We had a great Christmas. We start all the festivities off at our own house and the girls get to wake up and see what gifts they were left. This year Grandma and Grandpa Hickman came over to see the girls excitement for Christmas morning. Aly has been requesting a toy cat for months, I was just so glad that it never occurred to her to request a real one that I was more than happy to make this wish come true. I found a great deal on Craiglist for a toy cat and was so excited when I brought it home because it is as real as you can get to a cat without it actually being alive. It snarls and growls when the girls pick it up by its tail and randomly meows when no one is playing with it, too funny. The best part yet I can just turn it off when I am tired of hearing it. Since Christmas Aly has decided she should of requested Santa to leave her a MAGIC toy cat that can be a toy, but can come alive sometimes. I am SO glad this idea occurred to her after Christmas.
Brooklyn was so excited to get a little doll that crawls, she spent the whole morning putting it in time out. I wasn't sure if that was a good reflection on me as a mom when Brooklyn's idea of playing mom consist of putting her child in time out over and over again. We then went to Footes parents for an excellent Christmas breakfast and had a good time opening gifts with Footes family. Then we headed over to my parents house for more gift opening and a great Christmas dinner with about half of my siblings. So Thanks to all the family that made Christmas excellent.
My sister brought her two girls who used to live in Canon City Colorado and wanted to visit some of their old stomping grounds. One place they went to visit was Bishops Castle, and it had been a long time since I had been there. It is constantly under construction and and all your exploring is done at your own risk. Aly loved it, she climbed the highest tower with no fear at all. I usually have no problem with heights, but I was even having a hard time keeping up with Aly as she climbed to the very top of the highest tower.
Aly was at the very top of the tower to the left.
My sister Jenice took her kids snowboarding and I decided to tag along and take Aly Skiing for the first time. We went to Ski Cooper which is one of the smaller ski resorts in Colorado. It was a perfect day it was warm and there was hardly anyone on the slopes. I was to cheap to pay for a lift ticket just to spend the whole time with Aly on the bunny hill and so I got my workout pushing Aly up the bunny hill and helping her ski down. Although she did a lot of falling down, she laughed and giggled for a lot of it and had a great time. We will definitely have to spend more time practicing so she will be able to take advantage of being able to ski for free until she is five. My niece decided she had enough snow boarding after a couple of runs down the mountain and so let me borrow her lift ticket for the rest of the day and I got a few good runs in while Aly hung out with Aunt Jenice.
Aly, Natalee, Taylor,Matt, and China ready to hit the slopes
Just a reminder of why I love Colorado
Me getting my work out pushing Aly up the bunny hill.
One of my favorite traditions we had when I was growing up in Wyoming was that my family and our friends would spend a whole Saturday going out to cut down Christmas trees. While our parents went in the search for the perfect tree we would spend the time tubing, sledding, and building snow forts. When they got back from we would eat hot chili and drink hot cocoa. My favorite part was when my dad would tie a few sleds and tubes to the back of our car and we would load up on the sleds and my dad would pull us on the snow packed mountain roads. It was so much fun. We would then go back to Saratoga hot springs which was a free hot springs pool and sit in the natural hot springs. The hot pool was right next to a river and we would dare each other to go out to the river and sit in the cold water and bring back a big chunk of ice to melt in the hot pool. Good memories....good times. So even though we don't live so close to great rural tubing roads we decided to take advantage of the snow pack and tie our tubes to the back of our truck and tube some of the local streets probably not legal...but it was a lot of fun.
Natalee, Brooklyn, Dan, and Aly having fun on the tubes
So to everyone that came to visit it was great to see you and we hope to see you all again very soon.