Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Vacation - 1st Stop Colorado!

Summer Vacation for me!  Can you ever have enough vacation?  "Not I" says the Gramma, mom, wife, secretary, sister, daughter, etcetera....etcetera...etcetera!  Working for the School system, I am blessed with 6 weeks of vacation, and 13 holidays.  But it never seems enough to do what you want to, need to, should do, and things long overdue! 

So 2 days into vacation I packed my bags and flew to Colorado.  In preparation to join with everyone in Arizona the following week, I went to Heidi and Matt's house for a few days and drove with them to Arizona.  I was greeted by Heidi and the kids at the airport!  And Jackson and Daphne informed me of the plans brewing for while I was there.  Porter had to get to know me again, but it didn't take long. Lovely Princess Daphne caught me up on Zombie Lore, from which she is learning from her older brother.  Jackson is just growing up tooooo fast.  6 years old, and everybit as smart and funny as ever.

 I was still a bit slow and weak from having been in the hospital the week before, so I also was able to nap and rest.  Heidi was better with her phone camera than I was with mine, so I will be posting her instagram photos that she took, that are great!

So...first day loomed with a trip to the dentist for Jackson, so I took Daphne and Porter to Target for an hour to browse and the kids got to pick out something.  When you hit the dollar bins at Target, you can be generous.  Daphne loved her "28" things (not really, more like 4) but she thought it was great.  She was having so much fun, she thought she should pick Porter and Jackson's as well.  They graciously declined her picks for them.

Straight from Target, it was on to see "Despicable Me 2" . Their first run movies there are only 5.00, Monday thru Thursday.  Man wishing we had that here!   Cute movie, cuter kids!

Thursday being July 4th, we started the day bright and early with a Pancake Breakfast and flag raising Ceremony at the church. 

 Then we were invited to a community pool with some friends in the ward.  We went home and Heidi packed us a lunch, and on to stay cool this warm 4th. 

We drove that evening out to Westminster, CO, for their community celebration and fireworks. 

The absolutely best thing was the pure joy on Jackson's face when they started!!

Friday morning was quiet, and then we headed out to the Denver Zoo.  They had a new enclosure built for the Elephants in the last few years, pretty impressive.

Saturday we saved for the community Water Park so Matt would be off work and could go with us.  It was a great day in the sun and the water.  Fun, fun, fun. 

The kids each had areas that they enjoyed, and Matt talked Heidi into venturing onto the slide.    The kids and I waited at the bottom to cheer them on! 

We kept so busy, and still had time to visit, to play Barbies, to read, to rest.  Mostly just making more memories with my Colorado kids!! Loved every minute of it!

Sunday we bid farewell to Colorado, and headed to Arizona, with an overnight stop in New Mexico.
New Adventures ahead!