Friday, September 22, 2017

Catching up and Slowing Down

I feel like I have been running at a breakneck pace ever since we got back from our vacation and now I just want to slow down a little.  I never had a chance to share about our trip, so I want to show you some of the fun things we got to do!

Number one was go see the U of O Ducks play a football game!  It was so hot out, and smokey from the nearby fires, but well worth sharing this fun time with our family!

Riding the shuttle to the game was fun (long line to get on afterwards, though!)
Our little cheerleader did a great job and ended up way past her bedtime, but was still happy and in a good mood.

Go Ducks!

After that we had a good couple days of downtime, then it was off to the airport!  My sweet DH hates to fly, but didn't want me to miss time with my family in Colorado, so off we went.  Our flight was very nice, in fact thanks to TSA precheck it only took us 15 minutes to check our bags and get through security!  Hurray for that!

We loved the wonderful warm Colorado weather!  It was really great to see my Sister and Brother as well as Mom and Dad, it's been 8 years since we were all under one roof.
Most of our time was spent just sitting and visiting, but we went for a lovely drive on Saturday and found this picturesque little park in Silvercliff, CO.

Lovely view of the Sangre De Cristo mountains.  Many of the 53 Fourteeners (mountains over 14000 feet) can be seen from here.  Did you know Colorado has the most of these high mountains (53) of any state?  This is one of the things I love about my home state!

Unfortunately, Irma was making my Brother and his wife nervous about their home in Florida, so they decided to go home the next day, so my Sister and her husband scooted on down from seeing their Grandkids in Denver so we could spend a little time together with Mom and Dad.  Here we are - sorry for the bad living room at night picture, but it's the best we got!
The two cuties at the bottom are my Grand-niece and nephew.

On Sunday we had a great trip to the Pueblo Zoo with the kids - my dad kept saying that he thought the adults were having more fun than the kids, so he must have enjoyed it himself.

This little girl loves Zebra's!  And she found that her Great-Uncle was happy to pack her around for a while :)  Loved our visit there, the zoo has sure been improved since I was a kid.

Lots of shady pathways, so even on a hot day it was a pleasant outing!

After they all left, we had a couple days remaining with not much else to do, so we took an afternoon drive out to Lake Pueblo.  They were just building the dam when I was in high school, so it always seems like a new thing to me!  They've really built up that area with tons of campsites, so it's a booming recreation area.  The swimming area we used to visit when our girls were young is closed now, so we were sad to see that.  

One of things I had hoped to do when I was visiting was to find out more about my paternal Grandmother.  I did get this picture of her, and a little more info, so maybe I can track down some of her family history now.

 Before we knew it, it was time to leave.  We got up early and headed for the airport in Denver for our flight home, which was as nicely uneventful as our first flight.  We were super happy for TSA precheck, so no messing around with shoes or unpacking our laptops.  And what a delight to be greeted by the smiling faces of three of our grandchildren when coming out of the gate!  We spent the rest of the afternoon resting, then got to see Soccer practice.  This little sweetie knows how to be prepared to entertain herself while her brother has practice.

The next day was our drive home.  Was it ever great to get home and sleep in our own bed!  I pretty much hit the ground running at that point with all I had to do, but I think at this point I am ready to slow down a bit and get back to a somewhat normal routine.  I'm antsy to start a new project, but I am still working on some older ones, so am trying to be disciplined.  For sure, getting back into my blogging routine is on my radar for the future!

If you didn't catch my post on Wednesday, go read it and enter to win the Island Batik giveaways!  And don't forget the rest of this week's posts:


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter

Also, the Christmas Caroling Row Along is still going strong!  Make sure you go read the posts, the free downloads only last for a week on many of the blogs, so you don't want to miss them.  Here are this week's posts:

I think this catches me up on the first part of September!  I'll have to write another post on what's been going on since I got home, because this post is already long enough!  Congrats if you stuck with it all the way through :)  

1 comment:

Barb Neiwert said...

Just catching up with my blog reading. Looks like you had a great vacation! So fun to spend time with extended family, and to return to your roots. Refreshing for the soul!