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Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas in Colorado

Hello!! We survived our Christmas in Colorado and nobody broke any bones skiing. :) It will be a Christmas that our family will never forget. Since Ryan & I live in Houston and rarely get to see snow, we thought we would go to the snow. Plus our family had travel to see each other so why not all travel to CO?? Our destination was Breckenridge, one of every body's favorite ski towns. It is the most adorably quaint little town and has really great shopping.
(This picture is off a website.)
On our way into town we stopped off in Idaho Springs for some famous pizza (with honey on the crust) at Beau Jo's. I loved the decor and the view was incredible. It's hard to tell from this picture what we got to look at while we ate. I was a big fan of the mason jars as our drinking glasses.
The whole family. Sally looks a little stuffed. Ha!
Ryan, Susan, Sally, Mary, Emily & Harlan Emily & Ryan making friends with the manikin. Notice Ryan's new found facial hair.
I think the manikin is blushing!
Once we pulled into town it was getting pretty late. We stayed at Beaver Run Resort which is ski in, ski out and I totally recommend it! As soon as we got to our room we went exploring and found the outdoor hot tubs. It was such a neat experience to sit outside in the freezing cold with snow coming down, in a relaxing hot tub. Although, I didn't want to get out and back into the freezing cold air. It reminded me of hot springs! We ventured inside to the heated indoor/outdoor pool for awhile. This place was amazing. Afterward we were still a little chilled so we all sat in the sauna for awhile. Oh man, I want to go back!
The next morning we woke up early to hit the slopes. This is Ryan & I standing on our balcony admiring the view before we headed out.
My mom decided to stay in the first day and stick around with Sally, Susan and Emily. They all ended up going to the spa. Lucky girls. :) None of that for me... I'm a hardcore snowboarder! Ok, maybe not.
Emily stuck with us for a little bit before heading to the spa for a little R&R. Harlan, Ryan & I skied/boarded all three days.
That night we got back and cleaned up just in time for the local Methodist Church Christmas Eve service. It was packed to the brims and the pastor did an amazing job reminding us of the reason for the season.
Afterward we grabbed some food at the famous Eric's underground. We ended up eating there twice while we were in CO. It is one of Ryan's favorite spots.
I had to throw this picture in here because it is hilarious. It looks like Emily is yelling at Ryan and Ryan looks scared. That night we came back and played a mean game of Canasta before hitting the bed.
The next morning we woke up to a white Christmas!! I've never been anywhere outside of family's houses on Christmas so this was definitely a neat experience. Harlan was starting the fire so that everyone could snuggle in and open presents.
In light of the big trip we were taking to CO, it was decided to do secret Santa this year. Nobody knew who had gotten them a gift. It was great because we all had to provide a list of things we would want that were all under a certain dollar amount. It made things really easy.
Opening up all our wonderful gifts.
More to come from our Christmas day and fabulous trip. Stay tuned.

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9 comments:

  1. What a fun trip!! I guess I just need to follow in your travel footsteps. Your family is so fun and goes on great vacations. I would love to ski over Christmas!

    Happy New Year. I'm sad I missed meeting and seeing you over the holidays. Houston-time was crazy as usual and we weren't around CoP as much as what I thought! Our day will come...hopefully this summer we'll have a date :)

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  2. What a beautiful, fun trip! Glad you had a nice Christmas :)

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  3. Looks like SO much fun! The pictures are beautiful! That hot tub looks relaxing!! Glad you had such a great Christmas!

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  4. Breckenridge is one of my FAVORITE towns to ski in. Aren't Colorado Christmases the best? (I may be a little biased)

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  5. What a fabulous trip, loved the pics and can't wait for more!

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  6. your trip looks like it was so much fun! i want to go there! everything looks perfect and pretty!
    glad you had such a great christmas hun!
    cute pics of you and your man ;)

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  7. I knew when I read the title I was going to be jealous!! What a great way to spend Christmas!! All of the pics are beautifuL!! How did you get your pictures in a square form?? I need help!!

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  8. My family used to go there every year when I was really little. So I stayed back. Now that I'm older, no one wants to go. LOL

    I love the pic of the hot tub and the handle has snow on it.

    Was the Canasta pics for me? It's a little to late to brush up now. The clock is ticking....Hee hee

    Can't wait to play in the next few days.

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  9. I'm soo jealous...that looks great!

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