In the catching up process, we have now made it to mid-June... when these glorious folks arrived! Dave and Jo are beloved in the eyes of the Smith children, so it was a really fun weekend!First on the agenda was a trip to Tiny Town. Phew... good times here! Mini buildings filled with McDonald's-like toys depicting various "historical" scenes and a train. Despite the hint of sarcasm, Avery really did have an awesome time! She loved the tiny-ness! She especially enjoyed the houses you could go inside of. We also went to Mt. Evans where it was ridiculously cold and snow-covered. We began the walk up with Oliver, but quickly turned around. It was waaaay too slippery. So, he and Jeff stayed back and apparently Oliver entertained the masses of tourists by licking the inside of the car window for about a half-hour! Here's Avery with the geological marker for the elevation-14,240.
On the way back down the "highest paved road in North America", we stopped at a little lake to hike. The clouds looked a little stormy so again, Oliver stayed back. While Avery was off having adventures....Oliver got to play in the trunk...Apparently, the only adventure Oliver needs is a tire gauge and a trunk and he's ridiculously happy! I got to see some cool lookin' clouds...Oliver was happy to see the crew upon their return!!! Avery and some more cool clouds. I heard later that the tundra only grows one inch per year because of the harsh conditions. Had I known that, she wouldn't have been trampling the tundra here. Oops.
Then, just to wrap things up. There was some kitchen counter air guitar!!! Like I said, beloved.


  1. kelly dwyer on July 9, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    ahh kitchen counter air guitar, I always loved playing that at your house! especially back in the day when I didnt have to fight avery for counter space.

  2. on July 9, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    i am freaked out by how similar your kitchen looks to your muncie home!

    the cloud pic ... love it!

    oliver in the trunk ... how is that kid so eternally happy? i love it!

  3. The Way EYE See It... on July 10, 2009 at 5:10 AM

    I miss the mountain views. And the Smiths. Sorry I've not really seen you on any of your Indiana visits!

    Did you know I searched for the elevation marker on top of Pike's Peak but couldn't find it (and the gift shop worker I asked had no clue either).

    Great fun.