On 16th Street in The Highlands neighborhood is Little Man's Ice Cream. A quaint little place that is sure to please. We found Little Man's in early summer and have gone numerous times. They make their ice cream, sorbet and gelato fresh every day, so the flavors will differ frequently.
A short walk over I-25 and over the Platte River into downtown, right near Union Station and Confluence Park. It's fun to explore downtown.
Make sure if you go, you wave to the drivers below. It's fun seeing how many wave back and hearing the trucks blow their horns
A look towards 16th Street Mall
Grandma and Grandpa came to visit and we had to take them here. Here's Glennie and Grandma at Little Man's
Glenn had plans to go to homecoming. Those plans were all but foiled, by his own doing, due to his grades. But in the 11th hour, he pulled them up. No surprise there... Glennie works well in the 11th hour!! :) But even though his grades were better, they aren't the best... so he could not drive himself and Aubrey to homecoming, rather than, call a limo service. They got lucky and got a minivan to drop them off (Aubrey's parents) and a Nissan Versa (REALLY short limo) to pick them up (Glenn and I)
Aubrey was dropped off at our house which we turned into G&T Steakhouse. After a quick photo shoot, onward to their dinner reservation and meal. Glenn was Chef 'G' for the night and I was the hostess. We took out the leaf in our table, set the settings with china and crystal candle holders, lit the candles, moved away all the chairs and played some classical music for them.
Here's some photos
Fine Dining at G&T Steakhouse
Glennie Junior year homecoming
Glenn with Chef G
Grandparents were in town, so they got to see first hand all the fun
G&T Steakhouse Menu - only took Glenn and I about 2 hrs to make this up. Then when we decided it was perfect, we laminated it. Some of the items were crossed out, we explained to our patrons that we ran out of the 'crossed out' items earlier that week.
Glenn and Aubrey
Glenn and Aubrey
Glenn and Aubrey
Chef G working his magic
Fun and Cheap Dinner
Chef G serves all his patronsDig In
Can't kick off your shoes at Olive Garden now can ya!! :)
The end of their 4 course meal
The hostess with the mostess serving the two
We had a blast being a restaurant. I see more dining experiences with G&T STeakhouse in the future. Glenn and Aubrey had a lot of fun and said they'd do it again.
Let's take a trip down memory lane. Here the kids are as Freshman, or as they like to call it 'Freshies'
The kids during the Sophomore year And now, their Junior year And of course, dad brought them into school this morning...but Kaitlin was SOO excited she got to drive. She's had her permit since April. The cool upper classman getting to drive to school!!
Glenn turned 17 on August 10th. Here's a photo of him on his blessing day, he was about 1 month old. He always puckered his lips like this, was SO cute!!
The beginning of our family. Photo was taken outside our apartment in Logan, UT on Glenn's blessing day. Totally digging the early 90's style!! :)Glenn's 1 year old here
Here he's 2
Here he's 17...
Kaitlin, Glenn and Glenn's girlfriend Aubrey
Seriously can't believe I have a kid who is ...17
Say it aint so!! Just seems crazy!! I can't believe that 17 years have gone by. My 5lb 11oz baby turned into a 143lb. 5'8" young man, getting whiskers, muscles, deep voice and a girlfriend to boot.
Glenn was born 3 weeks early. I had to be induced. I had hypertension, was on bed rest and blood pressure was to the point they were not too thrilled. So into the hospital the night before to 'prep' my uterus. I was not ready to have this baby, he was NOT ready to come out. They started me on pitocin the next morning, right at 6AM. Long drawn out day. Pain was not fun and I think they gave me demerol?? Not sure... but I remember being loopy and my Auntie Dianne calling me and laughing at/with me!! :)
So finally 9 at night comes around... they check me, I was at a 4 and they start the blood work for the epidural. They tell me to go to the bathroom one more time... I felt like pushing. I tell Glenn, 'somethings not right but it realllllllly hurts and my body was just pushing.. get the nurse'. He proceeds to tell me, ' you're fine, you're ok' All the while I am saying... 'no I'm not, get the nurse, get the nurse, get the nurse! The nurse comes in, checks me and says... "oh my, he's crowning... we gotta wheel you into delivery. DONT push!"
As they were wheeling me in to the delivery room, I am saying.. "What about my epidural?" - over and over again. They knew I was scared so gave me a pudenal block - DONT EVER GET ONE OF THOSE!!! The shot hurt worse than labor itself and wore off during delivery.
Anyhoo - Glennie popped out in 20 minutes time and I felt GREAT afterwards. Like I just got done a great exercise routine! LOL - seriously.. I did.. was up and at it and makeup hair etc done, I felt great.
Crazy to think how time flies & how fast kids grow!
While the kids were away, the parents will play!! :)
The kids went on a pioneer trek, across the Wyoming plains and we thought, 'hey.... why should we be stuck at home'. So, we high tailed it out of Denver into the desert heat of Sin City.
We stayed at the Monte Carlo - kinda in the center of the action. Was fun to walk out of the hotel and across the street to M&M World - seriously FUN store!!
We left after dropping the kids off at the stake center for their trek. Our plane was a tad bit late - but we were entertained with some airport drama. A young family got to the gate just as the doors were closing and the man got just a TAD irate that he missed his plane. He was yelling at the lady behind the counter which turned into some racial slurs... the lady called the cops and 4 cops came and calmed the guy down. Our whole section of the airport was SO quiet listening to this man, berate this woman. His poor wife, just sat away from them - quiet as could be - I'm sure she was a tad bit embarrased. So there was our Vegas pre-entertainment.
We got into town, checked into the hotel, met up with Kathy & Alan and took off to meet Trish & Gregg at Dicks Last Resort (http://dickslastresort.com/) at the Excalibur. What a FUNNY place - they were rude, obnoxious and downright funny. We laughed the WHOLE time. Those who ordered water were forced to share. Our water came out in pitchers with HUGE straws out of them. It was Hilarious. They wouldn't bring us menus - in fact told us to get off our butts and go look at the ones posted on the wall. Need napkins?? Well they will just throw them at ya!! LOL... It was a great way to start the trip.
Then we saw the Bellagio and had dessert at the Bellagio. We went swimming a couple times and saw most all the hotels. Ate at Excalibur, NY NY, Luxor, Venetian and Monte Carlo. We saw some AMAZING shows.. KA at the MGM and Le Reve at the Wynn. Now for the pictures!!
Yep - I got it!! I had a headache, a bloody nose, fatigue (duh - a hike will do that to you), loss of appetite & some minor swelling. I put our hike into sparkpeople and it said I burned 3045 calories. Yeah - that's not a typo - it was over 3,000 calories burned!! WAHOOOO - Ummm, hello - then why didn't I lose any weight... that was until today. I think the swelling and all my symptoms finally left. I dropped 2lbs!!
The headache stayed with me the rest of camping and for a couple days afterwards. In fact it was finally gone today. I took it easy and didn't workout yesterday morning, rather had a leisure day and just hung out with Glenn, went to the pool and grocery shopped.
So while camping, we decided to go on a hike with everyone. According to an app on my phone, Brainard Lake is at 10,300' in elevation and we hiked to Blue Lake which is 11,500' in elevation. So 3 miles uphill and a 1,200' gain.
Here are some photos of our hike:
The trail Us at Mitchell Lake - 1 mile into the hike
The kids at Mitchell Lake
Glenn & I
Cool lakes - awesome sceneryThe trail - wait - you dont see it?? Oh - look hard - see those rocks?? Yeah - that's the trail. My inner thighs and hips hurt so bad from side stepping those boogers.
The BEST part of the trail!!
Blue Lake - we made it!! Well - I should say 'I' made it!! :) Glenn told me the hike was easy - I then told him to add 80 extra pounds to his frame and then see what he says!! :))