Vail!

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.

Walking around with Nana and Papa.

Walking around with Nana and Papa.

Little Sherif at the Farmers Market.

The little Sheriff at the Farmers Market.

Downtown Vail!

Downtown Vail!

Out before dinner.

Out before dinner.

Family of 4.

Family of 4.

Heading to the fountains and the playground.

Heading to the fountains and the playground.

You never know which one is going to shoot!

You never know which one is going to shoot!

Fun!

Fun with Dad!

Playground.

Playground.

Love this sweet boy.

Love this sweet boy.

Colt LOVED riding the gondolas.

Colt LOVED riding the gondolas. In fact, gondola became his new favorite word.

Beautiful scenery.

Beautiful scenery.

Colt with his grandparents.

Colt with his grandparents.

Colt loved the fresh air and open space.

Colt loved the fresh air and open space.

Another family picture!

Another family picture!

King of the world!

King of the world!

Could not be prettier!

Could not be more beautiful!

More time on the gondolas!

More time on the gondolas!

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.

Michael, Lise and Joe on their hike.

Michael, Lise and Joe on their hike.

The "Berry Picker."

The “Berry Picker.”

Jumping for joy!

Jumping for joy!

Celebrating with Superman after the hike.

Celebrating with Superman after the hike.

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.

Dads and boys, swimming in the pool.

Dads and boys, swimming in the pool.

Christys birthday dinner!

Christy’s birthday dinner!

Nana and her boys.

Nana and her boys.

The whole family - just missing Meg Kopp.

The whole family celebrating Christy – just missing Meg Kopp.

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.

Surprise shower at the spa!

Surprise shower at the spa!

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.

JJ did not enjoy sharing the space. Colt isnt sure what the problem is.

Their faces….

Colt riding solo.

Colt riding solo.

Swinging at the park!

Swinging at the park!

Another highlight for everyone – especially the kids – was the 4th of July parade!

Colt and JJ captivated by the 4th of July parade.

Colt and JJ captivated by the 4th of July parade.

Colt cant take his eyes off the parade.

Colt cant take his eyes off the parade.

Colts favorite bubble-blowing park.

Colt’s favorite bubble-blowing park.

With his favorite bubble-blowing partner!

With his favorite bubble-blowing partner!

Vail Village behind.

Lionshead.

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!

Our sweet nephew JJ! Just 3.5 months younger than Colt.

Our sweet nephew JJ! Just 3.5 months younger than Colt.

The July 7 birthday boys!

The July 7 birthday boys celebrating turning 2 and 72!

Blowing out their candles.

Blowing out their candles.

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.

Everyone!!

Everyone!

Sharon & Ollie with their grandboys.

Sharon & Ollie with their grandboys.

Harp family! TJ, JJ and Christy.

Harp family! TJ, JJ and Christy.

Kopp family! Ethan, Allie, Mike, Shannon, Soren and Meghan.

Kopp family! Ethan, Allie, Mike, Shannon, Soren and Meghan.

The Harper men.

The Harper men.

Our little family.

Our little family.

Baby #2 showing off (33 weeks!).

Baby #2 showing off (photo at 33 weeks).

Happy family.

Happy family.

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…!

Heading home again!

Heading home again!

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