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Monday: Went hiking with this guy (Dominic, 15) up to the Walker's Castle ruins in Mt. Falcon, CO. Met Dan for dinner, then went school shopping. Left right after breakfast in the morning and didn't get home until after 10 p.m. Good thing I'm still young and spry. (HA! I was draggin' by the time we got home...) I'll download more photos of this awesome hike later, but here's a sneak peek:
All that remains now
of a castle in the sky
Wednesday: I got to spend the day -- the whole day! -- with this guy. (This pic of my honey, Dan, was actually taken last year in San Francisco... I just used it here because I like it.). Wednesday Morning: After the mandatory special-event-stop at Starbucks, we went to the Denver Zoo -- a very strange experience without a bunch of kids in tow. To compensate for the weirdness, we talked about the kids the whole time. We thought this fella (below) had William's exact same grumpy face.
Wednesday Afternoon/Early Evening: Found our way to Denver's famous bookstore (well, at least it's famous here..), the Tattered Cover, where I perused and Dan snoozed. I'm not kidding! He found a comfy chair and really did take a nap -- while I jotted down a page full of wish list books and giggled over cards and calendars. (Any relatives, btw, who would like a copy of my list to keep in mind for future gifting events, please contact me. &;o) Y'all know how very hard I am to shop for...)
When Dan woke up, we headed back to Coors Field and took in the game. Rockies vs. Pirates. We womped 'em (poor things) 8-0. It was huge fun -- the first time in thirteen years (since Michelle was a baby) that I've gotten to go to a baseball game and not be in charge of herding children!
Wednesday Night, after the game:
See my tired feet
Who have worked so very hard.
Taken for granted.
Thursday: Since the teenagers have been in charge practically all week, I needed to take an accounting of what I've been missing. (What an absentee Mom I've been!) But the house was/is relatively clean and the children happy. Jon has been printing out Saint's Day coloring pages every day for the little ones and someone has been organizing the outdoor maintenance very handily; all the mowing and trimming is caught up and the animals are all fed. But the laundry pile is growing and the pantry is bare. I had to put some laundry on and squeeze in an early morning grocery shopping trip before taking Jon to his drivers' test at one o'clock. Which he passed easily. Here's our newest driver:
Friday Morning, 6:30 AM: The boys finished their packing and loaded the car. Kevin is headed for the Seminary, Jon to donate a year of service to the Church, and Dominic back to school in Omaha. Michelle is going along for the ride and will be back Sunday, but we won't see the boys again until they come home for Paul's wedding this fall.
I had to have a picture of the three before they left, of course.
Shoot. I give up.
Love these guys. I'm going to miss them.
Bonus silliness from the week: What the Littles were up to the day I left my camera behind.
William chilling out... on my bed.
Cathy perfecting her Jacob's Ladder technique.
I don't know what Gabe's buddy, Lester, has been up to here, but he looks exhausted.
Here's Anna, 6, apparently trying to get an idea of what the bow on top of her head looks like. You know, it's impossible to see the top of your head in a mirror... But this worked.
*And now I'd better get away from this computer and get some laundry going! Blessings and happy Friday, everyone!