Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rocks and Railroading

Wait, what?! Rocks and railroading together! Yes, please. Papa and Matteo took a ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR's once-a-year Geology Train today. Below are just a few of the pics. For more of my text about the event, go here (includes a link to "all photos"). To go directly to all the photos (no text), go here.

Aunt Vickie and Nana dropped Matteo and me in Antonito, CO.

We walked through 1.6 billion year old rocks.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Off to Alamosa, CO

Matteo, Aunt Vickie, Nana, and Papa headed off today for Alamosa, CO which will be our San Luis Valley base for a couple days while we:

(Alamosa, CO was the base for the greater part of the Colorado Fall Color Speeder Excursion Jamie took in the Fall of 2017.)

Here are various photos over this weekend from various cell phones...

We told Tracy and Matt that Matteo was picking
out a shark tattoo in Alamosa...

Nonprofit coffee house in Alamosa. Great cinnamon rolls.
Worked by volunteers. Milagros Coffee House

The Rubi Slipper in Alamosa. Great burger menu.
You've got to try the Tower of Power.

The end of the line for the Geology Train was Chama, NM.

The ROAST - Craft Coffee & Libations. Had breakfast there twice!
Right next to (part of?) San Luis Valley Brewing Co. (Zach recommended).

Matteo got some honey from the mercantile at The Roast.

The Great Sand Dunes was flooded because of heavy snow melt. Unreal.
Vickie and Lynn went here while Matteo and Jamie did the Geology Train.

Aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

That's a bridge over the Royal Gorge.

The one kissing the goat looks the most normal!?

At Colorado Gators. That's Gus being held.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Pool with Aunt Vickie

OK, so Vickie's not in any of these pics. She and Lynn did Pilates and then a water aerobics class, so they were "missing" much of the time. Trust me, she was there. She just arrived last night and we're off tomorrow for a couple days of train riding and river rafting. But first, dinner at the club tonight!

Oh, forgot, Josh and John's ice cream last night before Vickie's arrival.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Littles at the Pool

Tracy: "The pool is the best. And so much better with friends! David is pretty much water safe, no more puddle jumpers! Jonathan still has a way to go with swimming but the water does make his pains go away for awhile. Lexi does lessons next week!!"

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Chiari update

Tracy: This little man has been struggling. To the outside world he looks amazing but by end of day and behind closed doors the pain is back, headaches are back, and sleepless nights are back. We go in next week for another MRI - either way if it is stable or shows something - we have a hill to climb. So we pray for God's grace, and we pray for answers. Because Chiari often doesn’t have answers. #chiariawareness #chiarimalformation #inthisfamilynoonefightsalone #invisibleillness

Day 3 of Trombone lessons

Guess what Matteo is taking up? Trombone! Now there's something to wake up to in the morning. Day 3 and so far so very good. It's part of the band/music program at DCC Middle School (where he'll be in 6th grade this Fall). He hops in the car at pick up already talking about what they did that day. Today they learned four note positions (he rattled them off but I didn't catch it). He said he can't wait to play the national anthem with the band at a game. He also said trombone is like a pump action shotgun that shoots music. OMG. We'll catch up with the other kids soon (twins are at swim lessons, Lexi just did her ballet performance, Fina's doing intensive dance classes all summer, AJ's kicking off summer with an outdoor camp, and Sam's doing some studying up).

Dancing with Wolves

It's summer time, which means summer camp time. And AJ is up first. He's doing an Outdoor Explorers day camp at Catamount Institute, located in Sondermann Park (another delightful public park discovery in town). He's going rock climbing today, and tomorrow is an overnight into Friday!

Among yesterday's activities was a visit from the
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. They brought a
couple of their hybrid wolves for "show and tell" and a
little personal interaction as well. Pictured above is AJ and Thor.