A Visit to Steamboat Springs

Dan and I had a wonderful visit with the McGrundallnesses in Steamboat. We were spoiled with delicious home cooked meals, cuddly little ones, beautiful hikes, fun outings and quality time with Chris and Elly.

Arriving in Chris & Ellen's Neighborhood
Baby Julian has grown and changed so much since I saw him in August - Dan was excited to meet Julian and they were quite the good buddies. Julian even asked to try on Dan's new sock monkey hat!

How cute is he?!?!
 One afternoon Dan and I put on a puppet show starring Horace the Hedgehog, Tucker the Turtle, Marla the Monster, Otis the Owl and Elmo.

Horace is celebrating a birthday!

Uncle Dan with his little buddy
 One afternoon we took an outing to the library and had a nice hike along the Yampa River.

Dan, Ellen and Julian along the Yampa

Ellen reading to Audrey and Julian
 On Friday night we had a feast of mushroom lentil balls, kale waldorf salad and Grandma's pumpkin pie and our friends Tony and Tracey joined the fun. They brought their daschund, Zoey, who was more than happy to clean up Audrey's dinner scraps on the floor!

The gang (please note Julian's adorable elf outfit and Audrey's pretty Christmas dress)
 We took a couple of great hikes. One up to the frozen Fish Creek Falls where Audrey dropped her mitten over the side of the bridge, so Ellen had to climb down and rescue it being careful not to drop in the creek!

Chris, Drey, Dan, Julian and E in front of Fish Creek Fall

Chris and Dan en route to Spring Creek 
  Audrey LOVES her books! One night when I was putting her to bed we read twelve books. One afternoon she kept Dan busy reading books then getting another and another and another . . .

Uncle Dan reading to Audrey
 On our last day in town Chris took Dan and I up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs for an evening soak and we went out for a Greek lunch then Dan and I walked home together and explored downtown a bit.

Audrey in her wooly sweater


  1. Great update, Mary! What fun with those littles (and with the 'bigs' too, I am sure)!

  2. here I sit - a great big puddle of love after soaking up all that fun and love from your visit- thanks for the wonderful recounting!!

  3. AHH! THOSE BABIES ARE SO GORGEOUS! What a wonderful auntie and uncle you two are-such a treat for them to have you, I"m sure.


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