Monday, January 4, 2010

Colorado Recap.

So I'm sitting here trying to write a recap of our Christmas Ski trip but can't because by husband keeps sending me snarky emails from some new app. he's found on his iPhone while watching the Fiesta Bowl.

Obviously, I can't not reply to him (let's check the use of that double negative together, shall we?) and the whole thing is messing with my snarky post writing concentration.

Actually, now, another child has interrupted him saying he's "itchy" so I should have a minute while he tends to the ailments that only plague our off-spring at bedtime.

Crested Butte with Trey's whole family was fabulous, and cold, and cozy, and hilarious, all rolled into one.

Look at these icicles!  They were like five feet long!

The whole family arrived and the first morning, my kids bundled up and headed out to play in the snow.  We could see them sledding up and down the hill and they looked like a Norman Rockwell painting in the pristine snow against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Minutes later, it got progressively less idyllic when Sadie came running in the house screaming, fingers completely white with cold.  Her glove had come off midway up the hill and she was "fsruggling" to get back up without her gloves on.

Frostbite, Day One.

I have pictures of the giant blisters that accompanied us the rest of the visit but, for those in the audience with weak stomaches, I'll spare you the visuals.

Because we hadn't skiied either 1. ever or 2. in such a long time we couldn't remember, Dea, Darius, and I took us some lessons.

Darius and I loved it; Dea, not so much.  Now that boy can dance and play some basketball but ski, he could not.  He for sure got an A for effort, until, with about an hour to go in our day-long lesson, he sat down and said, "Coach, me and these skiis are just not gettin' along."

Darius and I were so proud of ourselves for making it up the Magic Carpet and back down until we caught a glimpse of Sadie and the other small children zooming down the hill like fearless maniacs.  It's their low center of gravity, right?

We definitely got the hang of it and had a great time.

All the cousins loved being together and were so much fun to watch.

This was our newest nephew, Eyasu's, first Christmas and we laughed as he opened his gift and squealed with his precious accent, "OH, MY GOODNESS!  OH, MY GOODNESS!"  He was a hoot and we were so blessed to be able to share it with him.

One night, as we were driving home from dinner, our big ol' van that we drove up got stuck on one of the hills going to the house.  As we began sliding backward down the hill, Darius began yelling from the backseat like a little girl, "I'm gonna die!  That's twice today that I've almost died!  Twice!"

It may not have been his proudest moment, but it's one he'll definitely remember.

And so will we.  :)

Happy New Year!


Traci said...

Okay- the bare feet in the last picture are KILLING me- it's 3 here. Yes, 3. In Nashville, Tennessee, which is SUPPOSEDLY in the South. I think we are suffering a heinous identity crisis here. Glad y'all had fun. I must go run back under the dogs, yes the dogs that I am sleeping under so I can steal their body heat.

Henley on the Horn said...

To have been a fly on the wall! What a fabulous trip! You have some brave in-laws! :) Happy 2010!!!

pendy said...

What great memories! Happy New Year to you, your family, and everyone at Mercy Street.

bronzedshoe said...

Awesome! Looks like y'all had a blast. I've never been skiing, but I would love to go someday.

Sarah said...

Looks like it was a fun trip! But I am kind of partial to Colorado.... ;-)

Happy 2010!

Holli said...

so FUN!!! not the frostbite but SO FUN!!!

Joyce said...

Love your ski jacket...When it comes to skiing I'm all about the clothes : )

Looks like a wonderful family trip...Happy New Year!

Becca said...

I just love your family :-) and I love that Dea didnt get along with his skis :-) hilarious! Love you friend!

Jen said...

Looked beautiful! I love me some skiing.

Deidra said...

I married a ski instructor who thought he could teach me to ski. Ha! I'm with Dea on that one!

emily said...

Great recap! Great memories for sure. It was a blessing to spend it with your crew!

Sue said...

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation with family! God bless your New Year!

panfoulia said...

goooooood !!!

Grateful for Grace said...

What a gorgeous family photo!!