Hey everyone! My first friend came out to Colorado to visit us in the new state we call home! It was so fun showing her our new home and all the places we love to go and even a few new ones we decided to explore together. Tiffany has been a friend of mine since the dreaded and awkward years of middle school. Middle school is rough, so if you can find a friend in middle school, a friendship that lasts into your 30s that’s like gold.
My middle school years sucked. Half the time I wore a back brace and was trying to hide it by wearing oversized sweatshirts in the middle of Arizona summers just so I wouldn’t get teased. It didn’t help much. I spent a good portion of my lunch break hiding in bathroom stalls, overcoming suicidal thoughts along with heat exhaustion. But that’s a post for another time and place. Thank goodness I had Tiffany who lived just a few doors down going through other things teens go through. We spent summers swimming in her backyard pool. In fact, I learned how to swim in Tiffany’s backyard pool. We ate ramen, we watched Dawson’s Creek and we became best friends.
So to have her here visiting me was really nice. She loves my kids and she’s a teacher for deaf and blind kids. She teaches braille and other life skills the deaf and blind need to know and I think that’s just really cool. Have I mentioned that teachers are my favorite people? They really truly are.
Anyway, the kids enjoyed hanging out with Tiffany. We spent the day after she arrived close to home enjoying some park picnics and walks around some lakes nearby.
Then on Wednesday last week, we took her down to Boulder Colorado for a sightseeing picnic by Boulder Creek and a walk along the Pearl Street mall. We got to see kids Jaydon’s age (nine) learning how to kayak down Boulder Creek. I hope Jaydon one day has the opportunity to learn how to kayak. We’d all love to see him in the best sit on top kayak himself one day. I want to trade my paddleboard in for a two-seater kayak next summer. I think we will have a ton of fun as a family if we do!
Anyway, we grabbed some ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s, visited some shops for some fun Colorado-themed nick-nacks and just enjoyed each other’s company.
We did the same thing on Thursday last week except we went to Estes Park and we got to ride a bus into the Rocky Mountain National Park to see Bear Lake which by the way has epic beauty!
All this time Tiffany was kind enough to accompany me each morning to the kids swim lessons. I have one swimmer now and one kid who is very comfortable with his head and face under water. I think the motions of swimming will come as his body learns more coordination skills.
So on Friday we deliberately didn’t plan anything far from home. We decided though to take the kids to Greeley’s Family Funplex which is just basically an indoor pool with slides, a lazy river, a splash area and a 10 ft deep lap swimming side. This is where the kids actually got to practice their skills while having fun!
The only downside was this place was far too “people-y”. I mean it was packed! The lifeguards where whistling constantly at naughty kids and I even had to put a few rowdy kids in their places for safety reasons. Also, someone threw up at one part of the pool and it had to be evacuated. Gross!
After spending a week with Tiffany catching up, and having late night conversations about all the things we’ve missed being able to talk about over the years, we realized we needed to find more time to connect and help lift each other up. It can be hard living away from all the people you know, so this really was a blessing for me and she said she needed this time as well. Do you have any friends you need to catch up with? Call them! Text them, tell them you are thinking about them. They might just need to hear that from you!
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