As soon as we knew our dates, I quickly started arranging to meet up with our east coast friends/family while we were there. We started out by spending a couple of days with the Hameloth’s who traveled to China with us in 2011.
First time on the Metro.
We started our day at the Air and Space Museum.
Logan and Dani on our way to the Natural History Museum.
Ava and her Texas Armadillo.
It started to rain when we were leaving the museum and we bought some cheap umbrellas from a smart guy on the sidewalk. He was selling water until it started to rain, then changed out to umbrellas. Much cheaper than buying one at the museum.
Then we had a tasty dinner at Ollies Trolley! It was just as good as all the reviews said. It was such a wonderful day with friends that we hadn’t seen since 2013. They hadn’t met Dani yet and all the kids were so big.
In 2016 one of my adoptive mom friends offered us the use of her condo in DC for 2 weeks while she had to go to a long work training. We jumped at the chance to take the girls! It was going to take us 2 days to drive each way.
Day 2 at the hotel in Nashville.
When we got to Caitlin’s this wonderful Edible Arrangement was waiting for us. It was wonderful after driving for 2 days.
Morning view from the condo 🙂
We had plans to drive to Joplin to see “A Christmas Story” at the Joplin Little Theatre and Mike’s sister was still in the hospital, so the girls made this garland for her room. We had a good visit with her and were so happy to see how much she had improved in the month since we had seen her.
Dinner with Gwen!
We had brunch at the awesome restaurant Karsten works at and if you are ever in Joplin, go there! The Bruncheonnette
The Homewood Suites we stayed at was really nice too. A very family friendly place. We enjoyed the show at the theater and had such a nice visit with all our family up there.
Dani’s bed at the hotel.
Here are some fun photos from the end of our November 2016 visit to Denver.