On her last day in town, my mum, Q and I took a rare jaunt downtown to Lodo to visit a gallery with a friend (who is a fabulous and celebrated pastel artist, and I wish I could post some of her work here, but I don't want to invade her privacy!)
The weather had turned cold (and would only turn colder!) so the Q was well-bundled against the chill.
How cute is she in a snowsuit? She has several (and, actually, she has two of this one since they were a hand-me-down from her twin cousins, Gideon and Gabriel!) and she's equally adorable in each of them.
Look how proud she is to be walking with LaoLao!
And LaoLao was looking particularly elegant this day, I might add!
With my mother's dear friend, a former Woodstock artist, and more recently a resident of the Castle Rock area, where she has been doing a tremendous amount of beautiful work! Just maybe, if she'll let me, I'll post some of it one of these days. She is truly a master.
QQ was very excited to be reunited with the huge, weary bear outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (faithful readers may remember her meeting him for the first time during the DNC last summer).
Greeting an old friend with a pat on the nose.
...and willingly taking a seat in his soft and well-worn lap.
He does look tired, doesn't he? It's not easy to host all the children that walk up and down the 16th Street mall on a daily basis. Today was a quiet day (the biting chill, after a week of spring temperatures, had most people scurrying indoors!)
Sweet, right? Well, it looks like affection, but mainly this gesture is used by Q to gain attention from someone who is attempting to converse with someone other than her. Yah, she's a little demanding that way.
...and she knows it. But she also knows the irresistible power of her own charm. Sigh.
Mommy and Q, fortified with Starbucks, heading back through Lodo.
Here, she tries to get the bear's attention, too!
"Ahem, kind sir, you might notice that I'm back...I'm sure you missed me while I was gone?"
Candy apples always look so lucious in the window! Too bad they're so troublesome to handle. With a toddler in tow, you quickly learn not to carry things that require too much vigilance.