family reunion & colorado trip recap

Last week we went back to Colorado for the Pulsipher family reunion and to spend time with Ashley's family as well. We did a lot of fun things, and both Ashley and I took a lot of joy in seeing George play with his cousins. There is something special about seeing your child interact with your sibling's children. It is very special and made us long to live closer to all of them.

Before we went to the reunion, we went camping with my sisters Blythe and Dawn and their families. George quickly took to his older cousin Ivan. They were in hysterics for the better part of an hour throwing pebbles at/near each other. This is them during a "reload" moment.

It was so fun to be in a place where George could run as fast and as far as he wanted without fear of traffic, cars, or other urban maladies. Los Angeles, like most big cities, is fraught with boundaries and limits for kids. It was refreshing to see George in an opposite setting.

This is a shot looking out from our campsite. It sprinkled for a little bit that evening, and then cleared up to create this beautiful scene and even graced us with a double rainbow.

I underestimated the importance of a pillow, and had a really big crick in my neck the next morning. Both times we've gone camping we've wondered how George would sleep. So far, he's an emphatic 2-0. He tossed and turned a little bit, boxing out snuggling up with Ashley and I intermittently through out the night. Didn't wake up until about 6:30 or so... which is pretty darn good for camping. George, Ivan and Maxine were all smiles the next morning.

Sleeping at night with George was a piece of cake. Naps on the other hand are pretty much a no-go. This is a surreptitious shot from Ashley as I tried to read George a story to get him to drift off into a sleepy mountain daze. No luck.

After we camped a night we went up to my parents house about 5.5 miles southwest of the bustling metropolis, Hartsel. George got to pal around with his adorable cousin Serena, who he loved (obviously).

There's not really a lot to do up at my parents house, except all of the important stuff. Talk, relax, watch tv, browse the internet, eat... and totally recharge all of your life's batteries. We love going up there and rejuvenating ourselves.

The trampoline was a huge part of me and my brother's adolescent lives. It really was the "other" brother. Sleep outs, "reading days" where mom would let us stay home from school in a trade off for reading all day, endless games, winter/snow jumping, summer sprinkler escapades... I can't imagine my childhood without it. Though we did some completely idiotic things on it, I have to say I think I want my kids to have a trampoline when they grow up. Now it's gone off to retirement at my parents house, but does see sporadic use by the grandkids.

Though I take the majority of our pictures (I don't know why), Ashley takes the vast majority of our good pictures. Ashley caught this gem of George looking very Polo Ralph Lauren.

Another quality picture by Ashley - National Geographic quality people!

After a night up at my parents house, we descended from the hills to a quaint little town called Manitou Springs for the reunion. As soon as we got to Colorado, George got a cold and had some serious booger-nose. It was tough on him, and any illness-related irritability was exacerbated by trips outside where well intentioned parents mistakenly rubbed sunscreen into his eyes.

Despite feeling under the weather, it was nothing that cousin Maxine and a trip to Sonic for some slushies couldn't fix. Maxine is a great older cousin - she's like the pied piper for all the cousins.

It was so hot in Colorado that week. The sun was so bright, that when we were out I felt like we were standing under Rick Moranis' giant magnifying glass. It was like a white light. Fortunately Rainbow Lodge had a hearty air conditioner and a pool that everyone frequented multiple times each day. This is Maxine, Leeaira and George.

The photo-opp of the reunion. Five cousins all born within a year or so of each other. The Pulsipher baby-boom has officially started. George, Leeaira, Jada, Serena, Ivan.

After the reunion we spent some time with Ashley's family. Off to Grandma & Granpa Potter's house. Their newly refurbished backyard featured every grandson's dream... a fountain to throw tiny pebbles into.

Ok, I know these first two pictures make it seem like we never clothed George. But we did honest. In addition to enjoying pebble throwing, George also enjoyed delicious treats like chocolate cake and strawberries and cream. Mmmboy.

We also went for a bike ride to "Old Colorado City," a quasi-historic commercial district in Colorado Springs for a delicious lunch at La Baguette. I had the chicken salad croissant. Ashley, laughed in the face of the 90 degree temperature and ordered a steamy bowl of fondue. Despite serious reservations (on my part) it proved to be an excellent choice.

George was particularly fond of Ashley's bread that came with her fondue. He wasn't as passionate about the child's tortellini we ordered him. You'll note George pointing with his other finger, indicating "where you can go" if you try to take the bread from him.

All that carb loading got George nice and sleepy. He took some great naps at Grandma & Granpa's house - which afforded me a true indulgence - all the discovery channel programming (at high def, to boot) I could cram into my head. We gave up cable about a year ago (don't really miss it that much with Tivo and Netflix), but it's nice to soak your brain with some delicious cable TV on vacation.

We had a fantastic trip and can't wait to go back. Thanks to everyone who made our trip special, convenient, and fun.


Benson and Jaimi said...

George is adorable, you guys! Sounds like you may be Colorado bound. We better plan another California get together before that happens!


kimber said...

I looked at this post this morning and then while abe was sleeping, I took george outside. he made a beeline for the gravel pit out by the garages and had a ball!

Disco Mom said...

Wow. It's almost a deja vu, really more like sametime vu because WE were just in Colorado for a reunion and on one day we drove THROUGH Manitou Springs (big adventure to take the kids up Pikes' Peak only to be told at the ranger station Poppy was too young to go up that high unless we wanted her lungs to collapse.) We should coordinate a little better next time; it would be great to meet Ashley & George and what better place than Colorado? We even went and spent a few days up in Boulder. Man, there's some weirdos up there :)