Friday, October 01, 2010

A Lovely Autumn Adventure


I'm not supposed to have the twins during the day any more, based on Kristen's new schedule. Strangely, I find that I miss the little rascals! Kristen picked up yet another flu bug, so I've had them all week again. (BTW, she's much better and has them today). So yesterday I decided it was a good day to head north to the old work place for a little adventure. It is such fun to dress them up and take them somewhere to make everyone we see have a little better day - the smiles they bring to people's faces is such a fun thing.

So we headed up to CSU to say "hi" to the folks I worked with for so many years. We found so many changes on campus in the two years since I've been "retired." Much of it happened this summer - when I was there in July, I could hardly maneuver the stroller around because there was so much construction going on. Makes me wonder where they're getting the money for all these projects when the state is fussing about money all the time. But it sure looks nice. They have added a fountain and nice patio area with picnic tables to the east end of the building I worked in. The twins, who did not want a bath before we left home, were really wanting to take a bath here --




The campus is so gorgeous in the summer and fall. I always feel nostalgic when I walk around there - I don't miss the job per se, but I do miss the beautiful campus and the people. A large campus is like a microcosm of society - a small town actually. There is such an energy level as you walk around on a week day. If you come in the evening or the week-end, it is peaceful, almost eerily so. So I took a picture of the beautiful flower bed heading into the student center . . . .



. . . . and tried to get one of the littles posing in front - the sun was too bright . . .



. . . and they wanted to play with the flowers . . .




We headed into the student center to grab a little lunch. What a wonderful place for the students to eat, study, relax - so many areas for them to "be" have been added. We chose Taco Bell and ate lunch for $3.00. You don't see too many little ones eating in there, but they brought smiles to harried students' faces.





We rushed home to pick up the big girls from the day I like the least - Early Release Day - and decided to go out and brighten Great Grandma C's day in her Assisted Living apartment -- she is the eternal hostess and insisted on getting them some ice cream from the cafeteria -




Our lake has gone down tremendously - it is really owned by a ditch company in Greeley, and they take the water for irrigation when they need it. It usually goes down during the summer, but it is very low right now. The pelicans, who have been gone all summer, are back and wondering where their little cove has gone. They are spending their days, seemingly, guarding the smaller birds. The picture is fuzzy, but you get the idea.




I must go now and get ready to leave tomorrow for Maine. I have much to do and need to stay off the computer for the rest of the day! Ha. We will be with Kevin for most of the week. He and DC will play golf together on Monday for a T**n Challenge fund raiser. We'll be in the woods for half of the time, so I'll see if I can survive without connection with all of you! We'll spend a couple of nights with Groovy, stay at Midlife Mom's cabin and have dinner with them, and perhaps catch a few minutes with Maine Mom somewhere near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

So I'll check with some of you tonight after the little munchkins are in bed, then from the hotel on Sunday, then I'll be out of touch.

See ya!


19 comments:

Tiffany said...

What a fun adventure with the littles! I have always loved CSU's campus - it is pristine.

Have a blast back east! Please take lots of photos of the colors for me!

Gigi said...

What a nice visit to the campus you and the twins had!

Travel mercies as you come and go...enjoy your time with Kev (as if I need to tell you that!) and your blogging buddies! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventure upon your return!

Needled Mom said...

That sounds like a really fun adventure and I am sure it perked up everyone's day.

Your new schedule sounds a bit easier for you too. I'm glad for that.

Your trip will be wonderful. I hope the rain will be gone by the time you arrive.

Becky said...

I hope you have a great trip. Maine in the fall will be glorious.

Becky said...

And ... those two will bring smiles to anyone. I can just see the happy students when they are walking by.

Susan said...

I pray for you a blessed, restful, fun time. You guys deserve it.

Glenda said...

The campus is beautiful! The pics of the little ones at the flower bed are precious; you need to frame them! Sounds like y'all had a special day! Hope you have a wonderful week in Maine! I really want to go there one day. Take pics of everything!

nancygrayce said...

How sweet they looked in their cute little dresses with the flowers. I agree with wondering where the money comes from. We just built a very controversial airport that went way over budget and cost millions. This week the airport board is on a "retreat" at Amelia Island! Where did that money come from????? US!

Have such a good time with Kevin and the blog friends! Can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures!

Amy said...

The girls are so cute!

I hope you have a great trip. Enjoy your visits!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Enjoy, enjoy your trip!!!! I look forward to tons o' photos of course. And reading all about it.

Love the photos here Dawn. Sorry I couldn't get back to you yesterday...it was so busy here. It's finally drying up some and we worked like 'dogs' getting a lot done outdoors.

Oh I remember the Oval in Autumn at CSU....the huge trees and the golden/orange and brown leaves everywhere. It's so pretty....

The photo I like best is the one of the girls with their backs turned to the petunia blossoms....I'm wondering like all get out, just what they're thinking/saying to each other.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

wow....I clicked to publish my comment and then clicked my 'back' button and you had posted a comment to me the same time. :o)

nannykim said...

Have a great time in Maine.

Wow so you will have some freedom from the twins too--does this mean you will post more often/?

Kathleen said...

How I wish I could go with you to see all these folks and the Autumn colors of the northeast... TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES! Have a blast, be safe :)

PEA said...

I soooo wish I could be with you and Louise at her cabin! Not fair that you'll be having fun without me. hehe I wish you the very best of trips and no doubt you will be taking lots of pictures to show us:-) No doubt Kevin will love having you there for most of the week as well!!

I can well imagine the smiles that the twins bring to people:-) I'm glad you were able to bring them to visit the campus where you worked and see so many of your previous co-workers. Loved seeing all the pictures!! xoxo

Nancy said...

Have a great trip and enjoy your time with Kevin. This should be a great time of the year to visit Maine. BLESSINGS!

~Ginger said...

I so love the ice cream at Grt Grams place. My grandmother was just like that when my girls were little. She always had to treat them to something special.

Your little ones are darling!

Hope you are having a great trip! Enjoy to the fullest.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Dawn,
Can't believe it's been two yrs. since you retired. Time surely flies.
Looks like a fun day with the little ones.
Pretty campus.
The fly bug or some virus has been going around out here. Nasty bug. Glad Kristen is better.

grammy said...

I am sure you are having a wonderful time (o:
The girls are so cute in their sundress...in October
that is so cool that you will be staying with bloggers
I will be gone next week... hopefully with no stomach ache problems. Hubby has what Grand Daughter had this weekend... I refuse to get it.

Sharon Lynne said...

Sounds like a nice day. Sometimes it is easier to go somewhere with little ones than to stay home. I'm glad the sun was out. It looks like Easter!

Hope you are having a good trip...