Day 2, part one.

Our kids were awake and HUNGRY at 5 am Colorado time this morning. It’s 7 Michigan time, which is normal for them – but no naps and all day travel yesterday and I was hoping for a bit of jetlag from my children.

None.

Day 1: Boulder, Co

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

We couldn’t convince them that a little more sleep would be a good idea so we all got ready, ate breakfast and headed downtown for a morning walk. We caught the sun rising on our way in to town.

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

The sky was breathtaking.

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Side note: I am a morning person. {Once I’m awake} I relish in the newness of a day. I often squeal and giggle and try to hug Aaron but he is. not. a morning person. Thankyouverymuch. At least now he laughs at me instead of trying to avoid it – my mood is inevitable when I realize we’re all up and the day has begun! Eeeeeee! Photos! The sun is up! Life is beautiful!

Are we the odd couple? One morning person and one night owl? Someone else join me here.

Here’s parts of the Pearl St Mall in before 8am. Magic.

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

(Thank you Jessica for taking photos, too!)

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Time for the keeping it real photo: our kids are runners (as in away from us in public spaces) and recently are terrible listeners. This is super fun on vacation, by the way. There’s plenty of these pow-wows in the middle of the sidewalk as we’re constantly reminding them not to run in oncoming traffic or to slow down … etc etc.

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

A wake up cup of coffee at Atlas! And inevitably our morning always ends up like this:

Day 2: Pearl Street Mall

We rode around for a while this morning getting lost on purpose – just looking around and about 4 streets into our little adventure I just started crying. It feels so different here. Different doesn’t always mean better and new is always fun – there are things that don’t get in the way when you remove yourself from the last 20 years of your life and it’s roads … but it was just so peaceful. So right.

6 thoughts on “Day 2, part one.

  1. Boulder is gorgeous! I hope you enjoy your time there. There’s a Colorado Style pizza called Beau Jo’s. There are various locations in the Denver area, but my favorite is in Idaho Springs – very rustic and fun atmosphere. It’s probably 45 min from Boulder.
    The Sink (near the CU campus) has been around forever – my mother-in-law hung out with friends there in the 60’s! So that’s another “historic” restaurant – good college style junk food! šŸ™‚

  2. The Sink place sounds fantastic! We definitely could tour the restaurants around here for the entire week and never get bored. They all look amazing!

  3. Re: the last few sentences of this post…

    …before I even got to the end an read that, I was looking at your pictures and thinking ‘they seem to just “fit” in Colorado.’ šŸ™‚

  4. If you go to the Beau Jos in Idaho Springs, be sure to drive up to Mount Evans. It’s one of the 14ers (mountains over 14,000 high) and one of the few that you can drive almost to the top. And at the top there are mountain goats and they are SUPER cute. Be sure to go before Wednesday because the road will likely be closed for the season if it snows.

  5. Also, if you want a big place that your kids can run around, head up to Chautauqua – besides the great food and views of the Flatirons, there is a huge field surrounded by gardens, and a cool playground, and cool old buildings to explore. There are also little old cottages that you can rent (although the place you have now looks great and the location can’t be beat – I always wanted to live on Mapleton!) There’s also an building used for things like movie shows and music festivals and they often have fun kids programs going on there during the day.

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