Holidays: 2015 Edition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I may as well accept that for the rest of my life, the period between Thanksgiving and Mid-January will always be a busy time in the Simmonds house. 

This Holiday season was especially special for many reasons, but most of all because it was our first time experiencing the joy of Thanksgiving and Christmas as a family of 4. 

New Years couldn't have been more fun either as we got to take a trip to Colorado and visit the Rocky Mountains. It was the babies first flight and they did great. 

We can start with re-caping Christmas which we spent in Tulsa. I visited my family the weekend before for my sisters PJ's and cookies party but unfortunately I did not take any pics. We headed to T-town on Christmas Eve morning after spending Christmas Eve-Eve at home opening the kids gifts from us. I know it is pretty early for this gift, but I got Sloane her first guitar as her Christmas present. She was intrigued by it, but mainly just pulled on the strings and enjoyed the sounds it made. I look forward to teaching her how to play it as time goes by. 

Ford received a fun adventure play set and he loved it, 

We knew that our in-laws would be spoiling our kiddos for Christmas and they did not disappoint, the kids got a ton of great gifts (as did we) and we all felt very loved. We spend Christmas Eve at the Mr.'s dads family's home and Christmas Day with the Mr.'s moms side of the family. It was a wonderful time, and the kids enjoyed being around family.

We came home on the 26th and the next few days were spent getting ready for our Colorado trip. We left on the 30th and got back the 2nd. It was a short but awesome trip complete with dinner in Aspen for New Years Eve and an unforgettable first ski experience for me and the Mr. 

This was the view atop Snowmass Mountain. We did not take ski lessons or research the fact that this mountain has 0% beginners, so it was no surprise that within the first minute I took a hard fall, as did the Mr.. We got up and kept at it, only for me to find my stride and really get into it. I had to guide the Mr. as best I could as I was actually very natural at it, but it was still challenging yet of so fun! We definitely plan on going again.

This was the view from our hotel. We stayed in Basalt which is actually about 30 minutes away from Aspen but so beautiful nonetheless.

The twins were able to get out a few times and enjoy the cold weather, to say we over layered (and overpacked) is an understatement. I think they were actually sweating in their car seat on the drives to and from places. I think they are hot natured like my husband...

We went to a charming little restaurant "The White House Tavern" for dinner on New Years Eve, and from what I had read about it, it wasn't a fancy place so I didn't think we needed reservations... well, lucky for us a table for 7 cancelled just before we got there so we were able to eat without a reservation or a wait, thank God because the babies were great, just not the best situation in general for 2 babes to be out too late. We watched the early fireworks show at Aspen Mountain and we headed home for a quiet night with the twins at our hotel room.

We had a great time visiting somewhere with actual snow, there has not been one snow day here in Oklahoma. It was also nice to go somewhere different for once. The past few years have been beach vacations, and we enjoy it and all, but we were glad to explore our adventurous side and get to know the slopes!

Hope you are all having a wonderful New Year so far!

~Mrs. S

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