Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas in Boxes

This Christmas was a weird one for us. We didn't take a trip to Oklahoma for any of the holidays because we are moving from our apartment to our new condo, so everything is in boxes. We didn't even have enough room for a Christmas tree, so I bought a little 18 inch tree at Ace Hardware. This is the first time in my life I didn't decorate a big tree!! We also missed seeing our family and my mom's Christmas tree. My mom's tree is the best Christmas tree you could ever see, hands down! The big fancy department stores have nothing on her. Christmas Eve we had our usual Emilio's dinner. It was a chilly 8 degrees that evening.
We let the kids open their gifts on Christmas Eve. Garrett had a little help from Samurai.
Savanna in her new Roxy hoodie and one of the hats from the Snowboard World Cup that was in Telluride last week.
Maralee got the skis she wanted, the K2 Luv Bugs.
The kids got up at 5 a.m. on Christmas morning, so by the time I got up the living room was a mess with all of their gifts scattered from Santa. I didn't even take a Christmas Day photo other than Maralee in her new outfit. She really wanted a dress, so I bought her a sweater dress with a matching vest and she loved them so much she wore the dress all day.Now it's time to pack up my office equipment and move it to the condo! I'll have to blog about the Snowboard Cup next week!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

From our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

That Happened People!

I haven't been up skiing much this season due to us getting ready to move into our new condo and some sickness with vertigo, but I do have confirmation that my porcupine friend is alive and well! Our youth pastor Andy Konigsmark has a blog post about him today at That happened people! I have been meaning to mention his blog for awhile and now seems like the perfect time. I guess he wasn't as brave (or dumb) as I was in approaching the porcupine! Anyway, Andy's blog is hilarious and if you want a blog to follow that will have you laughing every day, this is the one! The first time we saw Andy was before he even came to Telluride when he was a contestant on American Gladiators. We were rooting for the youth pastor with curly hair and didn't realize it was him until he had been in Telluride for awhile. I don't think Andy likes for people to mention him being on the show, but how many teens can say their youth pastor was on American Gladiator? I have mentioned our wonderful Pastor Tree and his wife Robbin before and posted our Mountaintop Church photos, and I'm so thankful that we have an awesome youth pastor Andy and his precious wife Dodi here now. Garrett has really bonded with Andy and it's his desire to get to church that has actually made me less lazy and more likely to get up on Sunday mornings. We are truly blessed to have all four of these people in our little mountain church Alpine Chapel. This photo is of the youth Christmas party Sunday night. Garrett is proudly wearing the pink Snuggie that I won/stole for him in the white elephant gift exchange. Savanna is on the right still in her ski gear after sledding on the golf course in the dark. Andy is back there holding up a whoopie cushion and Dodi is the pretty smiling woman in the front with the purple scarf. I should mention they have a baby on the way expected to make his/her appearance in March!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Savanna's Band Concert

Wednesday was Savanna's Christmas band concert. As you can see, the middle school band is pretty small. My camera didn't do so well with the lighting, but I did get a couple of good videos.
This one is The Little Drummer Boy. You can definitely hear Savanna since there are only three trombone players.

Santa's Rockin' Holiday Mix

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm on!!!

I'm sure you have noticed the big link above to my 2010 Telluride calendar at Lulu Studio. This week Lulu placed my calendar in the Amazon Marketplace! They sent me an e-mail letting me know my calendar was selected for this. It never even occurred to me to make a calendar until Jacob in Florida requested one. He has a few blogs, two of which are Ocala Daily Photo and Florida Fotos. Although I have links on my Telluride Daily Photo blog, I'm not telling this story or making a big deal of it there. I believe it is part of the agreement with City Daily Photo that they want bloggers that are not trying to make a profit, which I really am not. I just created this calendar for fun! You can view it on Amazon HERE. However, if you want to see a full preview of the calendar you need to view it on Lulu Studio. Also this week, local blogger and author Maribeth Clemente used one of my photos and mentioned my calendar. Her blog is the beautiful and elegant Bonjour Colorado. Thanks Maribeth!

Sledding Videos

I completely forgot that I had videos of Maralee and Savanna sledding back a few weeks ago. They turned out really good so I thought I would post them!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


We have had blizzard conditions here for over 24 hours. The snow accumulation will now be counted in feet instead of inches! This is great news for the World Snowboarding Cup that will be in Telluride next week. Savanna is hoping to get Lindsey Jacobellis to sign her snowboard. Good luck on getting little cars out of the parking lot! Every time the plow goes by, the snow is piled up higher and higher.
I went to Zia Sun today to buy Parker's (my nephew) Christmas present! I think he'll like it!

Maralee's Christmas Concert

The elementary school's Christmas concert was this morning. We are currently having a blizzard, but a little ole thing like a blizzard doesn't stop things in Telluride!
There are about 60 kids in the third grade class and they were outstanding!