Yesterday I recapped my first experience traveling with a baby but today I wanted to share a little bit more about the FUN part of my weekend: A trip to Denver to spend time with friends!
Michaela, one of my very best friends of 20+ years, lives in Denver and my friend Leah and I made plans to fly out to see her and James, her adorable two-and-a-half-month-old baby boy in the beginning of January.
(The above picture kills me. Teeny tiny baby BFFs.)
Though Leah came to Charlotte to meet Chase back in October, the last time Leah, Michaela and I were all together was last February when I was 17-weeks pregnant. I actually broke the baby news to them during a trip to meet Leah’s baby boy (who was 6 months old at the time) and on the same trip, Michaela told us she was actually four weeks pregnant, too! (I announced my pregnancy news on the blog the following week.) The timing of everything was rather crazy and we’ve been looking forward to getting our little guys together ever since!
After a somewhat stressful first flight with Chase, we arrived in Denver at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. I rode in the backseat of Michaela’s car with our two babies as we made our way to her house and could not stop staring at her sweet baby boy! It’s crazy how quickly babies grow, so seeing James behave in such similar ways to Chase at that age made me nostalgic for Chase’s earlier days. Time really does FLY with a baby, I’m tellin’ ya!
Once we arrived at Michaela’s place, Chase desperately needed a nap and passed out for a solid two hours the minute I laid him down. This gave me a chance to soak up some quality time with James, Leah and Michaela as the three of us polished off two bags of Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips in one sitting. (No shame. Have you guys tried those chips? Oh my gosh, they’re the BEST.)
The great thing about getting together with old friends is that you can do absolutely nothing together and still have the best time. With two little ones in the picture now, I knew our trip would be rather low key and it was perfect. We spent most of our visit lounging around in our pajamas, talking about anything and everything. Before we knew it, dinnertime rolled around and we ordered Thai food from Michaela and her husband Kyle’s favorite local spot. I selected the pad kee mao (drunken noodles) which is quickly becoming my favorite Thai dish. So tasty!
On Saturday, Chase and I were up at 4:30 a.m. I figured we should try our best to stay on Charlotte time, so we had a couple very early mornings during our trip to Denver.
One member of Michaela’s family was up early with us though…
Sully is a goldendoodle and the absolute sweetest dog. She LOVES babies and it was so cute to watch her fascination with Chase. Wherever I went with Chase in my arms, Sully followed. Michaela and Kyle are working with her so she knows she cannot lick babies, so she laid her head as close to Chase as possible without licking him. It was adorable!
Since Chase is all about Sadie these days, I figured he would be extra interested in Sully, too, and he kept reaching out to touch his new furry friend. They were quite the little duo!
By the time Chase was ready for his morning nap around 6:30 a.m., everyone else started to wake up and we snacked on the most delicious gluten-free pumpkin muffins Michaela made (I’ve already requested the recipe and will share them with you guys ASAP!) and I threw a quick frittata together for the group as well.
After more lounging around the house, we finally changed and took the babies out around 11 a.m.
Our first stop of the day was the stop I was most excited about going into our trip to Denver!
Michaela and her husband Kyle are both optometrists (they met in optometry school at Indiana University) and Leah and I could not wait to stop by Elevated Eyecare, the beautiful practice they opened together earlier this year in Stapleton. I am so proud of Michaela and Kyle and the hard work they poured into opening this gorgeous practice.
The space had such a light and airy feel and Leah and I could not stop complimenting their design choices. I also got to watch Dr. Michaela in action as she gave Leah an eye exam which was too cool. (Major proud friend moment over here!) If you live in the Stapleton area and are on the lookout for an optometrist, definitely check out Elevated Eyecare. Michaela and Kyle see patients of all ages and have only positive reviews online so far. They are both incredibly intelligent, passionate and such genuinely kind people.
Since I didn’t need an eye exam, Chase and I spent some time checking out glasses for fun with the help of the friendly optician, Chris.
Though I’ve never worn glasses or contacts, I was super impressed with the lightweight feel of the MODO frames! (Chase was clearly unamused and thought his Wubbanub was way cooler.)
Once Leah’s exam was done, it was time for lunch so we made our way to Dos Santos for tacos!
We shared an order of chips and guacamole to start and went to town.
I opted for an assortment of their tacos for my main meal and the pulled pork taco was the standout. SO good!
Michaela picked a lunchtime winner, that’s for sure!
After lunch, we headed home and Chase took a much-needed nap (he isn’t doing very well with sleeping in his car seat like he used to) and we spent the rest of our evening sipping on wine, eating pizza and baking cookies. (<— Basically my perfect Saturday night.)
Sunday morning was a bit of a blur thanks to packing and juggling two excitable babies and before I knew it, Chase and I were on the plane headed back to Charlotte.
To say my time in Denver passed by quickly would be a huge understatement, but Chase and I had such a great visit with two (and now three!) of my very best friends in the world, even if our time together was short.
Thank you to Michaela and Kyle for hosting us this weekend. James is the cutest and Chase loves his new baby BFF!