9:02 PM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

May was a breath of fresh air in the whirlwind of our last few months in Denver. Craig was in Ophthalmology and had so much more free time. We spent as much time outside as the weather permitted and tried to soak in as much Colorado as possible.

We went on the first hike of the year at Roxborough State Park and taught Max the word "hike." We had to borrow a hiking carrier since this was the first year he was big enough to need one, but he loved it and so did we! We eventually ended up buying our own. He's always been a good hiker, but it's especially fun since he's a little older now and much more into nature. He loves to be outside and pointing out rocks, trees, birds, bugs, animals, etc. That same weekend we drove down to Colorado Springs to "hike" around Garden of the Gods, and the following weekend we took Max to Dinosaur Ridge and met up with his little friends at Civic Green park for Owen's birthday party.
Roxborough State Park

Garden of the Gods
Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge
Civic Green
The next weekend Craig had to use up his last vacation days, but our plan to drive through the mountains was shot when a late snowstorm hit. I was super bitter that Craig's vacation days were wasted on a snowstorm that never should have happened (hello MAY -- 80 degrees the weekend prior!), but the long weekend was saved when we booked a night at the Great Wolf Lodge. An indoor, heated water park was just what we needed to pretend the snow never happened. It was practically magical for Max, which made it that much sweeter for us. He had recently learned to howl like a wolf, which made the experience 100x cuter. That place is a little kid heaven, and I'm sure we'll be returning.

We were still able to drive through the mountains after the storm passed, so Sunday after church we drove 5 hours to Moab. Neither of us had ever been before and although we were only able to spend one night there because of the storm, we absolutely loved it. We stayed at the cutest little lodge (Red Cliffs Lodge) right on the Colorado River (our own kitchen and backyard!) and then spent the next day hiking through Arches National Park. Max was an amazing hiker (even napped in the backpack!), and loved to point out all of the arches. We did the delicate arch, double arch, and windows hikes.

That afternoon we headed home and stayed the night in Aspen to see the Maroon Bells. It was one of my "must-dos" before we leave Colorado, and I'm so glad that the weather cleared up for us to be able to go. The weekend was totally saved and I had so much fun with my boys. I love getting away and going on little adventures with them. Although I admit I had a little travel envy with so many friends and family traveling lately, there is something so refreshing about going on trips close to home -- they're low-stress, easy to plan, and keep our budget happy.

Max at 22 months:
- loves to get stamps at storytime and open gym, and stickers at the grocery store
- howls like a wolf and it is CUTE
- switched to forward facing in the car... but obsessed with sitting in the front seat of the car and now demands to ride there
- loves adventuring with us and likes to say "hike" and "arch"
- love to ride in his stroller and gets sad when we put it away
- loves bubbles
- tries to say so many more words now (like octagon!)
- tried out the puddle jumper in the pool for the first time and totally can't figure it out
- tells you memories and it's so cute. If you ask him what he's done that day, he will list off things like Book (Brooks), Yeya (Briella), baby (he loves friends with babies!), stamp, splash etc
- started struggling with the drop-off at nursery, but still LOVES it and talks about it all week
- had his first public full-on tantrum in Target and was carried out screaming over not being able to use the scanner gun...
- says "bird" like he has an English accent and it makes me laugh. every. time. 

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Mother's Day 2017