I’ve had John Denver on the brain since being in Denver!  We had an absolutely wonderful trip.  Molly and Tyler’s wedding was gorgeous, Denver had great weather while we were there, and the cabin in the mountains was amazing. We had a great visit with family, and our trip to and from went well.  I did plan for lots of snacks and some things to keep Luke entertained, but he did great.  He did ask several times when we were going home.  Every time we said it was time to “go” (to the rehearsal dinner, to the store, etc.) he would get his suitcase.  Our hotel was nice, with an indoor pool, and a nice breakfast each morning.  The two little girls slept in the extra bed in Grandma and Grandpa’s room, so it was like a sleepover with the grandparents every night.  With a normal size hotel room and luggage/clothing for seven, we were a little cramped.  The bathroom had a sink that was only about 24 inches wide.  When we were all trying to get ready, it was CROWDED!  I jokingly asked my MIL if she wanted to come over at 8:30 the next morning to brush her teeth with all of us, she thought that was really funny.

On Sunday, we all headed up to the ski house in Tabernash.  It was about an hour and a half from Denver.  We saw buffalo, lots of snow in the mountains, stopped at Bertouth Pass, and drove through a mountain tunnel.  The house was about 7 or 8 miles from the ski town of Winter Park.  They had the greatest park/skate park, and a nice little shopping area.  We saw a few deer in Colorado, and lots of antelope in New Mexico.  The only thing I didn’t get to see that I really wanted to see was a chipmunk, but Mia got a picture of one next to the hot tub at the house.  We took the little kids to a great small town fourth of July festival where they played games, jumped in bounce houses, and got to try out a slackline.  It was amazing to be in the valley surrounded by snow covered mountains on the fourth.

Here are a few pictures:

Snow in July!!!



Our "vacation" home


Luke & Mia on the slackline - he loved diving onto the pad below!


The trip home was great.  Grant drove for about four hours and did really well.  We stopped in Guymon (took the panhandle route) and he got his picture taken with a band called Skylit Drive.  He even had a Pandora station for them.  I got points for having the camera in my purse, and for choosing Taco Bell for dinner.  Rod got points for talking to them to find out who they were.  Grant thought it was the best part of the trip, but I won’t tell Molly & Tyler.