Wednesday, June 7, 2017


We just got home from a week in Colorado Springs. It was a great trip and we're glad we got to visit with Jake's parents and show our kids real mountains. There was lots of hiking, good food, some getting a little lost, ice cream every day, and beautiful Colorado weather. Some things to remember from this trip: Amelia raising her arms over her head and yelling "wheee!" as the plane took off on the kids' first plane ride; cool rental minivan where Gavin controlled the radio with his mind; kids finding wild rabbits all over the place; cold rain (unlike our warm summer rain in GA); bribing Amelia with M&Ms to stay at the movie half way through Beauty and Beast; the kids attached to the water bottles Grandma gave them; Jake pulling over on Pike's Peak as soon as we saw snow to play with the kids; taking a wrong turn at the paint mines and walking the dirt road back to our car (great view!); The day after we got to Colorado Amelia asking if we would have to take the airplane again to see Grandma in town that day;  When the docent at the Peterson AF museum told Amelia he is a pilot and flies planes she said "me too"; finding lots of local parks for the kids to play; Gavin deciding he wants to be an olympic skier after going on the tour at the olympic training center; meeting up with friends from GA at Palmer Park; lemon ice at Culver's; lots of bathroom breaks but no accidents; Gavin eating oatmeal with toppings every morning at the hotel free breakfast; the kids watching Mary Poppins for the first time as they fell asleep each night in the hotel; Amelia confused saying we "lost our car" because we had a rental; the kids asking every day to play with Ellie the dog at Grandma and Grandpa's house; blowing bubbles in the wind at Palmer Park; Gavin leaving toy cars at the cemetery; having lunch the last day with Uncle Den and Aunt Judy; 3 yr old attitude - on the car ride to the Denver airport Gavin said "I'm glad Amelia fell asleep so I can look out her window." 

I have more pictures I may add later but these are my favorites:

1st plane ride for the kids:

flight wore them out:
 Grandpa's Nomad:

 Hiking at Garden of the Gods:

Hiked up Helen Hunt Falls:

 Cheyenne Mt Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa:
 Grandma, Gavin, and Grandpa on the zoo sky ride in the car in front of us:

 Amelia's first trip to the movies. While the guys watched Fast and Furious the girls watched Beauty and the Beast:
 Saturday morning we drove up Pikes Peak:

 The kids were so happy to throw snow balls:

 This is how close we got to the peak. It was snowed over, and as we were waiting for the plow this grey cloud rolled in so we headed back down.
 Eating lunch at Fargo's:
 Hiking at the Paint Mines:

 Mexican food at Grandma's:
Learned about racing on Pike's Peak at the Penrose Heritage Museum:
 America the beautiful park:
 Air Force Academy chapel:
 Olympic Training Center:

 Palmer Park:
 Amelia's friend Lilly from GA: