Saturday, June 21, 2008

colorado

We're back! We've actually been home since late Thursday night, but between settling back into our normal routine, unpacking and cleaning our house and my husband leaving town again, I haven't had a spare minute to post anything about our trip.

In a nutshell, the trip was great. The main purpose of going to Colorado was to visit our friends, Kris & Natalie. Kris is my husband's best friend from his college years, and Natalie and I became really close while my husband and I dated. Sadly (for us), they moved away to pursue other things around the time my husband and I married and have since had 3 kids (sound familiar?!). When they settled in the Boulder area two years ago, we vowed to visit them.

My worries and stress about traveling with Chloe were all in vain. She was, hands down, the best baby in the world and handled everything, and I mean everything, in stride.

Here's an example of how well Chloe did on trip out to Colorado. In fact, both there and back, she nursed on the runway, filling her tummy for the trip home, fell asleep the instant we took-off, and woke up, two and a half hours later, the moment the wheels touched the ground. I was absolutely amazed and so was everyone around us! We were so proud of her!

Kris and Natalie went above and beyond the call of the "gracious host" duty! Between allowing us to stay at their home and being our personal taxi, and the fact that we used our frequent flier miles to buy our airplane tickets, this was the cheapest vacation ever! They also planned our days with fun "Colorado" adventures...

...and it began the very night we arrived by going to a Colorado Rockies baseball game!
As you can see, Chloe was a huge fan...

..and despite being a little tired from our trip, loved every minute of the game!

We spent the next day in Estes Park, seeing the beautiful sites, visiting the historic Stanley Hotel where the movie "The Shining" was produced, and enjoying the best darn pizza and homemade ice cream I've ever eaten in my life!
Here's the view from the porch of the Stanley Hotel. Notice the handy contraption on my husband's back? We borrowed that from our neighbor, who coincidentally, used to live in Colorado. They assured us, that after using that backpack for a few days, we'd love it so much we'd want to have three more kids...

Not. :)
We spent our last night in Colorado hanging out in downtown Boulder. It was, by far, the coolest atmosphere and some of the most fun we've had in a long time. Notice the red double stroller in the background? This was "home" to Chloe and Jocelyn, Kris and Natalie's 2 1/2 month old, for most of our trip. Boulder is such a unique city, with live music and street entertainers lining the corners. They also had a farmer's market, where we enjoyed some wonderful food and did a little wine tasting.

Here we are...The three of us. Enjoying our last night together before heading home to reality.
Chloe was plum wore out by the time we left, not even moving a muscle while sleeping on the trip home.

Like I said, it was a great trip with memories we'll cherish! It was nice to get home, though, and reunite with Ella and Britten. We missed them to pieces, and though it helped to fill the void by spending time with Kris & Natalie's kids, we aren't complete unless we're a family of 5!

10 comments:

sarah said...

looks like fun!!! what cool pictures you got too! (i'm sure those are only a few of them!) i especially love chloe in the rockies hat!!! too cute!

so what kind of stroller is that?

Kristi said...

Welcome Home!!! :-)

Sounds like you had a GREAT trip...I am so glad to hear that! And, how great that Chloe did well too! What a trooper!

How fun to see Kris and his wife...I remember him from the college days!! :-) Glad that you guys had great time with your friends! That time is so precious!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Kristi said...

Oh...loved the pictures too! :-)

Holmfamily said...

By the looks on your faces in your pictures, I know that you guys had so much fun! Love the picture of the three of you on your last night in CO! Glad that Chloe was such a trooper!

Anonymous said...

wow - looks like a fun trip! And how fun for Chloe -not many "third children" get to experience being an only child until the older ones are in college! :) Glad you had a good time!
BethZ

Angela said...

Fun to see pictures from your trip. Looks like you had a great time- and I am so glad that Chloe was an angel. The pictures sooooo make me want to get back out to CO. I haven't been there in a few years and I miss it!

Lanzens Life said...

Wow, that's so great that you and Andy got to get away for awhile! I know you don't have many opportunties like that. It sounds like you had a great trip!

By the way, Chloe looks soooo much like Andy now! How cute!

Lisa said...

You look like a supermodel in the striped shirt and I WANT that baby in a basket. :-)

Anonymous said...

It was so fun to meet you! Now I can put a REAL person to the blog :) Thanks for letting us crash your trip with Kris and Nat. I know they loved having you guys here! See ya on the blog circuit...

-Tara

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