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!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Trick-or-Treat Day

Our schools have a Halloween parade down Main Street in the middle of the day on Halloween. I don't think anyone in this town was working! The street was lined with a ton of people. There were a lot of adults and dogs dressed up, too. The streets of Telluride were filled with people looking *a little* stranger than usual. :)
Our little Barbie Island Princess and skeleton.
Garrett was really creepy this year.
Fun night photos! I really expected to have a lot of snow on the ground for our first Halloween in Telluride, but we didn't have any. The temperatures have been in the 50's every afternoon for a week. It was in the 30's during the time we trick-or-treated. Garrett went out with a pack of 13-year-olds and brought back a ton of candy. I think he must have hit more houses than the girls did. No worries about Garrett eating all that candy so far, because he had a dentist appointment this morning and his teeth were fine. :) Our dentist goes to our church and is actually the usher and the person that will cook all of the turkeys for our Thanksgiving community dinner. Dr. Conrad is also a former Oklahoman. I am so relieved Maralee had a good Halloween. She is getting over some kind of cold or virus and stayed home from school Monday and Tuesday. She was worn out after the party at school and had to take a nap before going trick-or-treating. Today she had pajama day at school. I am wondering how many kids fell asleep after coming down from such sugar highs last night. Savanna had planned on being an 80's rock star again like last year, but she really liked the skeleton costume she found at Target. It was an easy year for dressing up. :)