Sunday, March 16, 2008

I'm Back

Sorry it's been so long since I posted but with my sister here, it's been impossible to take time out to blog. It was a fabulous week and we had some great fun. We were not nearly as active as we have been on past visits, but we had more time this week and we had lots of sister bonding time. She and I are very close and it's so hard living so far away from her. My time spent alone with her is precious! Thanks sister for spending the week with me. Love you!!!!

Two sisters, a mountain and a mountain dawg. Here we are in Boulder the day Donna came in. We took Kimi with us and spent the afternoon just hanging out in downtown Boulder.

On Sunday, we went back into Boulder to meet our friends, the Proppers, who were visiting from Florida. Their daughter, Liz (pictured below with her mom) lives in Denver so they were out for a long weekend to see her (and us!). We had lunch at our favorite restuarant, Brasserie 1010 then spent another afternoon hanging out in downtown Boulder. A nice, warm chai was enjoyed by us here at the Dushanbe Tea House (donated to the city of Boulder by our sister city, Dushanbe). As you can see, we had beautiful blue skies and it was perfect the entire week. In fact, it got so warm that Donna wasn't even able to wear her winter clothes!

This is our sister self-portrait taken on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. We spent Monday in downtown Denver. We ate, drank and shopped along Larimer and 16th Street. Doesn't she have awesome hair? She has this great new haircut and since she has tons of body it always looks great!!!!

In order to balance our shopping and eating days, we did tour the Capitol while in Denver. A beautiful building inside and's Donna on the gorgeous staircase. The building is filled with Colorado pink onyx, granite, brass and wood.

Here she is again in the dome of the Capitol. If you get a chance to visit, definitely take the free tour up to the dome...there are spectacular views of the City/County building, as well as all of Denver and the mountains.
In the middle of all this, there was a birthday...yes, mine. Instead of going out for dinner we decided to stay in and invite some friends over. We had wine, pomegranate martinis, yummy chinese food, Tiramisu cake from Whole Foods and played Mexican Train, a fun dominoes game. Thanks to my sweet girlfriends and sister for sharing my special day with me!!!!

One of the highlights of her trip was going up to Ft. Collins to the New Belgium Brewery. A fun, fun tour with incredibly fun, interesting and smart employees. If you go and end up on the guided tour, try to get Erin...she was a sweet, sweet girl from Tennessee and had us cracking up the entire tour. Neither one of us are beer drinkers but we had a great time tasting and even came home with bottles of beer!!! Her fave - Sunshine Wheat. My fave - their new organic Mothership Wit...another awesome wheat beer.

Hey, and if you're going to travel up to Ft. Collins from here, you might us well expand your trip into the great state of Wyoming. We headed up to Cheyenne where we visited their Capitol. Our dad was in politics and we are both interested in politics and government so Capitols are a must!!! Here's Donna in front of the calf statue at the Capitol...this was taken specifically for a friend of our mom's that's in the cattle industry.
Friday came way too quickly and I always start to get sad when she has to leave. We spent a relaxing day down in Boulder again, finishing up some shopping and looking for cool scenery. This is the scenic overlook off of Highway 36 in Louisville. One of the very best views of Boulder and the mountains.

One sister and a dawg. Can you believe how big Kimi is getting? This is also at the scenic overlook. The rest of the day was spent getting manicures and pedicures then we spent the evening watching No Country for Old Men. We both liked the movie but it was dark, dark, dark...

So, here it is Sunday and I am lonely and alone. Dick is on his way home from the racetrack in Pueblo where he's been with his car all weekend. Donna left yesterday...after a tearful it always is. But leave it up to Kimi to make me smile. I have a stuffed berner on my bedside table and this morning, I heard it run into the living room. Well, when I hear her run, she normally has something she shouldn't. Sure enough, she had gone into the bedroom and taken the stuffed berner off my nightstand - without disturbing anything else or knocking anything off. It was too cute!!!! So here she is, playing with is now safely up on my dresser where - for now- she can't reach it!!!


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