Thursday, August 21, 2014

Colorado Day 2- Drive to Estees, Rehersal, Downtown Estes & Dinner with Family and Friends

Warning- photo heavy post...Day 2 was a busy started off with some super early morning packing...
 ...followed by a 6am trip to the playground, because that's 8am on the East coast. 
 After letting some energy escape, we hopped in the car and started our drive up to Estes Park. One of the main highways was closed, so we had to take the longer, windy road. I was a little nervous, so I put Sea Bands on the kids and they both did great. Sometimes, it's nice to take the long way- the views were INCREDIBLE! We saw so many farms, so many mountains and an amazing mountain stream. Take a look at these beauties (shot from the car).

One of the first things we saw when we arrived in the town of Estees Park was The Stanley. This is the hotel where Stephen King's The Shining was filmed. Some of our family/friends were able to take the ghost tour...super cool tourist attraction!
We headed on up to the Della Terra for rehersal. Terra & Bill were rehearsal ready!
The kids had fun exploring while we got ready.

The resort was incredibly beautiful. Amazing views from all sides and gorgeous forest landscapes.
We snapped a quick family pic :)
The Thompson men were dressed to impress.
We headed out to the ceremony site and got down to business.
Mother nature decided to provide a little sprinkle. Luckily, there were tons of umbrellas on hand, and we were able to stay dry and focused.
The umbrellas were quite fun!
If you think these views are amazing, just wait till you see Terra in her wedding dress!
It was so nice to catch up with family!
And to see everything come together...all the planning fell into place!
Pretty ladies!
After rehearsal, we headed off to brunch. 
The food was delicious and the videos of Terra & Bill as kids were fun to watch. 
Terra and her niece & nephews.
In other big news- someone decided she no longer needs to hide from uncle Chris. Best friends the entire weekend!
After brunch, we headed to explore downtown Estes Park. 
The main street is filled with amazing shops, horse & buggy rides and a trail by the stream that was just so much fun!
Our friend Kelsi and her kids came up from Colorado Springs to help us out. Penny & Lauren hit it off right away!
After we explored a bit more, we trekked back to the Della Terra to check into our cabin and then headed out for family dinner. Most of our family had made it to town and it was so great to see everyone together!

Porter was loved on from every which direction and cousins picked up right where they left off at their last visits a few months ago. What a fun night!
Night-night. They all slept tight! 

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