USAFA, class of ’99

So. This weekend. I’m not sure where to start so I think I’ll just dive in with oh my goodness if ever there was a perfect weekend this was it. Brent and I would look at each other on and off from Thursday to Sunday and just say, “this is awesome.” The time away from our kids was lovely but it was so much more than that. Brent and I talked. (can you imagine?) We ate…slowly. And we…(wait for it)…(wait for it)…napped!

Oh come on, what did you think I was going to say? 😉

It was so lovely to be together for  four days straight + spending time with our best friends + reconnecting with old friends + getting dressed up for functions + eating at all our favorite restaurants + watching the Falcons play and win + topping off the weekend with a beautiful worship service at our former church.

We started the weekend off on Thursday afternoon with a friends picnic organized, of course, by Amy. So many familiar, lovable faces there that warmed my heart…even as my toes slowly turned to ice in the wintry Colorado chill.

Colleen and her sweet Tahlia…


The boys – all USAFA ’99 grads + Randy.


And look…it’s Susie! She stayed snuggled up with Ben all afternoon although right after I shot this picture she looked at me and said, “whose baby am I holding?”. That’s our Susie!


I tried really hard not to burden myself with my camera all weekend and to instead concentrate on enjoying the moments. So I’m missing pictures from Thursday night’s social at Jack Quinn’s, Friday’s jaunt into Old Colorado City, my fabulous finds at my favorite store – Barracuda Bazaar and Friday night’s class reunion (the main event!).  I did bring it along with me to the tailgate and game on Saturday though.

The Cobbs and Clarks powered up with free breakfast before piling into the Clarks’ rental car. Don’t ask me why we were riding in their rental car or I’ll be forced to tell you about how ours broke down within the first thirty minutes of our trip only to be replaced by a rattletrap old Taurus that lost it’s interior door panel everytime I (gently) closed the passenger side door. Definitely don’t make me tell you that story or my husband’s notoriety for hooking us up with insane deals in shady places (think abandoned old shopping center, a parking lot full of rusty old rentals and a dingy blue minivan masquerading as a “shuttle bus”) will come to light. And I just can’t do that to him.


But I digress.

We caught up with more old friends at the tailgate including one of Brent’s old buddies from Squadron 3…


And then I handed off my camera for a picture with my girlies….(plus one of our favorite snugglepups)…



Rich and Amy (both ’99 grads) spent the tailgate toting around their offspring. Betcha they didn’t see this coming 10 years ago.


Bellies full of barbecue and too many free beers later we made it into the game…only to find we had to climb three sets of stairs (at 7,000 feet!) to find our seats in the upperdeck. Niiiiice.

We made it up just in time to see the cadets all formed up on the field. We gave a rousing cheer for Squadron 3.


Once the field was cleared the parachuters started landing. So fun! Our little buddy was enamored…


While our littlest buddy settled in for a nap (or a nacho)…


Two seconds later Samantha announced, “I’m bored!” so I handed her my iPhone and purchased my very first paid app (bejeweled!) to help her make it through the game. I swear, I thought I’d left my kids at home…


She would intermittently lean over and say, “who do you think is more bored – me or Hayden?”


To which I would always answer, “definitely you.” Hayden is a trooper. He’s a crazy Shertzer after all!


If I had more pics to share, I would. But, alas, the rest lives in memory only!  I did sneak in a little session with Megan and her sweet family during Thursday’s picnic so I’ll share those on the photography blog later this week. Adorableness I tell you!


Goodbye fabulous weekend.

Hello cozy home with soundly sleeping children and amazing, chatty neighbors and 70 degree weather and mounds of laundry and chores to do.

We had a great time out west, but we’ve missed you.

MeganSeptember 28, 2009 - 8:54 pm

It was so great to catch up with you. I am so happy you had a great time (and made it home safely). I hope it isn’t so long before we see you again! It really was a great weekend. I’m jealous of the napping…

AmySeptember 28, 2009 - 8:56 pm

Loved seeing you and so sad it’s over. I’d been looking forward to the reunion for months and now I can’t believe it’s already passed. 🙁 (we’ll just have to start planning the next one, now!)

Fabulous photos. . . I have almost that exact same one of the boys standing in a row at the park! 🙂

Erin HiltermanSeptember 29, 2009 - 9:40 am

I’m so sorry we missed you at the tailgate with our kids! I’ll have to email you some pictures. It was great to see you at the reunion!

j.j.September 29, 2009 - 12:37 pm

hi you! it was so great seeing you and i feel SO the same now, miss it but so glad to be home, even as i’m folding mountains of laundry. please please upload your photos somewhere so i can have picnic photos:)

KristaSeptember 29, 2009 - 4:50 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend, thanks for putting up the pictures! It was fun to see familiar smiling faces and bright, beautiful Colorado!

KatieSeptember 29, 2009 - 10:08 pm

Hey there! I can’t believe you have already done post on the reunion WITH pictures! It was so great seeing you and Coleman…hope you guys can make it out our way next year!

SamanthaSeptember 30, 2009 - 1:49 pm

I’m so sad it’s over!!!

Kate SmitsOctober 3, 2009 - 3:11 pm

It was great to see you and Brent last weekend. Great photos!!

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