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24 March 2010

Cool Runnings

I truly thought that I would have blogged a couple of times while we were on our trip or at least thrown up a couple of pictures, but I didn't. Bad Blogger. I'm giving myself an OTK spanking right now. I promise to do better in the future.

Here are a few things I loved 
about our trip to Colorado:
  • The little town of Breckenridge - seriously, a cuter town does not exist. It is full of adorable little shops, restaurants, bars and food kiosks that smell like funnel cakes every time you walk by.

  • Magical Scraps - I went to this little shop in Breckenridge three times and will probably visit her online shop as well. It was by far my favorite shop in the town. The only way I can describe it is that it is like walking into my very own personal Etsy heaven.
  • Peek-A-Boo Toys - While David was out shredding some powder, Olivia and I hit up the back room of this toy store to burn off some energy.

  • A pink Patagonia fleece - My new friend Maren loaned Olivia the cutest little one piece fleece outfit that was absolutely the most perfect thing for our trip. Olivia stayed nice and warm while playing in the snow.

  • Watching David do little incredibly challenging tricks on his snowboard coming down the base of the run.
  • Seeing David act like a kid at Christmas everyday when he finished snowboarding and watching his face light up when he recounted his tale of climbing the 13k foot summit. (Go baby, go!)

  • Our dinner sleigh ride - Saturday night, we took Olivia on a sleigh ride out to a heated tent in the snow to feast on chicken, steak and apple pie and groove to some country music. It was SO much fun. And we were told that Olivia was the most well-behaved baby they've ever had.

  • Cherry Creek Mall - While David and Lauren worked the trade show on Monday, Olivia and I ventured out to the Cherry Creek Mall for a little shopping excursion -- as if we hadn't shopped enough in Breckenridge. So, instead of shopping, we hit up the (freshly cleaned) play area in the center of the mall. I could not have loved this playground more - everything in it was a breakfast food. Olivia and I staked our claim on a waffle (of course we chose the carb) and she had a blast cruising around the edges.

  • SNOW - It's been two years since I've seen the snow and since it put a damper on my bridal shower, I wasn't much of a fan of it then. Yesterday's snowstorm in Denver gave us the opportunity to have a relaxing evening in with pizza, a movie and a snoozing baby. It also allowed us to have a view like this on the way to the airport this morning.

  • Family Time - More than anything, I just really loved having some time away from the stresses of work and everyday life to be together as a family. I'm so glad that we were able to join David on this trip.

And here are a few things I loved a little 
less about our trip to Colorado:
  • Driving the windy roads - The last time I was in Colorado was for my friend Cole's wedding a few years ago. On the way out from the airport, I got a speeding ticket. So, this time I knew better than to go over the speed limit. No worries there, the roads we took this time were so windy that I swear I thought I was going to drive into the side of the mountain at every turn. Next time, I'm letting David drive.
  • Entertaining Olivia in cramped quarters - Seriously folks, we have got a MOVER on our hands. That baby of ours does not want to stay still and she is constantly getting into anything and everything she shouldn't. Take a look at a few of the things she got into when I took my eyes off of her for just a few seconds.



  • The dry air - Poor Olivia looked like a hot mess most days in Colorado. Her cheeks and chin are so chapped from all the drool she is producing with those new top teeth and the dry Colorado air didn't help matters at all. It also made for some nasty boogies in her nose that she refused to let me dig out. Thankfully a couple of hot, steamy showers allowed her to breathe a little easier.
  • Six AM flights - I really hope that we have learned our lesson and never choose a flight so early in the morning. Our thinking was that we would get in earlier and have the afternoon to do some fun stuff in Breckenridge. In actuality, we were EXHAUSTED and ended up sleeping most of the evening.
  • Hotel alarms - So our 10am flight this morning wouldn't have been bad if we hadn't been awakened at 5 by a shrieking alarm throughout our hotel telling us to evacuate the building. I was so proud of myself for remaining calm and carrying Olivia, a diaper bag, and my laptop with all of Olivia's pictures down 12 flights of stairs while a woman wearing a headlamp shouted into her cell phone about how she could smell smoke in the building. Turns out, it was a false alarm, but it gave us a little extra time to get packed up and out the door.

Things I'm thankful for upon returning home:
  • Space for Olivia to move around and her own crib
  • Clean clothes
  • Flip-flop weather
  • Our Chariot Cougar 2 jogger adapter arriving while we were gone
  • And most definitely, a spur-of-the-moment visit from Nana


Mom Cooper said...

Here I come to save the day. Well here I come anyway. Glad you had some fun family time AND Dave was (hopefully) able to make some good connections. See you this afternoon. I'm happy to get my Olivia fix a little early!!!

Marissa said...

Sounds like a super fun trip! That store looks super fun too. I remember travelling with the boys when they were little and it can definitely be challenging, but it's worth it, I think. Can't wait to see you guys next week! Mister is really excited to play with "Cousin Olivia". :)

Irma said...

Seems you all had a wonderful time and you have the pictures to prove it. I loved Breckenridge when we were there with Kiel and Marissa several years back...but the elevation gave me a royal headach. The trick is to drink plenty of water! Looking forward to seeing you next week.