So I should qualify our weekend away with all the facts. We invited some friends of ours for the first night in the mountains, so Tim and Kyle hit the links Friday afternoon, while Erika and I headed for the hills with a van full of kids- our three and her little boy. We got there long before the men, settled in, fed the kids and put them to bed while we kept the dinner warm for the guys.
Saturday, we explored Breckenridge and took advantage of the free gondola rides. I can not put enough expression on paper to convey to you how excited Sophia and Noah were to ride the gondolas. We were driving down the road through town, and Noah saw one passing over us on the road. He nearly shrieked, "MOM! HOT AIR BALLOONS!!" Once I finally realized what he was talking about, and told him that was what we were riding, he could hardly contain himself. Sophia either. They couldn't WAIT for us to get babies situated and get going. (Which took longer than usual since Phoebe showed off her skills with a massive blow out and we had to borrow clothes from baby Jack for the rest of the day. Hence the faceless baby girl with us in all blue.)
Sunday morning, early, found Tim headed back into town by himself to be at church. Our church had a ministry fair expo that day and all employees were required to be in attendance! Although Tim rarely misses a Sunday, he otherwise would have taken a vacation day and stayed with us for the weekend. Alas, not to be. So he was gone for a good portion of the day, and then met us back at the cabin that afternoon. Which still gave us time for exploring.
Then, just to maximize our opportunity, we stayed until after nap time and didn't leave until about 5:00 on Monday. Which we ended up paying for on the way home, but in my book, it was totally worth it!! We had lots of time to finally find the old mine that was just a short hike behind the cabin. It only took us three separate attempts with some vague directions and a bad map, but we did find it. And it was well worth it. We could have explored there for hours. And Tim could have been annoyed with me for all my attempts at good pictures as a wannabe photographer. (You can tell I'm such a novice. I'm still experimenting with all the light settings on our new camera, and have a lot to learn. Some of these pictures would have been far better if I wouldn't have screwed up the lighting.) Anyway, that may, or may not, have actually happened.
So, all in all, we had a great weekend, even if half of our family time was spent in different locations!