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Boulder Awaits

As I type this, we are en route to Boulder, Colorado. We will be spending the next 6 weeks or so in that area, working with my brother's real estate development company. We've had a lovely time in Iowa and Minnesota over the last month, and I promise someday, I will blog about that. After I catch up with Texas...

On our way to Boulder, we'll be stopping to see several friends that are dear to our hearts. John Henry, Denise and crew in Omaha...Denise is cookin' us some amazing eats and we're excited to see where she is now teaching yoga. John Henry is the mastermind designer behind our Live Lightly Tour site, and his company What Cheer! just expanded to new offices! So much to catch up on. In Lincoln, we'll see Kristin, Paul, and Ryan...and their one week old new baby Tyler! We will hopefully with a few other friends from when we lived there in 2002-2004.

Seeing old friends is definitely one of the best perks about having a home on wheels. My parents are also meeting us in Lincoln for a few nights. Oh, and I can't forget that it's our TEN YEAR anniversary on June 17...we'll have to ask Mom and Dad watch the girls so we can go on a real date!

We're really looking forward to our stay in Colorado...for as many of you know, Boulder is city unlike any other. Sometimes referred to as "The People's Republic of Boulder", it's a place that people tend to have strong opinions about. Our opinion? We love it!

  • The people are quirky (and I mean that in the nicest way). 
  • Pearl St. Mall....good people watching and eats. The photo of the fire poi above is one of my favorite Boulder memories from our 2005 visit. There are always wonderful sidewalk performers on the weekends!
  • Lots of dreadlocks
  • Great farmer's market
  • Public transportation and bike paths
  • Beautiful mountains
  • Thai food -- a whole bunch of it
  • Boulder Circus Center...need I say more?! They have hooping classes.
  • Yoga studios on every corner (and I bought a Groupon for a free month!)
  • 300+ days of sunshine a year!

But most of all...we're looking forward to some quality time with some of our bestest friends, Kris and Natalie and their 3 kiddos. Our friendship goes back to our college days, where Matt and Kris were roommates...and we've experienced A LOT of life with them since then. Whenever we are together, it's like no time has gone by at all...and we cannot wait to bask in that familiarity and love. 

I am now booking photography clients in the Denver/Boulder area as me for current rates and available dates! Hey...that rhymes.

After Boulder, the plan is to head north to Bozeman for a few weeks before we hit the West coast for more redwoods, beaches, and Hoop Camp! New adventures every day...


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Have fun!! I can't wait until we make our way in that direction. First we have some grandparents to see. :)

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Tara

I miss Boulder. We lived there before we moved to Portland. I loved it there. I see us moving back. I worked for the University as did my husband, and also for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. They have a good season this year, I highly recommend them for a great night out if you can.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdina

Oh my, I am so excited to see you! I can already tast the thai food and I found a new place I want to take you...looks yummy! Love you, friend!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I LOVE the "People's Republic of Boulder" friend Kristen and i joke about that! Also, in Denver, there are no pet "owners", but instead, "pet guardians"...LOVE IT! I was there recently for the Earth Day Festival and it was SO awesome! I love the vibe and the atmosphere of that place. I would really love to be part of their biking community. They allow you to do 15 hours of community work and/or work at the bike shop and then you can pick your very own used, donated bike! If you are around Golden, they have the best Nepalese Restaurant! Also, I'm sure you know about VG Foods, the vegan restaurant...Although I can't afford anything they have in the store, I love Outdoor Divas too! Have a great time!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

That sounds like fun. Colorado is a wonderful state. I love your way of life. I have recently r started reading other blogs like yours and reading into the whole " life on wheels" and when my husband is retired at onlyy 38 still young for most and for us. I know for sure I want to do it for a year. Why not now? He is miltary, and um..yeah no quitting that.=) So that gives us 10 years from now(live in Europe right now) to get all debt paid off, find an RV, fix it up and make the plans. That is long enough right? LOL..But one day..I want to do this. Freedom, sky, love, God and Country.

happy trails.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbridgette

We share an anniversary date! My husband and are moving to the area in a month....super excited!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJentree

I'm gonna be in Boulder from the 22nd to the 29th for my big sister's engagement party and pictures. I'd love to meet up! Although I'm not sure if I have the time or you'll even be there by then. I love Boulder so much..the vibe is so wonderful and laid back.
I'm sad I can't drag my hoop along on the plane. It'll have to stay home without me.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oh oh! you mention redwoods. Are you coming up to the Northern Coast again? I only ask because I am really wanting to do outdoor family pictures around my son's first birthday. I have been thinking of a few local photographers, but also love your story and your work. Any interest?

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha

Oh it sounds wonderful! Have a great time :) xx

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Awesome that you're going to be at HoopCamp! We're looking into vending there right now so hopefully it works out and we'll be there too. :)

Have fun in CO! I'm jealous. I need to get away.

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbra Ignatiev

Vanessa...I would LOVE to meet up, even just for coffee/tea/hooping! We will be right in Boulder. Shoot me an message so we can connect when you are there.

Trisha...yes, we will be in that area! Would love to work with you ... email me at janssenfamily @ gmail . com!

Barbra! That would be fabulous! I don't know anyone going right now, so I would love to see you there.

June 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterSara Janssen

Hi Sara
I've been lurking around here for awhile and only commenting on occasion, but have been loving your posts. We are planning to head out in an RV next June and are trying to figure out how to make that happen right now.

If you have any free time when you are in Bozeman let me know. I'd love to get together for tea or something and meet you in person! (We are in Livingston).

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelynda

We're local to the Boulder area. What an excellent time of year to come!
We would love to connect with you for family photos! Are there specific dates you'd like to target for working?

Also, if you're here on any weekend, you might want to check out Flatirons.
Great music and wonderful people!

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Hey! A friend of mine just pointed me to your blog because she thought I'd dig what you're doing, and how cool to see that your next stop is HERE in Boulder! I just moved to Boulder in Minnesota in January, and am LOVING it for all of the reasons you listed. I'd love to hang sometime while you're here and learn more about what you're doing! Take care, and safe travels!

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoniree

sounds like a lot of fun. We are headed in that direction ourselves. I don't know if we'll be there around the same time or not. I'm toying with the idea of taking a doula training there on July 16th. Hoop camp? Boy, does that sound like a lot of fun.

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

oh I am so jealous. I love Boulder! Have a blast! :)

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Hi Sarah! My brother in law is getting married on July 16th in Loveland, CO and they might be looking for a photographer. Will you still be in CO in July? Boulder is one of my favorite places, I am so excited for you. Someday soon we will live back in Boulder again. Enjoy, as its the most beautiful time of year there.


June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie S.

Hmmm... I've been wanting to dread my hair for years, but have always only known that to get rid of them one must shave their head!! I don't know if I can commit to anything other than my family for that long, but knowing you're coming to a mere couple of hours away I must ask... Can you take out dreads any other way!?!? If so, I may have to see about making an appointment with you!

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Happy Anniversary!

I can't wait to see what Minny was like, I grew up there and I'm excited to see what it was like from an RV viewpoint. God bless you in many more years together.

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Davis

I'm a new follower/reader of your blog. And I LOVE Boulder too! In fact, my husband and I have been thinking of relocating to that area. My sister lives there and manages one of the US Bank branches in town! Anyway...have a great time traveling to and staying in Boulder. AND Happy Anniversary!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

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