Vacations & Weekends
Last Updated: 10/31/2017
The reason we work - to enjoy our time off together and with family and friends! An added perk is that we live in the middle of a vacation wonderland where we spend many weekends enjoying the outdoors. A few of our highlights from the past months (in reverse order).
This Halloween we did some of our standard activities. We went to a corn maze, carved some jack-o-lanterns, and the girls got dressed up for trick-or-treating. This year, Allison was a crazy cat lady, and Sydney was an emojii. For pictures of this, click here.
In October, the kids had off some days from school so we spent a long weekend in Estes Park. The night we got to the house, we had a small herd of elk walking through the neighborhood. The first full day there, we went to the YMCA of the Rockies to participate in their fall activities. Some things we did were: a hay ride, sack races, face painting, pine cone bird feeders, crafts, roller skating, bingo, shuffleboard, and ping pong. The first day was the favorite day for the kids! The next day we did a hike from Bear Lake to Cub Lake. You can see our track (if you have Google Earth) here. The last day we took a hike around Bierstadt Lake. That Google Earth track is here. On our way out of town we did some window shopping in Estes Park. Lastly, on our way back home we stopped by a pumpkin patch. For pictures of this, click here.
Allison decided to join Cross Country team this year. They had their first meet at the beginning of September. The girls team came in 2/9. Allison came in first on her team and 14/129 of all the middle school girls. She ran the 1.5 miles in 10:55 (a 7:17 minute mile). For pictures of this, click here.
This summer, Sydney was on a local swim team again. She moved up in age groups so had more competition this year. She had a great time at the meets she went to and usually did pretty good. For pictures of this, click here.
The girls have been taking piano lessons for about a year, and had their first piano recital this June. For pictures of this, click here.
To kick off our summer, we traveled to California. We spent a couple days in Sequoia National Park checking out the giant sequoias, as well as Moro Rock and Crystal Cave. We also spent a couple of days in San Francisco checking out many of the common tourist attractions such as Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, biking across the Golden Gate bridge, etc. For pictures of this, click here.
Like many people, we celebrated Easter in April. We had a neighborhood event that included the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, and an egg game. We had some guests staying over the night before Easter. As a result, our kids and theirs were able to hunt for Easter eggs throughout our house Easter morning. For pictures of this, click here.
In February, the kids had a couple of days off of school. Tami and Brad decided to surprise them and take them to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood for 4 days. Although the weather was generally wet, everyone managed to have a great time. For pictures of this, click here.
Allison had a Hawaiian themed birthday party. To start, all of the kids went to a indoor pool. They then came back and had some Hawaiian pizza. The played for a while and then watched Soul Surfer before they all went to bed. The next morning they got some "11" pancakes. For pictures of this, click here.
The girls celebrated their birthday together as a family this year. Besides opening presents, we went and saw "Sing" at the movie theater as well as went to dinner at Benihana. For pictures of this, click here.
In January, Sydney celebrated her birthday. She chose an owl theme this year and had some fun treats and decorations to match. She took some friends to Dave & Buster's for some gaming and prizes. Pizza and cake followed. They all played games until they finished up the night before watching Dolphin Tale 2. The next morning, the girls were fed some more "owls" before going home. For pictures of this, click here.
Christmas was a busy season. During the first week of December, Frank, the elf, showed up at our house. Throughout the month he showed up in various places. Santa once again made his yearly visit to stop by our neighborhood party. The girls got to talk to him and tell him what they wanted. The girls and Tami also ended up making many Christmas cookies for us to eat for the season. And, of course, there was the big day... Christmas! For pictures of this, click here.