Mini Adventure: Denver Christkindl Market
The week before last, I was feeling a little stir crazy, Remy was too, so I decided I was taking us on an adventure no matter what. I knew the Denver Christkindl Market was going on at Skyline park downtown, those woodenknick knacks never get old, and I also wanted to visit one of my favorite shops, Talulah Jones on 17th & Downing to look for a couple special ornaments. I am in search of a good "Baby's First Christmas" ornament for Arlo. I found Remy's here last year, but came up empty handed this year- guess they sold out of them. I DID find a beautiful pink glass bird, AND two adorable blown glass girlies (one for each of my girls) to hang on the tree this year.
The morning was a rough start. Remy screamed and arched her back and was NOT ready to get ready as fast as I had wanted. I worked through it, got us all ready and fed and loaded up on a dreary, gray Denver day and I had planned it out to get us out and about and get lunch on the go and be back before naps. Arlo was a rock star and was wide eyed most of the morning and then passed out the reminder of the morning. Remy was coming down with some sniffles, and as you can see from the photos, wasn't her normal bubbly self- which I would discover a couple days later was because she was getting a light head cold that I had. Nothing stops Remy from a good time though.
Momma started the adventure off by grabbing an Americano at Dazbog, next door to Talulah's. Remy had a cup of water; as did her clothes. I LOVED taking her into the shop, one I had worked at many years ago, and watching her play with this marble toy which kept her attention a whopping fifteen minus or so. I would have LOVED to stay and shop the entire store....one could literally spend hours if not days in here (it is packed to the brim whit unique finds for women and children), but the baby was fussing, Remy was fussing, so I grabbed my ornaments, what I came for, and made a mad dash to the car. I was debating whether or not to do another jaunt. Do I don't I???? IS she too tired? Is she hungry? Will the baby be okay?
I said, the hay with it, and Remy agreed that we wanted to go downtown which is only blocks away. I knew deep down that I might not make it out again if I didn't go then. So we made it down to Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe, and guess what, I circled the block only once and found street side parking a block away! I always feel it is a good omen or a sign or something when that happens. We were meant to go!
Remy was winding down, and the gentleman playing music would usually paint a smile across this girl's face, but as you can tell, her thumb was in, and her eyes were a little sleepy. She was still interested in the sights and smells! Oh, the smells! The smoked salmon! The sausages! The sweets! The roasted nuts! Maz and I are planning to go back for a date hopefully before the market closes to have some of the food and possibly a beer... They have a beer garden tent there too!
We played with the wooden clacker toys and then called it quits at the market. Across the street we popped into Corner Bakery for a sandwich to go. We sat outside and watched the ice skaters at the rink. She was VERY curious with this and perked right up. I want to take her back when she is a wee bit older. For those of you with kiddos, they have free lessons and skating and hot cocoa on Sundays! Maybe if Maz and I get back down there for a date we'll strap on a pair of skates. The last time I was on ice was at least 5 years ago when we were still dating.
It was an excellent day with my girls. It was fun to share some of the holiday traditions with Remy, of ornament shopping and visiting the market. Exposing her to new places and experiences always does the trick. She was out like a light for a couple hours that day.
Have you been to Talulah Jones or Denver Christkindl Market? I highly recommend a visit to both this season!
You can catch the market now through December 23rd at 16th and Arapahoe, Sun-Thurs 11 am-7 pm and Fri and Sat 11 am- 9 pm. Talulah Jones is open until 7:30 pm for holiday hours and they are at 17th & Downing. The shop is a treasure trove year 'round...
^^^Hand warmers are sensory play! ^^^