There’s not much I love more than a good three-day weekend. Especially the kind where we both have all three days off of work…which was the case this past Labor Day weekend! In fact, we both had a half day on Friday, which made it all the better.
We spent Friday evening at H&M kind of on accident…Danny was casually looking for a suit so I took a look around, tried on more things than I can count, and went home with a bunch of stuff while D came away empty-handed! My favorite find? This pretty dress that I’ve already worn twice. In fact, look for it later on in this post!
On Saturday we woke up early to go to the Colorado Balloon Classic. Remember when we went to the hot air balloon festival in Canon City back in May? And it was too windy for the balloons? Well, we were not disappointed this time! It was amazing! A few pictures, if you’d like to see…
On our way out of the park, we came across some parachuters from the Air Force Academy jumping from planes and into the field we were in! It was so fun to watch them leave the plane and slowly get closer and closer and then land in front of us.
It was definitely time for breakfast by the time we got back to the car, so we scoured my stash of coupons and decided to go somewhere nice: Waffle House. I had never been there before (and felt like there was no need for that to change), but Danny had fond memories of going there in the olden days, back when he was in a band and blew all his money there after shows (his words, not mine). Apparently we were a little ambitious in our ordering, though, as we both got two waffles and split three hash browns. Next time, we’ll each have one waffle and split the hash browns. See that? Next time. It wasn’t so bad after all.
We spent the afternoon doing a bit more shopping, as I was/am on the hunt for a cognac cross body bag to wear on our trip and Danny was looking for insoles for his shoes. After the shopping Danny played football with some pals as well.
In the evening, we went to the wedding of our friends Michael and Amy in Manitou Springs. Danny was friends with Amy in high school, and he currently works out with Michael most days, and now all four of us are friends! It was a beautiful wedding, and no doubt the fanciest one we’ve ever been to. We got to see lots of Danny’s friends from high school and had a lot of fun dancing together and eating wedding cake. And oh, look, there’s my H&M dress…
We didn’t get home till the wee hours of the morning, where my parents and brother were waiting for us. Well, my parents were asleep but Mysteridge was up reading.
On Sunday morning we all woke up and ate muffins…from Sprouts. Since we had been up so late, baking something special for breakfast was the last thing I wanted to do, so I was thankful that my mom had thought ahead and picked up some tasty muffins from Sprouts. They even have fresh vegan muffins these days!
We went to church and walked across the street to Acacia Park afterwards because not only do they have a neat market there every Sunday, but my father-in-law was playing with his band, Gertrude Told Us So, there. We listened to the great music, looked at some of the booths, and sampled some chocolate. Afterwards, we went to my in-law’s house for a BBQ with some of the band’s groupies (friends and family). It was a great time to see Danny’s siblings and their significant others, as well as some other family friends. And so fun that my family was able to come too.
In the mid-afternoon, we made our way to Red Rock Open Space. There’s no doubt that after discovering this neat place with my mom in August, it’s become one of my favorite Colorado Springs spots.
We went back to our place for dinner and all five of us pitched in the make fajitas. We spent most of the remainder of the evening in the hot tub, or pool, for those of us not interested in the strange people with a 12 pack of Coors Light and cigarettes sitting in the hot tub (both of which are expressly prohibited).
On Monday we had a lazy morning. We made and ate donuts for breakfast, worked out (you know, to make up for the donuts), and figured out what we should do the rest of the day. We decided to go to Fox Run Regional Park and play badminton and frisbee and velcro ball. The park was crowded, but a good time was had by all.
We met my grandparents in Denver for an early dinner at Hacienda Colorado (do not even get my started on how much I love that place) to celebrate the fourth anniversary of my Grandma’s successful kidney transplant (my mom supplied the kidney, btw). Lunch was so good. And because my mom’s meal came out about three minutes after the rest of ours, we all got free dessert. Told you I loved Hacienda Colorado. Twelve sopaipillas and one pound of chocolate cake later, we were stuffed.
After we all parted ways, Danny and I went to Park Meadows quickly to look at a few things and then to Ikea for a couple of household items before realizing that there was a fantasy football draft happening in about forty-five minutes. We didn’t have enough time to get through the store and check out and get home before it started, so we sat in the Ikea cafe until they closed and Danny ‘drafted’ players for the upcoming ‘season.’ It was
So there you have it. Labor Day weekend 2014 in all it’s glory.