Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Family Fun

After an awesome weekend with the Baillio family, we took off for Winter Park, Colorado. The Barrand family had their annual family vacation and this year we weren't going to miss out. So after a 7 hour drive through UT and CO, we arrived at the condo in Winter Park early afternoon Monday the 6th. We mostly sat around that afternoon, but little did we know the craziness in store for us that week.

On Tuesday we set off for a quick "family-friendly" hike to a small waterfall. That was a lot of fun. Brooklyn had a marvelous time chillin' in her baby front carrier. I didn't think she would be so calm, but she took it like a pro. It was a nice hike, and when we got to the waterfall it started to rain. Luckily, it didn't rain too bad, so the hike back wasn't miserable, but we did travel back to the cars with some haste. Brooklyn enjoyed the trip immensely. She broke out in giggles as soon as we got back to the car. She's definitely her Father's daughter. :)

Wednesday we did a couple mountain biking trails. Those were wicked fun too. Celeste and I got to go together near the end of the day, and we spotted this sweet view and grabbed some nice pics. It was tons of fun splashing through mud puddles and careening over rocks and roots.

Thursday we drove up into Rocky Mountain National Forest. We drove the highest paved road in the US. It gets as high as 12,000 ft. That's high! And that gave us more photo ops. We enjoyed the brisk mountain air, and the wildlife.

Friday was Sammy's birthday party. It was fun to watch him open presents that he could identify and get excited about.

That concluded our Winter Park vacation. There was so much to do, and we had so much fun. We played board games, and some fierce Wallyball. We soaked in the hot-tub, and spent an evening talking till midnight. Celeste, Me, Mom and Dad Barrand had an extra adventure, however. We returned to Denver on Saturday and prepared ourselves for the pre-Broadway run of Disney's The Little Mermaid. It was definitely a fun show to see. It wasn't as scrumtrulescent as some other Disney shows, but it was definitely worth seeing.

Needless to say, we had a full vacation, with lots of fun, and even more family. We will miss them all (Baillios and Barrands) until December when we see them again!


Livestrong said...

So THATS where ya'll were. I was at the Stake Center Sunday, planning something for YSA Conference..looked for ya'll and..no Baillios. I really want to see Brooklyn. (in person).And you two, of course! Maybe this Sunday I'll have better luck. (If I get to the Stake Center.)

You're in First Ward now, aren't you?

gonna_be_bliss said...

Did you drive through Lincoln, NE and just forget that I was here? All lonesome like? Just remember that we're seconds away from the good old I-80 and if you ever need a rest stop, we'll gladly be that for you(without the gas).

b-ryce said...

Great post and excellent pictures! That was a very fun trip. It was great to see you guys.

Mikidees said...

You guys got some great pics. I'm really glad you could come out! We will see you in Dec!