Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anniversary Weekend

We decided to celebrate our 7 year anniverary with a vacation in Park City - yes it is only about 45 minutes from our house, but neither of us had ever been so we figured "why not!". We booked a condo to stay in back in August, thinking middle of October would be perfect because all the leaves would be changing colors. Well.....would you believe the 1st snow of the season at Park City happened to occur during our trip? Yeah - so the trip was a bit colder than desired but we made the best of it! Here is our play by play:

Thursday - we loaded up the 4 runner (with way too much crap according to Dustin) and hit the road about 3pm for our short 45 minute drive. The skies were blue and the colors as we drove in to Park City were beautiful - the leaves on the trees were another week they probably would be red. We stopped breifly at the Park City Factory Outlet so Jen could run into "Childrens Place" and buy a hat and gloves for Zach - we packed away the ones he used last year and weren't sure they would still fit, so $10 later:

Styling eh? We drove through "downtown" Park City scoping out a place to eat. We were surprised at how dead this place was for a Thursday afternoon. Finally we settled at a place called Red Banjo Pizza - the oldest resturant in Park City. The pizza was AMAZING! They recommended squeezing lemon onto it before you eat it....pretty dang good. Try it next time you order a pizza! Funny side note - we asked if they had a highchair Zach could use, the waitress looked at us for a second (what would you expect a 9 month old to sit in?) and went in the back. She came out with the oldest highchair we have EVER seen...seriously, I think it was made before either of us were born - but it worked. So now that our bellies are full and we have left overs in tow...we decided to check into our condo. The place was called Park Station and it was literally at the base of Main Street in Park City - the best place to stay if you wanted to walk around the downtown area. We checked in and look what Dustin had waiting for Jen:

Two dozen beautiful red roses for our anniversary. Zach even enjoyed smelling them! (Thanks again babe!). We spent the rest of the evening getting situated in our 2 bedroom place. Zach LOVED it...probably because it was something new. He was all excited and looking around. Another funny side note - the picture they had over the fireplace mantle was of a bear. They had track lighting that light up directly over the picutre. When we turned on those lights Zach just stopped and stared at the Bear - he did this the whole trip! Here is what it looked like:

Zach refused to go to bed - we couldn't figure out why and assumed it was that he was just so excited to be someplace new. So finally around 10:30pm he fell asleep (normal bed time is 8-8:30pm).

Friday - We chilled most of the morning, by the time we showered and were ready to go somewhere for breakfast Zach decided he needed his morning nap...which ended up being 2.5 around 1pm we finally headed out - a bit late for breakfast. Today we planned on checking out the Olympic Park in Park City - if you live in the area and haven't seen this place you need to - it is pretty cool. Right now they are in between seasons (summer time they train and jump off lifts into a pool, winter time they use the snow) so we didn't get to see any athelete's in training - we will have to head back next summer to see it again. Some photos:

The view from the road

Zach all bundled up - it was pretty cold.

Ski jumps into a pool - used in the summer months.

The staff preparing the runs for the winter (snow expected the next day)

Dustin on the "bobsled" track

Future Olympian!

Not sure how people do this one! Very uncomfortable!

The 2002 Olympic medals - each one was job to have!

Some more of the Park:

We finished up the evening by hitting up Blockbuster for some DVDs (expecting some indoor time with the snow that was suppose to hit that evening) and Albertson's for a few snacks. At this point Zach was coughing pretty deeply ocassionally...ate about half the normal about of food/drinks he usually takes in a day....but fell asleep at 8pm no problems.

Saturday - Zach slept in until 8:30am (he's normally up by 7am). It started to snow about 9am. We sat inside watching it snow from the window - Zach loved sitting the white stuff fall from the sky. We chilled inside for a few more hours and then (when it stopped snowing - they got less than an inch and it melted pretty quickly) decided to walk up Main street to get some lunch and do some shopping. Dustin had been eyeing the Harley Davidson store since we now was his chance:

Lunch at the hungry moose grill

This Moose matched Jen!

Most of the shops on Main Street were Art Gallery's (you can tell what type of shopper they cater to in Park City!) - so we didn't end up buying more than one Harley Davidson T-shirt for Dustin and some cholocate goodies from Rocky Mountain Fudge. By this time we could tell Zach was starting to feel worse. He still wasn't eating/drinking much - so we decided to chill inside and watch our DVD's we rented and light a fire:

Saturday night turned out to be the longest night we have had in a long time. Zach started coughing like much he started sounding like a seal barking (yup - croup!). He didn't sleep all night just kept coughing/crying/moaning - we took shifts trying to confort him.

Sunday - Zach still isn't sleeping and now has a major runny nose along with his deep coughs. The poor kid feels horrible, you can just look at him and see it. We try giving him bottles and he just thows everything up - he coughs so hard it makes him throw up. Dustin did manage to make Zach smile by showing him some snow and letting him taste it!

We head out to get some lunch at this place called Good Thyme (highly recommend it) and stop at the store to get some fever strips (ironically this was the ONLY trip we have been on with Zach that Jen did not pack the thermometer) and Pedialite. Zach at this point has fallen asleep so we decided to sneak in a bit of shopping. We found a World Market - something we haven't seen since we left Austin....we love this store and stocked up on exotic foods (Indian curry and European chocolates!). We head back to the condo - check Zach's temperature...yup almost 100 degrees even while he is pumped up with Tylenol. So we decided to cut our trip 1 day short and just head back home - where Zach would be most comfortable in his own surroundings.

Poor sick Zach

Sad Jen - leaving our vacation early

Some of the left over snow on the drive out of Park City

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