Background: The Z family lived down the street from us when we lived in our second house in Indiana. Eric and Chad coached together at Homestead High School, and Chris and I, along with the other coaches' wives, sat in the stands on Friday nights and attempted to watch the games while analyzing where on the happy/unhappy/somewhat nuclear scale our husbands were on at the moment and generally trying to ignore parents in the stands making unkind remarks about the coaches. Seriously, parents are awful. Take note, all parents of football players: with very, VERY few exceptions, your child is not a future D1 and/or professional football player. At 5 foot 3, 110 pounds soaking-wet with slippery fingers and a 5:1 40-time, your child does NOT meet the exception criteria. Shut up, be glad he's on the team, and stop complaining about playing time/your kid could do it better/if the coach would only x,y, or z. You're wrong, and yes, I can hear you in the stands. Also, your roots are showing.
Anyway, the Z family is nothing if not awesome - all 7 of them. If you have any doubt about this, consider the following: Chris texted me to confirm that yes, in fact, they were coming out over 4th of July. I let her know that this was awesome, but reminded her that, oh yea, we live in crazy-town and our job is to have leave the house in show-condition every day, even if you do have 5 kids. "We'll do our best" she replied.
Every day they walked out of that house as if they were never there. I have no idea how they did it, but wow.
On top of that, this family DROVE to Colorado from Indiana. In ONE mini-van. 7 people on a one-week vacation that included changing clothes, in ONE van. And they didn't kill each other. Or leave anyone behind at a rest stop in Nebraska.
|What you do when you can't go in |
the hot pool.
We took off on July 3 and headed for Rocky Mountain National Park. Since 7 plus 2 don't fit in one van, even that magical Zolman van, we had two cars, and Eric and I rotated Zolman children through our backseats for the weekend, which was super fun. We drove up through Estes Park (super crowded) and toodled around the park, including lunch with a view and a hike to Alberta Falls.
|Alberta Falls with the cool kids|
And moose we did see. I don't remember the count, but over the course of our time on the west side of the park, we found lots! It was so much fun looking around for animals, and even more fun when we found them... except maybe for that time that Chad, Zach and Josie got a little too close to a female elk. That was maybe a little scary, but it worked out for the best.
We staying in a condo in Fraser, and spent some time in Grand Lake, where Josie lived it up like a BOSS on the playground, for hours, while everyone else explored Grand Lake and did some shopping. She was so tired by the end, she had a mini meltdown in our car, which was about the funniest thing. It went like this:
Emma: Josie, drink some water. Here's mom's water bottle.
Josie: Pour it in mine.
Emma: No, just drink out of hers.
Josie: No! I can't! (crying)
Emma: Why not?
Josie: I have dirty lips!
Emma: How did you get your lips dirty?
Josie: I was dragging them! On the playground! (wailing)
Oh my goodness. You can't make this stuff up.
So much fun, and we can't wait until they come out again. Emma is going to move here, I think. Until she gets her own place, she can stay with us (yea!)
|So good looking. Makes me a little sick, actually.|