Monday, October 22, 2018

Denver Fall Break

Hi Everyone!
    We're back from our Fall Break trip to Denver....and heading into another short week here (The Fall calendar is wonky and wonderful). We had a GREAT TIME visiting AJ's brother Matt and exploring come Colorado sites. Ready for a recap?

We left Thursday morning bright and early. Now, I was a bit nervous about flying with Hank but it honestly went so well. Packing was a bit of circus (when baby needs replace some of your shoe options you know you're fully living that Mom Life) but we arrived with plenty of time, fed and changed Hank before take off, and he slept the whole time (only about a 90 minute flight so that was nice). Let me add that I delight in the fact that 99% of people love a baby! Really, in this era of divisiveness and drama, babies are the universal happiness-makers. (Lets bring some to DC, shall we?). People were so kind and helpful and it made me so happy to see people interact with Hank instead of eye-roll that there was a baby on their plane ride. Hank loves people watching and took it allllll in.
My parents gave us this cute flight package to keep Hankers entertained

We arrived around 11:00 and Matt picked us up and we headed to lunch at a delicious spot called Park and Co. The weather was gorg so we ate on the patio. It was so nice to see Matt (we last saw him at the beach in July). After lunch, we headed back to the house, settled in, and all took 2 hour naps. Praise hands! Matt's house is a super cute modern condo located on.....Steele Street! That afternoon, Matt and I headed to the grocery store to buy some ingredients for dinner and some things for Hank. We made Sausage Sheet Pan Supper for dinner and spent the evening relaxing and chatting.

How BOSS does Matty look here? Haha. He found this great company that rents baby items and he was arranging delivery of the Pack and Play. 

The next morning we hung out and chilled. It's amazing how quickly AJ or I would jump up to stop Hank from getting into stuff. You don't realize how un-baby friendly places are until you have a 10 month old who is on.the.go. Haha. I did some reading on their gorgeous rooftop balcony (I loved the book I brought with me. My October book post is coming up soon). We headed out for brunch at The Denver Biscuit Company where I ate my favorite meal of the amazing! The weather was perfect so we headed downtown and walked around. I wanted to visit the Tattered Pages Bookstore, which did not disappoint, we enjoyed some iced coffees at Union Station, and visited the 16th Street Outdoor Mall. We put in lots of miles on the stroller this day!

I read about this giant bear statue at the convention center and we happened to drive right by. 

We headed home, relaxed, put Hank down for a nap, started watching The Haunting of Hill House (I'm obsessed), and ordered pizza. I looked up this place on Yelp called Blue Pan Pizza, it was "Detroit style." I never knew there was such a thing, but it was so delish!

Saturday morning we hit the road to go check out Red Rocks! It was gorgeous and I can only imagine how awesome it would be to see a concert there. We walked from the top to the bottom and explored. I was surprised how many people were there working out there. It was such a beautiful day and a lovely view.

From there, we headed into Boulder. I thought Boulder was absolutely darling and we had the most gorgeous weather when we were there. We met up with Matt's friends, Ryan and Laura, and their baby daughter and we ate lunch together. We walked up and down Pearl Street and into all sorts of shops (The Savannah Bee Co. might have been my fave). I might need to send Hank vibes now to go to University of Colorado Boulder so I can go back and visit often. It reminded me a lot of Park City and Bend.

We spent the late afternoon napping (having a baby is the best excuse to take afternoon naps yourself) and packing up. We watched more Haunting of Hill House, ordered tacos to go (Torchy's Tacos are my JAM! We need these in Utah!) and went to bed to head home on Sunday.

I am so grateful for this wonderful break to spend time with my guys, visit Uncle Matty, explore a new city, take Hank on his first flight, and get out of town for a bit. It was good for my soul! Denver, we'll be back!

Savor Your Sparkle,

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