Cool Mountain Air

We went back to Colorado to visit family and friends the first week of June.
 We have a friend who is one of 13 children.  All of his family lives in Louisiana.  However they make a huge effort to stay close with all his brothers and sisters.  For his 50th birthday 8 of his siblings and their families came out for his party.  Their devotion and love for family inspired me to try and work harder at keeping my own family in touch.
With my oldest sister in California, us in Arizona and everyone else in Colorado, it is easy to let time slip by.  We decided to vacation together every other year.  At the end of the trip we nailed down the next location and date.  Two years gives everyone time to schedule it and save for it.  This year my oldest sister anther husband couldn't make it the week we were there but we will be seeing them soon and they headed to Colorado the week after us.
 This year we picked Grand Lake.  It is a special place for my sister Mel.  She got engaged there. :)  We rented an amazing home on the lake.  The moose greeted us when we arrived and came to say goodbye the day we were leaving.
 In all the time we lived in Colorado we had never visited Grand Lake.  It is gorgeous.
 The Mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir
 We took a short hike to the waterfalls.  While I have adapted to the desert and can find beauty in it, nothing matches the beauty of the mountains and running water.
 Being on the lake we figured we could catch some fish...
 Or at least have fun trying.  It is a good thing our dinner didn't count on our success as fishermen.
 It was a long and disappointing afternoon.  The docs were better for relaxing than fishing.
 The best part was just hanging out together laughing, playing, eating, and enjoying each other's company.
Listening to the cousins play was music to my ears.  They all had so much fun together.
Mom and Snork
 Mel, Colin, and Corrin.
 Kerrie, Anthony, RJ, Rayah, and Alanah.
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 My totally normal and fun family minus my sister Chrysti and her family.
 I am already looking forward to 2 years when we will all visit the beach together!
 After our time at Grand Lake we headed back to Denver to visit our friends.  Karlie and Marley have maintained their friendship over the last 5 years.  When they get together it is like they were never apart. Oh how we miss Marley. :(  While Karlie spent the day and night with Marley we visited our good friends that were our neighbors.  It was so fun being back in the old hood and seeing everyone.  We had great night catching up and making plans to see each other sooner than every 2 years.
The next day we headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant.  It was as good as it always was.
 Then we headed to my Aunt Kathleen's house.  Summers at her pool were a big part of our lives.  This photo has a 6 year time hop.
 Two of my cousins had their first babies and I needed to get my hands on them.  However, I had to fight Kaitlin tooth and nail for them.
 Luckily there were two babies.  It was wonderful to meet Delaney and Brecklynn and see my cousins as mothers.  I was reminiscing when my sisters and I were all having babies.  Wonderful times.
Our final day we went to Gunther Toodies.  This was a special restaurant where my Mom and Snork would take Hailey for breakfast when she was little.  She had such fond memories she really wanted to go there again.  After a trip down memory lane and full tummy we headed to our dear friends' house.  Cathy and I were pregnant with Addison and Kaitlin while Max and Mike were in residency.  She also has a daughter Hailey's age and a boy Karlie's age.  We have ridden many ups and downs together.  It was so great to see them and all the good things happening for them.  After lunch and a water balloon fight it was time to head back home.  What a week!  It was wonderful to see everyone but we were all exhausted when we got home.  Kaitlin said we needed a vacation from our vacation.  Going back made me realize how much Arizona is now our home.  It definitely felt like we were visiting and not going home.  Two years ago it felt a little more split.  I wonder what the next two years will bring.  The only constant is change.

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