Saturday, April 23, 2016

Trip to Colorado:

We drove up to Colorado to spend a few days with my parents and Jack and Bethany. We left after school on Thursday and pulled into our hotel super late. Henry had the biggest sweetest smile when he woke up and realized that we were finally at the hotel! With the mountain time change and very excited boys we woke up early the next morning. So early in fact, we had to wait for the breakfast room to open. But once we were there, Henry and Jack were very impressed with the hotel breakfast. Henry even claimed it was the best breakfast place he has ever been to.

After breakfast we headed up to Bethany and Jack's. Jack had a doctor's appointment and some errands to run so Doug joined him. And Bethany and the boys and I walked across the street and grabbed coffee and headed to a park. The weather was generally miserable the entire time we were there. But we made the best of it. We headed back and made tacos for lunch and shortly after Mom and Dad got in! After lunch we headed to Devil's Backbone and did a short hike. It rained the entire time and was rather cold, but we all still managed to have a great time. The boys did great, even though they walked at a snail's pace. Which is understandable when there is so much to see and explore. We headed back and got in dry clothes and ate pizza for dinner. We headed back to the hotel after dinner and I am pretty sure I was asleep at 8:00 pm.

Saturday Doug, Jack,and my Dad went out to breakfast. And I was told it was a good time. The girls went out in the afternoon for another coffee stop and some shopping. We were even able to squeeze in a Goodwill visit, where mom bought a vacuum. Naturally. Then we blew the boys minds and went to an indoor pool that had a toddler swim area. Henry loved the big slides. Jack loved giving us heart attacks and wanted to walk around all alone with zero guidance. But we really did all have a great time. Jack made chili for dinner and we put the sleepy boys to bed at their apartment so we could play some games.

Sunday we woke up to snow everywhere! It was beautiful and Henry was focused the rest of the day on throwing snowballs at Dad any chance he got. We met everyone at church and then talked them all into joining us out for lunch after the service. We had yummy hamburgers and fries at Roost and then headed back for naps. After we all slept for a while we headed out to another park. It was colder and windier than our first park visit so Jack and I ended up in the car. Henry seemed to be not phased by the cold for the most part and at one point carried a giant snow chunk across a field in order to throw it at Doug. Dad, Jack, and Doug were bundled up and went on a 4 mile walk around town and down the train tracks. Bethany made a great shrimp stir fry for dinner and we sat around the living room talking and watching you tube music videos.

It was a fast trip, but a full one. Full of good conversations, rest, time away, and good food. It was just what we all needed. Sure it took us the rest of the week to recover, but it sure was worth it all.

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