Our much anticipated family vacation has begun. As I’m writing this post, I’m sitting on the deck of the “cabin” we are staying at in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The sun is setting, the birds are chirping and I’m eagerly awaiting the deer to migrate outside our door. My husband and I have been looking forward to this vacation for months. It’s time we all got away from the hustle and bustle of our lives and reconnect as a family. Even though our cabin has a TV, we aren’t turning it on. Computer time is limited (this is mainly for me…the kids already know they can’t get on). We’re going to read, play games, hike, tour the area and just have fun together.
Our cabin is absolutely beautiful and it’s the only way you’ll ever find me camping. It’s two stories with two large bedrooms and bathrooms, a lovely furnished kitchen, living room, patio/deck with a grill. I can highly recommend it if you find yourself planning a vacation to Estes Park.
We flew into Denver yesterday and had breakfast at a great little restaurant called Syrup. I was so tempted to try the gluten-free pancakes but saw the Veggie Omelette and decided on that instead. EJ had the California Eggs Benedict which he said was fabulous, he wasn’t sharing so I can’t tell you for sure. Colleen, Patrick and Stephen tried various pancake combinations and fell in love with Syrup’s huge selection of…you guessed it…syrups! They make their own syrups. Imagine this…vanilla syrup, peanut butter and jelly syrup and butterscotch syrup. It is a great approach, taking something that we usually don’t think about (syrup) and making it the focus of the breakfast.
Yesterday, we stayed the night in Boulder and it was a perfect stop. I read that it helps you to adjust to the higher altitudes, taking a day to get used to the thin, dry air. Coming from Houston, both are foreign to us. We’re drinking lots of water and taking it slow these first two days so hopefully we’ll be alright.
We had the opportunity to attend the Shakespeare Festival at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It was the opening night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the play was fabulous. It was held in their outdoor theater and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. I loved the Prologue given by the university’s interim theater director. It was such a thorough explanation of how it was to watch a play in the time of Shakespeare and how it was experienced by the audience. Fascinating!
Our eldest daughter flew in today to join us and our family is almost complete. Our eldest son, Michael is working in California and sadly couldn’t get away. I miss the family vacations we took when the kids were small. As they get older and are going off on their own, my husband and I are realizing we need to start scheduling a week every year that the kids know about ahead of time and pick a destination they can all get to. Family vacations aren’t the same when one is missing. If your kids are older, how do you manage to get everyone together? I’d love to know what works for your family.
Colleen wanted to make a s’mores dessert for our first night in Estes Park, so we came up with this incredibly easy S’mores Pie which would be perfect for a cookout. All the flavors of s’mores in each bite. I’ll have the recipe for you when I return home.
Have a great week!