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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

16 Feb

last thoughts from aspen

Amazing. Breathtaking. Exhausting? :)

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon skiing with the girls and it was amazing, breathtaking and exhausting!

It completely amazes me that my little peanuts, who started out on the magic carpet only a few short years ago, are now able to take the lift all the way to the top of the mountain and ski down to the bottom.

At one point, Wynter was leading Piper, two instructors and me! Crazy!

Taylor and Ana spent the day on a different mountain … and there too, just seems so surreal that they’re old enough to go to a different mountain without us. They had an instructor with them, but there takes a certain amount of ‘letting go’ to allow it to happen.

I love these girls so much. They are all so precious to me in their own individual ways. I thank God for them every morning.

I am blessed.


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15 Feb

greetings from aspen

The girls are having a great time!

Piper is a skiing machine … she doesn’t want to come in at the end of the day and is aching to get out again the next morning. And little Huntie’s been a trouper … she looks forward to seeing her ‘snow instructor’ each morning. Wynter seems to be having fun too, she’s picked it up again quickly and isn’t complaining … she’s dragging by the end of the day, but enjoys it.

I was walking the girls down the mountain this morning, while taking some pictures and Wynter was skiing around me … weird, surreal and cute all at the same time.

For skiing once a year, I honestly can’t believe how well they’re doing. This afternoon is my turn to ski with them {while Curt stays in with Hunter for her nap} and I’m looking forward to it.

I’m going to leave my camera in the room, so I can just soak up being with them. Here’s some shots I took while going down with them this morning …

Wynter and Piper hamming it up …

Taylor on her board …

And the little girls going down … I was having a hard time keeping up with them. Granted, I was in boots … but still!


Posted in aspen 09, vacation


13 Feb

kids on skis

I can’t believe it’s been a year already! The girls get 2 days off of school for ‘long winter weekend’ … and we always head to Aspen. We’ve been coming here since Taylor was four or five? Unbelievable!

This is the first year Hunter’s come with and I’m so glad she did. Honestly, I didn’t want her to come along … I thought everyone would have a better trip without her. Just in the fact that she’s so little and still needs a nap and wouldn’t be able to ski all day.

We typically get instructors for the girls, meet up for lunch and then ski with them in the afternoon. If Hunt was along, one of us would have to go in with her for her nap.

Curt talked me into bringing her along {and then forgot he did that, and couldn’t believe we were bringing her .. men!} … but I’m SO glad he talked me into it. She is beyond precious!

She did a great job this morning and had a lot of fun doing it. My heart was swelling with mom-pride! And beware, I have just a few photos from our day … mostly of Hunter, but I just couldn’t narrow it down.

Here’s Tay on her board. Ana’s with us too, but somehow managed to stay out of the way of my lens!

A little collage of Hunter. Love the nukie on the magic carpet! She ended her lesson with a goldfish/gatorade snack … precious!

Taylor and Wynter before we took off this morning.

And another shot of them I liked.

Daddy and Hunter.
Hunter’s first time going down without the instructor holding on to her.

Piper … gotta love that awkward ‘my teeth are growing in stage!’

Piper skiing down.

Wynter skiing down.

And there you have it! I’m having a little bit of a hard time out in the brightness {sun and snow} with my eye. My contrast vision is off and it’s hard to look and see. It’s putting some strain on it, but I’m getting through okay.

We all seem to be getting better and I think it’s going to be a great weekend!

Funny dad story:

The girls are all on meds right now and Piper is having a very difficult time taking hers. Poor thing has been taking antibiotics for what seems like the last couple of months and is over it! She can’t stand the taste and we have this whole proceedure for her.

We line up her medication, glass of water, and chocolate of some sort {at home it’s a mini chocolate donut, here’s it’s a hotel pillow chocolate}. I plug her nose and give her the medication, she drinks the water afterwards and it’s not until she’s eating the chocolate that I can unplug her nose.

All of this is proceeded by mucho crying and whining that she won’t take her medicine.

So this morning, dad’s got a brilliant scenario for her explaining why she needs to take her meds. Ready?

“You’re not always going to like everything you eat. Sometimes you’ll be in situations where you’re not going to like what someone’s serving. Say you’re visiting the president of China someday {say what?!?}, and maybe he’s serving boiled jellyfish … you’re probably not going to like it, but it would be very rude not to eat it.”

Piper suddenly had an epiphany and took her meds without another complaint! Um, yeah … not so much.

{and FYI, he’s ROFL right now at SpongeBob SquarePants … yeah, that’s the guy I’m married to … and I love him anyway}


Posted in aspen 09, vacation