Pagosa Springs, Part I....
Brett and I have been wanting to take our kids to Pagosa Springs, CO for a REALLY long time.
Years ago, Brett's parents had bought a bunch of land up there - a few different pieces of property - and decided to build a cabin on one of them. The cabin would be built inside a gated neighborhood, each property allowing one cabin per 35 acres. They would often make trips up there and come home with memory cards full of pictures to show us. Pictures of the property, pictures of the view of the valley below, pictures of the progress of the cabin along with explanations of what it would look like when it was finished. We ooohed and ahhhhed right along with them, while Brett's mom dreamed of spending summers there with kids and grandkids. 3.5 years ago the cabin was finally completed and even though Brett's mom was really sick (battling cancer that had spread in her body), his parents went to spend a few weeks there together. In fact, they were on their way home from Pagosa Springs, when I was in my rollover. Three weeks after my accident, Brett's mom passed away. Our hearts were broken.
This summer we decided it was time to go to Pagosa. To see the cabin and spend time there together. At the back of my mind, I knew it would bring up a lot of emotions for me to be there, but I just wasn't prepared for JUST how emotional I would be. Seeing my mother-in-laws influence everywhere - in the decorations and finishings - brought up a sea of emotions and memories for me. Everything was just so HER.
As I sat on the wrap-around porch, with the familiar view of the valley I'd seen in so many pictures...
enjoying the cool breeze on my face, listening to Brett and the children talking and laughing, looking for animals through the binoculars, I felt her there...and it felt like home.
We talked to the kids about finding some time to be alone and to just think about Grandma and how much she loved each one of them. Brett's mom LOVED, no she ADORED her grandchildren!
We got to spend one day there with just our little family before the rest of my family joined us for a family reunion. We were so grateful to my father-in-law for letting my family rent out the cabin for our Stapley Family Reunion.
Don't you like Little Miss's pants? I think I made her 5 pairs...all out of different fabrics :)
We went out to eat at Chato's... Nan is holding a flower that a nice man at the art show had made for her. She's a charmer with her bright blue eyes and long, black lashes.
So maybe my baby isn't ALL grown up...letting Bear hold him like a baby and feed him chips :)
These beautiful wood carvings were EVERYWHERE in the restaurant. Amazing!
These anatomically correct bulls were EVERYWHERE throughout the restaurant. Ack! Not so amazing!
As the cousins started to arrive, we took a few with us down to the "neighborhood's" private lake to catch some fish. The kids thought it was so awesome that almost every time they threw their hook in, they would catch a fish.
Chubbers wanting to stay on the shore with me...
Much more to come....