Weekly Gus #13

I don't think he's ever been so happy.

I don't think he's ever been so happy.

Our sweet boy giving his Rawkey's a hug.

Our sweet boy giving his Rawkey's a hug.

Gus waking up with his Daddy on Ries' last day at his HPE internship.

Gus waking up with his Daddy on Ries' last day at his HPE internship.

Gus grew so much over the summer he could reach the top row on this interactive park toy by the end of it. Twin Silo park in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Gus grew so much over the summer he could reach the top row on this interactive park toy by the end of it. Twin Silo park in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Gus and I enjoying our last swing at Twin Silo park in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Gus and I enjoying our last swing at Twin Silo park in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Mom-Mom and her beautiful boy at brunch at Urban Egg in Johnstown, Colorado.

Mom-Mom and her beautiful boy at brunch at Urban Egg in Johnstown, Colorado.

One cool dude.

One cool dude.

Gus enjoying rolled ice cream from Stir Pan Creamery in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Gus enjoying rolled ice cream from Stir Pan Creamery in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Ries and Gus with “Rawkey” outside Nature's Own in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Ries and Gus with “Rawkey” outside Nature's Own in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Gus saying goodbye to a dinosaur outside Nature's Own in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Gus saying goodbye to a dinosaur outside Nature's Own in Breckenridge, Colorado.

This was an awesome week with Gus. We finished out Ries’ last week at HPE going shopping at Target to find toys for the car ride back to Indiana. We found a couple things, but Gus fell in love with these giant (very ugly) dinosaur toys at Target and pulled three into the shopping cart so he could hug them. He was in heaven. I escaped without buying any of them (we really don’t have room for what we own for the drive back to Indiana in a Prius) but got a couple smaller things.

Ries’ last day of work, I took Gus to the park and coerced him to get out of the car with bubbles. We played in the grass at Twin Silo for a bit, until he heard something: one of his favorite toys at the park had been removed for repair several weeks ago, and it was finally back. The sound lured him onto the playground, and we were able to run and play and explore like we had all summer. I was so surprised because the game he loved and had played all summer (in the photo) involves hitting objects as they light up. The entire summer I’d hit the top row for him, because he was too short to reach, but now that it was back, he was able to hit all three rows of lights all by himself. I cannot believe how tall he is! We also got on the swing together—Twin Silo has this awesome swing where it’s a baby seat on one side and a bench on the other so Gus and I could face each other as I pumped to keep us in motion. We spent so much time on it together this summer, so it was really nice to be able to swing together one last time. (Bloomington doesn’t have anything like it!)

We had a fun weekend saying goodbye to different places in Colorado that we loved.

Sunday, we picked a new breakfast place to try near our apartment and it was SO GOOD. I'm glad we didn't know about it before because we would have ended up over there every morning.

Monday we drove to Breckenridge. I was really irritated by the lack of ramps (the town is historically preserved, which somehow allows them to get away with) making most of the town inaccessible to people in wheelchairs or strollers, but we did our best to make the best of it. Gus was so in love with the “rawkey” (translation: guy that says Rawr) outside of Nature's Own, and then we spent a decent amount of time standing with Rawkey so Gus could talk to him. He was very happy to have his photo taken with Rawkey.

-A