colorado, part I

Category: everyday | September 6th, 2012

remember that time we went on a road trip….like 3 weeks ago? well i’m finally getting around to sharing some posts and photos from that. :) i thought i’d keep this part I simple and share my instagram photos. sadly, i didn’t take as many photos as planned….and i happened to take more photos with my phone than my slr. of course. ha.

**a friend of ours asked us if we could join him and his family on a road trip to colorado to cheer/help pace him on his crazy but awesome ultra marathon adventure called the leadville 100. for those who don’t know what that is….it’s pretty much a 100 mile race in leadville, colorado with mountains and all….and all 100 miles have to be under 30 hours (to get a medal). whew. so of course we were up for the challenge (i can handle cheering!). more about his race on the next post. :)

we took our time driving up there. with three cars and 4 kiddos we made lots of stops, but i wasn’t complaining since just about every time we stopped i had to go the bathroom. oh pregnancy bladder problems. ;) it was nice to get out and stretch every time too. p did awesome! i was worried about her in the car since we haven’t driven longer than 5 hours with her before. she still sits rear facing too, but all those movies and playtime in the back helped a bunch! (thanks to all those who let me borrow movies) :) it was such a pretty drive. i think i am used to my trips to dallas and I-35 (which is so not fun at all), and worried that it was going to be a super long I-35 drive. but we took the backroads and it made the trip oh so much better!

we enjoyed the wonderful weather up there even though i still got a sunburn on race day. what? not cool. our morning walks were amazing. we didn’t have room for the jogging stroller so we had our regular pram one and umm that wasn’t the most trail/hill friendly thing to push around but it worked. we walked alongside a river and  saw tons of chipmunks. the mountain views were so pretty. it was such a nice change of scenery.
we  stayed in a house with our friends and their family. lots of kiddos. never a dull moment! and more friends who live in colorado joined in on the fun too and brought their sweet puppy who became my snuggle buddy. :)  it was nice to just hang out and soak up the little community life where we were staying in buena vista. it was a work/live neighborhood. so pretty much all those who worked in the little local shops also lived just down the street or even above the shop. such a neat and close community.

when it was time to go the mister and i decided to drive straight home, nonstop. i was a little nervous about that but it worked out great too. we left right before P and i fell asleep and the mister pretty much drove throughout the night until breakfast time. after we ate i took over and could only handle 4 hours. haha. pretty sad huh? he finished the home stretch and we made it back by the afternoon. it was nice to be back home and see sweet molly waiting for us. (thank you to my sweet neighbors and sarah for loving on her for us!)

we were gone for a whole week and man it took me about a whole week to get back on track with reality…not to mention the crazy heat we came back too. colorado was a nice treat and tease for fall weather. if only it would get here sooner than later! i’m over the fact of me sweating when i just walk to the mailbox. ;)

more about the actual race on part II. thanks for reading my ramblings on our first real road trip as a family! lots of great memories with great friends. praise God.