Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 4th and 5th

We are up in Colorado and got to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado Springs! July 5th also happens to be our anniversary. Six years ago, we got married at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Jon got us a hotel room at the Broadmoor for July 4-6, so we enjoyed some swim time at their awesome pool. It wasn't for long though because we had some afternoon thunderstorms roll in, so we went to get some lunch.

In the afternoon, we went over to Jon's grandparent's house in Manitou Springs (just down the road from the Broadmoor) for a July 4th barbecue and fireworks watching.

JD loved playing with the old trains at Mamaw and Papaw's! He also loved the big KABOOM that they let off every hour before the fireworks began.

By the time the fireworks began at 9:15 pm, JD was pretty tired and it got pretty chilly outside. But we had the perfect view, since they shot the fireworks off right behind the grandparent's house! They were right over our heads!

It took JD a little bit of time to warm up to the loud noises and the bright lights that were so close, you could almost touch them. He was worried they might actually get him! But then he loved it! JD stayed over with Jon's parents for the 4th and 5th, so Jon and I could enjoy our anniversary.

We had a great day on our anniversary. Jon made reservations for us at the famous Broadmoor Sunday Brunch and it was amazing! It seemed like everyone at the hotel knew it was our anniversary and kept wishing us a great one!

Then it was off to the pool for awhile until the storms rolled back through and then we took a nap with the thunder and lightning rumbling around us. Perfect!

At the last minute, Jon was able to get us into the Penrose Room (5 star restaurant) for dinner, which is normally closed on Sunday nights. They opened it just for us! Well, not really, but there were only 3 other couples there, so it felt like it.

The dinner was amazing!! Jon started with the crab bisque (so delicious) and I had a crawfish and truffle oil gnocchi (so yummy) to start with. Then Jon had the lamb for dinner and I had Alaskan King Salmon and Braised Short Ribs (words cannot even describe how amazing my dinner was). By the time we got to dessert, I wasn't even hungry anymore, but how can you say no to this.

Or this!

After dinner, we went to the Golden Bee (the hotel's English Pub) for an old fashioned sing-along with the piano. So fun! It was the perfect anniversary!