When you're headed up to 9,300 feet, a nap is in order.
As we were getting ready to head out the door to spend a night with our friends Mike and Linda high up in the Rocky Mountains, Oliver took a cat nap while he was putting on his shoes and having a snack.
See the one shoe on, one shoe off?
See the golf fish in hand?
See the amazing core body strength to sleep while bridged between the couch and the coffee table?
The last time we saw Mike and Linda, they told us about how they BBQ pizza. We were amazed and Keith wanted to know how to master this skill. Instead of giving us instructions, they invited us to dinner and put Keith to work in the kitchen. This is also known as On the Job Training.
The pizza was fantastic!
The kids were the first up with some ooey gooey cheese pizza.
Our boys have a love for pizza AND dogs! Fortunately, both were plentiful at Mike and Linda's. Their neighbor dog happen to be over for a visit and she hit the jackpot when Oliver and Kellan showed up. We found Oliver giving her some great belly rubs.
Sadly, Oliver is quite allergic to dogs so we can't have one of our own. The good news is that he has learned how to manage it so that he can enjoy their company for short periods of time.
Linda was definitely the host with the most as she was fully prepared with a fire pit and fixin's for s'mores.
This Mama had to exercise extreme self control and the act of letting go while she watched her children with dangerous objects. Luckily, with all of the adult supervision, there was no concern to be had and plenty of fun for the kids.
Miss Linda is a true angel and I think that there was quite a bond developed between her and our boys. Of course, s'mores and homemade pizza didn't hurt in sealing the deal.
Oliver loved making and eating s'mores.
Linda loved helping Kellan experience one of his first (if not his first) s'mores experience.
Yes, it passed the test. How can you not love an ooey gooey treat at 9,300 feet?
Many, many, many times, Keith heard "we really need a fire pit on our patio" this evening. Yes, we do, just for nights like this.
What a fun evening we had. Homemade pizza grilled to perfection, s'mores over the fire pit, a Rocky Mountain sunset and most importantly, truly fantastic company.
The weekend didn't end there. The next morning, Mike and Linda hosted an amazing breakfast and then Mike lead a hike down their hill for the boys. The boys had been exploring their mountainous backyard, but they had to stay within sight. Finally, the time had come to find out where the creek was and where it went.
With walking sticks in hand, we headed down the hill.
Oliver kept up with Mike and the two dogs; Jake and Brecken.
At the bottom of the hill, we stopped for some photos.
Technically, we were far from the bottom, but this was a nice settling spot since for every step down the hill, we had to hike up the hill.
Jake was perfect for a photo op. His buddy Brecken was way too excited to explore rather than stop for a photo.
Jake with Kellan and Oliver
With the photo op over, it was time to find a hiking trail back up.
The boys did awesome and hiked the entire way.
Thank You to Mike and Linda for hosting a fantastic weekend! We can't wait to do it again very soon.