this weekend was gooood. nothing terribly exciting happened but the week prior was a long week with avery and i both sick (which we've now given to charlie) and charlie traveling. we were all very happy to see friday. on friday avery and i picked up a pizza and after we put avery to bed charlie and i actually watched a movie. such a friday night thing to do, but something we rarely do these days.
charlie and avery went to her gymnastic class on saturday morning and her favorite teacher was there. avery's sort of hit or mis with strangers. she either loves them or hates them and there are a few instructors that she's not too into. anyway, she had a great class and then they came home and we did a bit of yard work before heading off to try and head to the mountains to see the aspens. i use the term 'we' loosely because charlie did the majority of the yard work but avery and i did keep him company and avery was a big help picking up lose pieces of the shrubs that charlie was cutting.
she looks so grown up here.
we had plans to just drive into the foothills for a bit, possibly on peak to peak highway but we were trying to avoid the major highways into the mountains. unfortunately almost everything through boulder was closed because of all of the damage from the flooding. so we ended up parking at red rocks (the park in boulder not morrison) and walking up the really short trail to let avery climb on some rocks. i felt like an idiot tourist because even though the trail is short i wouldn't have worn what i did if i thought we were actually heading up a trail. avery walked a bit up the trail and then charlie carried her the rest of the way and we had a great time climbing on the rocks and running around at the top of the trail.
when we got back home charlie went for a run and avery helped me cook some meatloaf and mashed potatoes. she loves dumping things into bowls and did a great job of putting the cut up potatoes into the pot. she dropped a ton on the floor of course, and then yelled at dunkin to 'leave it', which she found hilarious. i love cooking with this little munchkin. even though things take twice as long and are four times as messy, it's so much fun to be able to do things with her and i love that she's always interested in helping.
on sunday we had a pretty relaxed day. we spent it cleaning and watching the broncos and then had a quick fire in the fire pit with avery before giving her a bath and putting her to bed. we usually have built a fire after she goes to bed. it's been one of the things that i've really enjoyed this summer. i've loved having that time with charlie just to hang out and talk. but we thought that avery would love it too and wanted to have a fire with her before it got too cold. she loves hanging out outside and especially loves throwing the ball to dunkin in the backyard. she'll go out there by herself and play with him. she really liked the fire and was really good about staying away from it. she kept saying 'bonfire' but was more into making sure all of the animals were out there with her and throwing the ball with dunkin than the fire. we roasted a few marshmallows and she was semi into them but was more interested in making sure the dogs got their share.
we were also listening to "applause" on repeat when we were out here and actually pretty much the entire weekend. it's avery's most recent request.
so that was our weekend. nothing terribly earth shattering, but really nice nonetheless. it was one of those weekends when we just were really happy to be spending time together as a family. charlie and i had multiple conversations about just how lucky we are to all be happy and healthy and then there's all the extra stuff like actually having a house that we have to take care of and living in a place that we really love and being able to live the lifestyle that we do. we really have it good and i think both of us don't want to forget just how awesome things are right now. time is really flying but it's nice to stop once in a while and just appreciate the simple things, like pancakes on a sunday morning and good food in the fridge.