Colorado Dreaming

In less than 24 hours our family will be heading out for our 5th Annual ski adventure to Copper Mountain!

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This years adventure will be minus the two patriarchs of the family due to priorities at home.  Can you all please do me a favor and keep your thoughts and prayers with Gr’pa Drake, my mother-in-laws father, as he faces declining health.  Gaylen and Debbie have chosen to stay back this year to be with her parents and let us kids continue on with the skiing adventure.  We have promised a TON of photos, GoPro videos and memories made so that we make it feel like they are right there with us.

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Each year brings new adventures, more wipe-outs, daring jumps and good quality family time.   We are always so thankful and appreciative of this trip.

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From family dinners and card games, to pool challenges, trips down Kokomo, terrifying journeys up the lifts (It is no wonder I keep it together when the lift stops mid-way and starts swinging), beers on the mountain, to snow ball fights while we wait for shuttles and everything in between.  This trip ranks high amongst the favorites each year.

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Cheers!

 

Colorado Skiing | Years 1 and 2

For the last two years my in-laws have taken the family to Copper Mountain in Colorado for a few days of skiing and family time.   I’ll admit, the first year was met with a little bit of nervousness.   Having all of us together under one roof for several days created a little apprehension in all of us.   But, we were all wrong in those reservations.   What a blast!

The second year was met with much excitement.  And now this year I feel like I have had a countdown going for MONTHS!

Until now… by the time you read this, we will have been on the road since 6am.   And guess who isn’t with me?   My husband. 😦

Right now, I HATE the weather.  Mother Nature and I are not friends.  Not one little bit.   Clint’s business pushes snow in the winter.  So the TWO times all freaking year it decides to snow… it chooses the first on his 40th birthday weekend causing him to have to work – a lot!  And then this weekend.  When we are to be on a family vacation.  And now my vacation is spent with his family, without him.  I can’t even begin to describe how sad I am.  He’s my right hand man out there on the mountain.

Mother Nature – I hate you.  Today… I really hate you.

Trying to focus on the good trips we have had so far, so I thought I would share some photos of our 2013 and 2014 Colorado trips.  And while you are looking, send good vibes my way.  My super sad self needs them.   Send them to Clint too.  He’s just as bummed – if not more!

 

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Just look at this view.   iPhone photos don’t do it justice.

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Copper Mountain

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Clint & Kyle

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Greens or Blues… What path to take?

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Mastering the board.

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Peace. Serenity.

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And Exhaustion

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Heated games of pool

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And lot’s of card playing

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A little Kokomo action.   The easiest (and safest) part to maneuver

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Slowly but surely I am getting more comfortable 

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And then I get daring, get some great momentum… and then freak out!

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Kyle is a master of the mountain.   I don’t know where he got his skills from, but watch out.  He will fly by you with no hesitation at all.

But then, he also stops when he sees you wipe out to help you back up.

What a good kid he is.

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Always a good time with this guy

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And these kids…

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And these boys…

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And this Sista…

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And this wonderful MIL.

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Cheers to Colorado 2015and the next several days of snow, family, good food and wonderful memories!  Going to make the best of it.

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