Women Trip 2017

Our 11th anniversary of a backpacking trip to Europe and we found ourselves in Virginia and DC. We traveled east towards Julia since she has a 4 month old. We got to hang out at her oasis of a mountain home in the hills before heading to DC. She took us to some incredible caverns before hiking in the national forest. Man, it’s really pretty in Virginia!!!!

Then we left Julia at home with her babies and headed to DC. We got to see marine 1 land on the south lawn and then the helicopter take off and land again hours later with the president in it. We saw the pope from 20 feet entering the Vatican when we were in Rome 11 years ago and now we’ve seen the president (from afar) take off and land. It was really exciting. We also experience Arlington Cemetery, the world war 2 memorial and the holocaust museum (neither of which I have been to). All were moving and the whole city inspires patriotism. I am glad I got to see my dear friends and thankful to be an American.

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Last Hurrah- CB

In preparation for kindergarten and our lives and schedules changing dramatically we took a few days to head to the mountains with just our family. We chose our most favorite spot, currently, Crested Butte. We rented a little alley house that we have stayed in before and spend the long weekend riding bikes around town and exploring shops and restaurants. We also put Reese and Nixon in a daycamp on the mountain. They had such a good time that they asked to go back every day. They took the kids on nature walks and to different parks all around the mountain. It was cute.

BFFs x 2

Erin, Tanner, Ailee, Summer, and Joleen drove up to see us for the better part of a week.    These friends of ours are so dear to us and we don’t see them near enough!  We both just had our 3rd kid so it was sweet chaos for a few days!  It was a such a treat for them to visit and our girls to play and Summer and Nixon kinda get to know each other.   We stayed in the mountains for the first few nights and then came back to Denver and let the kids play at our house before they loaded up for the drive home.   Reese and Ailee took a ski lesson which was so fun because their dads have been playing on ski mountains together since they were teenagers!   Then, one night we left all the kids with Carly (she’s a miracle worker) and we got a night on the town in Breckenridge.  It was FREEZING cold but in typical Breck fashion… so enchanting.  We had such a great time and Reese had the all-time obvious response to our family love for each other.  “well, why don’t we just see them more?”

Park City, Utah

Historically the Anderson family doesn’t do a great job planning.  We fly by the seat of our pants and pride ourselves on last min deals.  This trip was different.  We planned this thing in late summer so the anticipation has been high for months!  We took our dear friends Danee, Warren, their son Parker and Carly.  It’s only a 7 hour drive to Park City from Denver so we loaded up the A-Team bus and headed to i80.  It was a game changer having Carly in the car.  Our sweet little 8 month old terror-in-car had a much better time with one of his favorites next to him the whole trip.  I actually read part of a book and we listened to a whole audio book!  Park City reminded my a lot of Steamboat.  When you pull in it feels open and hilly as opposed to Colorado’s i70 mtns who’s extreme peaks are apparent from the freeway.   We snagged a condo right by the base that allowed up to walk to the slopes (mandatory with little kids!).  All the kids (expect Ty of course) got on skis and LOVED it.  Then, thanks to Carly, the adults got a few days of pure bliss on the mountain.  I really really like the ski mountain of Park City.  The terrain was steeper and a little more challenging than we’re use to which made it so fun!  The extreme peaks appear when you take the lifts up and up and up.  We were able to get to Canyons Resort via gondola and ski through some of the most gorgeous real estate I’ve been up close to.  Utah is funny in that the bars and restaurants all make fun of Utah stereotypes.  They will name drinks and meals things along the lines “5 wives meatloaf” or  “polygamy cocktail”, etc.  The liquor is as expensive as any ski town but they limit how much of it can go in a drink. So you get what seems like 50% less alcohol, for the same expensive price.  There were also several places that required you buy food if you purchased a drink.  Most beer served is 3.2%.  It was interesting.  The town of Park City was insanely adorable with its multi-million dollar picture perfect bungalows and charming downtown.  I mean…SO CUTE!  The mistake we made is not making a dinner reservation.  We had no clue how packed downtown gets in the evenings. Most restaurant we walked into turned us away saying they were full for the whole night (and it was 7pm!)  Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I only hope we get to do this whole thing again next year.


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Beaver Creek 

My sister-in-law’s in-laws have a home in Avon Colorado. My sister-in-law, her husband and their 4 kids travel up there every winter to hang out with Grand Candy and Papa Jim. Their house and the location and their hospitality is amazing. Somehow we snagged an invite and had an incredible 24 hours with the extended family. We got to spend a day skiing arrowhead with my niece and nephews followed by a lovely dinner and watching kidsroll around  in the snow in their bathing suits! It was such a joy to be in the mountains with these incredible people.

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We took Nix up for the first time to get on his skis. He was so ecstatic to go up with us. He’s only two so doesn’t have the muscle strength to accomplish much but it was incredibly fun to see him so excited to ski. I hope and pray he keeps this passion for the sport