1. To see grandparents. It's great to be with family and the kids just love, love, love it/them.
2. To see the Okee Dokee Brothers preform. We love the duo and saw that they had an "open to the public" show in some school in Denver called Most Precious Blood. Free shows are just my price.
3. To see one of my best friends, Csilla, who moved to Fort Collins - about 1 1/2 hours from Littleton.
Pretty good reasons, huh? We had a really good time and accomplished all the reasons why we went up:
The 4th of July! While on my morning run I noticed this flower garden - in the design of the American flag! So cool! So I got home and after breakfast I took the kids to the path and we walked to the house. While we were taking pictures from the path, a man came out and welcomed us to come on in to his backyard to get a closer look.
I don't know what we did in the afternoon - played with the hose in the backyard, watched 1/2 a movie, etc. We had dinner and Grandma Dee came for that. It was a nice dinner outside. After dinner the boys went fishing with Grandpa Max. Miles caught a crayfish, but nothing else. There was some remote-controlled boat that Jonas was pretty excited to tell me about - they even got a turn driving it. They came home for a few minutes and then the boys extended their "boys night out" (as Jonas kept calling it) and went and saw the fireworks. They loved it and had a great time with their grandpa.
The clouds started coming and so we decided to head back before we got rained on. I think we left at the perfect time. Csilla drove me through "Old Town" and it started pouring, pouring, pouring! The streets were flooding - it was awesome! Right before we made it back to her home there was a big flash of lightning and then immediately after the biggest CRASH of thunder I think I've ever heard. It was neat - but a little daunting, too. Another reason (among the many!) to move to Fort Collins: afternoon showers!
We hung out a little more at Csilla's house. Just visiting and playing and enjoying ourselves. It was grand.
I got lost on the way back home - I missed my exit and then had no idea where and how and what and all that stuff. After turning around and missing another exit, I finally made it all the way back to the original exit I had missed and made it home. Lucy thought it was totally funny that I was lost. She told Ben all about it.
The boys had hung out at home for most of the morning and early afternoon. Jim had a funeral to attend. Diana even had an appointment and so one of our great friends, Leanne, came over to watch the boys during that time. Although I haven't seen her since, I do believe that Leanne survived. I sure hope so. :) Jim came home mid-afternoon and took the boys to the graveside service of the funeral he had attended in the morning. And then the boys got to see Monsters University. They seemed to have enjoyed the movie. We (the boys and the girls) ended up arriving at home at the same time.
Saturday we kind of just hung out, went to a park for a bit, then drove home. They all wanted to stay, of course - Jonas was particularly MAD about leaving. But as soon as we got home, all was well. All was even better when Ben made it back from his temple trip. It's good to be whole again. :)
But we all had a wonderful time in Littleton!