Grandpa Russ!

Grandpa Russ drove out for his first visit to our home this past weekend.  We had an awesome time with him!

We spent Thursday evening at our house with Ashley and Zach joining us for dinner and ice cream downtown afterwards.  Total bonus for that side of our family: visiting two kids at the same time!  We also stopped by REI to get life jackets for our boys because…Grandpa Russ gave us two kayaks!!!

These kayaks are awesome!  In fact, they are the kayaks Mikey and his family grew up using in Montana.  I even kayaked in them when I went to Montana over my 21st birthday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any pictures of Mike as a kid in it or from us in them over that trip…  But they are now in Denver with us and we are loving it!  We spent a good chunk of Friday playing at Cherry Creek Res with the kayaks. =)

We also spent a fair amount of time going through these coins that Grandpa Russ brought for the boys.  They were so excited about it!  Ethan found 3 quarters he had been missing from his quarter collection/book, so that was extra exciting!

Other highlights included more time with Ashley and Zach at our house (with our new game of corn hole – also brought by Grandpa Russ!) and back at Cherry Creek Res for some kayaking and having a picnic with them.  We also made apple crisp with apples he brought from his backyard!  And the guys had some fun going for walks and playing at the park, too!  It was a great trip and we are looking forward to his return over Thanksgiving.

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