Monday, January 12, 2009

A Cold Week in the Rockies

Funny how these photos look just like last year's--except everyone's a little bigger. Daisy was just as excited this time about her fold-down tray. Especially after the pretzels and apple juice arrived, and she set up one of her fairies to keep her company on the way to Colorado.


Our borrowed house felt like an old friend this year. Warm, sturdy, and so roomy.


And Daisy's favorite, the coffee table made from a twisted tree trunk, just right for playing enchanted forest. With the hamsters she thought to bring in her backpack.


Clara takes her world with her.


My mother-in-law spent her inside time painstakingly restoring this very antique crazy quilt. I kept finding pins on the floor!


And some of Daisy's inside time went towards working her Alpine Maiden look.


For outside time, we had these two boys: Giles once again on a snowboard (no concussions this year!) and Felix, who is by far the most competent skier in the family. He *elected* to wear a helmet this time, then hit all the black diamond slopes.


The Composer, who always appreciates Weather, admired these lenticular clouds.


These girls spent plenty of time skiing downhill, but this year I took to cross-country skies. New favorite thing!


The Composer stayed out late on our last day enjoying this cold and grand beauty.


No one broke anything (it worries me that this surprised Felix!), though the three middle children developed racking coughs on the way home.

But they will get well soon in the soft winter air we enjoy here in the middle of our not so grand, not so cold, grey and brown leafless woods.

25 comments:

t h a i t r a i t said...

What glorious skies!

Thankful that it was a concussion-free escape to the mountains...

Rose said...

The hamster family is adorable! Did you make them?
Rose

Sonja said...

Glad you had a good time, but also glad to have you back. I agree, the hamsters are adorable and what a perfect setting for them.

Rose said...

It's great to have you home Anna and I'm so glad you all enjoyed the holiday. I have been enjoying your archives during my two week summer break, finishing only yesterday. As I went back to work today it was a treat to find your new post this evening.
Rose

*emilie* said...

that house looks amazing !
i had little hamsters and bunnies like that when i was a kid, they were my favourite !

Tracey said...

What a wonderful time away. So serene and peaceful. The sky always looked like God was touching it with His hand personally to give you a Grand time.

nytesong said...

Looks like a lovely trip.

Anonymous said...

Anna,
The photos are so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Peace,
Lynne in NC

Carolyn said...

It looks as though you all had a grand time. And your photos are, as always, absolutely beautiful. I've missed checking into your blog, so glad you're back!

Davene said...

Welcome back! The photos are beautiful!

Mrs. H. said...

I am so glad you are all hope safely! Warm, beautiful pictures as always. :-)

Mrs. H. said...

I did mean "home" safely. :-)

Very Verdant said...

What beautiful pictures. Love the little hamsters. Children are so precious.

Sally said...

Such serenity and peacefulness. I adore Daisy's setup of her hamsters. What a precious poster/framed print that would make!

Glad you had a good time and glad you are safely home.

Sally

Lora said...

Colorado is so beautiful! It looks like you had a great time.

And Daisy's hamsters are so cute!

A family of boys said...

Oh, the pictures are beautiful. Like the others, I'm so happy you're back. I think I get a moment of instant peace as soon as I open your blog.

Bev said...

There you are - I've been watching for a post for a week, and had forgotten that you were all off to Colorado. I'm voting for the very fun coffee table from a tree trunk too - wonderful!

Bethany Hudson said...

Hello, I just found your blog recently and have really been enjoying it. It looks like you had a wonderful family vacation. Beautiful pictures of the mountains!
~Bethany

Anonymous said...

Skiing with my family- a treasured memory of mine! While your family enjoyed the snow...I enjoyed and kept warm with some comforting chicken soup, courteous of your Schoolhouse Chicken Soup recipe! You always inspire me!

In Christ,
Dawn

annamae said...

stunning photos of the mountains and skies! glad you had a good time! :)

Miss Lila in Atlanta said...

Welcome home.
Missed your posts.

Miss Lila in Atlanta

Rona's Home Page said...

Love the photos! I almost miss the cold and snow.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine swears by this "cough remedy": rub Vicks vaporub on the bottoms of your feet and pull on some cotton socks before going to bed. Sounds weird, but she claims it works like a charm. I plan to try it next time I have a cough.

Glad you all had a wonderful time!

Kelly said...

Oh, I could just cry! I spent two years and my honeymoon in CO, and I just can't get enough!

Heather said...

Hi Anna,

I realize the middle of summer is an odd time to request a winter photo, but...here it is anyway.

I'd emailed you about using one of these photos in a old refurbished window decoration...and you graciously gave your consent. We tried...and they said the photo was too small to blow up to 11x21. Would it be possible to have the original? It's the first scenic one with the whispy clouds and snow capped mountains. Thanks so much and obviously whenever you have time is fine. :)
Heather

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