Grandma Hakes flew in this week for a long overdue visit with her girls. We had the pleasure of having her stall an entire week with us which the girls were super excited about. Grandma was super excited to see Leadville and our cabin so we made our way up to Leadville first. And Grandma was in luck because she made it just in time for our summer festival, Boom Days, which celebrates the mining history of the town. There were lots of street vendors selling all sorts of goodies. It was like a kid in a candy jar for Grandma and her grand girls. Apparently, the shopping gene has skipped a generation with Mommy. Kayla was excited to see the mini petting zoo set up. This would be her first real encounter with fair animals. She was definitely cautious but enjoyed them all the same.
One animal I thought to be out place was this huge bull with its maybe 4 foot long horns. I kept an eye on this guy and didn’t get too close. Later in the day a little girl, excited to pet the cow, ran straight towards the bull. He grabbed her by the jacket with his horns and slammed her down on her head, hard. Could have seen that one coming. Scary.
There was also a barrel train for the kiddos. They took the kids up and down Main Street on a nice loop. You should be able to see the girls in the middle of the train, here.
We also took Grandma around to some of our favorite Leadville areas, including Turquoise Lake. The lake is always a great photo op so Grandma and the girls posed for several shots along the way.
The water was finally high enough to allow for some adventuring around to the various little islands. So Grandma took a seat on the shore and watched the girls do their thing. This time Kayla demanded to be part of the action. And since she didn’t want her feet wet this meant Mom and Dad took turns taking her back and forth.
On the way home we stopped for one more photo by the river. There was a lot of water flow today so it was really pretty.
As always we spent a lot of time just playing around the yard. Our new swing makes hosting guests much easier.
Grandma had nothing but great things to say about our new getaway and our beloved town of Leadville. We had a great time showing off our little piece of heaven to someone who fully appreciated it.
After a few days we headed back to Longmont. Grandma had dreamed of taking the girls on a shopping trip to their favorite clothing store Justice. She got to see why I love taking them there so much. As you are guaranteed a fashion show. A great is it with Grandma. Just what we all needed.