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Cabin comfy like an old shoe

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

We spent last weekend enjoying our annual mommy's birthday trip to the cabin on the Grand Mesa.

I turned 40 this year and I'm not going to dwell on this point too much except to say that I'm okay with it. I think I had a harder time with turning 30 because I hadn't had any children yet. But, I spent the last decade popping out three sons. That's a huge feat and one that was at the tippy top of my bucket list. I decided, as I was watching my boys load up their fishing poles and head down the trail to Island Lake, and my hearted flooded with love for them, that I had spent my last decade well. I'm comfy with my 40-year-old self. I've done well so far.

This trip was actually an entire exercise in relaxation and comfort. This is the fifth year that we've enjoyed our annual trip so everyone knew exactly how it was going to go and what we were there to do. We entered the rustic dwelling, threw down all our stuff willy-nilly, and headed to the lake to catch fish. We knew there would be a trek up Crag's Crest, a HUGE nap, a birthday cake and board games. This year we got hooked to UNO. That game is super fun!

My family looks forward to this trip all year long. We absolutely love every single minute of it and every year when we leave it is a total bummer. All of us are teary-eyed.

This year, when the car was loaded and I had to tell the boys to say goodbye for another year, the tears started and the dog was gone. I called him and he came bounding out of the woods carrying something in his mouth. He dropped it at my feet.

I was speechless for a second.

Three years ago, our departing scene ended in a search for then three-year-old Soren's coveted Bob The Builder boot. We never found it. Kip did.

There it was. An old shoe that suddenly became the most remarkable lost and found item ever. It had laid somewhere in the woods, in the snow, for years.

Life is weird isn't it? That old boot made us laugh and feel better I guess because it proved that our memories would still be there long after we left and that we have many more years to enjoy making more. I know that's a lot to read into an old shoe, but it's true.

We took the shoe home and put it on the mantel as a symbol of good things to come.


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Uno rocks.  I’m glad you guys have an annual birthday tradition.

No way! That is crazy. I can’t believe Kip found Soren’s boot after three years. What a neat birthday miracle.

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