Sunday, September 18, 2016

Busy and Happy Weekend

This weekend, one year ago, our wonderful son married his love.  

 We enjoyed being part of the festivities then and we are lucky enough to be here to share their anniversary joy this weekend.     I didn't take many pictures, we just savored the moments.

Friday night Dave and I took the light rail from Littleton (near Chatfield State Park) into Union Station, downtown,  to meet Jesse and Erin for dinner at Bistro Vendome and the opening concert of the Denver Symphony's season.

The evening was warm enough to sit outside and we were treated to a delightful French bistro meal (including a life changing lentil salad) before walking to the Boettcher Concert Hall a few blocks away.     The entire evening was a gift from Jesse and Erin for the mother's days and birthdays we are rarely able to spend together.   So sweet.....and so appreciated.      We had wonderful seats to hear and see Jon Kimura Parker play Brahms and Strauss.  

 After the concert ended Jesse and Erin walked us to the Theatre District rail station for our ride home.   The evening ended with a bang...quite literally, a bang!    A terrific thunder and lightning cell moved over downtown as we walked, the thunder claps rolling through the canyons of high rise buildings.  It was the most incredible sound, you could almost feel it!   Erin did not share our enthusiasm, however......    The accompanying rain held off until we were safely seated on the train, but poor Jesse and Erin were left to walk back to their car in a torrential downpour (I think they actually called Uber to save them).

The next afternoon, Saturday, the happy couple came down to Chatfield for a cookout and some more of our good Oregon wine finds (and a couple Oregon sweatshirts!)   By the time the steaks were cooked it was quite chilly but we toughed it out and ate until it was dark.

Lewis hangs on Jesse's every word.....

she really did like those potatoes, honest!

Today, Sunday, we had a special champagne brunch together on the porch at the Boulder Chautauqua.   Jesse and Erin stayed at one of the cottages at Chautauqua
last year on their wedding weekend,  Dave and I hosted the wedding eve's Welcome Party there, and many of their friends and family members rented accommodations for the weekend so it is a place near and dear to all our hearts.
The setting is bucolic, the people friendly and the food delicious - it didn't disappoint again this morning.


Our tummies full, we walked into Boulder and along the Pearl Street Mall.   We stopped by one of the design projects Erin recently completed.    We've heard about it, but it was wonderful actually seeing how all the little details fit together and how well the space works.    Erin and Dave talked business.

Erin explains

yes, that does look like a runny egg on Dave's shirt....

We picked up a bottle of our favorite Olive Oil and made a few other purchases along the way, including a Christmas purchase and a small amount of ice cream was consumed.

It was a long and lovely day.    We left Jesse and Erin at their house and drove home to spend the evening with our patient poodle.    We sat outside with a glass of wine, discussed our full weekend and watched the stars come out (Lewis watched 4 deer grazing very nearby, he's not really interested in stargazing).



  1. Rare sweet moments of the entire family. Beautiful
    Unbelievable how time flies, a year already?

  2. How wonderful to be in town to spend Jesse and Erin's anniversary together:) Sounds like a perfect weekend for all. Lots of lasting memories were made:) I know Lewis must have been so excited to have Jesse visit and spend the evening with him. Always good to get the brothers together:) Beautiful photos of Jesse and Erin:)

  3. What a sweet gift to attend the symphony - and to brave the after show! Sounds like a lovely weekend all around. Love the fresh faced sweatshirt pic at the park :-) How fun for Erin to share her work with you. I'm surprised Lewis doesn't enjoy the stars, they're quiet and far away after all!

  4. What a wonderful weekend, filled with so many rich and joyful moments! Special memories, indeed. (Haha, love the photo of Jesse and Erin at brunch sticking out their tongues. :-))

  5. Time does fly by! What an awesome and memorable week-end. Beautiful pictures of Jesse and Erin. So cool to see first hand Erin's design project.