Vacations & Weekends
Last Updated: 11/11/2018
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 a few of our standard activities. This included going to the pumpkin patch to get some pumpkins, carving said pumpkins, and the girls going out trick-or-treating. This year, Allison was a couch potato, and Sydney was a lifeguard. For pictures of this, click here.
The kids had didn't have school for a couple of days in October, so we took a mini-vacation to Moab, UT. While there, we stayed in a camper because... why not? This is the second time we have been to Moab, but the kids were 4 the first time and didn't remember it. The first day we spent at Arches National Park. We managed to see most of the arches we wanted to see, and also had the chance to see the Delicate Arch at sunset. The next day, we went to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. None of us had every been there before, and we went on a gorgeous hike to Chelser Park overlook. The last day, we took a 4-wheel drive road to Gemini Arch, went to Dead Horse State Park, and went to the Islands in the Sky part of Canyonlands. It was a lot cooler that day, so the "hikes" were very short. For pictures of this, click here.
Allison was on the cross country team at her school again this year. The girls team usually did pretty well at the meets. At the state championship in October, they came in 4th. For pictures of this, click here.
This summer, Allison took an acting class, and went to a play-in-a-week camp. In the acting class, the class had some performances based on all the actresses in the class, and each actress did a monologue. For the camp, all the kids put on the "Sound of Music". It was quite impressive what all the kids could put together in a week. (If you do watch the videos, just so you know, the same actor didn't necessarily play the same character in each scene. That way they could spread around the opportunities). For pictures of this, click here.
This summer, Sydney was on a local swim team again. She was at the top of her age group this year. She had a great time at the meets she went to and usually did pretty good. She qualified for the invite at the end of the summer and ended up taking first in all of her events and being the highest scoring 11-12 year old girl at the meet. For pictures of this, click here.
In the beginning of June, Brad and Tami went to Idaho to check it out (since the girls were on a school trip to DC and NYC). While there, they spent some time time near Hailey and Boise. Hiking and biking were the main activities, along with some time just getting to know the cities. For pictures of this, click here.
This spring was a musical time for the girls. The had a piano recital and a beginning orchestra concert for school. If you would like to see/hear them, click the link. For pictures of this, click here.
Spring break fell the week before Easter this year. We chose to spend the week skiing at Steamboat Springs. Once we came back home for Easter, artwork was made on the driveway, eggs were colored, and baskets and eggs were found. For pictures of this, click here.
This winter, Sydney continued to be on a swim team. Overall she had a pretty good season. For pictures of this, click here.
Allison and Sydney celebrated their birthday with us again this year. Their day started out with some pancakes made by Tami. Later, they got to open their presents. We played a couple rounds of Watch Ya Mouth. Later in the day, we enjoyed many football snacks and watched the Super Bowl. For pictures of this, click here.
Sydney celebrated her birthday in February by taking some of her friends to Puzzah!. They tried to solve two different puzzles - and succeeded on one of them. They then went to Noodles and Company for some dinner and cupcakes. For pictures of this, click here.
In February, Allison had a birthday party at Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center. As part of her party package, her and her friends got to play 3 rounds of laser tag, and 1 round on the ropes course. The girls had a lot of fun on both activities and got significantly better at laser tag by round three. There was a lot of laughing, and an excessive amount of soda drunk. For pictures of this, click here.
This Christmas season was similar to those in the past. Frank the Elf showed up at our house this year to watch the kids (and just do his own thing). We also went to our neighborhood holiday party to see Santa. Unfortunately, the real Santa couldn't make it this year, but we enjoyed time with one of his helpers. And, of course, the kids (and the adults) enjoyed opening gifts Christmas morning. For pictures of this, click here.