(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.