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Living far from home and trying to keep up with the 2 little hooligans means a lot of missed calls and voicemails that start like this “Hi Karyn, It’s your Mom…” Last week was not the case. My Mom flew out here to spend an entire week with us. Some of you may be thinking, “Oh boy, a week with my mom and I would go nuts!” Yes I totally would have said that back in the day, but I am here to tell you that I am that old now. Maybe its age, or the 1200 mile gap, or that thing that happens to you when you have kids and all of the sudden you “get it.” Whatever the reason, I was sooo happy to have my Mom here to spend time with, help me out, and even give me a few tips on how to keep my sanity.

Apparently it is a rule that whenever someone from Michigan visits they bring the dreary weather with them. I’m not complaining, I like to wear pants and have a nice cup of hot tea. But I’m pretty sure no one believes me when I say that it is always sunny here. So sunny that I long for a cold dreary day…but that is a whole other blog post in itself. Anyway, it was 70’s every day leading up to Mom’s visit and then her first morning here we woke up to snow! (And as soon as she left the weather is warm again) Mason LOVES snow. Especially eating it. He made me give him a spoon and a bowl and his cup of milk so he could have snow for breakfast. So while I was in the kitchen making apple-cinnamon pancakes, Mason was doing this:

finally some snow!

and this

Eat snow----with spoon

Mason wanted to take Grandma to the Butterfly Pavillion to show her the bugs. We tried to spend more time with the butterflies and Dory and Nemo because who wants to look at a glass case full of African Cockroaches? Did I mention Mason’s favorite bug is the Giant African Millipede?

Mason and Grandma at the Butterfly Pavillion

 

I think this was a moth

 

making bug pictures

 

We spent an afternoon driving past the mountains to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory in Boulder. The kids ended up being too young to do the tour and I later realized Mom was not keen on tea, but we had a good time anyway!

whimsical

I love this picture. The tea factory really is on the corner of Sleepytime Drive and Zinger Street. I guess you have to be a big fan of the teas to appreciate this…

 

the North Pole of tea?

 

We spent another day driving through the mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park. I was bummed that the view wasn’t very clear, but that just means that she will have to come back again!

 

RMNP

 

 

Elk!

Elk Butt

Can’t visit us without the Teddy Bear Picnic!

 

Teddy Bear Picnic

 

Last day…for now.

 

Maiya didn't want to say good-bye

Mom squared

Thanks for visiting!

 

Seriously behind in this whole bloggin thing. When were we in Michigan?

So we only got to see Uncle Matt two days out of our 2 week trip. He was crazy busy with this thing people call work. Not just any work. He was in charge of building the soccer stadium for the University of Michigan! My little brother Matthew. In charge. Seriously? Go Matt!

Before we went to check out the new house and have our Summer Birthday Bash he invited us to check out his construction site and maybe check out some of the trucks. Now you have to understand that Matt was so casual about this that when we got there and realized 1. that there were tons of construction trucks to check out, and 2. HE HAD THE KEYS! Whoa Good Times!

Enough said, enjoy the slide show:

3 Year Olds Dream Come True

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Maiya did not enjoy this, but somehow Matt won here over and now she pretends to call him about 12 times a day. No one else, just “Who are you calling?” “MATT!”