After a hectic week of floor remodeling we enjoyed a visit from the Reimer family for Christmas.  The guys hit the slopes on Christmas Eve and we had a delightful fondue dinner for Christmas. The visit was short and sweet, but Ivan loved the time he had with extended family.

The week after we spent time with local cousins and Grandma Karen who lives in KS.  He loved the warm days to jump on the trampoline!

 

All the Moseley siblings got to go to the Raiders vs. Broncos game on New Year’s Day.  It was a fun week of celebrating with family!

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Our holiday season was fast and furious, or at least it felt that way.  We began with Thanksgiving with friends in CO.  Then a week later headed to Austin, TX for Nick to photograph a wedding for other friends.  Ivan and Kara then tried to leave CO in a snow storm to go up to MI to see her brother Josh. We celebrated Christmas early with the Reimer side then the Hostetlers drove to CO for a celebration on Christmas Day.  We ended the year with neighbors, a low key dinner and painting new mugs.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2016.

 

Enjoy the short video below!

 

Click this link here: https://vimeo.com/150831117

 

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This year we were blessed to celebrate Christmas with the Reimer family.  Kara’s mom and dad flew in from AZ and brother with family from MI.  We made two airport runs on Christmas eve to get everyone.  Christmas day we spent playing games, hanging out and eating fondue!  We then took a day to go skiing and enjoy Dillon Dam Brewery. Even 8 year old Silas did great skiing Loveland Slopes.  Then we spent a beautiful sunny day in downtown Denver ice skating and playing in Wash Park. That evening my brother and his wife and Nick and I went out to discover some more CO beer.  We discovered Black Sky Brewery and ate at Vine Street with a happy hour check at Jake‘s in downtown Littleton. Saturday we headed up to check out the Celestial Seasonings Tea room and factory.  It was fun to see the factory in production and hang out a little in Boulder.  We finished off our last evening together with homemade pizza, chocolate fondue and dominoes.

2013 was an adventurous year for us!  We have exceedingly and richly blessed to have had shared so many good memories and times of joy.  In reflection of the last 12 months, our top 10 events were as follows:

#10 – Completion of our kitchen!  The backsplash was the last remaining item to finish our remodel project from 2012.

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#9 – Hostetler family reunion.  It was good to connect with Nicolas’ extended family on his grandfather’s side.

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#8 – LK10 conference for equipping house/simple churches.

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#7 – September’s excursions and travels which included the following photo at the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival in Palisade.

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#6 – Hiking the 14’er of Gray’s Peak. – Kara’s first ever

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#5 – Off-roading in “Fern” (our newer jeep).  The below photo was from Hancock pass around the Independence holiday.

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#4 – Lots of camping!  With the fire bans in 2102 and little camping because of it, we took full advantage to camp as much as possible, especially being able to do good off-roading in Fern.  The below photo was camping with the 2 oldest Girard girls, Eva and Elise, near Rocky Mountain National Park. Other camping excursions included Deer Creek Campground and Tunnel Campground.

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#3 – Being able to help our grandparents at Thanksgiving.

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#2 – Our vacation adventure in New Mexico which included the ABQ Balloon Fiesta.

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#1 – Family visits from Girards (August) and Reimers (December).

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This year Nick’s brother, Alex, had 3 home games with the Wichita Wings (professional indoor soccer) surrounding Christmas, so we decided to go back to Kansas for 10 days of “vacation” and visiting family.  We started out Thursday afternoon once Nick got off work and drove as far as we could. Friday we made it in town and headed to the stadium for the soccer game.  It was a great win against the MO Comets.

Saturday we headed up to Hesston to visit with a college friend of Nick’s then took Alex out for lunch and to see The Hobbit.  Saturday night we went to Nick’s dad’s house for dinner and had family time with them and Nick’s step siblings and their families on Sunday.  It was nice and relaxing.

Monday we headed to Harper, KS for Christmas with the grandparents.  We attended their church for the Christmas Eve candlelight service and caught up with others from Harper.  It was bitterly cold so we couldn’t do much other than play games inside . . . Nick continued to win at Rook and Dominoes.  I cooked a simple Christmas dinner for the 5 of us and it was fun and relaxing.

Wednesday morning we left early and headed to drop Alex off in Wichita then went to Kansas City to visit some of my “family”. We went to the McKeefery’s and played and hung out Wednesday, including another game of Phase 10 which I finally won.  Thursday we met up with some friends at a local coffee shop owned by friends, the Friendly Bean. We then went for lunch as well before Nick and I headed out.  After having some car troubles driving on Wednesday so we’d tried to spend some time looking at vehicles.  We played a bit with kidos then headed out for a night on the town.  We hit the Liberty Memorial before sunset then went to 75th Street Brewery for some local beers.  Then to the Plaza to enjoy the holiday lights and dinner at Jack Stacks Barbeque.  Said to be one of the best in KC.  Nick of course was not that impressed with the sauce, but the quality of the beef was terrific.

Friday, we headed back to Wichita with a pause to look at a car on the way in town. We relaxed a bit before heading to the 2nd Wings game for a win against Syracuse. Saturday we hung out and did a bit of car “shopping” online from The Donut Whole, before grabbing a burger with Nick’s mom then to the 3rd Wings game with another great win against Chicago. We drove back to Denver on Sunday and overall it was a relaxing fabulous way to spend the Christmas week hanging with family and friends with no stress about presents/food or anything other than just enjoying being together.

For New Years, we had a small gathering with friends at our home – hors d’oeuvres, games, and staying up late enough to see all of the continental US receive the new year!

Nicolas owed Kara a Christmas gift from back when they were dating 4 years ago.  Watch the video!

Kara and I had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas this year with a bulk of the Hostetler family.  Mom, Alex, Arlene, and the grandparents all travelled (from Kansas) to the Coates’ residence in Buena Vista, CO.  Abby was also able to join us on Saturday and Sunday.  It was a nice time spent with them.  While the ladies went shopping on Saturday afternoon, Alex and I took advantage of the sled attached to the four-wheeler by trying launch each other over mounds of built-up snow.  Dennis took some video of the event, so we’ll try to obtain it for viewing 😉

  

  

Myself and Alex were able to go skiing for two days at Loveland as well.  We spent most of our time going through the trees.  Alex did very well considering that he only gets to ski once per year or less!  I escaped with only a minor injury to my hand!

Below is brief video of me launching off a drop-off at high speed.

The Tuesday following Christmas, Kara and I had the opportunity to serve at a “hotel” that is the home to 60+ elderly and disabled folks.  We did this with other Denver-area house churches.  Our primary purpose was to just love them as Christ loves them.  You can read more about it on the following posts, if you like.

http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2009/12/barth-hotel-1.html
http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2009/12/barth-hotel-2.html

  

For New Year’s Eve, we had our close friends, Blake and Sarah Lehr, over for wine, a 3-course fondue meal, and games.  It was a great evening, but when 1:00 came around, we were all ready for bed!!