So, last month, I took my kids out of school for a week
so we could drive to Denver, CO to visit family
and attend the Denver Comic Con.
I'm sorry that I haven't shared these sooner, but
we got back on the 23rd, and my family came to visit the next day
for my mom's 80th and it's been a little crazy.
But now that I've had time to catch my breath,
I can share.... ;)
It took us 19 hours to get to Denver.
Austin shared the driving with me (which was great!)
We spent the night in Rapid City,
where I stopped by their Hobby Lobby and stocked
up on watercolour paper. :)
We made it to Denver just before supper time on Friday, June 17th.
My husband's sister lives there with her family
and we enjoyed spending time with them -- shopping,
having lunch at Costco, playing kickball, attending their church,
& going swimming, for walks and for a hike in the hills.
I love this photo!
On the Sunday, we went to Comic Con, which was at
the Colorado Convention Centre.
We took the Light Rail there and then the shuttle.
Outside, there's a huge statue of a blue bear who's
looking in to see what's going on -- so fun!
A lot of people enjoyed our costumes!
Here we are standing in line to get our picture taken with Stan Lee.
And then Sage and I got our picture taken with Alex Kingston
(of ER and Doctor Who fame).
She was so fun!
She's holding a Pop Vinyl doll of her character on Doctor Who: River Song.
Jonah asked some Star Wars cosplayers if he could get his photo taken with them.
And Sage and I found a fellow Dalek...
It was a fun convention!
On Monday, we drove to Colorado Springs to go
to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which was amazing!
We got to feed giraffes...
... and pet wallabies.
One our way back, we stopped at Focus on the Family.
We are huge fans of Adventures in Odyssey (and listened
to quite a few of them on our road trip through the Dakotas
and Wyoming) and thought it would be fun to get
some ice cream treats at Whit's End.
Austin and Sage got their picture taken with some of their
favourite characters. :)
On Wednesday, we started our drive home.
We stopped in Sylvan Lake where we met Patti of Stationery Styles.
She is lovely -- so kind and generous and
a wonderful tour guide as well!
We had lunch together at the Sylvan Lake Lodge
and then went for a walk on the path around the lake.
The kids had fun climbing on the rocks.
It's such a beautiful landscape!
We also took a drive on the needles highway, which was amazing!
It was so fun to meet an online crafty friend in real life!
Thanks again, Patti, for giving up your afternoon
to spend with us!
We had so much fun!
And, if you've made it this far, we've come to the end of the trip....
We spend the night in Rapid City and got up early to drive
12 hours to get home. :)
I'm really glad we took the time to go on this trip.
Comic Con was important to Austin and with him graduating next year,
I really felt it was good for us to take the time to make these memories together.
Thanks for looking!