With the help of my friend Ashley, who just came out to visit, I was able to get up a few decorations. We had quite the adventure getting my Christmas tree this year (details to come). I got the creepy Mrs Clause from a friend at work who always manages to find me something ugly for my ugly sweater party every year. The manger silhouette came from Lynn last year, and the mini tree set came from Dustin's mom this year. Snow is in our forecast for the next few days so it should be a white Christmas!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Dustin took me to his new favorite restaurant called Chit Chat Bistro located in Arvada CO. It is the cutes little European feeling restaurant with great food and very personable service. The ower's Nicko and Julie are right there in the mix. Nicko is the head chef, he makes everything from scratch right as you order, and Julie is out waiting tables and getting to know her customers. We had a wonderful dinner great wine and a little guitar serenade.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dustin and I ended up hitting the road on our own the day before Thanksgiving because D's dads back went out. In order to make the long 13 hour drive through the night we were armed with sugar in the form of jelly beans and some good tunes. It was quite comical when one of us popped a tiramisu jelly bean in our mouth...the pic of D bellow pretty much sums up how they taste.
We arrived in Phoenix AZ around 6am and slept in that morning. We headed over to D's Brother-in -laws (Mark) family for turkey dinner. We had a great time and I met a lot of new people.
To work off all that food we went out with the extended family on a desert MTN hike the next morning.
We filled our last night there with homemade pizza, competitive round of Mad Gab and a little pool fun. The progression above is hilarious, it was really funny because Bailyer (D's nephew) would copy every thing Dustin was doing. Below you can see us girls getting hit by the awful smell of Seba's (their dog) gas!
Bailyer kept taunting me that girls were better then boys and that the boys would win! So I had to throw down a wager...losers jump in the pool. Remember the nights get chilly in AZ, it was about 40 degrees out and the water was not much warmer. The older boys did not agree to to the bet (good thing b/c they lost) but Bailyer still wanted to try it. His dad didn't think there was any way he would jump in, but as he walked away all he heard was a big splash (and I caught it on film!) The dares continued to grow until eventually all of us were in the cold pool.
For some reason the videos will not work...sorry!
We headed back up to CO via Utah this time. It was a beautiful drive home, so much to see but no time to stop and enjoy.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
After dinner we enjoyed an awesome show by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra...if they are coming to your neck of the woods you should go check it out. One of the coolest things about the show...besides the pyrotechnics, was the fact that they actually keep our Saviors birth as a main theme of their production. It made the songs and the show even better.
A shot from up stairs
A face off before the apple bobbing contest.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
We ended up in the very southern part of CO right near the New Mexican boarder. We pitched our tent and then headed into the tiny lodge area to have a hearty breakfast. I think one of the funniest thing about the trip was the fact that Rick had his pistol with him wherever we went (on a hike, into town, next to our pillows at night).
It stayed pretty warm the whole weekend, sunny and 50's mid day and down to about 20 degrees at night. Each morning we woke up around 5:30am to begin our hour walk before sunrise. We headed about 1000 vert up and about 2 miles in, to the pastures where we sat. Most mornings we sat from 630am until about 1030am. It was a beautiful peaceful experience having nothing to do but scan the horizon. A lot of good quite time to reflect and talk to God and contemplate life.
I have never really felt like a hick...but putting on the blaze orange and camo has that effect. We stayed Friday until Monday morning, saw tons of tracks...including a bears, but never saw an Elk. I enquired at the lodge everytime went into the little town to see if anyone else had gotten an elk. As it turns out no one else had seen or gotten anything either. I can't lie and say im not just a little disipointed that we didn't get anything, but bottom line is we had a lot of fun.
I was just nice to be camping out again cooking hot dogs over and open fire and getting to know Rick. During one conversation Rick was pointing out an old building which he said was an
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Brennan and Christa came over last weekend for a much needed hangout night. Its amazing how busy life can get. So many little things get squeezed into life and in turn push out the fun hang time that we all need and love.