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August 16th, 2013:


OMG! Sometime in the past couple of weeks (OK, August 1st exactly), my burrito turned into a full-fledged TEENAGER! Yes, my Dude turned 13. THIRTEEN! He wanted to go play up in Breckenridge with some of his buddies for his birthday, so we did :-) We had the condo for that week, so we invited 4 of his friends up to play for a couple days around his birthday. Princess and I stayed with a friend the two nights the boys were there so they could have their space. I was way excited when my friend, Robyn, agreed to drive all the boys up (her son and Jason have been friends since they were 3!) – saved me a 5-hour round trip. I was even MORE excited when she and her other son stayed with me and Princess up in Breckenridge. We had a great time!

Here are the boys enjoying one of the outdoor hot tubs the first night they were there:

What do I love most about that photo? Dude has been friends with T (furthest left) since he was 8 weeks old! They went to daycare together from the time they were babies. They go to different schools, but they still keep in touch.

Dude has been friends with N (3rd from the left) since they were 3. They met at Montessori when Dude and T left daycare and went to Montessori together. So the 3 of them have been friends for 10 years. N moved away for 3 years and came back last year . . . we couldn’t be happier to have him and his family back!

Dude has been friends with H1 (2nd from the right) since his 3rd birthday – the day we moved into the house we live in now. H1 lives 3 houses away AND shares the same birthday with Dude (happy birthday to you, too, H1!).

Dude has been friends with H2 (furthest right) since 2nd grade when he left Montessori and went to the public school by our house. H2 lives just through a few yards away from us.

Dude has a lot of friends, but I love that these 4 have been his friends for so long and that he holds the so close to his heart.

OK – off the mushy stuff and into the details of the 13th birthday bash!

Robyn and I planned to be back to the condo at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday for the actual birthday – wanted to help Hubby get breakfast made and the hungry beasts fed before we head out to the adventure park on Peak 8! I called to see if Hubby wanted us to grab him Starbucks on the way . . . apparently they all wanted Starbucks :-)

This is what 13 year old boys want for their birthday breakfast…

Starbucks for 5 boys, 3 adults, and 2 siblings is not the cheapest breakfast! :-) They enjoyed their Starbucks while we made pancakes and bacon . . . of course they chowed down on that, too, because TEENAGE BOYS!

They got “ready” in record time. Don’t confuse “getting ready” with actually showering or anything. It meant they brushed their teeth and grabbed their bike helmets . . . because they were headed to mountain bike down Peak 8 at Breck! After a quick lesson on the shifting and disc brakes, they were at the top of the lift in no time heading off on their bikes.


I, of course, followed them like the paparazzi and made them pause and give me one thumbs up before they hurled themselves down the mountain trail – Swingers Switchback!


And there they go – five 13 year old boys who think they are invincible.

I promise you I never had this view on my 13th birthday!


While they were cruising down the mountain, I met up with Robyn, her son J, and Princess for some adventure park fun of our own (more on that next time). On our way up the chairlift to the top of the alpine slide, we saw the boys riding down the trail and got some fun shots.

 Out of the trees and back into the trees!


The invincible boys were rockin’ and cruised right back up for a 2nd run! Then came “the call” from N on his cell. One of them had wiped out and needed stitches, so please send help.

Um – OK! So Hubby started hiking up to them while I chatted with the information guy and he got on the radio to the bike patrol. We finally pinpointed the location of the boys and the patrol arrived. The bike patrol emergency guys immediately complimented the boys on how awesome they were and how they’d done everything right for H1.

N was making H1 lay still, even though he insisted he had to get up. He had a giant dent in his helmet from where it hit a rock when he went over the handlebars. Thank God for helmets or definite concussion or worse! The dent was right on his temple . . . could’ve been bad.

H2 was holding H1’s arm up above his heart.

Dude had taken off his shirt and used it to put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding – there was A LOT of blood.

T had walked out of the trees to signal to Hubby and the bike patrol, who had ended up calling the truck to come get H1.

I have to say I was SOOOOO proud of all of them! Five 13 year old boys alone in the middle of a mountain bike ride down a 10,000 foot mountain, and not ONE of them panicked when they came around a corner to see their buddy lying on the ground with a huge dent in his helmet and this on his elbow:


Lovely, isn’t it?! I have to say that Scouting definitely helped my Dude know what to do in this situation!

The bike patrol wrapped his arm a bit so blood wouldn’t get all over before putting H1 and his bike in the truck and driving him down to the first aid station. Hubby hiked down and the other boys rode down.

I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon on the phone with H1’s Mom figuring out if she wanted me to take him to the ER or to the Urgent Care. Urgent Care it is! After lots of waiting around, lots of cleaning the wound, x-rays of his very sore elbow, and 6 giant stitches, H and I got back to the top of the mountain around 5:00, with one hour left to go.

While we were gone, the other boys took another run down the mountain – this time they upped the ante and went down the black run! No fear :-) They also “mined” for gemstones:


Notice Dude is wearing his new Breck shirt since his other one was full of blood.

They also took a couple runs on the Gold Runner Coaster. When H1 and I got back, everyone had time for one more run down the Alpine Slide – even H1 was determined to end the day on a good note!


Here the boys are heading back to the 4Runner for the trip back to the condo . . .


Even with the drama, I think they all had a great day! When we got back to the condo, we took them down to the restaurant so Dude could get his dream birthday dinner of Bell Pepper Chicken (his favorite!) before they headed back to the pool. H1 had to hold his arm above the water, but other than that, he had no restrictions. Fun night!

Many thanks to Robyn for taking care of Princess after I waved my hand at her, which clearly meant I was going to take care of something else. And also many thanks to Robyn for helping me find all the first aid stuff the doc gave me to purchase for H1’s arm! It was not an easy task :-)

Up next . . . a little more on what the rest of us did while the boys were celebrating teenager-dom and the story of our drive back home, which included changing a flat tire on a forest service road at 11,500 feet.

It’s a good thing we don’t mind an adventure!