Two years ago, in celebration of Michael’s dad’s 70th birthday, his whole family gathered in Vail to celebrate. Well, everyone except for Michael and me, and thank goodness because Ollie’s birthday turned out to be the day that Colt arrived! Anyway, his family loved their time in Vail and has continued the tradition since, but this was our first year to be able to join.
On Saturday, June 27, the Joneses drove us up to Vail to join Sharon and Ollie. We were the first of the “kids” to arrive so we were able to enjoy a couple of days with Michael’s parents on our own. The Harpers were incredibly generous and put everyone up at the Ritz Residences in Vail so our little family had our own two bedroom “condo” for the week which was great for Colt to have his own room and for us to have a full, functioning kitchen for him. During our week in Vail we took advantage of relaxing, exploring, hiking and most importantly, spending time with family.
Michael, Lise & Joe hiked to the top of the mountain (the Berry Picker trail) and the rest of us took the gondolas up to meet them for lunch at the top.
While we were in Vail we were lucky to celebrate a few occasions. The fist was Sharon & Ollie’s 47th wedding anniversary and next up was Christy’s 39th birthday. For her birthday we had a party by the pool and the family cooked up a delicious meal.
Baby Harper #2 also got celebrated! Sharon took all of the girls to the salon for mani/pedis and the girls surprised me with gifts for the baby! So fun, kind and thoughtful.
While the girls were at the spa, the big boys took the little boys to the park. The idea was to bike and for Colt and JJ to ride together in the trailer but JJ was not having it so Colt ended up riding solo. I just thought this first picture was too funny.
Another highlight for everyone – especially the kids – was the 4th of July parade!
But the celebrations didn’t stop there! We also went out to dinner and then had cake back at the Ritz to celebrate (a few days early) Colt’s 2nd and Ollie’s 72nd birthdays!
With the whole Harper family together, we also hired a photographer to capture a few moments including the awesome cowboy shirts that Uncle Joe got for Colt and JJ.
We were all sad to leave family and our time in the US but it did feel good to get home and start getting ready for our new addition, coming soon…!