We left Denver yesterday after a great time with family and friends on Wednesday. After breakfast, we drove down to C-Springs (a fun drive with various verbal games with the kids) and drove through the Garden of the Gods. The kids had fun climbing around Balanced Rock, and we got some good pics, which of course I'll have to post later when I'm not on Mimi's laptop. :-) Before we went into the park we had a potty stop at the Visitor's Center, which I had never been to before. It was way cool!
After that we went to a fun restaurant downtown that is inside a former train depot! Very fun place to eat. We met some Commission friends there and enjoyed visiting for quite awhile. Following lunch, we drove onto the USAFA grounds and walked the trail to the Chapel area. I wanted the kids to be able to see the campus and get a better idea of where Daddy spent 4 years of his life! We don't know when we'll all be in CO again, so all in all, it was a very fun day.
Yesterday we drove 600 miles and are now at Craig & Mimi's house. We made GREAT time yesterday despite two poop blowouts (one from Kenna, one from Lucan that totally messed up his carseat--YUCK) and were here for dinner. The kids did very well; Ted said the little ones were better than they had been the 400-mile drive from Green River to Colorado. Charis and I listened to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and most of The Silver Chair on CD. Unfortunately, I discovered later that night that the chapter about the Dark Island was quite scary for Charis, as she was having trouble getting to sleep for thinking about it. :-( But I very much enjoyed listening to the CDs, and they (along with Starbucks coffee and a McDonald's iced latte) kept me awake during the drive.
As a side note, for those who haven't seen my Facebook status updates, Lucan had slept through the night 3 nights in a row, so I actually was driving with a good amount of sleep under my belt!! Woohoo! Last night he did pretty well, though not as long of a stretch--I nursed him at 9:30 p.m. and again at 4:15 a.m. I won't complain, though!!
Now I need to close here...Mimi and I went for a 3-mile run this morning after staying up until about 2:30 a.m. talking. The plan for today is that the guys will take the kiddos to a free petting zoo (and who knows where else!) while Mimi and I gab and work on stampin' stuff. I'd like to come up with a design for my Convention swaps, and she has to get stuff ready for a club meeting tomorrow. I'm excited to get to be in her stamp room and use some of her stuff! (How many sentences in a row can I write with the word "stuff" in them?!) Makes me excited to get to Ohio and unpack all my own stuff, LOL.