A trip down my parents’ memory lane


Sorry I’ve been MIA on the blog for a while. My dad came to town for a visit last week and we just had the best time. Really made me wish they lived out west, so I could see them more often.

My dad and mom lived in Boulder for 17 years. In fact, I was born here :) And despite living here myself for 4 years, I’ve always wondered where my mom and dad used to hang out/the house I was born in/their favorite breakfast joints.

So on one of the days my dad was here, we made a trip down memory lane.

And had breakfast at one of mom and dad’s faves:

Then visited the houses they lived in as 20 year olds, back when dad was roofing houses and mom was waitressing to pay their way through college and make rent.

And we visited the first house they ever bought, which was the home they lived in when all three of us kids were born. It’s a sweet little house way in the mountains, close to nothing but trails and dirt roads and fresh air and horses. I tried to imagine what it must have been like, 26 years ago right here.

Then we stopped by the high school my dad taught at, as a young high school chemistry teacher. Back in 1978, my dad started the science program there, and seeing the look on his eyes when we pulled into the school’s parking lot warmed my heart. Teaching was his passion and he was damn good at it. He told us countless chemistry demo stories that cracked me up, and coaching XC and track stories that made me proud to be his daughter and a runner.

My whole life, our family moved around every 3 or so years. I’ve lived in 15 different houses. 8 different cities, 2 different countries. I don’t have a “hometown” or tons of complex memories growing up from elementary to middle to high school in the same town.

But being able to take a trip down my dad and mom’s memory lane from the 17 years they lived in Colorado, meant a lot to me. And it makes me feel like I have more of a history and past in Colorado, than just the last 4 years I’ve been here for grad school.

The rest of dad’s trip was jam packed with all sorts of other goodies. Bike riding, bringing Cabo to the dog park, relaxing on the couch, strolling around the mall, hiking, driving through the mountains, grilling out, and eating like royalty at the best restaurants around town.

I loved having you visit, Dad! Now we gotta get my mom to come out for a visit :) Mom??? Love you guys!

Have you visited where your parents grew up/their first purchased homes/their fave restaurants?
Were you born and raised in the same place growing up, or did you move around a lot? 

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this! You look so happy to have your dad there!

    I was born in Ireland, and I live in the Canada now so that makes it hard to travel down my parents memory lane. Although, my dad moved to Toronto when he was 18 for a while so he shows me the places he use hang out and work!

    1. Efo says:

      I didn’t know you were born in Ireland! That’s awesome! My dad’s side of his family came to America from Ireland, which is why I was named Erin :)

  2. Lauren says:

    i miss you! Glad you had such a great time with your dad!

    1. Efo says:

      I miss you too! lets hang as soon as I get back from singapore! Congrats on kicking butt with all that p90x stuff! I’ve always wanted to give that a try..

  3. Jessica says:

    So awesome! I love visiting my family in PA and seeing where my mom went to school :D

  4. so cute! crazily enough, my parents grew up in the same town, and i grew up there, too. it’s super small, everyone knows everyone, and i can get to every house my parents ever lived in within 10 minutes.

    unsurprisingly, when i decided to move to CO, it was a bit dramatic. i went away for college and law school, but this was SERIOUS. i’m glad to have such deep roots in my hometown, but it’s also very nice to be somewhere new, where not everyone knows everything about me…

    1. Efo says:

      welcome to colorado! that’s awesome that you grew up in the same small town as your parents. i love that :)

  5. Lisa says:

    Aw, this post warmed my heart!

    I’ve lived in the same house since I was 11 yrs old. Yep! Ended up buying the house after family events (death, etc) and even built on an in-law apartment for my in-laws. The house has changed quite a bit since I was 11, but it’s always home :)

    1. Efo says:

      seriously?! that is so cool. what a special home!

  6. Heidi Nicole says:

    That is really cool that you got to do all of that with your dad. My mom grew up in IL and we’ve driven past her old homes and schools. It seems so surreal to think of your parent as a child…

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