the window is a winner


I’m sorry I’ve only been posting 30 Days of Lists lately. It been a crazy few days of moving everything from the pod to our new home and then unpacking it all. We still have quite a few boxes left to sort through and decide what we want where. In the mean time, here are some – what I believe to be – pretty cool pictures I took from the plane from Jacksonville to Denver.

{I know I don’t normally do this but you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger. I also bumped up the contrast on some of them because the window made them look a little dingy.}

plane engine and wing
plane window horizon
plane window land
plane window picture with clouds
plane window picture with clouds
plane window land
plane window land
plane window land
plane window land and shadow
plane window land and shadow
plane window land and shadow

beautiful birdhouses


One of my favorite things here at the Rudd house is the interesting birdhouses they have around their beautiful backyard. Here are my favorites.


monthly recap: August


We are still in Florida staying with Ryan’s parents. And boy! do I just love it here! I’m bummed we are leaving in a couple of days although I’m pretty darn excited about decorating our new place in Denver and discovering amazing restaurants!!

August began tragically for me. My best guy friend from California, Kyle, died at the young age of 24. I took an unexpected trip back to Los Angeles for the funeral. Kyle was such a loving friend and beautiful person. It’s hard to believe he’s gone. At the funeral, I turned to his amazing boyfriend, Marcus, and said “This is the closest we’ll ever be to him again.” He turned to me and very optimistically said “Only physically.” That’s the truth because he will always be in my heart.

steph and kyle at LA Zoo[Here is Kyle and I at the LA Zoo at the end of May.]

On the other hand, it was wonderful spending time with Marcus, Gina, Morgan and Kelly while I was there.

steph and marcus

I spent many, many hours last month searching for places to rent and jobs in Denver. We did find an amazing place and I am eager to unpack all of my stuff.

I have discovered some delicious and questionable foods.

key lime mustardblueberry crumble breadstrawberry and original fluffpopeye spinachIHOP Stuffed French ToastBioled Peanuts

To be real honest, we did a lot of lounging around. And it was nice.

steph and family making bracelets[Linda and I making bracelets.]

It was interesting and funny to watch Alice get acquainted with Simba and Maia.

We went antiquing in Riverside and found this wonderful jewelry designer. The only thing “antique” item I bought was this super cute deer pin.

antique deer pin

SeaWorld was a dream! Here is some video I took on my phone during the Shamu show. (Turn the volume way down for this video.)

Last but certainly not least, I haven’t seen one of my all-time favorite sodas – Mello Yello – on tap for at least 10 years. I took advantage at every opportunity.

Mello Yello on tap

I am very sad to leave this wonderful safe haven of family and relaxation but eager and anxious to explore Denver and make it my new home.

Movies I watched:
Something Borrowed – This movie is cute and funny, and has one of my fave actresses, Kate Hudson, it in. Also, this is the only movie where it was okay that the ending wasn’t necessarily happily ever after.
Rio – I am a sucker for birds and animated movies so watching this guy made me pretty happy.
Get Low – This movie had an unusual story line and was slow in some spots, but overall, I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.
Water for Elephants – I read the book and gave it a rating of “it was okay” – 2 stars. The book was better than the movie.
The Help – I have to admit: this movie was better than the trailer led me to believe. p.s. I love Emma Stone.

TV Shows:
Battlestar Galactica – This show premiered in 2004 but we’re just now getting to it. The 2 part premier was awesome and could have been a movie with all of the excitement. Very excited about seeing the rest of the series.

I can fly like a bird!


I can’t believe that I get to say this: I went to a Trapeze School! The owner and teacher, Mark, was super nice and easy going. Unfortunately, we didn’t jump on the opportunity when we first saw the trapeze set up in town the first couple weeks we were here in Florida and now we want to go a bunch more times but don’t have the time before we leave. But we have promised ourselves we will go every time we visit his parents.

steph alisha and ryan with trapeze belts on
alisha learning trapeze trick
Steph learning new trapeze trick
alisha climbs trapeze ladder
alisha holding trapeze bar
steph holding trapeze bar
Ryan trapeze turn
ryan trapeze catch
steph on trapeze net
steph trapeze dismount gif