|Super-dad on the flight to Denver with three kids at once!|
Our guys had a blast with cousins Mckenna and Elin.
Two of Jamesie's favorite things--something with wheels to push, and a baby. Score.
These guys are just 12 days apart. We think they have similar cheeks and smiles and bedhead.
Smiley babies Annalisa and Elin!
Mckenna has her very own swing set (with a double swing) at her house. This blew Sean's mind. Later when I asked him what was his favorite part of Colorado he whispered in my ear "Mckenna."
Down in Denver, we saw Buffalo Bill Cody's grave, and hunted for some buffalo ourselves. I told Sean the night before we were going "buffalo hunting," meaning we're going to look for the herd of buffalo that hang out by the highway outside Denver. He responded "I should have brought my bow and arrow if we're going buffalo hunting."
We visited Red Rocks where Cody, Sean and Jamesie climbed all the stairs! Well, they all went down and Cody carried 2 boys all they way back up! Given this was our second day in Denver, the conditions were perfect for getting altitude sickness, which hit Sean pretty hard the next day after running around for hours at Red Rocks and Buffalo Bill's grave. He described that his "forehead hurt," and "I know I'm sitting up straight, but it feels like I'm sideways." For the next 3 days he maintained a steady diet of Gatorade.
Cody and Sean at my aunt Pat's, where we stayed in Denver. This was our view every morning. I think Sean is feeling sideways in this picture.
Between all of my first cousins, there were 4 babies under 8 months. So, there was lots of this to be seen. As soon as one of us got up from this picture the fourth mama actually sat down to nurse as well! I guess there is a universal 11:00 a.m. feeding for babies :).
We had 51 people total for a Wednesday night celebration and a few less for Thursday Thanksgiving, but still a ton. All of the people in this pic are my aunts/uncles and first cousins and their kids. My mom is 1 of 9 children, with 8 still living. 7 of the 8 made it to Denver this year. It was a really special gathering!