My family and I just returned home to steaming TX yesterday after a two week stint in the beautiful crisp mountains of Colorado. A home away from home, really. Every summer we venture to our little piece of heaven on earth. This year was particularly wonderful because my two year old, Ben was willing and able to participate in all the fun! We went hiking in the mountains, played at the pool, absorbed some Denver culture, went rafting through the Royal Gorge, visited a zoo or two and just spent time together around the table and outdoors as a family. Here are a few snaps from the trip. For a more complete documentation of the trip, visit my personal photographer and sister and best friend's blog at
Larimer Street. Downtown Denver
Castle Pines Independence parade
maybe his favorite part of the day
a boy and his pup
this is me face to face with a giraffe
at the Colorado Springs Zoo
monkey see ^ monkey do
my favorite site. i mean a flippin bear
was fishing inches from my face
ben's first horsie ride
he's a big boy today!
we can't really ever pass up a carousal ride
Garden of the Gods. fantastical.