Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Connor's Visit Part I

My nephew, Connor, just graduated high school. Yeah I have an 18 year old nephew! Crazy! So as a graduation/birthday gift my parents sent him out here to Colorado for 10 days to spend some time with his awesome aunts :)

We did a lot of stuff! It was so fun but exhausting. He flew in on Friday and that evening Erika had a softball game but that next Saturday we drove up into the mountains to Estes Park and went into Rocky Mountain National Park to drive up Trail Ridge Road-the highest continuous paved road in the United States. It is closed in the winter and opens Memorial Day weekend. We were up there the weekend after and there was so much snow it felt like we were in another country.

Erika, Connor and me

After freezing on top of the mountain we headed back down into Estes where it was green and warm.

For dinner we went to our favorite place in Estes called Mama Rose's. It's italian and delicious. We all ordered the same tri colored pasta and and yummy bread and salad too. It was delicious!!!

After dinner we went to The Stanley Hotel which is supposed to be haunted.

Since it's haunted we decided to take a picture of us making scary faces behind this window. We'd done it before and it was hilarious because the second we stand there to try and be serious Erika starts dying out laughing and can't keep a straight face for a second! The same thing happened this time. We did end up getting one pic of her serious but I like this one where she is cracking up the best. 
Silly Titer!
After we left Estes Park we decided to drive up the mountains to this spot where there is a beautiful overlook of the mountains and watch the sunset. We made it to the spot in the nick of time to see the sun setting behind the mountains. Then we took lots of goofy pics. 
This is us doing the duck face-and again Erika couldn't stop laughing...fail.

Sunday we spent the day in Denver. We ate brunch at the most delicious little place called Jelly Cafe. They have amazing everything. Twas delicious.

Then we walked around 16th Street Mall. And we had our photographer Erika take our kissy pic :)

The next off day I had Connor, Erika and I went hiking in Boulder. We did the Royal Arch trail. It is a hard hike all uphill but when you finally make it to the Arch it really is worth it.

This is the view from the top where the arch is, oh, and a chipmunk. This little guy came right up to us. Erika was ecstatic. She had been trying to get a picture of a chipmunk for days and they never stayed still long enough. This guy was very cooperative. So cute too :)

Us with the arch in the back

After working up an appetite hiking we went to Casa Bonita for dinner. I picked up Dave when he got off work and we met Erika and Connor there. 

We enjoyed unlimited amount of mexican food and the cliff divers and the corny as ever skits they put on while you're eating.

And we took another pic outside of Casa Bonita to add to our collection. 
I love him so much.

To be continued...

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