January 2009


Our cat Bean, who is known to beg like a dog, was begging for food to Kara’s mom.  Instead of just taking a picture, I captured a funny moment on video.  We hope it makes you chuckle as it did us!  If you can’t hear the video, it won’t be funny, so make sure your volume is up.

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Kara’s parents, Kent and Jan Reimer, are in town for the next couple of weeks visiting us.  Well, they’re also here for conferences at World Venture, but we are fortunate to have them staying with us during this time.  When they do come to town, we are able to use Dad to assist in home repairs/upgrades.  With the list of things-to-do piling up, they came at the right time!

  1. Installed and over-the-oven microwave.  Slowly but surely, we are replacing our older appliances for nicer more funtional stainless steel ones.
  2. Installed tubing from sink to ice maker in the freezer.  Have always had the ice maker, but never the water!
  3. Installed better lighting in the kitchen, with some ‘modern’ track lighting.
  4. Sealed cold air leaks from outside closet that come through the duct system
  5. Installed two new electrical outlets around the island

Otherwise known as the Holiday Craze, the crazy holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) have finally come to an end for the Moseley household.  To summarize the past month and a half, we made a batch of wine for Christmas gifts, celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, celebrated Christmas with family that came to Colorado, and celebrated New Years eve/day in Breckenridge. We wrote about the wine making and Thanksgiving in Part 1.  Then in Part 2, we wrote about the lighting of downtown Littleton and the first portion of Christmas.  For the third (and final) part on our series about our crazy holidays, we’ll tell of our second portion of Christmas and our New Year’s trip to Breckenridge.

The first portion of Christmas was celebrated mainly with Nicolas’ immediate family.  The next portion was gathering with other family members – the Coates clan and the grandparents – at the Coates’.  There is nothing quite as fun as watching and playing with 4 girls, all age 4 and under.  At the same moment, it can also be quite tiring!  So much screaming and laughing and “no boys allowed” places and dress up parties.  It was a great two days with everyone together and we were sad when it had to end as everyone from Kansas was heading back directly from BV.  It also meant that it would be the last time we’d see Eva and Elise for awhile.  Well, I guess we won’t see Leia and Nicolas (that is, Ne-Co-La, our swiss brother-in-law).  

Princess Parade

Princess Parade

Eva as Snow White

Eva as Snow White

Snuggle Love

Snuggle Love with Hostetler Grand- parents

Angel Elise

Angel Elise

Elise in Excitement

Elise in Excitement

Elise in Princess Dress

Elise in Princess Dress

Clara Claus

Clara Claus

Alex as "horsey"

Alex as "horsey"

The Girard Girls

The Girard Girls

Eva, Elise, Ella, Clara

Eva, Elise, Ella, Clara

Grandma with the Girard girls

Grandma with the Girard girls

Abby and the dogs

Abby: making the dogs howl

 

(Back row) Leia, Nicolas G., Alex, Abby, Jason, Kara, Nicolas M.  (Front Row) Eva, Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Elise

(Back row) Leia, Nicolas G., Alex, Abby, Jason, Kara, Nicolas M. (Front Row) Eva, Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Elise

Happy New Year from the Coates!
Happy New Year (from the Coates twins)

 

 New Years

Our  New Years eve/day in Breckenridge with Gabe and Libbey was a blast.  Upon check-in, for whatever reason, our hotel room was upgraded for free to a suite with a full kitchen, full dining area, full living area, and full bedroom.  It was an unexpected blessing and nice to have the space instead of a cramped room!  After some deliberation for dinner, we decided upon having dinner at a Thai restaurant (My Thai) which was a bit of a bohemian hippy hole-in-the-wall place, but it was some of the best Thai we’ve ever had.  Within seconds of finishing our meal, everyone inside began yelling “the fireworks have started!” – and since we had justfinished, we darted outside to see the fireworks that were being shot from the ski slopes.  It was surprisingly a long show too, worth seeing. 

From there, we went back to the hotel to relax in the outdoor hot -tub.  The remainder of the new years eve was spent with the four of us playing games and sharing wine.  When it was close to midnight, we popped a bottle of bubbly, and poured four glasses.  We then spent a brief moment trying to determine how we could do a count-down.  Gabe’s laptop was playing music for us, so we looked at the computer clock and saw it to be 12:01, and all of us erupted into Happy New Year and much laughter since we missed the actual time change.  By the time we had finished half a game of dominoes, it was 2 AM…and we were all exhausted…so we decided to end the game there.

New Years day was both relaxing and energizing.  We began with sleeping-in (of course), had a light breakfast and coffee in the suite, completed the second half of dominoes, then went snow-shoeing.  None of us had previously experienced snow-shoeing, so we were all filled with great excitement and anticipation. 

img_1268The location for us to rent equipment and which had the bulk of trails was [fortunately] only a half-mile up the mountain from our hotel.  We decided upon a moderately easy trail, which mostly wound through the backwoods, that was expected to last for two hours.  None of us was in a rush to do this for “exercise” so we would stop along the way to just play around and take pictures/videos.

  

Kare and Libbey

Kara and Libbey

Looks Steep!

Looks Steep!

Bridge Overlooking Breck

Bridge Overlooking Breck

Lunch Break!

Lunch Break!

There were other better fun moments that happened during the snow-shoeing, but unfortunately our camera battery died.  The Sellars left later that evening as Gabe had to work the next day.  For us though, we still had Friday the 2nd as a vacation day so we stayed another night and then left next afternoon. This concludes our holiday craziness.  Hope it was as enjoyable for you to read as it was for us to do all this make it happen! Our love to all, Kara and Nicolas

Otherwise known as the Holiday Craze, the crazy holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) have finally come to an end for the Moseley household.  To summarize the past month and a half, we made a batch of wine for Christmas gifts, celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, celebrated Christmas with family that came to Colorado, and celebrated New Years eve/day in Breckenridge.

We wrote about the wine making and Thanksgiving in Part 1 of the holiday craze.  For Part 2, we’re going to write about the lighting of downtown Littleton after TG and the first portion of Christmas.

Lighting of Downtown Littleton

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The lighting of the old downtown Littleton is fun little event that occurs each year on the night after TG.  Vendors line the streets, there is free hot cider and hot cocoa, all of the shops are open, and there is various entertainment such as carollers, fire dancers, and high school bands playing Christmas music.  The festivities conclude with Santa riding down  main street, throwing candy to children and giving his best ho-ho-ho in the cold-cold-cold. 

Unfortunately, we missed out on the final brew-ha which is the ‘throwing’ of a swtich that lights all of the trees lining the streets of Littleton.  Regardless, our favorite portion of the festivities was the fire dancers.  They filled various equipment with a flamible liquid and danced with them in the dark, creating streaks of beautiful flames.  Along with being entertaining, it also made for some fun pictures!

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First Portion of Christmas

img_1151The first portion of Christmas was characterized by family from Kansas coming to Colorado – for the second straight year!  (Though we didn’t have to host everyone this time as they stayed at the Christenson’s new house!!)  The Girard family made a surprise visit from Italy, though they had already been staying KS for the previous couple of weeks.  They traveled here with Alex and mom and stayed in Denver for four days.  We were continually visiting them at Abby and Jason’s house, only going home to sleep…

img_1163On Christmas morning, everyone was already awake by the time we arrived, and were making a pancake breakfast.  After filling ourselves with maple goodness, we opened presents.  Well, Leia read the nativity story to the girls first, then we opened presents.

img_1186The remainder of the day was spent playing with new playdough and, for the little girls, trying on their new princess dresses.  Leia also spent a good amount of time preparing the sauce for an ‘authentic’ Italian meal for that evening.  Kara’s parents had a layover at the Denver airport on their way to visit the Josh Reimer clan in Michigan, so for several hours in the afternoon, we split from the others in order visit the Roving Reimers in the terminal.  While our time together was brief, it was good to see them on Christmas day.  We exchanged small gifts and were able to send some gifts to Silas and the others.

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Nicolas G. - Trying to figure out a toy?

That concludes our summary of Part 2.  Be on the watch for Part 3 – the second portion of Christmas and New Years!

Otherwise known as the Holiday Craze, the crazy holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) have finally come to an end for the Moseley household.  To summarize the past month and a half, we made a batch of wine for Christmas gifts, celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, celebrated Christmas with family that came to Colorado, and celebrated New Years eve/day in Breckenridge.

Wine

wine_label-1In preparation for gifts for Christmas, Kara and I split a batch of wine (30 bottles) with our good friends, Blake and Sarah Lehr.  We would have written about this prior to Thanksgiving, but that would have ruined the surprise!  Regardless, the process began in early October when the four of us spent an evening tasting various wines (at Water 2 Wine, the actual producers).  We finally came to a consensus upon a Chilean merlot.  The batch of wine was made with little effort on our part…then 45 days later the wine was complete!  Below are some photos from our time bottling.  We hope to split future batches of wine together.

 

dsc02239 It wouldn’t be wine without some cheese!

img_1071 Kara, master of filling a bottle to its max

img_1081Teamwork!  Nicolas filling, Blake capping, and Sarah wrapping.
dsc02261The Labling Lehr’s

img_1080Voila!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

img_1094This year, Kara and I were able to have two TG meals.  The first was lunch with several others from our church family.   After eating, we began to play games…but had to leave early so that Kara and I could prepare for the next TG meal –  dinner at our house! 

This second meal was with friends who did not have family in the area and were not travelling.  There were 7 of us total and once beggin’ kitty cat.  We enjoyed all the traditional things, Kara’s wonderful stuffed turkey, all the fixin’s, and wine.  We played a couple of games after eating, but could not make a long night of it because of the effects of both turkey and wine!

Both gatherings were a blessing with much food, laughter, and joy.

 

Coming up in Part 2 of the holiday craze – Christmas!