Sunday morning was extra chilly and we stopped by the Vail Farmer's Market on the way to the Gondola.
It was chilly and there were so many amazing smells. My idea of a perfect morning!
We took the Vail Village gondola up to the top of the mountain and it was BEAUTIFUL despite the rain.
When we got on the gondola the sweet attendant at the base told us that there was a "road" we could walk (with our stroller) about 1/2 a mile to the Eagle Bahn gondola. We would get great views, an easy walk and we would ride the other gondola down. Well.... I have no idea how, but we ended up on the trail instead of the road (I swear it started out as a road!) and we hiked (with a stroller!!!) about a mile and a half through the woods. hahaha
It wasn't our original plan, but it was AWESOME!
The hills are alive.... with the sound of whining :) hahahaha It was a LONG hike!
He's the kind of the mountain :)
This super sweet couple (who have two boys and a girl as well.... but were hiking alone) offered to take our picture. I will be FOREVER grateful!!!
Who hikes with a stroller??? Apparently we do. :)
Dear Joovy - your strollers are awesome. Love, Andrea
We reached this road and it was at this point we were all done.
After a BIG uphill push we FINALLY arrived at the gondola. HALLELUJAH!!!
A quick shuttle ride back to Vail Village and it was cupcake time.
Double fisting the cupcakes! #thatsmyboy
Back at the house we had lunch and everyone took naps while I did laundry. Mason had the prime spot. Windows open, breeze blowing, creek rushing by. Perfection.
Our last dinner outside!
After dinner we headed back to the creek to throw rocks one last time. I ADORED the time we spent down here. Simple, laid back and reminded me so much of evenings spent on the beach at my grandparents cottage in Canada.
How did we get our picture??? Thanks to Chloe :)
My little photographer.
Luke was walking out in the water and fell - so he ran back home, threw on Mason's pj pants and was right back for more. One of my favorite pictures of him :)
SPITTING image of his Daddy!!!
Griffin was tired and so Dave took her back to the house, but the boys and I stayed. I had the best time watching them find slugs, throw rocks and wade across the creek.
Back across the lawn and straight into the tub :)
The next morning we were up bright and early to pack up the car and hit the road. We attempted one last creek picture and when we broke the news to Mason that we were getting back in the car to drive home he lost it. I felt the same way about setting off on almost a whole day of travel. hahaha
We drove a couple of hours and then took a pit stop at Tiny Town where we rode the tiny train.
After the train ride, we explored the town and had so much fun pretending we were giants :)
This girl waved at the passing train every time like it was her job :)
We got back in the car and gave the kids all their lunches we had packed and set off to Amarillo.
We drove through some crazy rain, which was fun...
And we stopped around 4:30 for Sonic Happy Hour and a leg stretch. I took this screenshot and sent it to my mom and wanted to cry a bit at the same time. hahaha
We made it to Amarillo around 8:30 in the middle of a HUGE thunderstorm and we ended up eating dinner in the van parked in the Chipotle parking lot. We changed the kids into jammies, turned off the movie, stopped for caffeine and PRAYED that the kids would sleep. At this point we were about 6 hours away from home. Around midnight we pulled off the highway to retrieve a lost paci and Luke burst into sobs complaining of an earache. At the same time Griffin was inconsolable and Mason was pulling at the straps of his five-point harness while yelling "WHY ARE WE STILL DRIVING?!?!?!" If you've ever driven this route you know that there is literally no option but to keep on driving, plus the thought of stopping somewhere and continuing the trip in the morning was almost enough to send Dave and I over the edge. We powered through and pulled into our driveway after 3:00 a.m.
This is where it gets funny. Luke cheered in the driveway and as we were all making our way inside, Luke threw up all over the floor. All. Over. The. Floor. We cleaned him up, tucked him in and he was fine in the morning, but it was a classic end to the trip and we were thanking God that he wasn't sick in the car.
We had so much fun on our first "real vacation" as a family. We made so many memories and enjoyed the time together (even when we were trapped in our van driving for a day and a half).
Happy Tuesday, girls!