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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Family Time in Topeka

Friday the 25th Clint and I took off for Topeka, KS to stay with my brother Chris, wife Niki and family.   We had a little bit of a rough start as we had originally planned to take the Harley’s down, but had to switch at the last minute.  After I had packed the appropriate amount of clothing to fit into saddlebags and dressed in my gear, Clint broke the news that something wasn’t right with his motor and fearing a breakdown- we opted to take the cage.   Super bummed, but not letting it ruin the start of our trip, I made a quick change of the clothes and a bag re-pack (since I could now take more items) we hit the road only 45 minutes late.

 

Topeka is a quick easy drive for us, but Clint is such a kid when it comes to traveling.

1.  He complains about my music.  To this, I just turn it up even louder.  He is such an old soul and listens to OLD country.  Like really OLD.  I can’t stand his music – so thank god I always drive and therefore control the tunes.

Even though he makes up names for my favorite artists, ie: Jason Al and Dean (you know, the trio, he says), Dierks Bentree,    Grantley Giffert,  Duke Bryan (the duo of course), I think he secretly loves their music.  I just know it.  😉

2. He can’t sit still.

 

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This is the chair as far forward as it could possibly go.   Seriously.   Such a child.  Thankfully, entertaining.

 

Once we got to Topeka, Clint wasted no time digging into the Lego’s with all the kiddos.

 

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Such adorable, fun and polite kids.    Truly one of the cutest families I know.  🙂

 

Niki cooked a killer pork loin and potatoes on the grill for dinner – so our Friday night was a relaxed evening full of play time, good food and cold beers.  It was a really great Friday night!

 

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Saturday morning had us up around 8 with some seriously delicious homemade breakfast pizza – the secret was cream cheese, garlic and oregano – and then the boys dove into building a bike ramp.

 

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Jack was a big help.  🙂

 

Ben practiced quite a bit on a smaller ramp first before committing to the gigantic ramp the boys made.

 

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Watch out ladies and gents – we’ve got the next Pro BMXer.

 

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Clint thought he was one too.

 

Until…

 

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Yep.  Mr. Show-Off bent the crap outta that wheel.  I am so sad I didn’t get all of this on camera.  It was quite hysterical.   Sorry Sam – I don’t think you’ll be riding that bike anytime soon. :/

 

I hung out with this lil cutie while the big boys played.   🙂  He was on his second container of yogurt at this point.  Growing boy!

 

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The Big Boys finished the ramp and then the show really got started!

 

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Clint

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Chris

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Ben

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The cheerleaders:

 

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The boys

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Break time.  That ramp jumping is hard work!

The morning went by quickly and it was soon time for lunch.  Clint and Jack were buddies and spent the entire lunch time chatting.   Making plans to save the world, I am sure.  One Ninja Turtle at a time.

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After lunch, Sam took the two boys on a road trip to their grandma’s, Bri went to her best friends birthday party and the adults headed to Kansas City to the Power & Light District for some adult time.

That crazy recap to come soon!

Brace yourselves….

 

 

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