Family Sports Center in Centennial, to watch our Avalanche players at practice

Family Sports Center in Centennial

Family Sports Center in Centennial

Good day today, everything went very well. The three guys and I  began with “healthy” donuts and coffees at Whole Foods at  Southglenn, where we
 lingered and relaxed. It was very very nice. I was sitting with the three guys and about through our first cups when E and B walked in and it was a great feeling, really – to look up and see more friends walk in, us all greeting each other – just a nice way to begin our day.
They  had been batting around the idea of going out near the Centennial airport to the Sports Complex where the Avs practice, but they weren’t sure if the timing would work. Brian checked on his phone and yep, the timing was great, so we took a vote and decided to stick together the rest of the day and head out that direction. I am SO glad we did, it was just right for today. There were zero crowds, it’s a large place to explore and walk around in, we watched some young families playing down in the game area ( some  of the guys were wishing they could jump around down there too!), we watched some hockey and then meandered into the restaurant, which I had never been to, but Brian and E were very familiar with it. E seemed particularly proud to show us around and told us the food and service would be good, and we were not disappointed.
My favorite memory of today is when the six of us in the restaurant squashed into a booth built for four!, because we wanted to  sit there next to the window and watch the planes come in and out of the nearby airport. We gave it our best, but the waitress asked a few times, “are you sure?!” and we decided it was sort of  ridiculous after all,  so we moved to another table and stretched out. It was pretty comical.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with the  group today, and I know everyone of them had a good day too. I am glad Brian and E hung out with us, it added that much more energy. Brian is excellent with these guys. Excellent. He is calm and subtle in the way he cares for them (quietly cutting a hamburger in half, reaching out an arm to help someone down the stairs, preparing a coffee exactly as he knows someone likes it, etc) without making anyone  feel dependent or needy. I believe they simply feel cared for and safe, not babied or mothered. He does it just right. Plus he laughs along at all the silliness and adds a great deal of that to the mix.
Looking  forward to next time.