Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's [not] Always Sunny in Colorado

Kitty and I took the time to groom and sunbath a couple days ago. And because she is not welcome at the pool I went on my own.

And then the smoke started to rise and cover the sunshine :(
Bummer! My heart goes out to the firefighters who are battling all of the wildfires in CO and in the other unfortunate states too.

Have a great week and keep our firefighters in your thoughts!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jet Setter

As I mentioned, Collin and I headed back to PA for the second weekend in a row! Collin was invited to join a hunting/fishing club that his family has been a part of since he was little and they just happened to be having their 100th Anniversary party the month after he joined. Collin kept asking if I was sure I didn't want to go...between telling me he was searching for a stand-in for the group picture....ha! After looking at my work schedule, we realized that I could actually stay for a few days longer than Collin so I decided to go and then spend a few more days (and fathers day!) with my family.

I scheduled a spot on a shuttle that goes from the Springs to the Denver airport thinking that'd be better than falling asleep at the wheel after a 12 hour night shift. Well, it was better than falling asleep at the wheel but only by a small margin. It wasn't the small bus that I was expecting (or that they advertised on their website) but a van. A packed to the gills van at that. And I had a middle seat for 1.5 hours. Ugh. After arriving at the airport I had two flights before arriving home.

I was exhausted to say the least. Felt like a zombie actually...and looked like one too. The plan was to drive straight to Collin's mom's house but...again, the falling asleep at the wheel scenario came to I went home with mommy and daddy and they fed me (a hoagie) and put me to bed. Plus, I got to see little C before he left for the beach!

C told me he was going to walk me out...this is how he does that

After driving to Collin's, we had some (more) hoagies....haaaaaaaaallelujah, hoagie heaven! And then hung by his dad's pool with the new babies before we had to get ready for the party that night.

After cleaning up a bit Debbie took some pre-party pictures before we headed to the club.

I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked but we had a blast!!

Raw bar and ice carving
T&B club members

Ahh, yes. Heister wore a camo tux... talk of the party

Father and sons...all members now

And the Centennial IPA that one of the members home-brewed for the celebration:

It was sooo much fun. They did a great job of decorating and making it really special for all of the members and guests.
The next day we had a big italian feast for father's day and then had to pack up. I took Collin to the airport on my way down to my parents!

My mom and I had big plans for the next three days. Eat and antique! We accomplished both very well.  My brother even joined us for some antiquing/thrift shopping! We went all over and I scored these awesome salt and pepper shakers and a gorgeous table.

Of course the table wasn't going to fit in my suitcase but my parents have agreed to hold it for me until we move home.............whenever that may be.

Such a great time at home! But nice coming back to CO too!
I love our families...always a good time!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blogless in Seattle

I've been seriously slacking on blogging and I'm oh so sorry...but I have some good reasons. I also missed father's day (via blog anyway...) BUT I did buy cute cards for all the dads in my dad, my brother, and my poppy (AND spent the weekend with all three)! So, Happy late Father's Day, I love you all!!

I've also been working random strange hours and it sucks! Tonight, though...after sleeping until 5pm... I went into work and was informed that they'd been trying to call me to let me know that I didn't need to come in tonight.'s going to be a loooong night now.

Two weekends ago we were back in PA for a wedding and family visiting time. This past weekend Collin was supposed to go back again for the T&B (the hunting/fishing club he was just invited to join) 100th anniversary party. He did...but I bought a last minute ticket and went too!! And I stayed until Wednesday night with my family. It was awesome! That post to follow!

I hope everyone is having a better weekend then me! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Home for the Weekend

This past weekend Collin and I travelled back to PA. We had a wedding to go to so it gave us a great reason to come home and see our families too. First stop was my parents house. I got to see my parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and my favorite little baby nephew!

Of course, it was all packed into a 24 hour time frame but it was worth it! My mom made venison tenderloin and a bunch of other yummy stuff and we sat out on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful weather. C showed me his big boy bike and how he rides his "motorcycle" which is one of my mom's couch cushions. He puts on his boots, helmet, "packpack" (all imaginary) and starts the motorcycle...he's so stinkin' cute!!

And then I ask him to smile for the camera....let's just say he's still working on it...

He cracks me up!!

He and 'daddy' morph into a transformer and try to attack me.

Here he is riding his motorcycle/couch cushion:

And then he had an accident and broke both of his "yeggs" nurse auntie Em had to fix him up.

Then we read...he loooves being read to and I could read to his cute little self all day!

Lala and C making breakfast for everybody.

Then we all went to visit my grandfather (Poppy) in the nursing home.

Me and my favorite little monkey

One of my favorite pictures...C holding Poppy's sweet

After visiting with Poppy we headed to Boehringer's, my favorite place to eat in the summer!

We had such a great time and I loved seeing my family and especially little C!

Next up, Collin's hometown. We took my dads huge truck so Collin was pretty happy about that! We went out to dinner at a cute little wine bar called Barrel 135 with his whoooole family + babies :)

After dinner we went out at a new bar down the street called the Brickyard. They knocked out an entire row house to make an alley, complete with strung lights and water features.  The bar is incorporated into the outside alley and it is really cute!

The next day we slept in/recovered from drinking too much the night before and finally pulled ourselves out of bed for my haircut and some Joe's hoagies for lunch (ahhh my favorite!!!!!) We spent the rest of the day at Collin's dad's house laying pool side before we had to get ready for the wedding that evening.
Some pics from the wedding:

Collin and his friend Jesse

New parents! Collin's brother Ryan and sister-in-law Jen

The ladies of the family...minus me, for now!

Alli and Connor

Most well-behaved man at the wedding!

Court and Connor

Collin and his friends with the groom

Alli and Lizzy

And of course I had to snap some pics of Evelyn before we left. Collin looks darn good with a baby in his arms...

Courty and little Evelyn

A lovely trip indeed. Made us both miss PA more than we realized!