We've just returned from a few days up in Winter Park, CO with John's family. It was snowy, cold, beautiful, and so much fun!
We rented an amazing condo (thank you, Papa and Mimi!) that had a terrific view of the ski slopes. We originally thought some of us would ski, but we decided we'd rather spend our time doing something we could all do together.
We went tubing!
Oh my gosh...it is so much fun. We loved it so much that we went back again the next day! My favorite part was riding with Abbey. She would giggle the entire time she was flying down the hill. It was so cute. We also loved hooking all of our tubes together and making one big amoeba or one long chain. The more people you have, the faster you go! The best part though is that you don't have to walk back up the hill...they have a "magic stairway" (conveyor belt thingy) that carries you back to the top.
(We went a few years ago to a different tubing hill. I thought it was wise that this one required a helmet for all tubers.)
Will was overjoyed about me taking his picture.
We also let the kids ride snowmobiles! They didn't go fast enough for the older kids though...
Abbey didn't want to ride, so she
patiently watched everyone else ride played in the snow while we watched her brother and sister and two cousins.
I think it snowed every day we were there! I was thankful for that since not all of our family lives in a place that sees snow very often. And isn't that what you hope for when you visit Colorado anyway?
Another fun thing we did was take a sleigh ride.
It was snowing and so cold. Very picturesque indeed. Midway through the ride, we stopped and warmed up around a campfire and had hot cocoa.
We had a wonderful time. As we were driving back I was thinking about how blessed we are to live in a place of such great beauty and to be able to enjoy it with those we love is just icing on the cake. I have lots more pictures but want to ask permission before I share them here. So stay tuned...