Aspens + Kiddos


Chaseyboy, age 7.

I love this boy’s spirit of adventure. He’s always up for a trip to the mountains, or a nearby creek or trail. Here he is with his newly lost top tooth next to the giant one which came out months ago :)fall2016-1fall2016-2Shai, almost 5-years-old.

Literally everywhere we go Shailo collects sticks or rocks or pinecones. “Treasures” to him! We have many lying around our yard from all over Colorado.

fall2016-15Ever, 2.5-years-old.

She can be super girly and usually will choose a pretty dress over anything else, however, she’s always running just a step behind her brothers. She’s a brave little wildflower!fallkids2016-1-6Everly in her beautiful dress made by The Simple Kind . We couldn’t pack it up for fall, so she’ll be wearing it with leggings and a sweater when the weather cools down! fall2016-13

It was a beautiful and quite memorable trip to spot the changing Aspens! Just to keep it real – and look back and laugh someday – the drive 1.5 hours into the mountains was great but upon arrival there were many tears she by Little Miss Ever over her jacket hood being down. We also forgot our dog Lewis’ leash and he wasn’t allowed to wander about so we had to leave him in the car which caused more tears and frustration from ALL of the kids. The mom and dad of this adorable bunch exchanged some not-so-kind words in the midst of the chaos. And THEN we enjoyed our time in the mountains. :) Well worth it all in the end. Will we do it again, yes. Will it be chaotic, you bet. Such is this life that we’ve chosen and I find it truly amazing!

ALL photos above were taken by Ted and edited by me. The photo below was snapped on my iphone to capture daddy in the pics as well. <3



Wild Explorers (Club)

We’re now a month into what’s called the Wild Explorers Club, and let me tell you, it has been a blast. We heard about it when introduced to the Wild and Free Children, which is equally amazing! Unfortunately, I can’t find any groups locally. But that didn’t discourage us, we decided to do it on our own (if you’d ever want to join us, let me know!)

HeckmanThis ‘program’ has truly helped nurture and guide my naturally adventurous crew. They are currently a wolf – and are making their way up to be a bald eagle. (It is a 24 month program with 10 levels. Click the link above for more details.) Each animal (level) they complete, they can get a embroidered patch of that animal! Heckman-14

Each new week they are given an assignment, which they anxiously await to hear. To share an example, the week we snapped these photos, their assignment was to simply find a hiking stick which they can take with us every time we venture out.


We already have quite a few at home, but we went out in search of the ‘best’ and they each found one.Heckman-25

Well, Everly found two :)Heckman-17We then tore off the bark, making it bare. (we later used a pocket knife to finish it) Heckman-26

They then tested their hiking sticks, using it to help cross treacherous waters ;) Heckman-20

It has, so far, been very doable for our lifestyle and schedules. Heckman-9Heckman-10We pick the day(s) we go out and explore. It’s rarely the same day each week, and since we homeschool and make most of our own schedule, it has truly been easy to find time for. Heckman-7And now, Lewie comes along, if the trial allows. Heckman-5

You should check out this program if you have little or bigs who enjoy nature and exploring! Shailo and Everly even join in though it’s mostly for Chase’s age and older. Heckman-4

Me and my girl. Faces of concentration ;) I’m usually behind the lens, so it was special to have Ted (who was visiting from Alaska) capture this one and a few from above.

Bug Museum

We visited a bug museum with Chase’s homeschool co-op just last week. It was incredible and slightly creepy :) The boys loved it. Here are some photos from that day!

Chase’s classmates and teacher Miss Isabel 




Obviously the butterflies caught my eye the most. I could have taken pictures of every display though, they were honestly so amazing! IMG_3236

If you know me at all, posting this photo is such a big deal :) Reminds me of my time in a Thai village!  Notice how close Chaseyboy’s hand is… EEEEEP!IMG_3237

My fave of the day. IMG_3146

The exhibits were truly beautiful! We were blessed to be able to tag along! Even miss Ever hung out, literally in the Ergo, during the field trip.

If you happen to be local, or in colorado and looking for some unique, fun and reasonable things to do with your kiddos, check out the  This link to the May Museum!