Secondly, on with the flashback!
Our family traveled to
week of fun and relaxation. My mom and
grandmother flew out earlier in the week, so we drove out with my dad. Spent the first night at Little Amana, Estes
Park, Colorado Iowa, and the kids
enjoyed swimming in the pool. I had
decided to use the time to work on book #6 of my Arbor U series, so instead of
having my nose buried in a book the entire time, I scribbled away in a
notebook. Dad was amused to see me
working at the poolside; I was amused by the way my handwriting got
progressively worse while drinking three white Russians! And two days later, we pulled into Nicky’s
Resort, just outside and Rocky Mountain
Nat’l Park. Estes
Mom, Grandma, and my sister and BIL were happy to see us, and the next five days were spent shopping in
touring RMNP; braving the switchbacks of Estes Park Trail Ridge Road; and celebrating my mom
and dad’s birthdays.
The night we ate at the resort, our friends in
drove over to spend the evening with us.
After dinner, we returned to our suite for some fun and
reminiscing. My sister handed out the
presents she and I had bought, and I stood up and read the two poems I’d
written at my sister’s suggestion. Ft. Collins
We reminisced about past gatherings and telling stories about kids’ achievements. And finally, around midnight, Mr. & Mrs. H left so we could get some sleep.
Several years earlier, there had been a flood in RMNP; the now-dried area renamed the Illuvial Fan. We spent half a day in that area of the park. My spouse and two kids climbed to the top of the rock pile while I parked myself on a rock and wrote nearly four pages. The scenery was breathtaking; the weather calm; and the only sounds were children playing and the gurgle of the creek. And all too soon it was time for lunch.
Mom had arranged for a photographer; we had a family picture taken. Mom and Dad are seated in the center with my kids on their laps; My sis and BIL are behind my dad; my spouse and I behind Mom; and Grandma in the center.
On the way back, we stopped at Cabella’s in
. Got several items, including blankets, socks,
shirts, and hats. We also ate
lunch: Caribou sandwich, buffalo
burgers, and pizza. Sidney, Nebraska
We stayed at the Ramada Inn in
Iowa, and enjoyed the water park. Got several pictures of my kids and spouse
going down the tube slide! I prefer the
open slide, and at first, my then-eight y/o balked at going down the
slide. But when Mommy went down first
and agreed to catch her at the bottom, she discovered it was a lot of fun after
all! And went down several more times
without needing any ‘catching’.
And my husband cracked me up: He griped all the way to the Indiana/Illinois border about missing work and how vacations were a waste of money. But once we crossed into
then Iowa, he
relaxed and enjoyed himself. But on the
way home, he was fine until we crossed back into Indiana.
And all of a sudden, he was mad at me for ‘dragging him away from a
perfectly good job.’
But I didn’t care; we’d never had a family vacation like that before, and the kids enjoyed having him around.
Tonight is the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:) Starting next week, expect Olympic updates at the top of my blog posts.
Tomorrow, I'm going to go see a friend in a production of Nunsense, She plays a blind nun, so this should be comical!
Sunday, I'll take MDQ and ME back to Indy, then spend the night on my SIL's couch. My mom's having hernia surgery next Monday, and then I'll go home with the parents to help out, if necessary.