Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Putting the Snow to Good Use

When the ski area starts making snow for the ski season, it doesn't take long for a huge mound of snow to pile up at the bottom of lift 7 and is completely irresistible to the kids. Savanna has been sledding several times already, and Sunday I took Maralee. She loves sledding!
Who says you need a sled?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ready or Not, Winter is Here!

We had a couple of feet of snow this weekend, and with these cold temperatures, I think the snow is here to stay! I cleaned off my Jeep three times since Saturday morning. As long as there is no ice to scrape off the windshield, I usually enjoy cleaning off the snow. It is against the law to let your car idle for more than three minutes in Telluride to keep the particulates in the environment low in the canyon, so you're pretty much on your own with scraping while the car warms up. The heaviest snow fell on Saturday with very poor visibility for driving.
Sunday was a little bit clearer, but Ajax was still hiding.
Today we have bluebird skies with white so bright it knocks your eyes out!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Garrett and the Nugget Theatre

I realized that Garrett has been neglected on my blog lately. The older he gets, it seems he is around less and less between working and being with his friends. He also works at least two evenings a week at the Nugget Theatre. He loves his job and I think it is really teaching him responsibility and how to manage money (or how to blow money and then regret it later, HA).
Our movie theater has one screen and if you visit the website you will see it is, "Telluride's finest movie theater serving the best popcorn in the west." It also doubles as the location for our church, Alpine Chapel, until our new chapel is finished being built.

Barbara and Kelli's Visit

Barbara, Jay's mom, is definitely our most frequent visitor, but when she flew here last week she was accompanied by Kelli, Jay's sister!! It was Kelli's first time to visit us here. Our nephew, Josh is Kelli's son and he was moving into his Durango apartment, so it was the perfect time to help him get settled in and to see us in Telluride. Finding things to do in the off-season can be a challenge. We took a drive over Last Dollar Road at dusk.
We drove to Durango via highway 550 so Kelli could see Red Mountain Pass, which also means she got to see Ridgway, Ouray and Silverton before we arrived in Durango.
We spent a little bit of time in downtown Durango before we all went to Wal-Mart and helped Josh stock up on necessities for his new apartment. I stupidly did not get a picture of Josh with Kelli or Barbara!
We spent some time doing touristy things in Telluride, visiting shops and stuff. This is the safe that Butch Cassidy robbed during his first bank robbery. The safe is located inside Sunglass HQ.
We had a great visit and can't wait to see Barbara and Kelli again!! Hopefully sometime we can all be here at the same time when Kelli can bring the rest of the family to see Josh and Barbara and Paul can come up!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Maralee's Project

As a followup to the third grade trip to Mesa Verde and the Anasazi Heritage Center, the kids had to complete a big project in which they made something that they learned about and wrote two paragraphs explaining everything, then presented it to the class. Maralee chose to make pottery and really enjoyed it. She was a little nervous during her presentation, but I think that is to be expected of 8 and 9 year olds! I think she did a great job!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Telluride Miners Basketball

Saturday was Savanna's games against Ridgway and Ignacio. I was able to make it to the Ignacio game. They are a really great team and it was a challenging game for the Miners and even though we lost, I think they all did really great!! They just started practicing three weeks ago. The lighting in the gym isn't great, but Savanna is number 21. I got a few decent shots. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Savanna is the blur on the left in this one.
Savanna has the ball!
Savanna scores!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Night

We had a chilly Halloween night, but it didn't stop the kids from trick-or-treating and get tons of candy! Savanna's costume was hilarious! She was the gingerbread man from Shrek. Maralee was a cute little fairy.
It was nice to have a full moon to see better during trick-or-treating.
I took some photos of scary scenes around town. It was a fun night!