Monday, August 24, 2009

breckenridge 2009

Last week we headed to Colorado to get away from the 100 degree weather and enjoy the outdoors.
If you know me you know that I grew up vacationing in the mountains. However our vacations to the mountains always came in the Winter/Spring when there mounds of white fluffy stuff covering everything. I've never been to the mountains in the summer. Except a trip to Colorado Springs (located in the foothills of the Rockys) and it was for a soccer tournament for my older brother and I was in 5th grade.
It is so very different in the summer. Just as beautiful but in a whole new green way. While it did make me miss the snow and skiing (its been over 6 years since I've skied) I gained a whole new love of the mountains.
A family photo at the top of peak 9 at Breckenridge. Brrrr... it was cold up there!
We enjoyed the AMAZING weather - highs in the upper 50's/low 60's.
Emma sporting her cute little Breck gear.

We all enjoyed a little Alpine Slide action. Grace LOVED it. When I rode with her she kept telling me to go faster! She sure does love a thrill.

The girls got a chance to ski...


Majority of our time was spent outside. There is a beautiful river that flows right through town that the guys went fishing in (well down stream a bit).

We even made some new friends. We met this sweet Laboradoodle while hanging out one afternoon. Labradoodles are hypoallergenic so Grace was so happy that she actually got to pet the dog. She talked about it the rest of trip. Poor girl... LOVES dogs and cats... maybe one day we will have a Labradoodle??

Emma met a miniature horse. The became fast friends.

We panned for some gold... no luck though.

Went mining... no luck there either.

Grace was COLD... very cold down in the mines and Adam and dad were wearing SHORTS!!

The whole family... my mom sure looks like a natural?
(From left to right)
Todd (my little bro), dad, me, Grace, mom, Adam and Emmy

On yet another walk... the flowers there were beautiful. Seriously you can't grow flowers here in Texas like they can up there. Shoot all the flowers around here are practically dead!

Emma enjoying spaghetti... pretty much the only meal she actually ate. She is becoming quite the picky eater! And yes she is sitting in a regular chair. She has been boycotting highchairs lately and I've decided its not a battle I choose to fight over.

We even enjoyed a little dress up at the local Children's museum.

And of course a little view of the ski hill at Breckenridge... I believe that is peak 7? Grace enjoying the view at Maggie Pond.
Overall, it was a great family trip.
And what trip would be complete without the following -
Adam got sick the last 2 days of our trip.
Grace got ringworm - can't believe I'm writing that here, but thankfully its all gone now... I've decided she got it from the plane ride to Breck!
Grace threw up on the plane on the way home.
Emma screamed for a good 30 minutes on the plane ride home. It was probably a combinations of being overtired, her ears hurting and I think she was ticked about us giving her Benedryl (which didn't work!).
Thankfully we made it home. We also decided we are driving on our next trip. We had to bring WAY too much stuff - 1 pack 'n play, 2 car seats, 1 set of gold clubs and 3 suitcases, plus 1 carry-on backpack for everyone... yes we checked SEVEN items. Thankfully we flew Southwest where you can still check bags for free and 2 baby items count for 1 regular item.
We would still go back in a heart beat. So many things we didn't have time for this trip so maybe next year?!
Thanks for a great trip everyone!


Meagan said...

I am so jealous of those temps!! Glad y'all had a good time! Reminds me of our summer vacays in CO - we did the same things y'all did - Alpine, the panning for gold, all of it :) Love ya!

Erin said...

Sounds like fun..until the end!

Katie said...

LOVE the pics! So colorful and cute! And as for the last paragraphs...we lead very similar lives!

Bill, Teri and Rachel said...

How fun! Your girls take the cutest pictures!

Fish Family said...

I LOVE Breckinridge!! I've been on the Alpine Slide!!! Too fun! LOVE it!

Josh, Allie and Collin said...

Looks like a blast! Glad you guys were able to get away for a bit and refresh :)

L&B said...

y'all should do park city in september. they have a food festival then and i've always wanted to go, but barry is not adventurous in trying new foods so i need someone to go with! and park city has the whole alpine slide thing going on too :)

Niki said...

Seriously, long sleeves in summer?!? I'm jealous!! Cute pics! Aren't the labradoodles dooo cute! I'm working on wally to get one in the future...I think it is a perfect middle ground since he wants a lab for the boys and I want a poodle mix dog.