Monday, October 20, 2014

Breckenridge Fun

_MG_7857.jpgMy children look forward to our trip to Breckenridge every year. We usually arrive a day early, so we don't have to wait in the forever long check-in lines and we can leisurely unpack. Showing up a day early gives us an extra day to swim and we usually have the entire pool to ourselves. The hotel has this awesome pool that is half indoors and half outdoors. Swim under that wall and you'll be outside. Brr!
_MG_7861.jpgThis is a view of the hotel and conference center from our room. It's like a huge maze trying to find your way around, but now that we've been coming for years we're old pros!
IMG_0262The conference usually begins with an opening service. This year, with the extra children in tow, we filled up and entire row. It's important to arrive a little early to claim your seats or you'll be stuck standing in the back of the room.
IMG_0285There is a game room that keeps the little ones quite entertained. You don't have to give them money or tokens, and they still feel like they're playing the game. It's a win-win for me. Free is good and they're enjoying themselves.
IMG_0289There's also a random cow in the game room that turns milking a cow into a game. The little ones were quite intrigued. You don't have to stick any tokens in it to make sounds come out of the cow's mouth. They think her mooing is udderly hilarious!
IMG_0283Nine holes of mini-golf can keep children busy for hours while they learn proper form and/or get the balls into the holes.
IMG_0263This is for you, Summer! I'm jealous that Wendy is probably hanging out with you right now, but we sure missed you in Breckenridge. Thanks for sharing your friends with me. :) We wives had a lovely evening hanging out while eating brats and drinking beer and wine!
IMG_0264After a lovely dinner I went on a hunt to find my family. Guess where I found them? It was snowing, but that didn't stop them from hanging out in the hot tub.
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We spent a lot of our time in the game room and I even got a chance to play a little basketball against Carlos. Can you guess who won?IMG_0258The cold and snowy weather was perfect for fires every evening and morning. Winter is on its way, people! Well, hopefully not in the city, but I think the mountains are getting dumped on these days.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Road Less Traveled

_MG_7727.jpgEvery year we head to the mountains for a church workers conference. The conference usually occurs just as the leaves are turning their colors. 
_MG_7742.jpgSince I like to view beautiful scenery and because there was road construction being done on our usual route we decided to drive on the scenic road of Boreas Pass.
_MG_7746.jpgI think we caught the tail end of the leaves changing color and falling off the trees. Nonetheless, it was still pretty.
_MG_7747.jpgDid I mention that Boreas Pass is a bumpy, dirt road? I think it added about an hour to our drive. My children were thrilled.
_MG_7763.jpgThe weather seemed to turn colder earlier this year giving us snow-capped mountains on our arrival to Breckenridge. The snow usually pays a visit on the last day of the conference.
_MG_7767.jpgWe made it to the Continental Divide where the air is thinner and the trees are more sparse.
_MG_7796.jpgThe children were happy to get out of the van for a family photo.
_MG_7806.jpgThen they realized that it was colder than they had expected. Brr!
_MG_7810.jpgAn old railroad track used run in these parts.
_MG_7815.jpgThe temperatures continued to drop the closer we got to Breckenridge.
As we continued down the road less traveled we spotted a deer. It scampered away too quickly, so we weren't able to get too close.
_MG_7827.jpgWe found a random little lake with snow-capped back drop. I think I could live there, maybe. Could you?
_MG_7845.jpgWe spotted our hotel down below. The kids got excited when they realized we were getting closer.
_MG_7848.jpgAnd, that's about as much 4x4-ing as we were able to do in the bad boy of a tank. There was no jeeping for us this year, but that's ok. It was a fun tradition while it lasted. ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Teenager and Her Grandparents

_MG_7534.jpgWhen Yei and Grandpa come for a visit there's Lego building,
_MG_7538.jpgmatching pajamas,
_MG_7552.jpgwarm weather for
_MG_7546.jpgplaying football,
_MG_7571.jpglots of laughter,
_MG_7609.jpgand family photos.
_MG_7624.jpgWe also added a teenager to our family. What? How did that happen?
Our new teenager surpassed me in height years ago, but currently stands at 5 feet 6 inches, which means I need to buy higher heels now. Lady Gaga send me your heels, please!
_MG_7631.jpgWe had a small celebration at home and then it was off to dinner
2014-09-15 at 18-48-28at Cinzettis. We've come to enjoy this all-you-can-eat buffet that lets our children eat for free!
2014-09-15 at 18-40-56Dessert is addicting at this place, and
15480056022_29cf4680fd_o.jpgso is the laughter from all of these cuties! Happy birthday Rebecca and also to my mom who recently turned . . ?. . ;) Love you guys!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Baby is Five!

_MG_7259.jpgJust one week after Elizabeth's birthday comes Anna's birthday. They're like two peas in a pod being just one year apart. Can you guess what Anna wanted to do for her birthday?

_MG_7272.jpgIt was another trip to the zoo for us on Anna's birthday. We tried to check some of the animals that we didn't see the week before.

_MG_7276.jpgI suppose making regular trips to the zoo makes it so one doesn't have to see all of the exhibits on these same day, right?

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The sliver backs were snacking which made the rest of us a little hungry too._MG_7299.jpgThe downpour the week before caused the carousel to close for obvious reasons.

_MG_7309.jpgElizabeth was super disappointed, but all was well when they gave us a raincheck and she was able to ride along with Anna!

_MG_7316.jpgSince I seem to get dizzy on the carousel, in my old age, my Lutheran Stud rides the carousel with the children while hang out and to get footage.

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Have you ever seen the penny thing? You stick a penny into the machine above. It gets melted down into this. Pretty cool, huh?

_MG_7333.jpgIt seemed like a lot of the animals were eating lunch when we came by, as was this rhino. He paid no attention to us. He was focused.

_MG_7336.jpgThis ass, on the other hand, wanted to jump the fence and get us. We actually thought he was going to do it too.

_MG_7342.jpgThe sea lions wanted to play too. They kept swooping down and putting on a show for us.

_MG_7357.jpgWe couldn't leave the zoo without a stop for ice cream for the birthday girl!

_MG_7366.jpgAnd to be spoiled even more, Kellee made these awesome Snow White cookies for her.

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This sweet baby of ours is now 5 years old! Yikes! Isn't she the cutest thing, ever?_MG_7386.jpgHappy birthday, Anna! We love you. Now stop growing up!