Garden of the Gods

last week my sisters were home from college/ grad school for spring break! my little brother is also home from his YWAM dts so it was the first time all of the family was together since May! we had a lot of fun hanging out like every night & both weekends. i was pretty bummed that i was working all week (#grownups) but we were able to get in a lot of quality time none the less! the weather was beautiful and we were able to hike around the Garden of the Gods for a good while – have you even been there? you should go! i live 5 minutes away from the parks so Bruce & i love walking around/ driving by them all the time. 
Bruce & my parents were not able to join us in this adventure (they joined us in the rest, don’t worry!) but it was fun to spend time with Becca’s man (hello Matt!) and the rest of the sibling gang. also, just for learning sake, here are the details on the age order (most people get it confused):
ME: oldest and loudest at age 25 (almost 26)
BRUCE: my husband (not pictured here) married into the fam (obvi) and 25 (i’m older still).
BECCA: second oldest in the Ridings line, she is also 23
MATT: becca’s boyfriend. he is an MK from Kenya and comes in at 22 years of age.
SARAH: the only introvert in the family & the artist 20 years of age (turning 21 on Easter Sunday!!)
CHRIS: the baby and the only boy #spoiled! at age 18 (almost 19) 

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • so fun! P.S. look at all the Chacos! I have a minor problem with Chacos. And Toms. They all seem to want to end up in my closet.

  • RuthLoiacano

    Never visited CO …but, would love to!

  • you know i love me some garden of the gods! hence why i take a picture every time i come see you! πŸ™‚

  • I love Garden of the Gods! I am a Colorado native as well, so this is fun to see photos of my original homeland! πŸ™‚
    And- so fun to see photos of your family! πŸ™‚

  • That looks like so much fun! Also, your family seems fun. Sometimes I wish I had more than one sibling, but then again, I married into a family of 6 so I guess I have the best of both worlds.

  • Fun! I've only been to Colorado once, a few years ago. We went in the winter and skiied. Let's just say…skiing just isn't my thing. You have such a pretty family!

  • I loved learning more about you and your siblings! I knew you had sisters and a brother, but keep forgetting the birth order. πŸ™‚ Anyway, the Garden of the Gods sounds and looks like a beautiful place and I also love those mugs–even if I'm not a CO native! πŸ™‚

  • Kendra Castillo

    this post made me feel all warm and fuzzy πŸ™‚ your family is spread like my own, Im the oldest with a younger sis and even younger brother! Where did your brother do his DTS? I used to staff DTS for 5 yrs in Mt… I love when I meet others who have experienced it too.

  • So fun! I have been to Garden of the Gods numerous times with my siblings =). We love it there.

  • Okay soooo I only have about a month left here! We've done Red Rocks, I'm doing the Coors Light Tour, I'm adding this to the list — what else do you suggest I check out before we leave?!

  • I am so jealous of your Garden of the Gods adventure! I visited Colorado Springs in June 2013 and LOVED it!

  • It is great. My husband's parents back yard backs up to the garden so we spend A LOT of time there!

  • Oh fun! While you are in the springs you should do the Cheyenne mountain zoo too! and fort collins is pretty wonderful and you can do the new belgium tour. And drive up Pikes PEak!

  • ME too. obvi.

  • He was in Germany and then did his outreach in Thailand.

  • yep! lol. me too! I should have bought one !

  • lol! I have never skied – I just grew up snowboarding but there are a lot of other things to do here than ski!

  • marring in is the way to go!

  • I love how much you love CO!

  • #gardenofthegods #10347picturesandgoingstrong

  • you should!

  • we love our chacos! GIRL! only shoes I own too! I said that we were eaither all going to wear chacos or toms for our wedding – we went with Chacos but i love them both!