12.31.2007

Christmas 2007

Whoa, what a Christmas! This year we drove to Illinois, Nat's home, to celebrate Christmas! It was a fun packed holiday! Visiting with family, drinking with old friends, progressive parties, massages, food, dogs & cats, dog drooling over cat, fog, snow, presents, tea, cookies, holiday music; a good time had by all!

After driving back home we had a few hours rest before we were the Beal Bed & Breakfast once again to Nat's Aunt, Uncle, & their 2 boys. They left on Friday & only hours later my parents came in town! It was a quick visit & a mini Christmas, well really just Nat & I opening presents. Now sadly all company has left & we are preparing for our New Year's Party! Living life in the crazy busy lane, & loving it!

Words escape me on how to illustrate how great this Christmas holiday was, so I will explain as I know best, through pictures!

Christmas at the Labrador Lodge:


All the stockings & trimmings were hung:


An Icy & White Christmas:





Lots of presents to unwrap:


What's left of the corn fields:


Snow & Ice waiting for us at home in Colorado:


Sadly I did not take any pictures when my parents were here...I will have to get some from my mom.

Fun taking pics of some of the presents I received:



12.11.2007

Fun in the Snow

It has been snowing a lot here, which is awesome! I love the tranquility that takes over the neighborhoods when it snows. The white fluffy blanket makes everything so peaceful, leaving only the squeak of the snow under your snow boots to disturb the silence. Here are a few pictures I took this weekend after it stopped snowing & the sun came out!

Corrina will hit 3rd gear when she is out prancing in the snow. All of the sudden balls become chase-worthy & our yard becomes a track for her tight circles sprints! My favorite is watching her run & then dip her nose in to the powder snow, coming up with snow on her nose and a little in her mouth for that much needed hydration.


There is a small grove of Aspens in our backyard. Most of the snow was melted away from the sun, but I love the stark white trunks against the teal blue of the mountain sky.


And of course what would a snowy day be without a snow laced pine?

12.10.2007

11.28.2007

Fun with Photoshop

Do we like the added texture? See below post to view original before texture was added!

Snow!!!

Today I awoke to a winter white surprise! I think it might have been a surprise to the meteorologists as well, they failed to mention it yesterday morning! It was not much just about an inch, but it was nice to see since we missed the first snow due to Thanksgiving travels. The best part about it snowing in the metro area means that it is snowing in the mountains, which in turn means GREAT skiing! So you know what I will be doing this weekend...yeah! Here are a few pics I snapped before I was off to work, or rather snow surprise traffic, geez you would've thought we were in Texas with how slow the traffic was moving! Anyways enjoy!:



11.26.2007

Thanksgiving Fun!

This Thanksgiving we went to my parents house. It was a fun & too short of a visit as usual. Although after the 13.5 hour drive yesterday all I can say is it is nice to be home and out of the car. We didn't actually celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving on Thursday because my brother, the chef, was cooking for about 250 people! Instead we went to my Aunt Laura's house & had a fun Thanksgiving of mexi food & ritas!! We did our traditional turkey & all the trimmings Thanksgiving on Saturday! Here are the pics:

On the way down to Texas Tuesday night we were able to stop off & get a few shots of this amazing sunset:




Saturday night, our Thanksgiving...where do I start?

Marcus & Emily (Marcus being goofy & Emily looking pretty):


Group Hug/crazies:


Nat & Marcus wanted to have some fun so they built a potato gun! By the time it was completed it was dark, so Emily had the brilliant idea of the ever so fun glow stick. So basically we were shooting glowing green potatoes hundreds of feet into the air....ahh what fun!

The gun:


The green glowing juice a.k.a.: a glow stick:


Loading the potato:


We definitely made a racket, but it was glowing good time!

On the way home in New Mexico we saw the glowing orange moon rise at an incredible speed...this is the best I could do, doesn't really do it justice:


P.S.....These were taken from our front yard the Sunday before Thanksgiving, just liked them & wanted to share:


11.18.2007

veinte ocho

Ashley came to visit last weekend for our 28th birthdays!!! We partied like it was 1999...actually that is true statement, because in 1999 we were in college living together & celebrating together, ahhh the good ole days! We had fun filled weekend including, spa treatments, a birthday bash party, shopping, & fine dinning. It was a great weekend spent with my great & wonderful friend Ashley!!! Here are a few moments captured from our fab weekend:

Before the big birthday bash Friday night:


Drinking like we were young again, or at least holding onto what is left of our twenties, cheers:


Of course we played a mean game of guesstures:


The boys playing guesstures, or crying because they were losing:


Somehow Nat got a little confused with the candles, but I thought hey we look pretty good to be 82:


Corrina got a little bored with us:


Saturday night, at Bella Bistro:


Flowers that Nat got Ashley & I, he scored major brownie points:


And of course re-living the college days meant Ashley once again was my muse/model:



And to everyone involved: thanks for the birthday love:

11.04.2007

Brian & Lucy

We made the journey up to Gold Hill yesterday to visit our friends Brian & Lucy! They recently have moved into a new home as well, it seems to be a trend. They live in a quaint old home sitting atop of a hill overlooking the small mining town of Gold Hill. I loved all the ornate detail the old house offered, it is a lost art on homes today. I was only able to shoot a few pics as the light was quickly fading behind the mountains. As always it was great to see Brian & Lucy! Here are a few of my favorites:

A Place to Hang Your Boots:


A Welcoming Door:


Lucy is the Queen of Gardening:


And last but not least, my husband, the cowboy:

10.30.2007

DAM (Denver Art Museum)

I was lucky to have my parents visit me this weeked as Nat was out hunting for elk. It was great to hang out & catch up! I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful parents, who are cool because they enjoy going to the art museum & understand me only as a parent could understand their child!

Sunday we went to the Denver Art Museum.


Mom & Dad loved the big cow sculpture, so I had them pose in front of the calf & it's mother:


Before we walked through the carefully designed doors we had a wonderful lunch outside on a beautiful sunny Denver day. As I was munching on my salad enjoying the sun & conversation my eye was drawn to the opposing scene before me. The rigid structure of the art museum & the organic shapes of the tree adorned with it's yellow fall leaves. Both beautiful & created equally with care & close attention.



As you walk into the new wing of the DAM you are amazed. The structure itself is a piece of art work inside & out. This was taken from the top/ 3rd floor, looking down & across:



Here is my take on a few of the many pieces displayed: