Monday, January 2, 2017

My Birthday

I had a birthday in July. John and I were lucky enough to have my mom watch the kids so we could sneak into the mountains for 24hrs. It was so great but it felt a little like the elements were working against us. It seems like this happens often when we leave the kids for some reason?!

Vail is beautiful and one of my favorite places to visit in the summer. And it's much more affordable in the summer months.  

Our room was amazing and big. I almost wish we had brought the kids after we walked in. Well, for like a minute lol. I don't feel guilty anymore about wanting time for just myself, or for John and I. It's natural and it doesn't mean I love my kids any less. I think it means we just need a re-boost every now and again. Space can be good for everyone. And it's not often that we aren't with our kids. Since we live far away and we no longer have any family in CO :( 
It's just us, our family of 6. Of course every once in a while we get the treat of having the kids at a friends house or a group playdate. But for the most part we are it, all together, working from home, playing from home 24/7 --except when the boys are in school.

Our balcony view was so peaceful.

Everything was so green and bright and the flowers were vibrant.

Happy to be turning 37. Woot-woot! 

We had dinner reservations at 8:00pm so we decided to take a gondola ride to the top of Vail mountain at 3:30 for a little hiking and viewing. We should have thought twice on that!!

Blue skies going up. Amazing views. 

Pictures didn't do it justice.

When we got to the top they informed us that this particular gondola was shutting down because they spotted lightening in the distance. Looked pretty white and blue to me! 

So we picked our path and headed almost a mile to the next gondola hoping we could catch a ride back down in an hour or so.

We thought we might have been a little over half way there and BAM. Rain. Hail. and it dropped like 30 degrees. Um ya-it-got-cold!

We started to hear thunder and decided to take cover under a pine tree. We ended up there for an hour, freezing and waiting. We were hunched over trying to keep our phones dry. The lightening and thunder was so close and loud it was one of the scariest things we've ever experienced. 

VailMountain copy from Christa on Vimeo.

We decided to make a run for it managed to get to the zip line cabin. Where we hung out for another hour or so. Then we finally made it to the other gondola around 6:30. There were over 200 people stuck at this lodge. Thank goodness it had a bar and some munchie food. We played games on our phone and toasted to my exciting, adventurous birthday celebration. 

They opened up the gondola at 8:30 and we went to our room changed super quick and made it to the last reservation at 9:45. Whew. It was the best meal ever and we were starving. Until 8:30 all we had that afternoon were chips, cookies and beer. It wasn't too terrible.

Before heading back to reality we soaked up being away by eating lunch and working from the cutest cafe in Vail for 3 hours. So, so relaxing, eating, drinking lattes, and eating some more while working. 

The run off into the river was the melting freezing snow from the caps. A little refreshing.

Where is the last place you want to be when you get a flat? In the mountains on the side of a small winding road, in the rain. This is why sometime we feel like we're being sent a message when we leave the kids... don't go, haha! We drove on the flat for 5-10 minutes until there was a spot for semi's to park, 90% of the mountain roads are just too narrow to even think about stopping on.

We came back with a few stories and I won't ever forget this birthday!

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