It’s only a few days till 2017 begins, which means it’s time to reflect back on the past year and look forward to a new one. I sat down at a local coffee shop a few days ago to begin a list for 2017 of goals I want to strive to achieve in many areas of my life from well being to writing. I am excited to see how many I can achieve and have already started working towards a few of them.
I had a great meeting with a writing friend before the holiday who gave me some great advice, new contacts and introduced me to some writing support type groups that will definitely help me as well.
I’ve made some changes to the blog including an iCalendar list of our upcoming adventures. I’ve also added tags to my articles for more searchability.
I can’t believe our 4th Christmas with Emma has already past. This year was by far the most fun in terms of her excitement etc. But, this holiday was also very different for us. For the first time in my 40 years, AJ and I weren’t with immediate family for Christmas. The original plan was for AJ’s parents to come out, but AJ’s father had some blood clots that are being treated with medicine now. No one was comfortable with him getting on a plane to fly across the country. My father ended up in the hospital as well, which meant my mother and father weren’t together for the first time in over 50 years on Christmas Eve. He was released in the afternoon Christmas Day and was still able to see the family and enjoy some of the holiday.
While I always associate holidays with being with family, this year I took a look at it from a different perspective.
Not having family around allowed us to experience things we probably wouldn’t have. We still put out cookies and milk for carrots. We set up luminaries in honor of my dad who still does it year after year. Emma sent get well cars to both her grandpas too. We still even read Night Before Christmas despite getting back from the mountains past Emma’s bed time.
We spent Xmas Eve at Devil’s Thumb Nordic skiing and then went over to the Zephyr lift area of Winter Park for dinner and the torch light parade. We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day on the snow. There was abundant sunshine and not a breeze to be found. Emma loved the fireworks as always and thought Santa coming down the mountain was the coolest thing ever!
We had a leisurely Christmas morning opening presents and having breakfast. Emma spent time doing an obstacle course in the basement with her jumpy castle and new climbing wall and playing with her new presents. We tried out some recipes from her first KidStir subscription box. We had a delicious dinner at our friends house to end the day.
We also hiked to the Boulder Star for the first time this year. We picked perfect conditions for that too. It can be quite icy and windy up there. We haven’t had any snow as of late, so there were only a few patches of ice (one I unfortunately hit and landed on my butt). The hike is steep, but the views are awesome. Emma loves experiencing new things. Hiking at night in the dark with a head lamp was a highlight.
We are having a very small get together with Emma’s besties for New Years and spending New Years day at Eldora skiing. Here’s to a fun and safe New Years for everyone! May 2017 be your best year yet!
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