Unfortunately, these smiles in the car were not always there! We had some good times in the car, all 7 of us packed in so tight that some times we felt we couldn't breath, and . . . some horrible moments, that now we can look back on and can make fun of how unreasonable we got with each other!
We traveled to Colorado from Texas, taking it slow with a 1 year old, stopping half way at a hotel to get some rest before hitting the road the next. The total driving time was about 14 hours. It should have been 13 but we got turned around for a bit before asking for help.
Anyway, these pictures are going to be posted in two parts, because I'm too tired to post them all at once. Also too tired to put them in much of any order. Maybe you'll see someone you know from our trip!
This was taken at a park in Denver that us gals used to meet at when our little ones were little, little. Of course as you can see, Peggy and I are still having our kids. From left to right: Jamie Shanks, me, Amy Stark, and Peggy with baby Wyatt.
These are most of our boys acting like boys and getting to know each other all over again.
They hadn't seen each other for 2 years!
Here are our oldest girls! Molly (the second from left), Veronica and Olivia are all 14 years old and they used to play together when they were all about 4 years old! It was surreal to see them together and as teenagers too. Olivia Stark, on the far left, is a younger sister to Veronica (in the middle). She is now 12 and has changed so much too. Wish we had more time than an evening together.
Here is Julia with Anna Shanks and their new dog, Lily. That dog was a hit with Julia. She is a true animal lover!
Ok, these are really out of order. We went to Colorado Springs first off and when Rich had some free time, he took the boys to the Air Force Academy to look around. This is the inside of the chapel.
Here is the pipe organ! Can you see it? I've still never been there but it looks amazing!
I don't know what to say about these pictures because I'm so not into this but I wanted those who love the Air Force to get the full effect of the Academy.
We stayed at my girlfriend's house, Wendy Warren, for a few nights in Colorado Springs. I've known Wendy since Jr. High School! Julia and Wendy's daughter, Lindsey, hope to write to each other. They are both 9 years old and really loved being together.
Wendy and I being silly. Thanks for a great time!
Family shot in Larkspur at another friend's house.
We had lunch at this place! Isn't it fabulous? The couple who live here used to be Rich's college group leaders at South Hills Community Church in San Jose. Rich hadn't seen them in over 15 years. We connected up with them right before our trip through Facebook.
They live on 35 acres.
Meet Brad and Kim Oaster. She cooked us a wonderful lunch and we sat out on their balcony and ate. One of the things I really wanted to do while in Colorado was just be outdoors! It's so hot in Texas and the mosquitos are so thick that we haven't been outdoors much this summer.
Enjoying the outdoors on their balcony. Thanks guys for a marvelous afternoon!
Well, this needs some explanation. This was taken on our way to Colorado in Amarillo, TX. For those who have never heard of this place, this is Cadillac Ranch. Some strange guy owns this land on the out-skirt of town and he has half buried all these Cadillacs.
It's a little bit of a walk to get out to them from the freeway but we welcomed getting out of the car.
So you are supposed to buy spray paint and add to their flare.
We weren't going to go to all that trouble when they were already painted so nicely, but others were adding their own touch when we were there.
Taken at Red Robin Restaurant, one of our favorites in Colorado.
After a long day in the car, they are still smiling! Micah is not a car sleeper. We traveled for 6 hours, not including stops, and he only slept for 40 minutes! Amazing! He did really well considering he missed his naps both days we traveled.
Well, I'm headed for bed. Until later . . .