Downtown Colorado Springs holds many different photo ops. What with all the coffee shops, cafés, and places to hang out, you’re sure never to experience a dull moment! In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we happened to walk up to an elephant being showcased in the middle of the park! This elephant was SO magnificent and cool. I managed to grab a few shots of her (although I wish I could have snapped a few with Fletcher standing close-by, but alas, Fletcher was flipping out. Turns out, she doesn’t like being close to elephants).Fletcher does, however, like visiting different and unique coffee houses. This teeny tiny coffee house – called Story Coffee Company – is right in the center of downtown Colorado Springs. We walk by it all the time and I decided to take some pictures!The owner of Story is very friendly and easy to talk to. He’s used to having people take pictures of his coffee shop, so he continued to do his thing while I tried my best to make my 35mm lens work for this tiny shop. Although I wasn’t able to bring Myles in (he was in the stroller), Fletcher loved the bar stools! We will definitely be visiting this place again soon!

There are a lot of amazing places in Colorado Springs – and I am only just now realizing that I haven’t really taken advantage of the plethora of cool coffee houses, art institutes, museums, cafés, play houses, libraries, parks, and hiking trails. I could go on and on.

We only have about 5 weeks here in Colorado Springs until we temporarily move to NC for the Fall semester, so I’ve planned a heck-of-a-lot until we take off. Luckily, my kids go stir crazy if they don’t get out every day (I’ve created mini-me monsters). No joke, Marlowe asks me literally every night where we’re going the next day haha.

Today’s adventure took Fletcher, Myles, and me to a place called The Wild Goose Meeting House (Marlowe was in VBS). It’s a really cool and eclectic café that serves the most delish raspberry iced tea! In fact, I’ve been impressed with every drink and food item I’ve had there! If you live in the Springs, you definitely need to check this place out – especially in early summer when they have the garage doors open and a cool breeze flows through the entire place. So relaxing!

You guys. I seriously didn’t even tell Fletcher to pose for these pictures. She. Just. Did. It. 😀 😀 😀

To say that Fletcher is the world’s biggest ham when it comes to pictures is a major understatement. She’s very aware of the camera and  – when she’s in a good mood and well rested – she immediately poses when she sees it. Yeah, she’s definitely a (prior) photographer’s daughter. Anyway, I’m very proud of my middle child. She has the most happy and sanguine personality that rubs off on everyone she comes into contact with. I look forward to seeing her bring joy to others as she grows older!

And as for Myles – I am absolutely loving seeing his personality come forward as he continues to grow. He is very reactive – he will smile at anyone who smiles at him. He’s only four-months-old and he’s already the chattiest kid I know. Even more than Marlowe! I’ll end with this: although this is the busiest I’ve ever been, I am really enjoying this season of life. Psalms 127 sums it up perfectly: “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him” – and I agree! I can’t believe God gave me these three amazing kids!