This was my mantra the weeks leading up to the trip!
Lilly crashed out on the flight to Houston
I celebrated the first time in 3 years that I have been able to read a real book on a plane
We had some donuts and ran off some energy running on the moving walkway for a while during our layover in Houston
We had an awesome run along the Cherry Creek trails downtown, then had dinner at The Rio before heading to the Rockies game. As you can see from the picture below, the Rockies tickets were really hard to come by. We actually got Club level seats for pretty cheap, which ended up being a good thing because it was drizzly/rainy for the first part of the game.
It was a nice surprise to see the Pride of the Rockies playing the national anthem at the game!
(I played in the Pride when I was at UNC as an undergrad!)
Like I said...I don't think the girls missed us much...Mommy and Daddy don't let me crawl on the table like this...
We rode all of the main rides - it actually kind of stunk that I was feeling crummy because the lines were virtually non-existent and the weather was amazing - but we left shortly after lunchtime. Instead of walking back to our hotel (~2 miles), we rented some bikes! It wasn't exactly the smartest choice we made, riding downtown with no helmets, but it was fun!
Meanwhile in Wray, the cousins were having some lunch (thanks, Mike & Aug!)
Our official anniversary dinner was at Elway's (where else?) - it was pretty much life changing.
Sunday morning, I got up early to get a long run in. I am going to run a half marathon in San Antonio in December, and while my training hasn't officially started, I have been putting in some good base miles...and let's face it - I was in Colorado where the humidity isn't 97% with 90* at 6am. It was pretty much amazing...about 65* with maybe 30% humidity. Sigh...again, we have GOT to get out of Texas!
Some sights along my (7 mile...of course!) run that morning...
This really might be my favorite place in the world. Except my bed. If I could move my bed to here, that would be my favorite place in the world.
We also caught the Stampede - a drum and bugle corps at Broncos games that a few of my old marching band friends play in. The second from the left is a good friend who I have kept in touch with - and because my family will mention it, if I don't...in the interest of full disclosure, it's an ex-boyfriend from college - my Dad was loving the awkwardness of that! We both have strong, godly marriages with beautiful children, so it was cool to see him again (next time, can Liz come, too?!).
We got to pose in front of John's Ring of Fame statue while watching several of the players arrive
Thanks for dinner last night, John!
Seriously. I love this - my husband rules.
(and thanks, Mom & Dad, for having awesome tickets!)
And here's the icing on the cake...Dan did THIS at halftime!
Final Score - BRONCOS WIN!
Evelyn was loving riding a 'big girl' bike (she's never been able to reach the pedals!)
She clearly has zero issues with low perceived competence as well...
After lunch, we headed to the airport. Seriously, though, thank you Grammie (my Mom) for the 3 trips you took to Denver in 4 days. We had no troubles getting through security in Denver and had time to grab some dinner before boarding. The girls did awesome traveling!
All you need is a bagel wrapper to entertain a one-year old for a good 10 minutes on the flight
It was such a great trip though. This man knows me well....Colorado, seeing (most of) my family, Broncos - those were all amazing. But spending time with him was my favorite. I love our family, and I love that we get to walk this life together. Happy Elway anniversary, Dan! You are my favorite today, tomorrow, and always.