We surprised my boss with a trip to Rock Creek Farms, aka the local pumpkin patch, right before Halloween. While the giant inflatable slide, photo cutouts and tractor were pretty cool, the giant corn maze captured my heart. It was my first experience in a corn maze and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out! We choose the 2.8 mile trek since we didn’t have a ton of time but still managed to walk around 8,000 steps finding the clues to solve the puzzle. We finished off the trip with a picnic.
Next year, I’m dragging Skip through the 6.8 mile version!
Ashley: I enjoyed the music of Bastille at a Colorado landmark, Red Rocks. Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to enjoy live music!
Ann: sticking on the theme of live music I’ll contribute my recent Xinjiang dining experience. Xinjiang is the western most province in China and is more like the Middle East than Mainland China. At dinner this evening their was live Xinjiang dance and even the owner of the restaurant taking requests on his accordion – a good way to warm up prior to karaoke (KTV in China).
I got to plan our “C” date and knew from the beginning I wanted to do a cooking class. I found a cheese-making class at a local store called Wine and Whey. We signed up for a 30-minute mozzarella, but we got so much more!
They also make wine at this store, so there were about 12 bottles on the tables for us to try. We learned, we tasted, we drank wine, it was awesome. I’m already plotting how we can make our own batch of vinho verde next year.
For dinner we tried out an Italian buffet called Cinzetti’s. Nothing to write home about, but I liked their neon sign.
When our friend Shandelle disclosed her husband Bryan had NEVER been camping, we plotted a weekend trip.
Since it was his first time, we planned on one night under the stars.
After driving around for an ungodly amount of time, we finally found an amazing site off the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. It was a bit higher altitude than we planned for, around 10,000 feet, but we had a fire pit, flat land for tents and about a million blankets.
I can’t wait to camp here again next year.
My adorable goddaughter, Elle, turned one! Her mother, our dear friend Katie, wanted a poop emoji smash cake, so we delivered!
We had a blast frosting the cake and making matching cupcakes. Pro tip, use the ribbon frosting tip for the right consistency.
Elle wasn’t into the big crowd watching her eat, but she did love the frosting!
I’ve been a bit silent on the blog lately because I’ve been running around like a crazy person.
Skip had ankle surgery almost two weeks ago. The poor guy had a rough go after the surgery, but is feeling much better now. Between work being crazy, a trip to San Fran right after his surgery and my general craziness, I was busy getting meals prepped, house cleaned, etc.
I don’t think there is a moral to this story, except that getting old stinks. He did this playing basketball, over lunch, with a bunch of old men!
The alphabet dates continued in August, brought to you by the letter “B.” After our awesome “A” date in July, Skip had big shoes to fill. He didn’t disappoint.
We kicked off the Friday evening with Happy Hour at Brazen, a restaurant near our house that changes its menu every week. Happy Hour was a killer deal, and we tried mussels, oysters, potatoes bravas, a meatball and yummy drinks.
After Happy Hour, we headed to The Soiled Dove for an intimate evening with Bob Schneider. Since Skip is a super fan, we had tickets to both the 7 and 10 p.m. show. It was kind of weird seeing both in a row because a lot of the banter and set list were the same, but still a great show.
The Soiled Dove was the only concert venue in the heart of downtown at one point. Then its owners built a new building in Stapleton, and moved the concert hall to its basement. I liked the space because you get a seat (hey, I’m old!) very close to the music.