During the first week of May, I flew to my niece's home in Colorado Springs to help out while she was in the hospital, giving birth to her fourth daughter.
The oldest daughter, Samantha (age 6), stayed with me at their home, while the two younger ones stayed with the paternal grandparents, and their dad stayed at the hospital with my niece, Stephanie.
Sammi and I have a special bond, because she and Stephanie lived with me the first two years of her life. We had a great time together and one of our adventures was that of participating in a Victorian Tea at Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Our first course was of a single scone with 3 types of topping-two flavored butters and a jelly. I really liked the Devonshire Cream, and Sammi enjoyed the jelly! We each had a lovely tea pot with pretty cups and delicate stirring spoons. Sammi had pink lemonade in hers and I had a tasty mango tea.
We were then served individual plates with 4 two-inch sandwiches, bedded between flower buds. One sandwich was of cucumber and cream cheese, another was a cinnamon butter, another was a strawberry butter and I forgot what the last one was, but they were all yummy! Sammi also received a crystal dish filled with fruit and whipped cream that was included in the "Princess Tea" that catered to kids.
Sammi was not impressed with the sandwiches so being the child that she is, began to play with her food-stabbing the bread with the ends of the flowers. Silly girl!
The shared dessert plate had lemon bars, a fruit cake type dessert, cheese cake and a chocolate caramel candy. Since I'd eaten Sammi's unwanted sandwiches, I was full, but did taste a couple of the sweets. I had asked the waitress if I could purchase a cucumber sandwich for my niece, per her request, but they were not set up to do that. However, she brought out a to-go container with several pieces of the dessert! (She was generously tipped) I added to the container what I did not eat, and later took it to Stephanie.
Sammi's favorite part was the tea pot and dainty cup. She consumed the entire pot! She took this photo of me sipping my tea.
After we finished with our tea, we explored the castle. It had a history from the 1800's and was four stories in height. We felt as though we were in another world! http://www.miramontcastle.org/index.html
Okay, I'm now going to flaunt this adorable child and my new found photography skills!
I enhanced this photo by changing it to a sepia color to mimic photos of old!
Sammi blended in so well with the Victorian theme!
This photo is cropped in closer to cut out other decor on the walls in the gift shop.
This one is my absolute favorite! It's the original; not cropped or color enhanced!
It was late afternoon when we left the castle and had to face a short uphill walk to where the rental car was parked. It was hot and we were not appropriately dressed for hiking, but we took frequent stops as Sammi was delighted with the dandelion puffs lining the road. A lot of dandelion seeds, and a few wishes floated off on a breeze that afternoon!
We completed our outing by going to the hospital to see Mommy and Daddy,
and newborn sister, Anneliese Noelle.
Sammi got to hold 3 day old Annie for the first time. Annie was in the NICU due to breathing problems as a result of her mama needing to be anesthetized prior to her birth. She is now home, but still on oxygen.
We really had a grand time that day, and it is a memory we will both cherish. I'm now making a digital scrapbook for Sammi, as a gift to remember that special time we had together. I wished I lived close to the family so that I could be there all the time, but that is not feasible at this time. I have learned to appreciate and value the times I do get!