Saturday, November 21, 2009

100 Miles

100 miles is not a great distance...especially when you think about the average distance food travels to get to our dinner table, a whopping 1,500-2,500 miles. The 100 Mile Challenge is a show that has been running on Planet Green for the last few weeks. Six families from Canada signed up to only eat food that has traveled 100 miles or less, from farm to table, for 100 days. The families were inspired by Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, the authors of Plenty, a memoir about the authors experience of the 100 mile diet for one year.
We have also been inspired by the show and the book as well and hope that next summer we can do our own 100 mile challenge. We have been searching the web finding locally grown food. We have found many resources for just about everything we will need...of course, there are a few items (salt, for one) that we have not been able to find. Besides discovering locally grown food within 100 miles, I am hoping that we will also discover a new way of eating and a healthier understanding of where food comes from. We are planning on growing some of our food in our garden, joining a CSA, and hopefully getting some chickens. I have also been researching foraging for food in Colorado. The possibilities of new tastes are very exciting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blake's 1st Art Show

Blake has been in an art class over the last few months...she has been painting and discovering shapes and how to mix colors. Art class is something she absolutely loves to do. She now spends hours and hours coloring and cutting at home. It has been so much fun to see her creativity start to really come out and just watching her discover a love for painting and creating.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


On Friday we had our court date to finalize Brecken's adoption. We had to get all dressed up and go to the county courthouse for a judge to look over our files. Andy's mom came to visit on Thursday so we got to have both the Grandmas at court with us! We even got to go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate after. It is just so crazy and so big that the final step in completing the adoption is done. Brecken has blessed our family in so many ways. She brings joy to our lives. I can't believe that this time last year we were still waiting to bring her home...and now everything is finalized. Brecken's adoption was an amazing journey and we could not imagine our family without her. Love you Brecken Hope.

Monday, November 02, 2009