As I mentioned previously, we celebrated Father’s Day a little early this year, giving Papa Gaga his presents at home before we left for a long wedding weekend in Estes Park, Colorado. But that didn’t mean we still couldn’t make him feel like the extra special guy that he is while we were away from home.
Father’s Day morning started out with one final wedding activity — a yummy brunch buffet with everyone at the famous Stanley Hotel (you might recognize it from The Shining).
Since I am a scaredy cat who would have nightmares for years if I ever watched a movie like The Shining, this notoriety meant nothing to me. But I could still appreciate that it was a very beautiful, historic hotel that also happened to make some killer bananas foster french toast… YUM!
[Side note: Toddler Gaga took the picture below — not bad framing for a three year old, right?!]
After brunch and a photo shoot on the hotel property, the kiddos both took a nice nap while Papa Gaga and I caught up with one another over a tasty craft brew on the patio. When they woke, we headed out to explore adorable little downtown Estes Park for the first time.
We promised the kids an ice cream at one of the many old fashioned ice cream+taffy shops if they were good during brunch. Since they both have memories like an elephant, it was our turn to deliver, even if it was just about dinnertime.
Naturally Toddler Gaga picked out the ungodly bright pink and blue “cotton candy” ice cream for he and his sister to share as a pre-dinner appetizer.
Both kids thought it was the best flavor ever until they tried our more subdued mint chocolate chip flavor. Then they wanted to swap. Lucky us.
While enjoying our ice cream I suddenly had a fluke nosebleed on a park bench. We happened to have a box of tissues with us since Toddler Gaga, who is prone to nosebleeds, had already had a few himself. I guess there is something to the whole high altitude thing after all.
My son thought this was fascinating and proceeded to take pictures and video while I was completely crippled and embarrassed that this was happening to me on a busy public street. So I will credit him once again for the lovely photograph above.
We met a sweet couple in the park and the kids enjoyed running around with their daughter, Naomi, who was close to Baby Gagette’s age. Then it was time to meet up with the newlyweds and their boys for dinner. We eat together often back home, so why not continue the tradition while on the road?!
Even though we ate our Nepalese food outside, I feel like everyone at this restaurant hated us. Maybe it was in my mind or maybe it did have something to do with my loud (but happy!!) children who kept playing musical chairs. They were just SO giddy to be hanging with their friends in a new environment.
Conveniently, there was a perfect little playground right across the street where the kids (and adults) were able to burn off some energy together after the meal.
And when that got old, we walked along the rushing river and strolled the quaint downtown until the sun went down.
The boys also enjoyed being silly boys together and making up their own games like pretending these benches were train tracks.
While they went around and around and around, the littlest ones had fun grabbing each other’s hands and toes.
For a Father’s Day that started out without any sort of specific plan, it was pretty perfect in my book.
Based on Papa Gaga’s smile, I’m going to guess he’d agree. We love you, Daddy! Thanks for finding excitement and adventure in regular moments for our family every single day. You make our lives so special and we consider ourselves pretty darn lucky to be loved by you.