Sunday, June 26, 2011

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.


Izzy and Mom watching Charlie ride the carousel. Next year you can ride Iz!


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.



Perhaps Izzy gets her blond hair from her Grammy...


Throwing rocks and sticks into the water was endless fun in downtown Boulder.


Charlie's stash of sticks was replinished by Grammy and Papa.


It was a great time with family in a beautiful place. Colorado, we'll be back!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bugs!

Charlie found a roly poly (sp?) at school today. He was clearly very proud of his new friend.


After a while they lost the roly poly, only to find it later in the classroom. Must have hitched a ride inside on Charlie's shirt. Ah, the joys of summer!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to Charlie and Izzy's Dad. You've got this fatherhood thing down and you make it look easy! We love you more every day.



We decided to visit Dad at work today. It turned out to be an exciting day as someone had shot a bullet through Ryan's office window sometime over the weekend (?!). Maybe it is time for a move to the Plaza...
The last time Charlie visited Dad at work, he was about Izzy's age and couldn't stay awake...




Izzy stayed awake for her first visit to Dad's office.





Not only was Charlie awake this time, but he was ready to get to work and help Dad answer some phone calls.

We also visited Grandaddy at work, it was a busy morning! Happy Father's Day to my Dad - love you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Colorado preview...

We had an awesome time on our Colorado vacation. I have many pics to post, but for now, a little guy on a big horse.