Camping - Elevenmile Reservoir

We decided to try a new campsite out this time - and I couldn't have been more pleased! We went up to Eleven mile Reservoir. If you don't know where that is, it's west of Colorado Springs about an hour or so, past Woodland Park. I can't believe I've lived in Co my whole life and never been there! It didn't take very long to get there, but it seems SO far away. Despite the rain - the TONS AND TONS OF RAIN, we had a great time! The scenery was awesome, the amenities were great and when the sun shined it was a really beautiful place. I'm really glad that our campsite wasn't near the lake though, there was thousands (no exaggeration) of these "mosquito like" bugs (they weren't mosquito's but looked similar). That was really gross, but overall a really fun trip and I can't wait to go back! Kaitlyn had a fabulous time, and was so bummed when we were leaving. She said "I thought we were going to stay forever!" Mike said, "don't you want to go back to your home? Don't you miss it?" She promptly said "No!". He laughed and said, too bad. We went with Jamie, Mike and the kids - all four dogs - and Rayme's family. It seemed like there was something for everyone - and I think we all had a great time! It wasn't a bad start to the camping season!

Take a look at the slide show on the right.


I have wanted a garden for years, and for Mother's day this year my husband decided to build me a raised garden bed! He and my brother in law Mike, built me this beautiful cedar garden bed and drilled my buckets for upside down planters. I must have been too caught up in the moment because I didn't take a single picture (and that is just NOT like me!).

I decided to do half store bought plants and half seeds. I have to say that I am really proud of myself! I am just going for it! I really have no idea what I am doing but I'm sure I'm going to get something out of it! Here are some picture of our progress!

Here is Jamie helping me plant carrots and Jalapenos!

She is really excited about the garden!

Don't I look so happy!? I found a quote recently "The best place to look for God is in the garden, you can dig for him there".

Here are some pics of my stuff!


Heirloom Tomatoes (green zebra) and some brussel sprouts from my neighbor!

Some Green onions and some red onions, I think there is a cantaloupe in there too - followed by more bell peppers and some giant Marconi peppers.

My upside down tomato planters! I know - they aren't the most attractive, but SO effective! I am so super excited about them! Can you see my babies? One yellow pear tomato and like 3 or 4 cherry tomatoes! My Raspberry bush!

Baby Marconi Peppers

Some Mint


We had a hail storm while we were camping, and I was so worried! But - all in all they didn't fair too bad! I lost one whole stem of flowering tomatoes - hopefully they will still bloom more. My beans came up (pic to the left) and my peas are doing awesome! My jalapenos got a bit beat up but they still bloomed! My carrots are coming up in troves! YUMMY!

Well - that's it for now, I will be updating continuously!



Number 1)

noun (plural plums)

1. dark red fruit: a round or oval smooth-skinned fruit, usually red or purple, containing a flattened pit. 2. A fruit recently discovered by my 3 year old, which is "delicious for her tummy"!

Used in a sentence:
" Mommy, can I have another one of those plumps, they are delicious for my tummy!!!."

Number 2)

Pecheeought. Pronounced PEE-CHEE-AUT.
Noun? Verb? Adverb? Yes? I think.
This definition is a little harder because I'm not sure what it means. I know it has been used in several applications as follows:

A. "I bonked my head and that was a real pecheeought!
B. " Aunt JJ you are such a pecheeought!
C. "Peecheeought, I forgot my brushy!"
D. "Cheyenne is going to eat my plump, that is a pecheeought!"