Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Quick Trip to Colorado

In early September, we traveled to Colorado for a wedding (the daughter of some very dear friends). The first thing we did was check out our previous home. Pretty, huh? We really loved that home. We enjoyed five wonderful years there, though they passed much too quickly.
These are the views of the Rocky Mountains which we enjoyed every single day. I really, really, REALLY miss the mountains! Their beauty never fails to captivate me.
That's Long's Peak in the background, one of Colorado's "Fourteeners." No, I never climbed it. Nor did I ever have any desire to do so. I was happy just looking at it. :)
These are known as the Flatirons. They grace Boulder in what's known as Chattaqua Park. Looking at these photos makes me want to move back NOW!
Courtney's wedding was beautiful! We had great seats for the wedding, but it was hard to get good photos without being totally rude to the people sitting next to me. So I did my best. You'll get the idea.
The gray-haried gentleman on the left is Robyn's dad. He is near and dear to my heart. Robyn's parents have always been the absolute sweetest, most kind and generous people to me. To WIlliam's right are Justin and Robyn, parents of the bride and our dear friends.
Another shot of the bride and groom.
I LOVE this photo! Robyn's twin boys, Matt and Ryan, are seniors in college. Matt was in my first 3rd grade class at Monarch K-8. In fact, that's how I met Robyn. Two years later, she became my 3rd grade teaching partner, and we've been inseparable ever since. (I got the next two photos from Robyn. Wish I had taken them!)
I think is the absolute sweetest photo! It was taken during the reception. Justin + Robyn 4 ever! Don't you think that should be carved into a tree somewhere? The Vickster says to get on it, J-Man! LOL
Here we are with Vic and Mo Gulas. When we lived in CO, we literally hung out with them every weekend. We get to visit back and forth every once in awhile, but not nearly as much as we would like. I must say that we are a pretty hot bunch of grandparents, are we not? Ha ha!
Wishing you a fabulous Wednesday, peeps!

Autumn from My Front Porch

Wanna see the autumn views from my front porch?
 This tree is in my back yard.
This has nothing to do with autumn leaves, but somehow I always manage to get photos of Emma in my posts. Since Emma is convinced that she a loose tooth (okay, one does wiggle ever so slightly), I thought that she should have a tooth fairy pillow which I found on Etsy. Too cute!
Sadly, the winds have blown most of the leaves off of the trees. The next color I'll be seeing is white, as in snow. I can't wait!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Ha ha, I still love watching that show! Anyway, Kristy joined us on our outing to an apple orchard/pumpkin patch. Yes, I have more photos of Emma than of pumpkins, but I'm pretty sure you expect that by now. Besides, don't all pumpkins look the same? Well, except for the warty ones. They're scary. Since Emma is totally the cutest pumpkin in the patch anyway, I decided to do what I usually do and take a kazillion photos of her. I'm a grandma, so that's what I am supposed to do, right?
Of course, Miss Emma had to make a silly face! I think this is how she should carve her pumpkin.
Oh, I knitted this pumpkin hat for her. Cute, huh? Maybe next year I'll make one for myself. Then I will be the biggest pumpkin in the patch! That's okay as long as I'm not a warty pumpkin, ha ha.
See? I told you she's the cutest pumpkin in the patch!
The best part of going to the apple orchard is getting fresh pressed apple cider and apple cider doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar. YUM!!!
That's it for this blustery day. Hope you're enjoying some nice weather.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Hunting We Will Go...

...a hunting we will go,
Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go!

Ha ha~I couldn't resist using those lyrics for the title. No need to worry, though~Kristy and I are definitely not bear hunters, just leaf hunters! We had pretty good weather while she was here: upper 50s and lower 60s, a little bit of rain, and almost no wind. Since she left on Tuesday, the weather has taken an autumnal turn. It's been in the mid-to-upper 40s, rainy, and windy. In fact, it was only 32 degrees when I awoke this morning. It's a good thing she came when she did, as the wind has stripped a lot of leaves from the trees. Anyway, we toodled around town hunting for leaves. First, we headed over to Longfellow's Wayside Inn. This Inn was opened in 1716 and proudly stands as the nation's oldest continuously operating inn. Famous American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow first visited the inn's tavern in 1862. "Inspired by the coziness of the Inn's atmosphere and pastoral landscape, Longfellow wrote a series of poems focused on a group of fictitious characters that regularly gathered at the old Sudbury Tavern. The poems were published in 1863 as the Tales of a Wayside Inn. Innkeeper Lyman Howe was the inspiration for the 'Landlord's Tale,' more widely know as 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' The Tales of a Wayside Inn brought the Inn to a level of national significance. Capitalizing on the Longfellow connection Edward Rivers Lemon purchased the Inn in 1892, renamed it 'Longfellow's Wayside Inn,' and operated it as a 'retreat for literary pilgrims.'" (Taken from http://www.wayside.org/about. Go to that link if you're interested in more info about the Inn.) Yes, I know there is a swirl of controversy about "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," most of which is centered on the myths versus facts expressed in the poem. If you're curious about that scoop, click here. At any rate, here are some glimpses of a New England autumn.
Next, we ventured to Bolton's Nashoba Winery (very pretty, wine not so great).
I drove along some back "country" roads to get home. This is a pretty typical road in Bolton.
I shot the next two photos through my open sun roof, looking directly above my head. That seems to be a better modus operandi that lying on the street, which is what I've done in the past. (See, Mom, I am getting smarter with age!)
Hope you enjoyed this little snapshot of autumn in Bolton!