Andy’s mom’s side of the family decided to have a family reunion for the first time in a long time. It was a great time getting everyone together (aside from a couple of cousins who couldn’t make it and were missed). It was also the first time Stephanie got to meet some of Andy’s cousins and families.
We started with a couple days in Denver on our own to explore and see as many sites as possible. On Thursday we went to the Forney Transportation Museum, walked around downtown Denver, and Buffalo Bills grave site on top of Lookout Mountain. After all of that excitement we then met Stephanie’s old coworker (Michelle) for dinner and one of her old college buddies (Anni) for drinks to round out the day!
On our next day there we took the time to drive down to Colorado Springs and visit the Olympic training center (that Stephanie trained at back in 2004) and also the Garden of the Gods. It was great for Stephanie to be able to show Andy around some of her favorite spots while living there for a summer and also the center where she was fortunate to live.
On our last full day in Denver it was time for the reunion itself. To start we had lunch with the family when the ‘parents’ surprised all the cousins, their spouses, and their children with a birthday party celebrating all the birthdays at once with gifts, balloons, and cupcakes. After that Andy and Stephanie spent all afternoon in the pool swimming with the kids and talking about how we all can’t wait for the next one. Finally, that night we had a great cookout with some good food at Andy’s cousin Mike’s house with the kids all running around blowing bubbles, making bracelets, swinging, and playing games.
We can’t wait for the next family reunion and have already started talking about it and want to look into some ideas we had to get everyone together again soon!