My birthday was 86 days earlier, but Sunday was the first time I was able to claim my birthday gift from Eric and his family. They had given me a certificate for dinner and a ride on their boat, which is moored on Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton. We drove down after worship at St. David's Episcopal Church in Woodland Park, where John was the celebrant.
After Eric returned from a meeting of Boy Scout pack leaders, we packed up and drove to the lake. First we went to the boat.
Next, the zip-off sides and windows had to be removed.
Then it was time to cook our burgers on the dock. This is one of the benefits of renting a slip on the lake. Each dock has a picnic area with two tables and two grills. Eric and John did the cooking, while the rest of the family put out the rest of the food.
While that was going on, Kylie decided to do a flip dive into the lake. Just look at what she can do!
Soon we sat down to a great birthday dinner--burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans and cupcakes (volcano cupcakes made by Kylie).
Next, we headed out to the boat, with the intent of cruising around the lake. However, there were dark clouds overhead and it began raining almost immediately. We quickly zipped the sides back on, then decided to turn around and return to the dock. After mooring again, we sat around and talked for a while.
We returned to their house and sat on the deck, talking, till it was time to go to bed--what a good way to celebrate my birthday!
Monday morning, Eric, Liz and Kylie left for school and John stayed at the house with us till his bus came by an hour later. That gave John and Papa time to perfect his homemade bow and arrow.
I also had time to read part of the Sunday paper, something I rarely have the opportunity do, given our lifestyle. Their dog Ziggy curled up on the couch next to me.
We then spent the day Monday completing our annual exams with our doctor and seeing the dentist before returning to Mueller. That will be our last visit to the Denver area before leaving Colorado in two weeks.
As we travel, we see lots of mismatched RVs and tow vehicles. This is a little bit of overkill, don't you think?