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weekend things

Busy but fun.

That is going to be the theme of the summer.  Our weekends are packed!


Equinox.  Favorite brewery in Ft. Collins.

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The Honey Gitters playing at Equinox.

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Babysat Tate!!

Laura + Travis had a wedding to shoot, so I swooped in and stole watched their baby!

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Tate ate, I ate…

Tate napped, I napped…

I heard you’re supposed to nap when the baby naps…or is that just for new moms? heh

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Cutest ever, right?  Look at those eyes!

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I had the best day watching this little guy! 

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After a long nap, we headed to Crate + Barrel.  I had a gift card to use and there is no C+B in Ft. Collins. 

Crate + Barrel = baby snooze fest

He slept the whole time!

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Then we headed to Heather’s house, and I finally got to meet Weston!  It’s hard enough to handle ONE adorable baby, let alone TWO.

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Walk time.

Tate and I went for a few loops around this little lake by Laura’s house.

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Great way to end the evening.

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Mojito bar Sunday. 

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Sunday, Chris + I headed to Denver for Ann’s [yellow sweater] bridal shower!  Chris and the boys hung out with Kurtz, while the girls celebrated the upcoming wedding.

Ann + Kurtz are our good friends who are getting married in Costa Rica in September, and I’m super excited to be photographing their wedding!

Ali [purple dress] hosted the amazing party.

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We are so happy for these two and cannot wait for their wedding.  It’s our first real vacation since our honeymoon four years ago.

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Ali + Hovan are actually getting married in TWO weeks in Ohio.  They are from right around where my parents live so I’ll be making a trip home very soon. 

Garden envy!

Ali + Hovan did an amazing job with their garden.

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The boys crashed the party at the end and played a little cornhole.

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My beautiful new basil plant thanks to Ali and her green thumb!

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Ann’s rehearsal bouquet that I made!

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Not to end on a sad note but one other major thing that happened this weekend was the start of the High Park Fire, about 15 miles west of Ft. Collins.  Close to 37,000 acres have burned in just two days and the fire is still 0% contained.  The weather was 90+ on Sunday and extremely dry.  The winds increased + shifted Sunday night as a cold front came through, which caused the fire to grow substantially. 

The first 3 photos are from Kelsey taken in town.Image (10)I took the top photo on our way back to Denver last night and the bottom photo was on our way to Denver.    Image (11)The smoke was very thick in Ft. Collins last night, smelling like an intense camp fire.  The fire was reportedly started from lightening strike. 

This photo was taken as we were heading back into town from I-25.

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Evacuation orders are growing rapidly and the town is doing all they can to accommodate people + animals.  We know a number of families that have had to pack up and leave their homes already.  Hoping for a storm to come this week to help get things under control.  This has been all consuming.  I’m constantly checking for updates and hoping to see even just 5% containment.

Hopefully I’ll have a better update tomorrow.


Reader Comments (25)

Kind of a random thought, but my husband is a fireman and we've dreamed about moving to Ft. Collins one day, so it was funny to see a fire there in your pic. Hehe...
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
i liked your weekend.
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha [m&m]
I hope it's not bad form for me to comment with this, but I encourage anyone reading who has the means to consider donating to the Northern Colorado Red Cross or the Larimer Humane Society. I work for a health clinic in Fort Collins, and resources in the area are going to be tight given the amount of displaced people and animals. Checking #HighParkFire on twitter may also direct people toothed needed resources; I know last night, people were looking for horse trailers to help residents who need to move larger animals.

Also, stay safe! I can't believe how fast this fire is growing.

Ashley--> It's not bad form AT ALL. Thank you so much for leaving this information!!! Stay safe!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Those babies are both adorable!
But that fire sounds scary... hoping they get a little handle on things today.
Fires are scary. I experienced a few that came quite close to where I lived in Southern California for a few years. Stay safe and stay indoors when you can! That ash was no joke for us...
P.S. That baby is adoooorable!!
Scary! I hope that the fire is contained! My parents live in NE Florida and have to worry about this kind of stuff in summer too. Stay safe and my thoughts are with you and your city!

Ashley--> Thank you!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
Hope that fire was contained, that is so scary, sending prayers!

Oh how sweet the babies are! <3

Glad you had a girl fun and baby fun filled weekend!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Aw, looks like such a fun weekend :) Tate is too cute!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Wow. Your weekend sounds about as crazy as mine. But packed weekends are the best. I get bored otherwise! Adorable babies, too! My husband's sister had her baby on Sunday. So precious. :)
Ooo a mojito bar sounds like fun! Do you have a favorite flavor of mojito or do you just prefer the usual flavor? I had a passion fruit mojito that was the BEST this weekend!
I hope they get those fires under control asap too!!!

Ashley--> I haven't had too many different flavors but think I prefer the original. :)
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
Hope you guys stay safe! I've been thinking about you when I'm watching the news. When you said you and the baby took a few loops...I read "poops." Probably true too. :)

Love you!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
We saw smoke on Saturday when we drove up to Boulder, but I didn't realize it was a forest fire until Sunday. I'm so sad for everyone in that area & I can't believe it's not contained at all yet! :(
sounds like a really good baby! i am terrible at napping when the baby naps. never know how long the nap will last and i have other things to get done first! we are watching that fire from aspen too. feels like dejavu after watching the Bastrop fires in Texas less than a year ago. Can't believe it's not contained at all.

Ashley--> I'm sure I would be terrible if I was the actual mom. But there wasn't a thing to do while I was at there house when he was sleeping! So nice. :)
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarci
The fire is sad but it is a natural occurrence and it's the forest's way of cleaning itself out so that new trees and plants cam grow again. It's what the forest has to do. Its natural. It sucks that it got so big and people have to evacuate though.
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKammie
Those babies are freaking adorable and right next to each other look like they could be related!!
And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a storm to help contain that fire. Stay safe.

Ashley--> My fingers are crossed for a storm as well!
I'm so glad you were able to come over! And let me know if y'all need a place to stay...the more the merrier!

Ashley--> Thanks so much, Heather!
June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
So sad to hear about the fire. :( It's crazy how fast they spread and get out of control. Stay safe!
On a brighter note, that is so great that you are photographing your friend's wedding in Costa Rica...what an honour! Nothing like combining work and pleasure in a sunny destination. ;)

Ashley--> Thanks, Ang. And yes, we are so excited about Costa Rica!
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
Those two babies are so cute, OMG I can't stop staring at them!
Thinking of you and your town as I hear a story about the fire on NPR. Stay safe!
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Chicago
I've been thinking of you and hoping you and your husband have been able to stay safe with this fire going on! I'm glad to hear you guys are ok for the time being. Really crossing my fingers for some heavy rain in C.O.! Looks like you had a great weekend though and how exciting that you get to go to Costa Rica!
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
The fire is really bad. I have been here since 1991 and have never seen anything like it. I saw bikers yesterday riding with masks on, and heard there was ash on cars in town. We even had to shut up the house sun. night because the smoke was so thick even 4 mi. E. of the interstate. Thank goodness it was a much cooler day yesterday for the firefighters and volunteers. On a more positive note, I Love love love the mojito bar idea. So clever! We usually have a big 4th party every year. Last years drink was a big pitcher of sangria, but this year may be the mojito. They are my fav. and maybe I can put out strawberries or blueberries to make fruit ones to. One question? Did your friend make a simple syrup, or just put out the sugar and the muddler?
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara
The photos remind me of the fires we had out in San Diego back in 2003. The entire county was pretty much ablaze with 3 fires from north, east, and south. The brush had been so overgrown that it just spread so easily and quickly. It's a beautiful but very scary and deadly thing to witness. Ash rained down from the sky for several days. My heart goes out to the people being displaced by the High Park Fire, and I pray that no loss of life, human or pet occurs.

Wish we had mircobrews like that close to where I live. The ones near us and now pretty corporate :(
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia the Mexigarian
Ahh, babies! Swoon.

All this fire news is just.. heartbreaking. I went out for my run this morning (I live right smack in the heart of downtown Denver) and all I could smell was burning wood, and the city was covered in a dense layer of smoke. So incredibly sad.
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae | Oh, ladycakes
I will be thinking about everyone in the path of that fire. I also wanted to say I appreciate the brewery suggestion. We are headed on a road trip to Colorado in August (from St. Louis) and were going to hit Ft. Collins for O'Dell anyway!
This looks amazing, but it is unclear from the photo -- is it for 4 pepper halves (i.e. two whole peppers) or 4 whole peppers?

Ashley--> This recipe will fill 4 whole peppers/8 halves.
July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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