Archive | December, 2013

auld lang syne.

31 Dec

2014, 2013 is about to give you a run for your money. Talk about an awesome year. Luckily, from what I can gather, it sounds like you’re up for the challenge. I mean we’ve already got Machu Picchu on the books for May, a San Juan ski trip in the works for February, Avalanche Training Certification for January, the wedding of the year coming up in November (HB and TK…I mean YOU), a KD wedding in August, and all sorts of friends and family time in the midst of all the above activities.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have got to be the luckiest girl in the world. I don’t know what I did in a past life to deserve all the love, laughter, adventure, wanderlust, and excitement that’s been handed to me, but I’ll take it. Happy New Year everyone! 2014 has BIG things in the works! –> I was hoping this would pop up as a slideshow in the post, but such is the life. Click the link for a glimpse of 2013!


o tannenBUG…er baum

24 Dec

o baum

Came down with the Christmas flu about three days ago and have spent the last three days tracking back and forth between the bed and the couch. Missed some serious quality time with the folks (hooray for holidays in Keystone!), but you can bet I will be there tomorrow for Christmas dinner…mucus and manly voice in tow!

Merry Christmas everyone, may the light of the season carry you through!


comin’ up on christmas

18 Dec

comin' up on christmas

New hire training is finished, spent the morning snowshoeing through the Keystone Ranch, family starts to arrive in Summit County tomorrow, and Christmas is a ‘mere week away. Feeling pretty merry these days!

run, run reindeer.

8 Dec

A few days ago, Santa lost his reindeer.

I mean that in all seriousness. At a Santa meet ‘n greet, Prancer got spooked and hopped his fence. Dillon and Silverthorne police spent a full 12 hours running around Summit County in an attempt to catch the rogue reindeer; unfortunately, Prancer was enjoying his new found freedom a little too much to allow the officers off that hook that easily. Luckily, yesterday morning the Dillon Police Department received a call from a civilian who was walking his dog on the Dillon Peninsula, swearing that he saw a reindeer bounding through the trees. Officers arrived and found that Prancer had escaped their pursuit by swimming across Lake Dillon. Good news is they caught the runaway reindeer and Prancer will be back in Santa’s Christmas line-up. 

In other news, the girls and I dressed in our Christmas best and “ran” six blocks around Breckenridge for the Race of the Santas. The dogs came with us too, of course outdoing us with their spirited Christmas-wear. Abbey sported a darling holly inspired cocktail dress with a Christmas Tree crown, while Mav was dashing in his Christmas napkin, turned bandana. It was a hoot and let me tell you, we were the talk of the town. 


giving thanks.

4 Dec

For some odd reason, it has taken me a long time to pull together this post on giving thanks, thankfulness, and the great holiday of Thanksgiving. You see, for so long Thanksgiving seemed like a “filler holiday”; a holiday full of food and family, but lacking the wonderment of the main event, aka Christmas. Thankfully (unintentional use, I swear…) over the last several years, the true meaning of Thanksgiving has begun to resonate within me and the holiday has evolved into a time of reflection, rejoicing in familial closeness, and thankfulness for this crazy life I am so fortunate to call my own.

Thanksgiving 2013 was celebrated in a series of episodes. I spent the actual day of Thanksgiving with my main man’s family in Chattanooga and the few days leading up to the big day, in Chicago with my family. However, to an extent I feel that I have been unconsciously, and at times extremely consciously, been pondering how fortunate I am to have my health, for being brought up in a family that places supreme importance on relationships with loved ones, for allowing myself to reach for the confidence that is essential to trust my gut and smarts, for my sense of adventure and wanderlust and the ridiculous number of role models that have ingrained that sense of adventure and wayfaring into my soul, and for the happiness and excitement I seek on a daily basis.

I don’t know how much of a person’s life is related to luck and good fortune, but I do know that I am utterly, completely, overwhelmingly thankful for this bizarre, goofy, exciting, courageous life I have been given. I love the wacky family that brought me up, the perfect little suburban town that I have called home for the majority of my life, the crazy, beautiful people I call my friends, and the big huge lake and even bigger mountains that shape my environment as I see it now. Might sound silly, but introducing that special someone to all that has touched my life and then being introduced to the people and places that touched his, brings even greater meaning to importance of gratitude towards the lives we live.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a holly jolly holiday season!


’tis the season

3 Dec

Welp, we’re back and we survived 3000 miles in the car, a picturesque introduction to nine states across the good ‘ole USofA, and a week with each other’s families, and frankly I think I still kinda dig him. But we’ll get to that later.

First things first, the holidays have arrived and Summit County is chock full of exciting events and activities for the entire family. From skiing, to tubing, to sleigh rides, to tree lightings and carolers, a trip out to the mountains is the perfect way to get in touch with your inner-elf.

1) Skiing (duh): All the hills (Beaver Creek, Vail, Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper Mountain, Loveland…am I miss any?) in the area are officially open and ready for skiers and riders of all skill levels to dive in and fly down. Keystone even offers a “kids ski free” package for families staying two or more nights with children 12-and under. Can’t beat that!

2) Tubing: think of it as sledding on steroids. Check out the Frisco Adventure Park or Keystone Adventure Point. Note, Keystone requires reservations–to book dial 800-354-4386 or stop by the Keystone Lodge and Spa concierge desk. 

3) Lighting of Breckenridge/Run of Santas, December 7 

4) Frisco Wassail Days, December 7-15: carolers, shopping, holiday charm galore!

5) Dew Tour: Can you dew it? These guys sure can. Watch pro snowboarders and skiers fly through the air as they launch themselves off some of Breck’s biggest jumps and rails. 

6) Brunch with Santa, Keystone, CO, Warren Station, December 15

7) 12 days of Christmas at Copper Mountain, December 20-31: 12 days of holiday surprises and events

8) USSA Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, December 16-22: top freeskiers and snowboards compete to qualify for the 2014 winter olympics

By the way, Summit County is expecting 8-16″ of snow tonight…the weather may be frightful, but all the snow sure makes the holidays delightful!



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