Deep in the backwoods of Colorado, somewhere.
Whitney took this....isn't it beautiful?
Before I get to the highlights of our Colorado Thanksgiving, can anyone guess what today is? It is my one year Blog-a-versary. That's right, one year ago today I posted my first blog. You can read it here, if you like. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of blogging. I've made new friends that I otherwise would have never met. It's truly amazing how small our world is and it's evident by the scores of different countries that read my blog. In one short year, I have had nearly 13,000 people to view it. That blows me away. Thank you doesn't seem appropriate for all the readers of my blog, but I do thank you so much for following. I hope you continue to enjoy reading about what's happening down on LaLa Lane as much as I love bringing it to you. Again, Thank You times infinity plus one!
Now on to the highlights of our Colorado Thanksgiving. It was amazing!
We've been planning this trip for some time. Whitney and Jason can't come home for Christmas this year and Whitney and I both were having separation anxiety issues so she asked if we could come to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Well, yeah! What did you expect? I have to get a Whitney fix every few months. Although, I beg her to move home all the time. It just ain't happening....at least right now. So, if Whitney can't come home, then let's go see Whitney.
We've been talking this up for some time. Planning our days, packing, coordinating airlines and flight times. Lidia and Sawyer have been all ears. Oh yeah, Emily, Lidia and Sawyer went with us. So, anyway, after listening to all the planning, Sawyer started to get concerned. It was raining when we left for the airport and Sawyer was worried that we might not make it to the airport on time. Then he was worried about going through security and the metal detector. He was afraid that the metal buttons on his coat would set off the alarms. LOL!
As Murphy would have it, our plane was late taking off. Apparently, all the rain the Southeast was experiencing had a direct impact on flights coming in to and leaving from Atlanta. Arriving late to Atlanta, we had only minutes to catch our connecting flight to Denver.....as in, they were already boarding. We had to go from Terminal A to Terminal B via train, but we made it. Phew! We have the "find a friend" app on our phones and Whitney was able to track us. She saw us as we passed over Oklahoma. How cool is that? We finally arrived to Denver...Whitney waiting on us at the gate.....and that beautiful blue sky of the mile high city. We were so excited that we had packed as lightly as possible....each of us had only a backpack full of clothes to last us 5 days. We would be using Whitney's washer and dryer, a lot. But, we didn't have to go through baggage claims....we went straight to the parking lot. Now, since living in Denver, Whitney has acquired some mad driving skills. She was doing 80 on the freeway. Yikes!!! We arrived safely to Whitney's apartment and since she had to go back to work for a couple of hours, we decided to get out and walk to Chili's just down the street. We started out in coats and ended up peeling everything off and pushing up sleeves, by the time we got there. I was OK. I run, so the mile walk, albeit hilly, was no biggie....except for the fact that we were a mile high and the oxygen was just not as plentiful up there. My breathing lulled. Cliff was OK too, but Emily and the kids struggled just a little bit. Enough that we requested a pick-up by Jason on his way home from work. LOL!
Thanksgiving! My favorite time of year. And, I love to cook for my family. Whitney and I came up with a menu, I sent her a grocery list and she went shopping. She had everything we needed to make a feast, when we got there. So, Thursday morning was spent cooking, for us girls. Cliff and Jason took the kids out to play in the left over snow that was hiding in the shadows. After Thanksgiving dinner, we rested for a bit and decided to go see a movie that evening. We saw "Catching Fire". It was really good, but a bit violent in parts. In retrospection, we should not have taken the kids. I feel bad about that. We talked to them about what was real and what was not and how movies are make believe. It was the best we could do at that point.
Lidia and Sawyer's sole purpose was to play in the snow and rock climb. So we took off Friday in search of both. We didn't want to drive too far. We decided on the Arapaho National Forest near Mt. Evans. I started to feel bad on the way. I get car sick, but I don't know if it was that or a mild case of altitude sickness or both. So, we stopped at Starbucks and I just got water. What? Can you believe it? It helped! Next, we stopped at a place called "Echo Lake Park". It was a beautiful place.
Echo Lake Park
That's Cliff in the back. Front from left to right....
Lidia, Emily, Sawyer, Whitney and Jason.
Sawyer and Lidia - Echo Lake
Arapaho National Forest
Red Rock Park
Red Rock Park
Red Rock Park
Jason and Whitney....rock climbing is one of their favorite activities.
Sawyer and Lidia loves it, too.Saturday:
Whitney, Emily and I went shopping for a bit, while Cliff and Jason took the kids in search of a park and more snow. Left over snow, but that's ok. All they needed was a handful. You know...for snowballs and such. Next, we were to meet downtown at a place called "Biker Jim's" for lunch.
$93 worth of hot dogs!
The Family at Biker Jim's
OMG!!!! We have to go home, today!!! I don't want to....well actually, I do. I just don't like the whole flying experience. Lines, security, taking off shoes, emptying bags, waiting, the rush to get on the plane, overhead baggage, CRAMPED quarters, 950 passengers trying to squeeze into one small aisle to exit, etc. Sawyer was adamant about sitting in the "right", assigned seat. We took up a whole row and if his ticket said Seat 16F, then by George, he wanted to sit in Seat 16F. LOL!!
In short order, we were back home in SC. I miss Whitney and Jason already. What I really, really want is for Whitney and Jason to move home. And then I'm reminded....good things comes to those who wait...patience is a virtue. OK, OK I can wait a little longer. But Whitney, can you...like...hurry up? Christmas won't be the same without them. This will be the first Christmas that I don't have both my children with me. It will be sad, but I guess it could be worse. Being with them this week was such a blessing. We had a fabulous Colorado Thanksgiving!
P.S. In case you were wondering.....Kitter is doing very well. She had her Kitter Shanty repaired and even has a Pent House now. She was amazed that her family came to visit. There was all sorts of extra attention. Although, when her grandaddy Cliff called her out in a loud, scratchy and gruff voice, "Kitty Kitty, come on Kitty", over and over again.....it scared the bejeebies out of her. She'll be fine. She'll recover. She'll only shook for a little while.