Dec 5 Sunday
Dave took me and Pete to the airport today. Pete was flying back to GA (short and sweet trip). I was flying to Denver. My niece, Katie Zeller Murphy, husband Brad and daughter Memphis live there. Katie had a conference in Las Vegas for a few days. And Brad drives for UPS and had some long days this time of year. So I volunteered to baby sit Memphis for them. She is just a couple months short of being 6 years old and so cute!!
Brad and Memphis picked me up at the airport. He had chili ready for dinner for all of us. Katie had left earlier this morning. Memphis and I had some fun playing and reading her bedtime stories.
|Beautiful view of the Rockies when you step outside of the airport
|Memphis tried on the new pajamas we bought her
|silly girl with silly puzzle
Dec 6 Monday
Brad left for work before Memphis and I were even up this morning. The first thing Memphis asked me when I woke her was “have you ever had a cavity?”. They had a nice chart posted in the kitchen of what needed to be done every morning and what needed to be packed. Brad had already put her lunch together. We just had to pack it into her back pack.
While she brushed her teeth, she had me find the song “Happier” on my phone by Marshmello and Bastille. Never heard of it, but she knew the words.
As I was driving her to school, she informed me that this was the first time she went to school without listening to music on the way. I was using the navigation system in the car and had to hear what they were saying. She survived. We had no problem finding the school and getting her to her room on time.
I has a leisure morning of watching TV, since we don’t own one. I saw an interview with Neil Young and a concert by Cat Stevens, a couple of my favorite artists from the 70’s.
|Blue likes to snuggle
I walked to a neighborhood restaurant, Onefold, and had wonderful tacos on homemade corn tortillas. After lunch I walked to a large nearby park. I wanted to walk about 3 miles, so made a loop through the park. I must have exited the park on a different side and ended up walking about 5 miles instead by the time I found my way back to their home. Luckily, I was able to pick up Memphis on time from school. After a quick snack at home, we headed to swimming lessons. By the time we returned home, Brad was home and had made coconut shrimp for us.
|kids always want to try on your glasses
|I don't know who had more fun, Memphis or me
Dec 7 Tuesday
After taking Memphis to school today, I drove to Katies’ Stretch Lab for a free stretch session. This is a new business venture of Katie’s. And the conference she is attending if for Stretch Lab owners. They had me do 3 squats with my arms extended in front of a screen. It detected which muscles needed stretching. I was on a bench about knee high, and a special stretch technician went though an hour of stretching where it was needed. What a cool business. She hasn’t been open long, and we wish her all the luck.
I found an Indian restaurant in the area that Katie had recommended, Monsoon. I had a wonderful lunch-chicken tikka with masala sauce and rice. Yummy! I decided to go back to Katie’s circling the city a different way. I put her address into my phone navigation and it took me to the same address but on the opposite side of the city. I had to put in the address for Memphis’s school and ended up going through downtown Denver, darn.
|dropping Memphis off at school
Brad made huevos rancheros for dinner while Memphis and I worked on a new puzzle that I had brought her. At one point, she was going back and forth between the puzzle and watching TV with Brad. She came over to the puzzle and told me “you are really doing good by yourself”. I can just hear Katie saying that to her. I had another fun night of reading to Memphis and tucking her in. I rested from about 8-10pm then went to the airport to pick up Katie. She was going to get an Uber home, but it gave us time to chat.
Dec 8 Wed
After we dropped off Memphis at school, Katie took me to the airport for my flight back to Minneapolis. I really enjoyed spending time with Memphis and Brad and briefly with Katie. I let her know I would be happy to help her out again in the future.
Dave had spent the few days I was in Denver with the Clausen’s in Woodbury. They moved there from Apple Valley this summer. It was only 16º. I forgot how horrible that felt.
I thought we’d leave after I arrived, but it was snowy and icy, so we went out for a Mexican dinner and spent one more night.