Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Rocks and Ray

Ray LaMontagne is my favorite singer. If you've never heard of him, then please go get some of his music here and you can thank me profusely later. He's amazing.
Red Rocks is a fantastic outdoor amphitheater just outside of Denver, Colorado that has hosted some truly classic concerts. It has been on my bucket list for a while, but I was hoping for just the right show. 
This past August, Ray was performing at Red Rocks and all the stars in my universe aligned. Chris, who is officially the best husband in the world, got me tickets to the concert for my birthday and all I had to do was find some patience to survive from April (my birthday) until August (to actually go to the concert). I won't lie. It was brutal. 
Finally, it was time. My Aunt Charlotte was awesome enough to watch James for us while we were at the concert and we got to have the evening to ourselves. Just us and Ray. And thousands of other people who clearly did not love him as much as I do and talked too much. Other than that, it was perfection. The weather was amazing; a little drizzle here and there but nothing to complain about, and not too cold, with the sweet smell of legal marijuana wafting in the air. 

You can see the stage in the bottom right and downtown Denver right in the
middle of the picture. The sun shone on it and it looked golden. Beautiful!
So happy!! 
A gorgeous rainbow to add to the perfection of the night
Crappy iPhone picture of Ray, but it's still a picture of Ray!
The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying our time at Aunt Charlotte's house. It's one of our favorite places in the world and we are always happy to be there.

We had to explain to James what this was. He was unconvinced it would work.
Playing ball with Aunt Charlotte
"I LOVE Aunt Charlotte!"
Aunt Charlotte and her "Jamers"
As we were leaving, Leo thought he should ride in a
booster seat for safety.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Timpanogos, Take Two

I'm sure you are all hoping for details of the big move, but this isn't that post. We are backtracking and covering some awesome events that happened while we were still in Utah in the next few posts. You will just have to wait and suffer through some more pictures of beautiful scenery and fun times.

My friend, Stacy Paul, the amazing photographer I have mentioned before, asked me to climb/drag her up Mt. Timpanogos before we moved. I had vowed never to do that again, having accomplished that feat already, but she is very hard to say no to. So, at the end of August, away we went.

Relaxing at Silver Lake before the big hike
Taking in the amazing wildflowers up at Alta
Mother Nature at her finest
Having come from sea level just a couple days before, Stacy amazed me with her stamina and determination in climbing to 11,000 feet. She was such a trooper and a great hiking companion. We probably could have gotten to the top faster than we did, but we had to stop and take amazing pictures along the way. You are relegated to enjoying iPhone pictures because we weren't crazy enough to add the weight of good cameras to our trek. The scenery is gorgeous enough that they still turned out pretty beautiful.

Way to go, Stacy!!!
I never tire of seeing a lovely waterfall. 
Proof that I was there! A beautiful day for a hike.
Wildflowers and mountain views on the way down
Borrowed this from Stacy because it's pretty neat.