|Lunch on the road--McD's Playplace|
I made him wear his flip flops over
his socks to the bathroom :)
Day one...Monday. We left our house at 8:30 a.m. armed with healthy, low sugar snacks (for obvious reasons), lots of water, diapers, a bin full of toys and a bag full of treasures to surprise wiggly boys with when impatience set in...we knew it would! The trip went much better than I expected! X-man was phenomenal and exceptionally patient from the time we left to the time we pulled into GG'ma's and GG'pa's driveway. He giggled his way through much of the trip, took a nap or two here and there and played his little heart out when we stopped to allow such activities. Gokey did very well also, especially considering his difficult age. Seventeen months is an age of very little patience and gigantic communication hurdles, and though there was a little fussing, there was more sleep than anything else and it worked for everybody. The trip took about 2 hours longer than it would have in my single days, but that allowed for some great playtime and running along the way. Eleven hours of happiness beats nine hours of restless crabbiness any day!
Nighttime brought the monsters out, however. Gokey is known to be a crappy sleeper at home...what did I expect after inflated naps in the car, GG'ma's sugary chocolate cake for dessert, the excitement of a new place, the strangeness of a new place and absence of Daddy? I guess I was hoping for exhaustion. It was a rough couple of hours trying to get them both down and Gigi was finally able to convince X-man to sleep in her room and with his absence came a little cooperation from Gokey, and finally...sleep...only to be interrupted a short hour and a half later by the altitude's nasty effects on my little X-man who, I believe, suffered from a good ol' fashioned headache. After some tears and ibuprofen, it all worked out, though and we slept...until 4:45 a.m. Ugh. Darn frickin' reliable internal clocks on these boys...just not adjusted for the time change. We survived, though and that was the start of our mountainous adventures!!!!
There is nothing like the peace of a still, crisp mountain morning...an appreciation I couldn't quite instill in my two little beasts. They reveled in the boyness of the mountains, though. There almost weren't enough sticks on the hillside to be broken ("just like Papa says"), rocks to be moved and pinecones to be gathered. It was magical all over again, as it was when I was a kid. We went to our favorite childhood picnic spot on Guanella Pass, let them wade in an ice cold stream and drove to the summit and breathed in the cool, clean mountain air, marveling at how blue the sky is when you are up that high. And there was DIRT...a true sign of a marvelous time! :)
|Love this...he was talking GG'ma's ear off!|
After two too short days in our mountainous bliss we drove down into Denver and took up residence in a hotel room and visited extended family, and long lost friends from my time living there. We had mounds of fun, lots of laughs and very little sleep, but memories were made for me and for the boys, so the trip was an immense success. My discoveries? They are as follows:
- For those who wonder how to relive childhood...have a kid! Things that I have done over and over again, places I have been to, beauty I have begun to take for granted...all was renewed in the presence of my little men.
- X-man continues to grow up...it's not that I didn't realize that this would happen, but it is just the pace at which it has occurred! I am amazed at how patient he has become (sometimes), how adaptable he is and how in tune to his little brother he is. I keep replaying moments during Gokey's giant struggles with sleep on 2 separate occasions when X-man stated so simply, "Gokey needs Daddy." He was right...I think we all needed him. We love you, Daddy! And there was one moment on both the trip to and from Colorado that Gokey had a bit of a meltdown about being trapped in his seat. X-man gladly yielded all of his treasures to his little brother in an attempt to make him happy, if only for a fleeting moment. His maturity and sweetness left me in a bit of awe both times. I love how he loves...
- Gokey is exceedingly stubborn...I am sure that is a trait credited to his daddy's side (I can hear J saying, "he gets that from his momma," as I type this). This piece of information almost comes as a surprise to me. I guess it kind of sneaked up on me. He was such a chill, laid-back baby and seemed to just go with the flow. Maybe it's just that lovely toddler phase he is in right now, but after my nightly struggles with him while away (and having my mom as a witness to this stubbornness) I now know that he will be a challenge...one that I look forward to molding! :)
|He's a natural rock-climber!|
|Dirt...evidence of a good time!|
|Didn't seem to bother them!|
|Breaking sticks and sword fighting with Gigi|
|GG'ma educating the boys on pinecones...|
|Svetlana (Gigi's cousin's wife) helping Gokey|
|Steve (another of Gigi's cousins) snagging Gokey on the way down|
|Uncle Bob and Aunt Karol|
|Gokey & X-man making a birthday cake out of woodchips with |
Logan and Ilyn belonging to some of my long lost Denver friends!
|Gigi teaching the boys how to roll down a hill|
|Unfortunately Gokey found the muck at the bottom of the hill|
|One of my BFF's, Becky with her momma, Barb|
|Gokey was a fan of Grandma Barb :)|
|This was waiting for us at home when we arrived...I think he missed us! :)|