Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

I couldn't end the year without driving down the road to see one of my favorite places. It was 3:00 PM at Bridal Veil Falls when I took these pictures, but kind of dark and overcast because it was snowing.
The road was blocked off at this point, which is okay with me. :) I didn't want to do any major Jeeping today. Jay took Garrett and Savanna snowboarding today and yesterday and I hope to go up and ski with Jay tomorrow. Maybe if we get an early start everyone will be sleeping in from staying up late tonight!! I hope everyone has an awesome and blessed New Year!!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Skiing

Jay and I got out for a couple of hours of skiing on Christmas morning. The kids were excited to just stay home with their new toys and video games. Jay talked me into riding lift 7, which is really close to our apartments. It's a pretty scary 2-person chair lift that goes up high over the gondola. The picture above is of our apartments and parking lot.
It looked to me like the guys behind us didn't pull the bar down in front of them. Some people here are crazy!

I took this one of snowboarders and skiers from lift 1. This is the Meadows run that I've been doing. Jay has been able to several of the double green runs and some blues now. He's advancing pretty quickly.

Christmas afternoon we ate snacks with the kids and for dinner we went up to Ari and Kristen's house for a Marshal's office party. The kids had a lot of fun playing Wii with Christy's kids. The Marshal's office is kind of our little family away from home now. Kristen was so sweet to invite us up and is the nicest person in Telluride, for sure. :)

It was hard to go back to work today. My tolerance for being bored at the computer is lowering.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fly Me to the Moon Over Telluride

Last night we had the most beautifully huge and bright moon I have ever seen in my life! We could see everything around us. Normally after dark, it's impossible to see anything at all down in this box canyon. We drove to the east end and we could even see Bridal Veil Falls in the dark! It did make Telluride feel a little bit like Whoville. I really need to get a picture of the snowcats grooming the trails at night. It's kind of creepy in an alien spaceship or submarine kind of way.

Today Jay took Garrett and Savanna up to snowboard. They felt confident enough after their first week of ski PE to try it without an instructor. Not me! I'm still too scared. We have "blackout" days on our limitless lesson pass during the holidays, and besides that the mountain is really crowded right now with people here on vacation. I want the whole ski run to myself to fall on. :) Today should start the busiest time for the Telluride Ski School instructors, but our instructor was up there today with no students. :( I should make him and his best friend Googleable. If you ever come up to ski in Telluride, ask for Shai Walker or his friend Adam Nugent. They are from New York and Jay and I have told them they really need to stay here past the winter so they can see what Telluride is like in the summer. I'm totally enjoying learning how to ski, but I'm anxious for July to get here so we can get the Jeep up on the trails!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we just have plans to drive to Montrose and stock up on groceries and go to dinner at a restaurant or something. We've been skiing instead of going to Wal-Mart long enough that we have run out of everything. It should be a crazy time!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jeep King of the Mountain

Jeep King of the Mountain snowboarding competition was held in Mt. Village today. We had a blast!!! We were rooting for Shaun Palmer and Lindsey Jacobellis, and they both won. :-)

Here is a close-up picture of Lindsey Jacobellis. You might remember her winning a silver medal in the Olympics.

Crazy fans holding their Jeep swag stuffed animals. :) The skiing and snowboarding events will be on CBS later this month!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Skiing update

Today we had our second ski lesson and we had the same instructor as last week. I made some progress and I'm no longer a level I beginner! I was able to do some turns today and getting better at stopping myself. Jay went on a ski lift and went down a really long run and wore himself out. We are planning on skiing again tomorrow if we can get up there in time after Maralee's Christmas concert in the morning!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Snow Wheelin'

Today was the first chance we have had to get out and really enjoy our new Jeep. We took it to see Bridal Veil Falls and Wilson Peak for the first time. :) There were tracks on the road up to the falls and Jay kind of wanted to try it, but I said noooooooo. I don't want to take a chance on getting stuck or something happening to our new car. Maralee was kind of sad today when she realized that the Jeep is getting dirty.
This is in the big pull-out area up Last Dollar Road overlooking Wilson Peak. Normally you can see Lizard Head clearly here, too, but there was a huge cloud up there.

Last Dollar Road.

San Miguel County's very own Whoville.

Tomorrow we are going up for our second ski lesson. I'm kind of more scared than I was last week before the first time we skied! Hopefully I can get a good night's rest tonight so I'm not so exhausted and falling down tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Telluride waking up this morning

We had a little bit of snow overnight, but the temperature has been above freezing. Lots more snow is supposed to be on its way. It should be great for when we ski next week!! We've been enjoying driving our new Jeep around and figuring out all the little things, wondering how we ever survived without satellite radio. The biggest adjustment for me is that since it isn't all-time four wheel drive, I have to put it in four wheel drive to get up to Maralee's school because the back wheels slip a little. The Cherokee never did that.

Tonight is the Christmas party at the Chief's house. Fun!! Jay works with a great group of people and I always enjoy seeing all of them. The kids are afraid they will get bored, but I told them this is really our only get-together with a group of people for the holidays.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Noel Night in Telluride

Last night was the annual Noel Night in Telluride. The shops stayed open late and offerred discounts to locals. Santa was at our bank until 6:30, so that was our first stop. Garrett and Savanna have decided they are too old to visit Santa, so they just watched Maralee. I told them that I guess that means they are too old to get gifts from Santa, which they quickly disagreed with! We didn't really spend a whole lot of time in each shop because they were as crowded as a mall on Christmas Eve.

This is the entrance to the kids' favorite shop, Zia Sun. Maralee thinks this Santa is creepy.

Here is Maralee, visiting Santa alone. :( I really think Garrett would have at least stood by Santa if Savanna had been willing to.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Jeeps Rule, too!!!

Our 2008 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon came into the dealer in Durango early this morning. Jay and I were both off work today, so we were able to drive down and get it. We are now a 3 Jeep family!!! Our Jeep Cherokee is 15 years old now and probably a little jealous because the Rubicon is awesome! It's like Jeep was reading my mind when they started making the Unlimiteds. I always wanted a real Jeep (for myself, obviously Jay has a real monster Jeep) but I had given up on that because we have 3 kids. I was so excited when they started making real Jeeps with four doors and five seats!! The past three days we have been so busy that I feel like I need to get back to work to get some rest. :) I love the snow and wintertime, but it will be so exciting when July comes and we can get back on our Jeep trails.

Monday, December 3, 2007

First ski lesson

I bled on my ski instructor today. Yep, who else would be bleeding at a ski lesson? It was a really warm and sunny 42 degrees, so we peeled of layers and I stupidly took off my gloves. Then I fell down a couple of times and my hands were pretty numb. I apparently sliced some skin off of my thumb on my ski and when my instructor helped me get up (something I have major problems doing on skis) there was suddenly blood all over my hand!!! I was so embarrassed, but I think there was just a little on his jacket. I think he had to help pull me up four times and he was very nice about it. Jay and I were the only ones there for lessons today, so it was like having a private instructor. He even ate lunch with us.

As for the skiing experience, I'm not quite ready to even call it "fun." Man, it's a lot harder than I was expecting. Jay is doing great and using skills he learned skiing in mountain warfare training in the Marines. There were many times I really wanted to chicken out and go home, but I kept pushing myself and we plan to go back tomorrow. By the way, we didn't even use a lift of any kind. There was a small area available, but our instructor wanted us to learn how to move around uphill and down. Above is the hill I skied on today. It doesn't look very steep, but walking up it in skis really sucked!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I give you the Griswold family Christmas tree!

Okay, I will be honest. We didn't actually pick out a tree as big as the Griswold's, but the experience did remind me of "Christmas Vacation." We bought a permit to cut down a tree in the national forest. Telluride is pretty much surrounded by national forest, so we didn't have to go very far. We drove down South Fork Road, which isn't too far from San Miguel County's version of "Whoville." Too bad I don't have any pictures of that little Whoville at night with the full moon shining down on it. I'm still wondering which peak the Grinch lives on up there.

We went with Maralee's first choice after stomping around in the deep snow for awhile. It was really tough to pick a tree because so many of them are 50 feet high and lots of the trees of reasonable height are really scraggly. We had to cut one down at least 50 feet from the road and 100 feet from the river. The tree we finally decided on is not very tall, probably the first time we've had a tree shorter than me, but we do have a small space to put it in the apartment.

I caught an action shot!!

Aw, we killed it!! :( Actually, it helps the national forests for people to cut down Christmas trees because it thins the forest out to make room for more trees to grow.

I hopped up here and pretended to help for this picture.

After we got the tree inside, we had to pick off large clumps of snow and ice and let the tree dry before we could decorate it. Our living room is sooooo tiny and no room for a tree, so we have it in my office. Not a very picturesque place with the junked up bookcases surrounding it. We have a tradition of making smores after we decorate the tree and we also watched one of my favorite movies, "Elf."

Maralee has really been bugging me to get presents wrapped, and so far my excuse has been that I won't wrap presents without a tree. I guess I'd better get some gifts wrapped for her now or I'll never hear the end of it. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Prequel to skiing

Today we went sledding for the first time. This is at the base of lift 7, which is really close to where we live. There is a huge pile of snow that the snow machine made which was pretty easy to climb up, but hard as a rock if you fell on it. I think Jay and I will be sore tomorrow, especially Jay because he was acting just as crazy as the kids. Ski season opens later this week, so I don't think we will be able to sled at the base of the trails again. There is a place to sled in town park called Firecracker Hill that we need to try.
Garrett was the most extreme. He always tried to hit all the big bumps along the way.

I don't know if you can see it in my face here, but I was actually a little bit scared. :)

I had to throw in a picture of Wilson Peak that I took this morning in Mt. Village.

Friday, November 23, 2007

While we were sleeping

While we were sleeping last night it snowed. Then after we got up this morning it snowed, and snowed, and snowed!! I heard we have had at least 11 inches. The ski season crisis is over! They plan to open up for skiing next Friday, November 30. I actually heard a guy in Mountain Village scream for joy today. The roads got bad really fast and there were cars slipping and sliding, even a few crashing into each other this morning. We couldn't see the mountains for the falling snow, but here are some pictures I took while we were out today.

The River Trail

Here is a snow machine going strong. There were some people sledding down the ski trail here behind the machine.

Girl Day!!! We have a tradition of sometime around Thanksgiving of having girl day. Savanna, Maralee and I would normally go to the mall and to Target, out to eat lunch and to a movie. We didn't leave Telluride today because of the bad roads. We had a good lunch at The Sweet Life, then went shopping in Zia Sun and Between the Covers. We rode the gondola up to Mountain Village and had hot chocolate and a huge cookie at Colorado Tracks and watched some kids sledding. We have a couple of really cool sleds for the kids, but I didn't think to prepare for that today.

We really liked these cute Christmas trees at The Sweet Life. One of our neighbors is the cook, and I'm pretty sure he gave us a larger than normal serving of the famous Fring-a-Ling-a-Ding-Dong, which is a combination of onion rings, curly, straight cut and waffle fries. Jay called me while I was taking this picture and said, "Do not get out and drive!" I said, "Too late!" The Jeep Cherokee does really great in the snow, though, and I didn't slip at all. We do have a 2008 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon on the way, but we might just keep the Cherokee, too, since does so great in the snow.

Here I am on one of the walking bridges over the San Miguel River. Me happy. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving 2007 was the first time for us to be away from family on a major holiday. Jay spent the day working while Garrett and I volunteered most of the day helping at our church's community dinner held at the high school. I think I cut about 100 pieces of pie during the afternoon, then I was in charge of the green bean casserole and stuffing during the dinner. Garrett was in charge of mashed potatoes. I think we served over 100 people during our shift. Our church fed over 200 people. The food was awesome and it was free! There was a large group of guys that we thought were probably here to work the ski lifts and since ski season has been delayed, they may even be here completely broke until they start working. They were sure happy when we piled the food on their plates. :) Maralee and Savanna had a good time playing with kids that they know from church and school. It was really a huge dinner of people coming together very thankful for what they have. I also had to wear one of the turkey hats while I was serving, but I managed to not get a picture of that, hahahaha! :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Telluride Airport

Jay's mom flew into the Telluride airport today for a visit! Can you see the airplane in the picture above? It's hovering just above the fence. Barbara said she had an amazing view of mountains all the way from Denver to Telluride. Tonight she is letting the kids open their Christmas presents after we eat dinner at Emilio's. This is definitely the first time we have ever had Christmas before Thanksgiving! She surprised the kids just like my parents did when they visited in September. They were really shocked yet again! :)

Here is the plane right before Barbara got out. Can't get too many pictures of Wilson Peak. :)

It really is too bad I didn't get a decent picture of Savanna in her school play last night. The fifth grade did "The Twelfth Night" by Shakespeare. They had pretty elaborate costumes and sets for a school play, and the kids were all really great actors. Savanna was one of the four announcers that sat on the side of the stage and they were dressed in sort of servant type dresses. In the program, the students wrote a short bio about themselves and I had to share it because Savanna's was so cute and funny.

Savanna Wilson (Announcer 4)

Savanna is the best announcer in the galaxy. She helps explain any hard parts in the play. She crushes the other people in band with her fabulous trombone skills. She rocks at skateboarding. She will make the crowd roar when she comes up on stage. Savanna is an awesome announcer.

I think Savanna is very creative and might even have somewhat of a big head!!! :)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pie in the Sky = Success!!!

I have an awesome new cookbook called, "Pie in the Sky," and I decided to try out a high elevation recipe before Thanksgiving gets here. This is a pumpkin custard pie with a whole wheat crust. I think it turned out great! I have many other recipes to try like lemon meringue and I could even try a coconut cream pie if we had certain relatives visiting (I thought maybe I could bribe Jay's dad to visit if I promised pie), The author tried out all of her recipes in different cities around the country, and I followed the instructions listed for Breckenridge, Colorado.

Saturday evening Jay and I went to the Gaelic Storm concert here at the Palm Theatre. Gaelic Storm is the group that played the Irish party music on Titanic. They were really awesome! I wish we had brought the kids. I really think they would have enjoyed it. After the concert we sort-of got to meet them because Jay went to help them check into their hotel.

Here are a couple of pictures of Wilson Peak that I took when we were out for a little drive on Sunday. The snow isn't melting off of Wilson!