We spent our first full day in Denver enjoying each others' company and recovering from our road trip with an epic number of bathroom stops (whoever it was that told me potty-trained life is easier than diapers has never driven cross-country with a three-year-old). I loved getting to just talk with my grandparents and catch up on life.
On Sunday, we hiked with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin in Rocky Mountain National Park, and got to see the oldest pine tree in the state of Colorado. I LOVE being in the mountains, and it was a great opportunity to just talk and laugh together.
I was very impressed with Elliot's ability to do the whole hike with us, but that wasn't nearly as impressive as my grandma doing it. I hope I'm that awesome at her age.
We met up with Rob's mom, Cristie and her family, Steve and his wife Brooke, and his Aunt and two cousins at the Children's Museum in Denver. Denver has a fantastic children's museum, and we had a great time playing together. My highlight was watching the kids play with their uncles. Steve would chase them around and get them squealing with laughter, and Emily and Brendan made up an awesome fish fighting game where they'd swing around their "fishing poles" and try to knock the stuffed fish off each other's poles. She laughed so hard, and it was really funny to watch.
:) We sure wore my dad out on this trip. He fell asleep in the middle of the children's museum, which is saying something because he's not one to nod off in public places. Thanks, mom and dad, for doing so many exhausting things to give us a great trip.
The next day, we went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. I can proudly say I have now held a tarantula. Elliot's favorites were the turtle and the bird. Emily's was the play area (isn't that always how it goes?).
It was really fun watching everyone interact. When we went to the McDonalds playplace afterwards, Elliot and Abraham sat in a playhouse and just happily screamed together. My shy Emily was very excited to tell her oldest cousin, Sam, about what she was thinking about. Emily loved roaring like a lion at her uncle Brendan. Good times.
I felt like the vacation was the perfect blend of fun activities, down time, and time to just chat. We loved it!