Overall the family's first vacation went well...
no issue with the flights/airports, in fact on the return trip I was singled out and essentially expedited through DEN ( didn't even have to run anything through the x-ray, just the metal detector where I was asked to remove my belt then good )
girls enjoyed their first flights without issue/problems :)

the hotel was less...
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daughters out at a waterpark/ride place while I took a (long, hot) walk around the area and am now relaxing a bit...
tomorrow/next day I'll hit Denver downtown/etc and go wanderbout further from the DTC :)
"Happy pre-trip Laundry & Packing Day !" :)

a'yep, that's how I'm spending this 3rd day of my vaca, since tomorrow the shuttle arrives 11 or so to take me to the airport and meet up with my daughters and ex for Denver
first load of laundry is in the wash as I type - I'm lucky there was a machine open
*whew* time...
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Only a couple workdays next week - and a few hours tomorrow - before I'm on vacation again, using up the last of my vaca time before it resets
a week and a day from now I'll be in Denver ( DTC ) with my daughters and ex-wife... should be interesting !
Lots of firsts :
I've never been to Denver, I've never been on a vaca...
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s'been busy at work as the month has flown by and we continue to get closer to my 2nd vaca of the year, the Big Denver/DTC Trip...! (just over 2 weeks away!!)

Elsewise, had an extra night w/ the girls this last weekend - and my first heart-to-heart convo with my eldest daughter the first night as she broke down, telling me her fears...
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In 4 weeks about this time we'll be arriving in Denver - demn, time is flying by fast ( yet the days themselves go so slowly! )

so if anyone has any recommends for DTC / Denver, let me know... the ex has rented a vehicle for while we're there, but I won't be driving, myself


caught up with a couple months worth of backlog issues...
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Since my return from vaca, had a great 3day weekend with the spawnlings ( youngest turned 10 on the 31st :) ) and been busy at work
on the first day of the 3day, the ex dropped the girls and I off at cheapskate - which they love - and my eldest won at skate limbo! so proud ! :)
a little catch-up work and end-of-month and - of course - the usual beginning...
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As many/most had already seen from 'tween-Update postings, I returned yesterday from my highly-enjoyable MN Loop Roadtrip :)

Put in 1300miles driving and 36.75miles walking in 6days plus 2.5hrs...
aye, it rained every single day and never more than an hour or two without clouds the entire trip
but, by gods, it was such a wonderful roadtrip !
already posted several of the vids...
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