Monday, January 16, 2017

Dry Creek Hike

We completed our second week and second hike of our #52hikechallenge2017 on Saturday.  We chose an easy jaunt for this week as we had a rather busy weekend with the baptism of a friend's child and a lot of snow in the forecast (it's still coming down now)

Oh, those Colorado clouds.  I love them. 

 

As we neared home, Ava insisted that she needed to stop and take a break.  This is how one takes breaks, apparently.  

Next, a lovely picture from Chris' phone:


And now a couple pictures of that snow, I was telling you we are getting today.  Pictures don't do it's loveliness justice.  There are few things in the world as lovely as freshly fallen(or falling) snow.  
 


 

We still have our live tree up.  We took all the decorations down and the ornaments off last weekend, but the lovely fir tree still stands proudly in our front room, looking as fresh and lovely as ever.  And the smell!  Oh, I love the smell of pine.  Anyway, Chris snapped this lovely shot of it close-up a few days ago...

Pines and snow.  A winter wonderland indeed. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Being Present, Being Silly

I'm working on developing and cultivating the virtue of JOY more in my life in 2017.   I've never been a particularly quiet or withdrawn person, but I definitely haven't been living joy out as well in the past few years.  As a family, we are using the book In This House We Giggle, to work on developing a different virtue each month.  I was rather excited to find that the virtue for the month of January was joy, so we are working on it as a family this month.  In the book, they define joy very simply as "choosing to praise God in all things."  And that is exactly what I'm working toward; trying to live out that verse from the book of Job, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised!"

One of the ways I'm trying to choose JOY is by being more present to my husband and kiddos.  The kids love hugs, kisses, reading together, snuggling, when I listen to them chat away, and just being silly together.  Selfies are one way we've had lots of fun being silly and snuggly together recently.  

So here you go, a bunch of ridiculous and silly and fun selfies...plus a few pictures cuddling with Kolbe. 

 

There are lots of pictures....just so you have been sufficiently warned.  :)


 

Chris has to endure many of these being sent to him during his work days with some mushy message or just a bunch of emojis.  haha, but I think he rather likes it since he sends me some goofy selfies back.  Really he is the one who started it...we just send twice as many from our end.  




      


He's just such a sweet, cuddly guy, and those cheeks!!


 

This is how Kolbe and I roll after a hike in the cold...


Hanging out upstairs in Mom and Dad's bed and reading while Daddy hosts a guy's night downstairs... 

Snuggles for days



At any rate, I have still not mastered the art of selflessness needed to be truly present all the time and not get frustrated by the large amounts of poop and other craziness that comes with having kids, but this week has seen improvement and a lot more joy, and that's the goal.  Baby steps.  More joy.  

"Where joylessness reigns, where humor dies, the spirit of Jesus Christ is assuredly absent."

-Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Rocky Mountain Sunrise

The other morning, Chris decided to get some lovely sunrise pictures of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains.  If you know him, you know he hates to be awake in the morning and can't be dragged out of bed for much, but the beauty of nature is one thing that draws him like little else can. 

Most of these gorgeous sunrise shots are taken on our nicer camera. 
I love the difference that just a few minutes can make in shots as the sun rises and the colors change and move as the light moves upward in the sky. 

Fun with the camera.... CO


And these last two are pictures I took of the same sunrise, but from home.  From outside the front door.  
facing east

facing west

"Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress."

Isaiah 33:2

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Daniel's Park and Family Snow Hike

This year we have decided to challenge ourselves and try to complete the 52 Hike Challenge (basically you hike at least once a week on average).  This isn't so difficult for us in the nice weather months since we get out and hike often, but the cold winter months are certainly a challenge.  But we are doing this, so we headed out to try our first snow hike on a nearby regional trail yesterday.  We haven't hiked in a couple months really, so the kids were all a little slow(er than usual) and whined a bit, but we hiked 1.6 miles in below freezing temps and by the end they were all happy as clams and talking about our next snow hike.  :)

Below are my pics

The snow-covered Rockies

 

Family selfie
If you look hard enough you can find everyone.  

our little women "marching" along

I kinda like him


 





And now some from Chris' phone