Tuesday, May 31, 2011


For Memorial Day weekend, we traveled to Meeker, Colorado to Steve's parent's new lodge. After 1.5 years of construction, it was finally complete! Everyone except for brother Andrew and his fiancee, Leah, were able to make the trip. The lodge was UNBELIEVABLE - the view was spectacular, the fireplace was HUGE, and the floors were heated. What more could you ask for?!

The lodge

Close up

Ty in the fireplace

The kids did AMAZING on the days that we were traveling. It is not an easy trip - a 3 hour flight to Denver followed by a 30 minute flight to Hayden and a 1 hour drive to the ranch.

We put a pullup on MJ just in case he had trouble using the potty during all of the flights/car rides- I was thrilled to find a dry diaper on him by the end of the day (on the way out there and the way back)!

And you will never believe what happened on the 3 hour flight back to Atlanta -- both boys slept. The. Whole. Flight. I'm not kidding...I have proof!


We had a wonderful time with the family. We spent the days hiking, fishing, riding four wheelers, and exploring the 2600 acres surrounding the lodge. The nights were spent outside around the firepit. We saw deer, elk, coyotes, cows, and bald eagles. MJ had the time of his life exploring the land.

Grandma Eco with all of the grandkids (cousin James, Ty and MJ)

Riding in the Ranger

Kerry, Nick, Mike, and Lee on the 4 wheelers

On the first day, we decided to go for a hike up one of the mountains. We thought it would be a great idea to bring the babies in their carriers to get some fresh air. Little did we know that the MEN of the family would take us on a "short cut" - after 1.5 hours of hiking, we found ourselves scaling a snow capped mountain peak with screaming babies in tow. Needless to say, the WOMEN will be doing the navigating from now on. :)

Nick with James and me with Ty - this was taken on the beginning of the hike

The boys had a blast playing in the indoor sandbox!

James with Ty and MJ

This is fun, mommy!

The cutest cowboys EVER

Our family


  1. oh. my. gosh. how jealous am i??? what an incredible place to visit - and the lodge looks absolutely amazing - i want to see more pics. and i also want to be packed in your suitcase next time! miss you and love you!

  2. Lord, woman! Please do not let your family get any cuter! I called you tonight-- let's get together soon! I miss you!


  3. Wow, that place looks amazing. The fireplace is HUGE- Ty looks teeny tiny in front of it- and the indoor sandbox is so fun! I know you can't wait to go back.