Monday, July 24, 2017

Rocky Mountain High


Do you remember the song "Rocky Mountain High...Colorado",  by John Denver?  Well, that song was playing in my head while on vacation with my youngest son, Kevin,  DIL, Kristen, and granddaughter, Harper, as they whisked me away to the beauty of Colorado!  Oh, what a time we had!  This was our view from our condo's balcony! 

 

Our second morning, we were greeted by this magical rainbow!


 We took the gondola up to the top of the mountain.

 Harper had fun playing in the snow, making a snowman, and throwing snowballs.

 Riding down the hill on her Daddy's lap was such  fun!

 

 We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.


 We made it to the Continental Divide.

 We saw female elk on one of our favorite stops.

 On the way back from the National Park, we stopped at the town of Grand Lake, had lunch and there was a beach, where Harper could play.

 Sapphire Point was a spot that my friend, Joy, told me about.  Little chipmunks were all around, in and out of the rocks, and such fun to see.  There was also a easy hike which we took.

 We even went panning for gold at a nearby mine....no luck, though, in our pans!

 This darling lavender house, with the purple trim, caught my eye, and I immediately thought of  friends, Margie, from Tea In The Valley, and Judith, from Lavender Cottage and Gardening, and had to get a picture. 

 I could move right into this darling, little cottage!

 

Gorgeous, overflowing hanging baskets were everywhere!

 I always take time to stop and smell the flowers, and admire their beauty.

 Speaking of beauty...these two special mother/daughter friends honored me by driving an hour from their homes to meet me for lunch.  I have known sweet Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose, for several years, through blogging, and she paired me up with her dear Mom, Debbie, from, She Graces Her Home In God's Beauty, at her very first teacup/mug exchange, which was four  years ago.  You can really get to "know" friends through their writing and blogging.  However, it was so nice to meet them for real, in person and chat the hours away.  They are as kind,  wonderful, and dear as you would expect. 

Stephanie and Debbie gifted me with these thoughtful gifts.  Thank you, my friends, for your thoughtful gifts. 

Thank you, sweet family, for sharing your vacation with me!  What a fun family you are to be with! These memories will be with me forever, and I am truly grateful.

 

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


33 comments:

  1. Kitty! So wonderful to find a post. And I knew that I would soon when I saw Stephanie's post about your meeting. Wonderful photos of your most amazing adventure to Colorado. So many delights there! Blessed and precious family...

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  2. Kitty, you've been busy lately! I love that you had such a wonderful vacation but also that you got to meet Stephanie. :)

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  3. How wonderful to meet up with Debbie and Stephanie on your vacation. It looks as if you had the best time with your family. LOVE that first photo...amazing rainbow. What a lovely family you have, sweet Kitty.

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  4. Hello Kitty, how fun to take a family vacation to Colorado. It looks so nice there I hope to visit it one day. How nice to have met up with Stephanie and her mom and I know you all had a great time.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Have a nice week.
    Julie

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  5. Kitty, I'm on a Rocky Mountain High just looking at the beautiful scenery and snow capped peaks! Colorado is on my bucket list and your rainbow shot is a thing of beauty and those hanging baskets are gorgeous! How fun you got to meet your blogging friends too.♥

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  6. Wonderful time!Thanks for sharing!Hugs,Maristella.

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  7. Such a beautiful place! Glad you could enjoy it with your family. That makes it extra special. Nice to get into the cooler temps for awhile, too!

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  8. That rainbow is gorgeous! What a special time you had with your family.
    Love that you met Debbie and Stephanie. They are precious just like you.

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  9. How lovely you all look, Kitty. So happy and relaxed. That mountain air is so refreshing. I'm glad you had a wonderful vacation time.

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  10. what fabulous photos! I love the cottage and the rainbow! I have family in Colorado and do you know I have YET to get there? I MUST GO!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  11. Kitty, what a wonderful trip you had. Such a beautiful family and what beautiful sites you visited. I love the lavender cottage and all those flowers. And, you were able to meet up with blogging friends. Thanks for taking us along, I enjoyed your photos.......

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  12. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your family vacation at the Rocky Mountains! The rainbow shot is beautiful. How fun to meet up with Stephanie and Debbie. You'll have to fight me and Judith for the purple cottage...or maybe the three of us can do a timeshare?!?

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  13. Kitty, what a gorgeous holiday! I've never been to Colorado before - perhaps one day! Was it cold in the snow? I noticed short sleeve shirts! How wonderful that Stephanie and her mother drove to meet you and even gifted you with lovely treasures! ♥

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  14. That really does sound like the perfect vacation. Such a beautiful place to travel to....being with family and meeting blog friends. I'm so happy for you! It's the perfect time to travel out West! Hugs, Diane PS Love the lavender cottage!

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  15. Kitty, your vacation with the family looks like fun. Always, great to away and take in more beauty. The sweet cottage is darling. I can see why you are so enchanted with it. How sweet to meet Stephanie and Debbie. Have a lovely week dear Kitty.

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  16. Oh, what a lovely time you had! So thankful God blessed you with so many joyful moments! Your little granddaughter is just precious!!! And, what a joy to get to meet Debbie and Stephanie! They are such a blessing to us all, as are you, my friend. God bless you! Praying for you. :)

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  17. Kitty, I`m so glad you had a good time with family. That`s what it is all about. I just put a link to Stephanie`s Tea Pocket Coaster in my post this week. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  18. Yes, and like Vee, I have been waiting for your post as well! Oh how exciting this vacation must have been. I have never been to CO but my son has been several times and vows to take his dad and me out there one day! Oh, and I do hope to get to meet up with sweet Stephanie and lovely Debbie as well! I hope your week is off to a great start!

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  19. Wonderful! Your trip with family and even blogging friends looked fantastic, Kitty! Isn't Colorado amazing in that you can have 3 seasons in perhaps one week, if not one day?!

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  20. Sounds like such a lovely time! I love visiting Colorado!
    The photos are great!

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  21. What a fun family trip! And such a special treat meeting precious Stephanie and her mom. I would love to meet a blogger, so if you ever find yourself coming to East Texas (Tyler) let me know! I'm not a blogger yet (just a wanna be), but I have followed you and other tea lovers for several years now and always enjoy your posts. kellam.susan@yahoo.com

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  22. Hi Kitty, What a wonderful trip you enjoyed with your darling family. Love all the pics and the special areas you visited. The lavender cottage is so charming. Love seeing little Harper having so much fun. How special to meet Stephanie and Debbie. Two of my dear friends as well. Love the beautiful photo of you girls together. Special memories made and how wonderful they drove an hour to meet you. Says a lot about how dear these two are. So glad you enjoyed a great vacation. Have a nice week and stay cool!! Miss you. Blessings and lots of love my friend. xo

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  23. Such gorgeous photos...such wonderfully fun times with family & friends! Thanks for sharing, Kitty!

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  24. What a beautiful family...Harper is so adorable.
    I love going to Colorado...it has always been a favorite vacation spot for us.
    I received your beautiful card and the crocheted piece yesterday...thank you so so much. And thank you for choosing my favorite color...my love to you.

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  25. Oh my goodness what a beautiful trip! That rainbow and all of those lovely places you got to visit and seeing Debbie and Stephanie -- icing on the cake! We were in Colorado years ago for a vacation and I remember how strange it was to be in warm weather and then drive up in the mountains to snow (and sometimes closed roads!). We went hiking and I have video of us petting and feeding the chipmunks! They must be very comfortable with all of the visitors! Thanks for sharing you trip and letting us visit 'through' you!

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  26. Good morning, dearest Kitty. Ah, it's a cool morning with rain gently falling...a perfect day to catch up on blogs and enjoy a cup of coffee :) I'm wishing I had one of your snickerdoodle donuts-HA!

    I so enjoyed reading your post, my friend. What a joy to spend time with your precious family and oh, what a time you had! Your pictures put a smile on my face.

    It was such an honor to meet you, Kitty. You truly are a beautiful and gracious woman and I mean that from the very depths of my heart. You are incredibly special. Thank YOU for meeting with my mom and me for we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    Much love to you!

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  27. Colorado is one state I'd love to visit from what other bloggers share, and now you showing the rugged beauty there as well. So glad you got to meet our dear friends Debbie and Stephanie, two of the sweetest gals for sure.
    Thanks for sharing the lavender trimmed cottage, I'd love to live there and invite passers by in for tea. :-)

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  28. Kitty, what a grand trip! Your post was like a mini vacation for me this morning!

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  29. OH it looks like you had a wonderful time Kitty! How much fun to get a break from Texas heat and frolic in the snow with your precious family! Meeting blogger friends in person is such a treat, how special! wonderful photos of you!
    Jenna

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  30. What a fabulous vacation Kitty! I love Colorado. The baskets certainly are gorgeous and your family is so sweet. Stephanie is a doll and I'm sure her mother is too! Glad you got to meet them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  31. Kitty, what a sweet vacation with your family. Even through I am from the South we love the Rockies. We are returning to Aspen in October for the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of John Denver's death! We have always loved his music. Stephanie is one of the sweetest bloggers and I know her mother is also! Thanks for a "little Rocky Mountain High" this Sunday afternoon! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  32. Thank you for taking us along Kitty! I would love to visit some day. Love the pictures of you and your precious family. xo

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  33. Kitty what a wonderful trip and sweet time with your family . Love the pictures . Girl, I'm so jealous that you got to meet those two precious ladies . How to wonderful . I'm so glad you had s wonderful time dear friend . You are precious . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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