Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Colorado Springs







My parents were in town last week and we had so much fun! We got to go and spend a few days in Colorado Springs, and we wish we would have stayed longer! It is so beautiful down there and SO MUCH to do. We went to "Focus on the Family" which is a HUGE kid play area with slides, airplanes, trains, dress-ups, books, puppets, etc. The kids had a blast. Then we stopped at a pond to feed the ducks. Josh tried to walk right out into the lake. That kid has no fear. They also loved swimming at the hotel--I thought Josh was going to jump right out of his skin he was so excited.
The next day we went to Garden of the Gods, which is beautiful. It's a little like a mini southern Utah right smack dab in the middle of Colorado Springs. Halle, of course, got very tired on our mile, paved trail hike. We've got to toughen that girl up...... Then we went to see Seven Falls. It is a pretty impressive water fall, and even has an in mountain elevator to take you to the top. You can also do the stairs, so Rusty and I climbed the stairs while Grandma and Grandpa took the kids on the elevator. Well, it turns out we took the wrong stairs--we wanted to go to the top of the waterfall, and these stairs only took you up to a viewing point where you could get a good look at the waterfall. I was all staired out, but Rusty and my Dad went back down and found the right set of stairs. Good for them.
But Halle's favorite part of the whole Grandma and Grandpa trip was getting to stay the night in the hotel with my parents. They stayed at a hotel in Thornton while they were here, and took her back with them one night. She did "seat drop stand ups" on the "BIG" bed, got to play candyland 4 times (and won every time!) and she got to get a treat out of the vending machine. The girl had died and gone to heaven. She still speaks of it with awe in her voice.

12 comments:

Paul or Lindsay said...

Sounds so great!! You need to let us know when you are in town next so we can get together!

Jennikunz said...

Ralph and Susan are freakin awesome! And it's about time you posted something new.. I love Easter but GOSH!

The Cox Family said...

What a great trip and how nice to have fam in town! We have always wanted to take a weekend trip down there- looks beautiful! BBQ sounds great! :)

Brandon Dansie said...

A weekend with Ralph and Sus, what could be better? Hey I know where you can find the "Real" Southern Utah. Just give me a call and I'll tell you where its at, free room and board too:)

Jami and Scott said...

that last picture looks so lovely. Also, you are looking skinny Tara:)

Ralph and Susan said...

Ralph and Susan are such totally awesome parents to spend so much time and money on their children. And yes Brandon, we rock!!
We had a very fun time in Colorado. It was as good as southern Utah. And Halle's seat drop stand ups were a sight to behold.

banks said...

It looks like you trip with your parent was fun. My brother lives in Colorado Spring. They planned on just living there for a few years and then move back to Idaho, but they love it there. He has decided to stay and set up his dental practice there. From looking at your pictures and everything they say about it, it looks like an awesome place. Talk to you soon. Kami

Jeff and Chelsi Pulley Family said...

How fun! Colorado is beautiful. That is really cute that Halle had so much fun at the hotel. What are "seat drop stand ups?" Is that fancy little girl talk for jumping on the bed? She's a character!

Jami and Scott said...

Tara- In response to your comment on my Blog:

We are going to VCU in Richmond, VA. We (mostly me)are very excited to go somewhere new!

Brian/Kasey said...

When is your next trip to Utah? It's been several months which might be a new record? Hopefully you'll be here soon.

Katie said...

you have such cute kiddies! and you look great too! I love that you (and Rusty) still look just as young as you did when I met you...and you were 18 then! Looks like a fun weekend! Hopefully we get to see you soon!

Carolyn Hanson said...

Hey! You do have family visit you! It looks fun. Such a cute little family.

Jeff may be interviewing in CO this Fall/Winter. Who knows? Maybe we'll be posting from CO next year. :)