Monday, June 30, 2014

It's a Small World After All

Well, well, well- another weekend down in Denver.  I live for these weekends, you know!  
I was determined to get all my homework done on Friday so we could have the weekend to do whatever we wanted because that is what weekends should always be.  
I am pretty proud of myself- I read William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying in less than 24 hours, people, and did all the papers and essays required at that!  Let me just say- if my kids refer to me as a fish in my casket I will most assuredly haunt them. 
William was the most excited to see John on Friday. He was just besides himself crawling in circles and up John's leg.  He loves his dad! Lately, John has been calling him "Sharp Tooth" because all his teeth that have broken through, still look like fangs.
 John came home and took the kids to the park and then we had some gourmet hamburger helper for dinner, because school nights just don't leave a lot of time for cooking.
I love this picture of John and William: he was just looking at John and talking his whole dinner!
Saturday morning we made our way to Morrison to check out a place John heard about at work called Tiny Town.  On a scale of "World's Biggest Twinkie" to Disneyland....I'd put somewhere around "Home of the Fattest Chicken."  Though a little gimmicky and tourist-trappish- we had a splendid time and all I was missing was a fanny pack and socks for my sandals. 
It was a town full of all these miniature houses that we got to go look at.
Before we went, John told Cate that he was going to take her to a place that would turn her into a giant.  She was sorely disappointed to realize she was just supposed to use her imagination. 
It went something like this:
John: Whoa, guys- We turned into GIANTS! The houses are all small.
Caity: If we are giants, how come the trees are taller than us?  How come our clothes didn't rip off?If we are giants how come I can't reach the clouds? Why is our car still bigger than us? (etc, etc, etc)
Finally I had to explain that was just trying to make it fun for her, that seemed to fit logically in her mind and she was willing to play along for his sake.  Good grief.
All the while, Johnny was just doing everything in his power to keep his shirt on. (Just kidding- he doesn't usually do it in public...just had to throw it out there for my own personal amusement.)
Riding the real life steam engine had to be the highlight.  Even William was jumping up and down excited. The train took us to the other side of the stream and we got to see more little houses and mills and cabins. We even saw a miniature of the "Haunted Mill" from Idaho! That was pretty cool since John and I have actually been there and everything.
 (Side story: JOHN! Remember that time we went to the Haunted Mill and you let that creepy girl from The Ring hold MY HAND and let me think it WAS YOU? AH! I don't even care if it was 5 years ago. I will never forgive you for that! Except I have, except I really shouldn't have...To this day, I still have trust issues from that experience!  OK, Side story over. Glad I got that off my chest.)
Now where were we...oh yeah! As soon as the kids started running by all the houses I turned to John and we both were like, "Honey, I blew up the kids!" And we pretty much felt like the wittiest people ever...I bet we were the first people to ever allude to that movie at this park, like ever.
(Probably not). But we are still funny.
I wonder what Caity's favorite house was?? Oh duh, the PINK one! 

This was inside the majestic theater. It was fun seeing all the details inside the houses.
Below, the kids are looking in the windows.

Hide yo' kids!
There's a giant baby on the loose!


So this was a few of many pictures we took of poor, miserable William in attempt to make him look like Godzilla Baby. 

We thought it was funny anyway.

The kids at the Tiny Town Library.
We had a picnic at the park and played on the play ground.

Then, we made our way toward Red Rocks and explored our little hearts out.

It was a fun little adventure, but the kids were sure excited to get home!

For dinner, we headed over John's grandparents for a alive, was it delicious! Such a perfect end to a perfect day of adventures.  John recorded his Grandpa telling stories, Johnny played wiffle ball with Grandma, and Caity spent most of the time coloring her cardboard house they have set up for her our of refrigerator boxes there. I need to be better at getting pictures of the kids with their Great Grandparents!
Here is a picture from a couple weeks ago when John's grandparents gave them a Welcome to Denver gift bag: 

Well, back to Monday- ready or not! :)
I think I will make some cookies.
And eat them.
I'd rather not say what the kids are up to right now, but let me just assure you, it involves the toilet. I suppose I should stop blogging and get on that.

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