Last week, my family and I travelled to Estes Park, Colorado from our home in Miami, Florida. We were able to escape the humidity and enjoy the beautiful mountains while spending time with our closest friends. It was a wonderful week.
19 of us stayed in a gorgeous house plus guest house on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite moments via my Instagram photos. (My Instagram posts sadly ended on Thursday when I dropped my phone from the gondola bridge on the mountain and it smashed into several pieces. At least I was able to save the hardrive):
There were 5 six-year-olds with us, the girls and Max.
Max was such a great sport and really got along great with everyone, except when we went bumper boat riding with water guns!
About half way through their ride Max stood up in his seat and seemed to be yelling at the other kids while his brother still navigated their boat around the pond. All of us on shore kept yelling for him to sit, but he just wouldn’t seem to listen. Finally, the driver ended the ride and Max’s boat came ashore and we realized that he wasn’t yelling at the other children, but the parents: “how dare you shoot me in the eye with water,” he scolded. “I will never listen to any of you EVER AGAIN.” Not only the boats armed with guns, but the off shore observers also got their turn. It appeared Max took a shot straight in the eye from someone on land and he was not amused. We (the adults) soon received a puppy dog-eyed apology for the tongue lashing after our belly laughs at the tow-headed’s tenacity.
When a bear ran across our back yard for the week two moms ran for pots and pans while the other two grabbed their cameras. Can you guess how this blogger reacted? I was armed and ready to make some loud kitchen music before my friend got this shot! It turned-out no noise was necessary.. He just ran on by!
19 of us went fishing and came home with only one fish!
While the kids were at camp we hiked and conquered Deer Mountain.
2 moms and 6 kids went river rafting and our guide said it was the lightest “8 load” he had ever navigated down the Poudre River!
But my favorite part was just living and eating at this wonderful house in the beautiful place with our family and close friends!