Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tree cutting

We got our tree early this year.
Typically, we cut it down on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
However, this year, the business, with tours and walk-throughs, made it so that we couldn't do it on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
So, Wednesday was the day we set out to find a tree ... and on our own property!
With 5 wooded acres, there were plenty of trees to be found!
We didn't need a permit.
We didn't need to drive anywhere.

Naturally, we had to get one that was tall enough to reach up to the kids loft.
It's about 14 feet tall ... and perfect!
It was a fun year to find a tree.

Friday, November 27, 2015


This was the first year since we moved back to Colorado that the Stuckys decided to stay home for Thanksgiving, then go to Arizona.
It was fun to spend Thanksgiving with them this year.
Matt and Jena moved back to Denver this summer, as Jena couldn't find work in Crested Butte.

While they aren't too keen on turkey, we had beef tenderloin for dinner.
So, I made a turkey dinner while we were in Winter Park.

Mom, Dad, and Shawnie spent Thanksgiving in Winter Park.
We stayed up there the first part of the week and they stayed the latter part.
It was different this year, but good.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

THE meeting

Yesterday, we had our meeting with Ted Sells, Christina's lawyer.
The four of us met Ted at his office and we called Christina.
It's hard to believe we have arrived at the place we have.

Bottom line, if we don't sign the ridiculous liability release document that Ted drafted,
we cannot use the farm road.
Christina will have gates erected to keep guests away.

Then, there's the meadow.
We now have to include a "cannot use" clause in our documents ...
and ask brides to contact Christina directly, should they want to take photos in the meadow.
She wants to charge $100 for that "privilege".

The Grandview Terrace is a whole different story.
The lease that we THOUGHT we signed would take us through 2016.
However, it conveniently got overlooked.
So, we are not under a lease agreement and Christina would like us to renegotiate.
She wants more money for every wedding, which we offered to pay, along with 50% of the dumpster bill during the summer months.

Just today, Christina emailed Steve with photos of trash on her property
... and evidence of a fire pit with beer cans.
She is asking us to clean it up!
And this is after we were told we could not have access to her property since we would not sign the liability release.

I am speechless.
Absolutely and utterly speechless!

Monday, November 2, 2015


This year wasn't much different than year's past.
But we had to drive a lot farther ... and stay the night at mom and dad's house.
Shiloh was invited to Eliza's party.
So, Steve took Landon, Sawyer, and Liberty to the outlet mall in Castle Rock to "trick or treat."
I drove Shiloh out to Parker, to the Avery's house.

Then, I met up with Steve and we took the kids to the Rock party at the Fairgrounds.
Much to our disappointment, there was no bungee jumping, no amusement style rides,
and very little candy.
There were blow up jumpers and a few little kid games.

Just as we were leaving, I got a text from Sally that Shiloh wasn't feeling well.
(we had been dealing with a stomach bug that was working it's way through our house)
Steve took the kids to mom and dad's and I went to get Shiloh ...
who threw up right before I got there.
Poor girl.

Then, we stayed the night, as we had a Mavuno Market board meeting scheduled for 1pm on Sunday.
It was fun for the kids ... and certainly memorable for Shiloh!  =)