Sunday, May 23, 2010


Tony and I have both been feeling the need for a vacation lately -- who hasn't? Unfortunately, our last NICU bills just made it through the insurance process, and because of that, we officially won't be going anywhere for a while (except my Grandma's wedding in June!).

So this weekend, we planned a "staycation" for ourselves -- a vacation at home! Turns out, it's actually a whole lot less stressful and a whole lot more relaxing, too!

I started our staycation by making Overnight Pecan French Toast. Oh. my. goodness. It was so good! Seriously, try this recipe. I took a picture, but the picture didn't make it look very appealing, so I'll leave that out.

After breakfast, we headed to Columbine Trail to do a little hiking. We have a backpack for one of us, but haven't found another one for a bargain yet, so I carried Hadley in the front pack, which is definitely getting too small. Please don't make fun of me for this, but it was the first time (other than traveling) in more than 6 months that we haven't napped the girls in a crib. We're pretty religious about naps! So, both of the girls took a short nap during the hike, which was the cutest thing in the world, of course.

By the way, Lower Columbine Trail is beautiful -- a true Colorado hike -- and it's easy for families with kids. There are also Mid and Upper sections, which are quite a bit longer and harder.
We planned to go out again after lunch, but the wind started blowing really hard, so we postponed it until Sunday.

For dinner, we had a "picnic" -- hot dogs, beans, chips, watermelon, and soda. The best part of the evening was making s'mores over a fire pit (which we borrowed from Tony's coworker) in the backyard after the girls went to bed.
After church on Sunday, we headed off to Memorial Park, where Tony had never been. It's such a great park, with a big lake, two or three nice playgrounds, a nice walking path around the lake, and several other things that we didn't visit. Hadley and Leila got their first ride on Daddy's shoulders -- Leila loved it (top picture), and Hadley wasn't so sure (bottom picture).All in all, a very rewarding "vacation", and a great way to explore our own town! We'll definitely do it again ... maybe next weekend. :)


Jenia said...

I am kind of jealous of your 'staycation'. I think we need to pretend to be gone for a weekend just so we won't plan anything and explore our own city :) The girls are so cute, I can't believe how big they are getting.... I think it is time to do some birthday shopping :) :)

Anonymous said...

that was such a good idea. Pretty pics. of hiking! That is Phil's very favorite thing to do, but his hiking was cut short this season due to bottom of 1 foot hurting where bones are out of place kind of. LOVE your pics. always of Leila and Hadley!! --from Carolyn S.

Abby said...

Great idea--we need to do this more often. And I'm totally using that french toast recipe for an overnight visit from some friends this week. Looking forward to tasting it!

Abby said...

So I made the french toast recipe...AMAZING! It will be a repeat for sure.