Winter Break…Coming to an End.

Tomorrow we have to get back to business.  Kids back to school and mom back to work.  It was a fun week just hanging out at home.  Many of our friends headed to warmer places but we decided to hang out here and really enjoy the time off.  We nordic skied, down hill skied with grandpa, went to the movies, ate lunch out, spent time in Colorado Springs, stayed in our jammies all day and relaxed! Looking forward to spring break!  Ha!


I said….Go outside and get some fresh air!  They ran around for a few minutes and then ran back inside to warm up.  We were looking forward to warmer weather in the Springs but it was about the same as home…cold. Obviously, COS didn’t get the memo that we wanted warm weather!


Alice helping grandma make soup for dinner.

Now we are not only back to school but play practice and voice lessons for Alice, karate for Mason (working really hard on his next belt), bike and run training for Sam, Alice and Paige and drum lessons for Paige (she is turning into a little rocker!).

Wow! It is going to be a great spring!



Alice and I celebrating after her very first musical audition.  She rocked it and got a part in the Little Mermaid Jr. It was wayyyyy out of her comfort zone and I am so proud of her for working really hard and doing her best!


Alice also worked really hard last semester and made the top honor roll at school.  She was rewarded with double piercings in her ears!


Now that I am old and have to wear glasses, Paige and I are twinsies.  She is most definitely the cuter, younger version:)


We are loving these blue bird ski days for sure!  Family nordic day.


Lunch break after a fun morning of skiing with grandpa at A-Basin.  Another beautiful ski day!

We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful place where we can work hard and play even harder!  Love where you live!

Happy Sunday!



Ashes {Photography}

This year, I was hoping to do a 40 days of Lent photography challenge.  The kids and I decided a few years ago that it didn’t really work for us to give something up for Lent and instead we try and take something on.  Last year, we tried to do a couple random acts of kindness every Sunday in Lent (and hopefully continue on).  Well, we all know my track record with blog posting so I am going to do my best and hit as many as I can.  The first photo was of ASHES. 

Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, in English-speaking countries, more often by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross. The words (based on Genesis 3:19) used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Since the only place I might find ashes is in our fireplace and our fireplace almost always has a FIRE in it, my pic of ashes are still a bit hot:)


Happy Season of Lent!

(I promise the next pictures will have grandchildren in them!!)


Valentine’s Day.

Today has been a pretty quiet day. We got up and headed to church this morning and the kids have been watching movies for most of the day. Yesterday Sam has his last Nordic race over in Leadville and Alice had her first ever audition for a local musical. She was super nervous but she sang beautifully and got a callback slip after only one song ( she had to prepare for three). I will keep you posted as tomorrow are the callback auditions.

Scott and I got out for a Valentine’s Day bike ride this afternoon. It was so gorgeous with the snow falling.    


Happy Sunday!


Ski Racing {Nordic}

Sam and Alice had another nordic ski race this weekend in Steamboat Springs.  We headed up very early on Saturday morning so that we could see them both race.  It was a classic race with an individually seeded start, which basically means they didn’t mass start and we could see each of our kids start and finish.  They both skied well and continue to improve and even more importantly, they both LOVE it!


Alice getting ready to start and (below) pushing out of the start gate.




Sam skiing into the finish.


Mason created this awesome snowman while he was waiting for the kids to finish their races.  There was sooo much snow in Steamboat and it was perfect for packing snowballs and making snowpeople:)

After the races, we took advantage of being in Steamboat SPRINGS and headed out to the Strawberry Hot Springs.  It was a gorgeous drive up to the springs and the amount of snow was so amazing.



I am sure the hot springs felt awesome on those sore muscles!  It actually felt good to all of us!  After we had all officially turned into prunes, we headed into town for a quick lunch before heading home.  It was another great day spent with family and friends.   Back to school and work tomorrow.  We are getting hit with a pretty big storm right now so hopefully we will wake up to a foot or so of snow.  Fingers crossed!!!!!