Rocky Mountain High
Our vacation home in Colorado had it all - lots of space, beautiful outdoors, baby supplies like a crib and high chair, tons of toys perfect for a two-year old (cars, action figures, tinker toys, viking hats!) and a giant bathtub for swimming.
We had such a great time over the 5 days. There were so many pictures, it took awhile to sort through. Gram, Izzy and I went to Denver for a conference and stayed with relatives, Ruth and Em. Ruth and Izzy became instant friends. Ruth is my grandmother Helen's niece and they were very dear friends. It was great for Izzy to meet relatives who loved her namesake, my grandmother, so very much.
Em, Ruth, Izzy, Gram and Kennedy, the dog. The rest of the family joined us for a long weekend high up in the mountains just outside Boulder.
Grandaddy, Gram and Izzy ready for some hiking. There was a trailhead about a quarter mile walk from our vacation house in Nederland, CO. If you don't know the story of the frozen dead guy, I can fill you in.
Charlie did well on our short hike as long as he could have an occassional "pig ride" what he calls a piggy-back ride, from Dad.
Downtime after a hike. With four adoring grandparents around, I am not sure Izzy was set down the entire long weekend...
Watching baseball on tv with Gram and Grandaddy.
Charlie in the morning - a bit grumpy before having his milk. No idea where he gets that from... Good thing we brought Curious George on the ipad.
The first trail head we set out for was a bit too high and still had a lot of snow. We weren't exactly prepared for hiking in the snow. We got out to take a few pictures before heading down trail to a lower starting point.
A beautiful waterfall along the trail.
Despite starting lower, we still hiked up into the snow. It made for a challenging hike. Gram found a walking stick to keep her traction - a natural outdoors woman!
We spent an afternoon walking around Boulder. It was great for kids. There were lots of places to run around and climb, like on these great animal statues.
There were musicians and street performers. This musician sang Charlie's favorite song "Old McDonald" just for him.
Definitely the highlight for Charlie was the man making balloon animals. Charlie requested Elmo and he was not disappointed.
Charlie was literally jumping up and down in anticipation of Elmo.
Ta da! Elmo went everywhere with us and amazingly never popped. He was invincible. He even made it home to KC on the airplane. He is still alive in the backseat of Ryan's car, now about the size of Charlie's hand. I'll have to post a current pic of Elmo...
Future rock climber.
We went on a horse trail ride. Charlie wanted to come, we weren't sure how it would go. He was a champ and rode on the horse with the trail leader for the hour ride. Sharon made the smart decision to tell Charlie she was the horse teacher and he thought riding up front with the teacher was a great idea.
Papa and Grandaddy on horse back.
Charlie and his horse, Poppy. He sat by himself on the horse for a picture, grabbed the reigns and didn't seem at all afraid. I'm sure we will pay for this fearless trait some day...
There was an old-fashioned carousel in Nederland that we visited several times.
There was a coffee shop and candy store in an old train car next to the carousel. By the time Ryan and I and his grandparents all purchased something, Charlie had apple cider, carmel apples, doughnuts and a sucker. Only on vacation Charlie!
The deck at our house was great for racing cars and playing catch. It was even more fun to have to chase the balls/cars after they rolled off the deck. Charlie was having an early morning game of catch in his pjs.