|My well-worn road atlas marked up by my dad from the 1st time |
I drove to Colorado alone.
|Stopping for $.75 cones at Little America.|
My brother Jon, sister-in-law Sam, and nephew Atticus were also visiting Colorado while I was there. I couldn't wait to see them! It had been a year since I'd last seen Jon and nearly three years since I'd seen all three of them together. Jon suffered a nearly fatal accident late last year and I've been longing to see and connect with him since. Gillian had also been anxious to see her favorite Uncle Jon again. We were both very happy girls when we finally got to hug Jon, Sam and Atticus and enjoy time with some of our favorite people!
We spent our first night in Erie at my sister Amy's. My nephew Mason was spending the holiday with friends, but the cousins went to visit him at his dad's Outback Steakhouse where he was just getting off work. They spent a few minutes talking and catching up before Mason headed off on his trip. Here's a picture from the last time we spent the 4th of July in Colorado. Can you believe how much our babies have grown up since then?
|Mason, Hannah and Gillian - 2008.|
|Cousins 2015 - Regan, Mason, Hannah and Gillian.|
|Off to grandma's - Regan, Gillian and Hannah.|
We celebrated the 4th with a barbecue at my mom's followed by a walk through the foothills looking for the bear that had been seen near her house. We didn't see any bears, but we did learn what to do in case we ever do encounter one. Did you know you're supposed to talk softly to bears? I didn't. Since we didn't find any bears we headed up the hill to the Mt. St. Francis grounds in search of more adventure.
|Regan showing off her gymnast moves.|
|Looking at old photo albums and grandma's high school scrapbooks.|
|I always like to look at the family pictures my mom keeps on her shelves. |
Baby Gillian and Mason are in the black & white picture. Weren't they cute?
|Only Jon can get away with flashing gang signs with mom looking at him adoringly.|
|Ice cream at Josh and John's.|
|Uncle Jon discussing the fine points of street art with the next generation.|
|Leaving their mark on cousin Diana's office window.|
|Visiting my 2nd cousin, children's book author Dian Curtis Regan.|