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Nick surprised Kara by booking 2 nights without Ivan at Steamboat Springs for anniversary celebration.  We had such a great time doing what we can’t do with Ivan: ejoying a 3 hr dinner with wine, walking along the river and talking, scenic drive, sitting with wine by the river, relaxinging in the hot springs.  We also enjoyed the chair lift up and the alpine slide down the mountain.

Here’s a link for a short photo video:https://vimeo.com/240541301

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IMG_0040IMG_0075IMG_0110The past month and a half has been busy with traveling, however the past 4 weekends we have been out of town completely.  It started with the Palisade wine festival as part of our 7th anniversary.  On our way to Palisade, we stopped to hike Hanging Lake before driving the rest of the way to Grand Junction.  It is unique.

A friend invited us to help pour for Talon Brands Wine and we readily agreed and worked out the details to also stay with her at her brother’s house.  Nick and I poured for St. Kathryn‘s which specializes in fruit wine.  They are known for their very distinctive Lavender Wine, which is a Riesling based with strong Lavender flavors.  We had a fabulous time leaving on Thursday evening and crashing in Glenwood Springs after visiting Glenwood Brewery. We thoroughly enjoyed wine, excellent food, and company all weekend.

On our way back we enjoyed a drive through CO National Monument and due to a terrible accident and construction headed on Highway 9 over Hoosier Pass to get back to Denver on 285.  We hit snow flurries, I do not think it was the first mountain snow flurries, but it was early to see it. (9/22/13)

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The weekend after the wine fest, Nick and I flew down with his company for the Catapult Systems 20th anniversary party.  It was a quick trip, barely gone for 24 hours.  It was fun to hang out in Austin with some of his coworkers and spouses.  Upon arriving we headed for a late lunch at Salt Lick Barbeque. It was phenomenal!! The company through a huge party held at the Austin Music Hall!

Then the next two weekends we have been in New Mexico on vacation.  An unexpected change of events that will be in more detail in posts to follow.

We like to make wine through a local company, Water 2 Wine. This year’s wine label options are as follows – vote now for your favorite 3! Email subscribers and Facebook folk, visit our blog to vote soon. It expires in 1 week from today!  (Note: you can click on the individual pictures to see them larger)

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So for my birthday this year we decided to throw a big wine and cheese party.  We celebrated on Saturday evening with 35 friends and family from all circles of our world.  It was so much fun, however with our 3 bedroom condo we knew it was going to be a tight fit.  So we spread everyone out by making each room a different region of the world for the wine and place food on almost any open top space we could find, a few chairs and people got the idea and spread out.  It was a blast!!! But alas, we were having so much fun, we did not take any pictures, Oh well.

Sunday, on my actual 29th birthday Nick had to fly out to Vegas or his annual conference.  So he helped me clean up and then we went for coffee and I took him to the airport.  My church had a small celebration with cupcakes for me that evening.  I also got lots of cards in the mail and happy birthday songs via phone.

Friday when Nick came home from Vegas, we celebrated with dinner out for my birthday and celebration of my Spring Break coming and him coming home.  Then on Sunday we had a great 1st spring hike through Deer Creek Canyon Park.  I loved to see the beginning sights of spring.

We hosted a party last night and had much fun. Everyone brought 2 bottles of wine and we cooked ALOT of food that we had setup on our table. We also purchased ‘picnic’ wine glasses for the sampling.

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