, but not sure exactly which one. We knew we wanted it to be pretty big and to be able to pin the places we’ve traveled but we didn’t really think about how we wanted to frame it or hang it until we started making it. And so this was definitely a learning experience as we made it work as we went and had no tutorial to follow! BUT if you wanna make your own like we did, here is a tutorial for YOU!

Originally we were going to back it with cork, but when I went to buy it, it was pretty expensive and it was too thin so we would have had to buy another material to back the cork with. My construction hubby came up with the idea of using styrofoam insulation and it worked perfect!

So first step is to get some insulation from any big box home improvement store. It will most likely only come in large sheets, but it was still cheaper than the cork idea. You will only need about half of it. You will also need some spray adhesive. First step is to spray the half of the insulation you are going to use pretty thickly and then also spray the back of the map. Allow to dry slightly before sticking them together (about 1 min).

Look at my good lookin’ helper 😉

CAREFULLY lay the map onto the styrofoam, making sure to press out the air as you go. Start at one end and have your helper slowly lower the other end while you are smoothing it out with you hands from center to edges. Once it is flat and stuck, put the other half of insulation over it and then put something heavy on top of that. Allow it to dry flat for 20-30 minutes to help it really adhere.

My husband came up with the idea of framing it with cedar planks to give it a rustic feel and to be substantial enough for the size of the map. So we measured the sides and went and got the pieces cut according to our measurements. Then we secured the pieces together using these metal tack plate things..not sure the official name 🙂

The tack things cause the boards to tilt a little bit so we also reinforced the corners with finish nails to make sure they laid flat. It would have been good if we had made sure it was square before nailing it together…but luckily we got it pretty close just eyeballing it. If you are doing this, I’d recommend squaring it off with a tool before nailing it 🙂

Now we needed to attach it to the frame. We first traced the frame around the map and cut the insulation accordingly. We wanted it to be a little smaller than the frame itself so we made sure to cut inside the lines about a 1/2″. We then super glued all around the map on the insulation border, not getting glue on the map except for the corners. Carefully we laid the frame on top of the glue and put pressure on it (aka sat on it) for a couple of minutes. To reinforce the glue, Calder nailed on the back through the foam into the wood. He put one on each corner, 2 on the long sides, and 1 on the short sides.

To attach the hanging mechanism, I used one of the ones I had left from the sunburst mirror project, and we nailed straight through the insulation into the wood, making sure it was perfectly centered. Make sure your nails are long enough to reach the wood.

All that’s left to do is hang it up! (it is surprisingly lightweight because of styrofoam being the main material!)

And add the pins! One color for my destinations, one for Calder’s and one for the places we visit together!

Did anyone else do any fun weekend projects??

ALSO! My sunburst mirror post is being featured over on my friend Courtney’s blog, Little Moments, today! Go take a look and check out her fun blog while you’re at it!