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

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