A Birthday Away

My 30th birthday was last Friday and I decided that since I am all sorts of pregnant right now and can’t celebrate with a few too many vodka tonics, the next best thing would definitely be a weekend in the mountains. We chose to go to Glenwood Springs because of their hot springs pool which was absolutely divine on my endlessly aching back. We did most of our swimming on Friday when the air was a little crisp and cool, making the 93 degree water feel extra warm and cozy. Zoren spent most of his pool time jumping off the steps into the water and plunging his head under so he could see everyone’s lower halves with his new goggles on. Astoria and I cruised around the giant pool on her little boogie board, stopping at the edges every few minutes so she could hang off the side without help and kick her little legs ferociously.


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We did some exploring downtown in Glenwood Springs, admired their public art and watched the Amtrack depart from the train station which the kidlets thought was great. They got super excited whenever the conductor would sound the whistle, letting out squeals of delight and throwing their little arms in the air to wave in response. Once the train was out of sight we walked around the downtown area to do some shopping. The kids both brought some birthday money with them and couldn’t wait to pay for things themselves so we found a cute bookstore which Astoria was ecstatic about. This pixie girl adores books and before I could even ask her to pick something out, little Miss was already seated on a stool reading a book from the pile she had pulled from a shelf in the kids section. Zoren chose to buy a Lego Ninjago graphic novel style book and Astoria bought a whole mess of princess, fairy, and Amelia Bedelia books. She probably would have cleaned out half of the kids section had we stayed much longer. We went into some other cool stores and boutiques where we found a cute owl muslin swaddling blanket for the new baby and Astoria bought a stuffed mermaid which she immediately connected with. So Mermaid Bella went everywhere with us for the rest of the weekend and I imagine won’t be leaving Stori’s side for quite some time.

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On Saturday morning we decided to go disc golf at this really cool mountain course outside of the Colorado Mountain College. It was an awesomely wooded course with amazing views of Mt. Sopris, a crater hole with the tee and basket elevated at either end of the giant dip in the earth, and a lot of random structures (like a zip line and sky ladder course about a hundred feet up in the air) throughout. Zoren loves disc golfing with Steve and that little man actually has quite a great drive and putt for being only four years old. I am sure Z will be giving daddy a run for his money once he is big enough to get a little more momentum behind his drives.

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We also had some great food while we were in Glenwood Springs. My birthday dinner was at a place called The Pullman which serves up great contemporary American cuisine, although Steve wasn’t a huge fan of his food, he did enjoy some good scotch and I thought my dinner was pretty rockin’, especially the carrot cake beignets I had for dessert. Those beignets were absolute perfection and, aside from the kids awesome sauce behavior at dinner, were also the best birthday present I could ask for. My other favorite meal on this trip was the home made perogies and potato leek soup at a little Polish restaurant called Polanka. It was absolute comfort food and reminded me of days long ago when I spent a ton of time with friends who moved here from Poland. Their mom would make the best food and I was lucky enough to sample some of it at special occasions and celebrations with their family. Polanka was exactly what I needed on this trip: cozy food and reminders of childhood days that I haven’t thought about in ages.

Even the drive home yesterday offered endless entertainment as Zoren and Astoria were cracking us up nonstop. Every time we would approach and drive through a mountain tunnel they would yell “Time tunnel, time tunnel approaching, hold onto your hats folks” over and over until we were through the tunnel, then burst into fits of giggles together. It was priceless. They love the show Dinosaur Train on PBS which is where this “time tunnel” business comes from and they love to pretend to be different characters from the show and carry on hilarious dino-themed conversations with one another.

It was a really nice and relaxing little getaway and exactly what I needed to recharge.


And now back to the real world. Our Monday plans? Taking a Spring Sensory Walk and enjoying some sun on this warm spring day before temps plummet tonight and winter decides to make a comeback, likely dumping a foot of snow on our finally green grass.

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