Monday, August 29, 2016

Colorado Trip 2016

Sam is the only one in our family that had ever been to Colorado before.  For the rest of us, we didn't really know what to expect.  We took the road through Wyoming to get down to the Denver area.  We left mid afternoon on a Wednesday and drove all the way to Rawlins, WY.  We ate dinner at a McDonalds with an indoor play area.  Brian and I walked across the parking lot to a Dollar Tree store.  We bought some pool noodles (for the hotel pool) and some treats for the rest of our road trip. We stayed in the Fairfield Inn Marriott hotel for the night.  We all went in the indoor hotel pool and hot tub.  The kids were so happy and wound up to be staying in a pool.  I'm so glad Katie had a life jacket on!  That girl loves the water.  After the pool, the girls watched some TV with their dad and I took the boys to the hotel's fitness center.  They had fun learning how to use the treadmill, the elliptical, and the exercise ball.  I only got a little bit of a workout in, but that's better than nothing.  All of slept good that night, except for Sam.  Katie insisted on sleeping in the bed with me, leaving Sam without much room to sleep on the bed.  I was impressed with the variety of things the hotel had out for breakfast the next morning.  The kids ate their fair share and we tried our best to clean up the giant mess we left behind.

We continued on our merry way and got to downtown Denver early afternoon.  We took our kids to the Denver Children's Museum.  We knew they needed to get their wiggles out and explore.  This museum was so fun for the kids.  My girls especially enjoyed the area with a grocery store and kitchen.  The boys really liked the area where you help bouncy balls get through the maze and create your own maze too.

Early evening, we made it through Denver without hitting any rush hour traffic.  Sam's brother, Aaron and his wife, Sarah welcomed us into their home in Littleton.  The live in a nice older home in a coule de sac.  Our kids sure had fun getting to know their cousins better.  They especially enjoyed sleeping in their cousins' bedrooms at night.  Sarah did a great job feeding everyone!  She's a trooper to let us stay with them being weeks away from having her sixth baby.  We did several fun things with Aaron & Sarah's family. We had a pizza picnic and swimming time at the Webster Street pool, had a nice drive up in the mountains to Tiny Town.  It was there where we the we rode the train, had a picnic lunch, and ate some ice cream.  We played a fun game called Bubble Talk with the kids, I taught the kids how to make colorful tissue paper pom poms for their bedrooms, and we explored Bellevue Park.

After our two day two night stay in Littleton, it was off to see Jenny & Seth's family in Centennial.  We met them at an oversized, free, outdoor splash pad.  There were rock walls to climb, a couple of waterslides, a playground, a wading area with streams of water to play in.  Jenny & Seth live in a nice neighborhood that has it's own park and swimming pool.  The home they are renting is larger than ours, but has a very similar layout to ours.  Jenny and I were able to escape our families for a couple of hours to go on a sister date.  We went to Panera for lunch and then to Target to do a little shopping.  (Logan doesn't have a Target store, so I was excited to go there.)  The kids had fun playing with their cousins' toys, playing video games, going to a couple of parks, and going to a different Primary on Sunday.  Seth made us some slushies.  We all liked the root beer flavoring he put in.  Jenny and I watched the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  I showed the kids how to make tissue paper pom poms for their bedrooms.  It was so fun to spend time with Jenny and her family.

The drive home was super long and uneventful.  We are all so glad that we could go on this vacation. We can't wait for our next trip to Colorado.

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