Tuesday, May 06, 2008

1890 kilometres down...1890 kilometres to go

We just drove 1890 km straight. Right through the night, blizzard and wind storm to get from Red Deer to Denver, Colorado. We came to have one last visit with Chad and Michelle (my brother and sister-in-law).
Our trip down was long. and crazy. We hit the big blizzard and had bad weather for at least half of the way. We got stopped in a MacDonalds Playland for 3 hours since the highway south was closed from bad weather. We finally went to the gate to find out how much longer and to see if we should start looking at booking a hotel, when they told us they were just about to open it. So we waited right there and were the first ones on the empty road! It was wierd to drive so long without seeing anyone come in the other direction. There were windstorms and more closed highways and we finally made it to Denver about suppertime.

Paul spent most of his time while here helping Chad to frame and drywall a guest room in their basement and I think they enjoyed working together. The kids had a blast playing with their cousin Travis and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Here are some pics of the kids having fun.

Bennett talking to his "new friends" in the mirror room (see my facebook profile to see a video of it)

Arielle and Bennett playing with the costumes at the World of Wonder Kids museum.

Arielle loved the piano in the music interactive room and sat their the whole time playing the keys loudly, then softly and laughing.

Arielle climbing the ladder at the park. Not usually a big picture worthy event, but she is scared to climb or challenge herself and is even nervous going up the stairs at the park, so we were thrilled when Bennett taught her (carefully explaining where to put her feet!) and she did it alone, and repeated it 5 or 6 times! Yeah Arielle!

Paul and I outside their house

We went to Red Rocks natural Amphitheatre one afternoon. Cool place.
I love this picture for a few reasons. First of all, it was a really cool place. Secondly, it was huge. Way too big for a picture like this. So the trick is that this picture is 4 seperate pictures that I took from a tripod and then stiched together and blended to give us the whole scene is one nice picture. ENjoy all the work :)
I am working on another stitched photo, but it consists of 16 seperate photos, so that one is going to take a while. I'll post it at a later date

Bennett and Arielle - full of love for each other. I love the expression on her face!

Bennett came with me while i was shooting pictures and went up and down the huge sets of stairs. Quite a workout for my little man!

Travis sitting on the steps playing

And a thought to leave you with as we start our 1890 km trek home tomorrow:

Chantelle: "Bennett, be careful when you do that"
Bennett: "ok Mom. You go and be dangerous!"


Follow the Yellow Brick Road said...

We are so grateful that for the time that we were able to spend together. Please don't go!! We look forward to seeing you all in a year! Love you love you love you!!!

Anonymous said...

I either laugh or cry when I go on your blog site. THis time I smiled at Arielle's achievement and Bennett's "isms"...What a trip... heather

Kristi Hopf: said...

Hey there! 16 days!!
I love that first picture and the one of Bennett givin' Arielle a kiss. Love it! So cute - and that is the best expression on her face.
See you soon!