Friday, January 01, 2016

COLORADO CHRISTMAS TRIP: HIGHS & LOWS

We drove over 2,000 miles in the past week, most of it with our children.  I certainly am glad the driving is done, but I do miss Colorado.  It's so very beautiful.  Here are the highs and lows of spending some holiday fun time there.

Low:  It takes a very long time to get to Colorado.  The twins are not the best travelers, and it makes for long days in the car together where I feel like someone who is waiting on completely illogical, unreasonable people for hours on end.  That part is not necessarily enjoyable.

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(Violet and I held hands A LOT this trip.  She has a pincer like grasp, even while sleeping.)
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(We cleared out a restaurant this night #subtletyisourspecialty.)

Low:  So much of the driving is across Kansas, which is notably un-notable.

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High: We did our third Christmas upon arrival, which was a delight to my children.

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(I gave my MIL a nativity necklace that matched mine, and we twinkied at church the next day.)

High:  We drove into the mountains for an afternoon of sledding fun for everyone.  It didn't take too long to get to the snow.

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Low:  You may or may not have noticed that the twins are not pictured in the snow.  We got them out of the car and got them mostly suited up.  However, they were not the least bit interested in wearing hats or gloves.  Which meant that their little hands were turning bright red with cold, and they both began freaking out.  They screamed and screamed and no amount of coaxing or even a warm fire at the bottom of the hill could convince them to be outdoors.  It was pretty awful.  They spent the rest of the time in the car with an incredibly gracious Grandma who did end up with a warm front row seat to the fun.

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(happy to be in the car after John and I each carried a screaming twin up a hill #pleaseneveragain)
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High:  The kiddos loved time with Grandma and Grandpa!

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High:  We had dinner at my favorite restaurant in town.

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Low:  It was frigid cold for the entirety of our visit.  This meant much more time indoors, especially since the twins did not exactly do well in winter gear.

High:  Game nights and other fun with John's parents.

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High:  We did have a lot of sweet family moments together, and I'm so thankful for those.

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(photo cred to Lily)

High:  I got to see two out of three of my sibs which was brief but fun.

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Low:  Our final drive home was probably the worst.  Everyone was pretty much over the driving.  We did get to witness first hand some of the flooding that is taking place across our state.

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All in all, it was a great trip.  Thanks, Lenny and Sharon, for being such excellent hosts- we love y'all!

It's good to be home.  Now, if only all of the laundry would do itself.

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