After Labor Day weekend, I FINALLY got the courage to pack up the girls and I for a girls' road trip to see Pa and Lucille out west in Olathe, Colorado! The last time I saw my Daddy was when Arlo was just a month old! This is terrible, I know, but babies and travel and logistics, finances, schedules, a farm and the duties and responsibilities that entail, kept us all apart this whole time, separated by six hours of highway and a ridge of mountains. Before I was scared about all the packing involved. What sort of sleep arrangements would I do with two babies? Two pack n' plays when NEITHER napped or liked them in the first place? How would feedings go? TWO high chairs? Then came potty training and transferring to a big girl bed for Remy. Now, now that I have finally hit a point where we are packing lighter, and babes are sleeping through the night, weaned and trained..I finally got to the point of excitement and anticipation of the visit. Of course, seeing my Daddy lit a fire under my tushie too!
So, two booster seats for meal time, a bag of clothes, a couple bowls, spoons and their milk and water bottles, their blankies, babies and a couple stuffed animals each and we were off! The girls did INCREDIBLE! We had so much fun and I did better than I thought I would driving the entire way myself! All I have to say is thank goodness for their love of reading- I stocked up on Seek and Find board books and a few other books from the thrift before so they had a basket full of fresh words to flip through. ALSO, Maroon Five we HEART you! I had the same five downloaded songs on repeat almost the ENTIRE WAY! We belt out "Love Somebody," as loud as we can, winding all the way through canyons and tunnels! Once they fell asleep for naps, Lana Del Ray went on repeat.... perfect moody, thinking, driving music.
We stopped in Silverthorne around 11 am, and shared a bagel and cream cheese, stretched and called Baba, potted up and hit the road again! We made it all the way to Glenwood Springs and they slept the majority of that stretch! I only stopped because all that coffee made it's way through MY bladder! The moment I stopped the car they woke up! Perfect opportunity for an orange creamsicle and a leg stretch! Potty and diaper changes and we were off for the final stretch to Pa's! Both of our stops were about a half hour, which I felt was short enough for two toddlers, and long enough to do everything we needed to do and a lot them enough car-free time to want to get back in the car without any fight.
I want to remember that moment I pulled up into Dad's driveway forever! He was waiting for us on the porch and he stood up and waved us in! So comforting. Ih ad missed him so much. We unloaded our things, went potty, chafed up our clothes and were off like a shot to the barn to feed the animals with Pa & Lucille! Their faces say it all... We arrived just around 4:30 and sunset. It is gorgeous out there! The last time we visited it was early October and much, MUCH cooler! We had TWO babies, one barely walking and one barely out of the womb with us, so things were a lot different.
I wanted to photograph every single moment the minute we arrived! Their adorable historic farm house! The barn! The fields! The animals! That sunset! After we came in and washed up, Dad cooked a traditional Czech chicken and paprika dish- DELICIOUS!!! I brought along the girls' water coloring supplies, and it was perfect! They painted as we waited for supper. I think that new space, and room full of setting Colorado sun had them inspired too! Here are some photos from the first night we arrived to Pa's farm in Oalthe, Colorado! More to come from the rest of our trip!
Now that I have the experience and confidence of the trek, we are already planning our next visit before the snowy weather hits!