The Vanderhorst Family

The Vanderhorst Family

Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekend in Colorado!

Colorado is one of my favorite places of all time! Being born and raised in the same house (thankfully my parents still live in that house) I have a lot of memories there and I love going home. This was a perfect weekend for both me and Grant. We wanted to visit there at the end of the summer as a last vacation before my new job starts and Grant's last year of school starts. Here are some of the highlights.

Thursday: We flew in Thursday night, and before we even got to the house we had to stop at Qdoba! Utah doesn't have Qdoba ANYWHERE, so I can only go there when we go back to Colorado. Utah does have Chipotle, which is an acceptable substitute, but Qdoba is way better. Their tortillas are softer, their chicken is better, they have queso, and their guacamole is the best. Needless to say, I was in heaven. Afterwards we watched the Olympics till 11 pm that night--They really are so addicting!

Friday: After a much needed morning of sleeping in, we went to the Denver temple. This is where Grant and I got married, so it brought back many memories of our special day. The Denver temple is my childhood temple, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. After watching even more Olympics, we decided to go see The Avengers again with my parents since they hadn't seen it yet. The second time was even better! Seriously if you haven't seen it yet you should. My parents even enjoyed it, so it was a win-win!

Saturday: There is a small airport about 20 minutes away from my house that is called Centennial Airport. They have small planes come in and out of the airport, and on the second level they have a restaurant where you can eat and watch planes take off. They have THE BEST breakfast food there! We went with my parents, Reed and April and their children, and my Grandpa. It was fun to catch up with everyone and see how excited Reed and April's kids would get when a plane would land or take off. Later on that day, the boys went to a Bronco's scrimmage to see how Manning was looking while the girls went shopping. We had a very successful trip in finding mom some much needed new dresses and skirts! Later that evening we played games and watched more of the Olympics.

Sunday: We went to my home ward (Ken Caryl Ward) and then had a family dinner with Reed and April and their kids and Grandpa. I love Sunday family dinners--they were a big part of my growing up years. I mention going to the KC Ward because that's the ward I grew up in and I really feel connected to all the people in that ward. They have all had an impact on me in small and different ways. Being raised in that ward was such a blessing to me and I love those people, so it was wonderful to catch up with so many!

I know it didn't sound like we did anything out of the ordinary this weekend, but that was exactly how I wanted it. It's fun to do things that I would normally do if I were still living there. I will admit, I did get a little choked up when we were pulling out of the driveway to go to the airport. I have lived in that house my whole life, so going home always brings back a flood of memories. Thank goodness my parents still live there, and I don't think they are planning on moving any time soon, but I dread the day that they do move. I love this song by Miranda Lambert because I feel the same way. That house built me and made me the person I am today.

I love going home! I can't wait until Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. Love you, honey . . . Who would think that a home could hold so many precious feelings and memories. I remember having the white wicker bassinet in the dining room area ~ you would sleep there for the first few months of your life while I worked on the main level. Then the boys would arrive home from school and the they ALL vied to have a chance to hold you! It was pretty cute . . .