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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.

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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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