We had time for a short visit in TX before we headed further west.
We had to stop at Harry's for the kids to get rodeo'd up.
Too bad it's so expensive.
We window shopped.
We broke a pinata with Susanna, Rick, and their kids.
Caroline loved Aunt Susanna's cool pogo swing.
Also had fun feeding the ducks at the Mill Pond with Olivia.
Then it was on the road again.
Brandon rode with his Gigi back to Utah
so she wouldn't have to drive by herself.
The girls and Grandma Cuca and I took a more leisurely drive.
We went through Lubbock
and stopped at another science center to play.
Whit made some amazing bubbles.
Caroline got down to business.
Did I mention it was HOT in Texas?
I think it topped out and A HUNDRED AND NINE.
Very thankful for a good A/C in the van.
We stayed a night with Aunt Mary and then took off for Colorado.
We missed Brandon when Caroline decided she needed a potty break
in the middle of nowhere and we had to use the toilet at...
a race track!
We even got to see cars taking practice laps.
Our other fun stop:
The Garden of the Gods
in Colorado Springs.
This place is BEAUTIFUL.
And Colorado weather is MUCH cooler than TX.
It was perfect hiking weather.
And Grandma Cuca was up for it.
(Whitney wasn't as excited, but she's stuck with us.)
She warmed up to the hike as we went along.
Care Bear was a great hiking buddy.
Next stop: Amy and Dave's
Cute cousins all ready for church.
Looks like we went with a blue theme.
Went on a fun bike/scooter ride/walk.
Uncle Dave helped out with Caroline.
Carly didn't want to be in her stroller,
but was happy in her Mom's arms.
After a fun visit, it was time for my favorite day of driving:
crossing the Rockies!
But the weather wasn't cooperating.
It was pouring rain when we left.
That's no fun to drive in.
Eventually the rain stopped.
And it started SNOWING!!!
I road trip in the summer so I don't have to deal with this!
We're NOT in Texas anymore.
We froze our little tushies off at the fun outlets in Silverthorne.
The temperature extremes were crazy.
A couple of the gorgeous landscapes we enjoyed: