Howdy Luis and Courtney

While we were on vacation at Horseshoe Lake last week, my parents generously agreed to watching the kids one night so Clare and I could have some “adult” time with our friends Luis and Courtney. We had a great time catching up over beers and Thai food in Northville. Luis and I have been friends for over 22 years now! Great to see you two!

Clare and Rob at happy hour
Clare and Rob at happy hour
Luis and Courtney at happy hour
Luis and Courtney at happy hour
Luis and Rob
Luis and Rob

Hanging with the Moores

After getting to spend most of the week with family, we also got to spend some time with friends. Last Friday we spent most of the day hanging out with the Moore family. We went to the Hands-on Museum, Arbor Brewing Company, and then enjoyed Jerusalem Gardens at their house. It was great to catch up. Hope to see you again soon!

Visiting the Adams in Salida

The first weekend in October, we went to visit our friends, the Adams, who recently moved near Salida, Colorado. We miss having them around the block from us, but we’re happy that they are doing well there, and now we have an excuse to go visit a beautiful place.
Spencer and Tao played pretty much nonstop. Here are a few pictures highlighting our fun.

Soule-Reeves visit

Old friends - Clare, Danny, Rob, and Bethany
Old friends – Clare, Danny, Rob, and Bethany

After promising to visit for about 5 years, the Soule-Reeves family finally made it out to Colorado to see us! We had a very nice visit, even though Danny and Bethany spent Saturday morning being interviewed on Fox News. Saturday we went swimming at the Apex, and then had a bunch of people over for dinner, including Greg & Mekayla, Chris & Sarah, and Grandpa Dibble.

Sunday Chris and Sarah joined us once again for a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. After the museum we went to the playground to enjoy the beautiful 60 degree sunny weather, and took advantage of the breeze to try out some new kites.

David and Ellen Dibble’s 40th Anniversary Party

Dibble-40thLots of old friends stopped by on Sunday to congratulate them on 40 years together. There was a lot of food and a lot of love. And my parents wound up with a lot of wine. Apparently, what people think you need after 40 years of marriage is a drink 😉 In all seriousness, though, thank you to everyone who helped celebrate.

Farewell Ichneumons

Mekayla shows Spencer truck videos (the main function of a computer)
Mekayla shows Spencer truck videos (the main function of a computer)
Our good friends Greg and Mekayla are leaving Boulder, CO for Rochester, MN, where Mekayla will be doing design work at the Mayo institute. It sounds like an incredible opportunity. We will miss them dearly. Fortunately, they claim that they are coming back in six months. They had a little going away party Saturday at Mekayla’s mom’s cabin near Blackhawk. Spencer and Meg have both been sick, so we didn’t stay long, but we did get to enjoy the scenic drive on route 6, and wish Greg and Mekayla much luck.
Greg relaxing at the cabin
Greg relaxing at the cabin

Thomas’s third birthday party

Spencer and Rob in their matching outfits
Spencer and Rob in their matching outfits
We recently went out to California to visit Paul and April, who had a big birthday party for Thomas, who turned 3. We had a really great time. Both Spencer and Meg are really great travelers. Spencer gets really excited now to see all the airplanes, and he is getting more helpful all the time too. We left fairly early Saturday morning, and on Friday night, we told Spencer we needed to go to bed because we were going on an airplane the next day. He got very excited and wanted to leave right away to get on the airplane. Eventually we convinced him that it wasn’t until tomorrow, and that we had to sleep first before getting on the airplane. Then we got him up around 6 a.m., the first word out of his mouth was “airplane”.
Paul and Thomas
Paul and Thomas

We recently got a Go-Go Baby Kids carseat attachment, which basically adds wheels to any forward-facing carseat. You can then push or pull it just like a suitcase, with kid in tow. It is very handy in the airport. This time around, Spencer walked and pushed his carseat about halfway around the airport, and Clare or I pushed him in it the other half. He always stayed right by us and never tried to run away. The only mishap on the way out was probably my fault. Spencer, Meg, and I stopped at a coffee shop in the airport to get some warm water for Meg’s bottle, and Spencer got some juice. They only had glass bottles of juice, but I didn’t think much of it. I got a bottle of orange juice for Spencer. He patiently waited in line, put the bottle on the counter, and we paid. Then I gave him back the bottle, and he started to walk out. But then he tripped and fell, and the bottle broke, and he got a little cut. Fortunately there was a man behind us in line who reacted immediately. He picked Spencer up right away so that he wouldn’t put his hands in the glass, and he helped me stop Spencer’s finger from bleeding and get a band-aid. Spencer cried a bit, but was quite stoic.
Spencer and Camilla riding tricycles
Spencer and Camilla riding tricycles

One of the most remarkable parts of the trip for me was on the way back. We were in the line for security, and after we showed our IDs and boarding passes, we stepped in line for the x-ray machine. Apparently Spencer had remembered from the trip there that we have to take our shoes off, so he sat down and took his shoes off. What a traveler!

Thanks to Paul and April for their great hospitality. It was a very relaxing visit.

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Best buds

Spencer and Tao hanging out by Ralston Creek
Spencer and Tao hanging out by Ralston Creek
Spencer and Tao saying cheese
Spencer and Tao saying cheese
Spencer and Tao have gotten along really well since they met about a year ago, but they have been almost inseparable the last several months. Both of them request to play with the other kid a lot, and when ever we get together, they get super excited. Fortunately they just live around the corner, so it is easy to pop over and say hello. Here are some pictures from some of our recent adventures together, including playing at a park near our house, hiking near Eldorado Springs, and playing music at Baby Boogie. I’ve also included a video of them climbing up a chain ladder at a park.
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