The kids got the entire week off from school (first time ever) and so Ben requested the week, too. Perfect.
We left Saturday for Littleton - after a few setbacks of 1. a snowstorm that prevented us from leaving on Friday evening, 2. Brigham getting sick, and 3. Emmy having to go to the doc's on Saturday morning for yet another UTI. But we got off by 10am and had a dandy of a drive - for the most part.
I'm just going to post a bunch of random pictures and will comment from there:
We had fun that evening at Joe and Britt's home (i.e., the cousin's home). Then Sunday was a nice day of church, a walk with the whole family (which included both dogs), Ben and I driving out to pick up our cute niece who had a quick one-night stay with us, dinner all together at Joe and Britt's house, birthday cake celebrating Joe's birthday, etc.
Monday we went swimming. There was this lazy river there and the kids just had a blast. It was fun!
Then Tuesday we went skiing at Loveland resort. While not perfect, it was definitely a great ski trip and everyone had a great time - expect when we didn't. :)
Then we got to experience Denver traffic . . . blech. We went 20 miles in 2 hours. Blech. We had dinner at the nostalgic-to-Ben-but-not-as-good-as-he-remembers restaurant of Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs. We made it home by 9pm that day! Long day, but totally worth it.
Today (Wednesday) we went to the zoo with Joe and Britt's family. It was colder, but it was super fun and so not-crowded.
And our last picture of the super cool cousins with the coolest hippo around.
Ben and I have spent the evening getting ready for tomorrow: cranberry salad, check; turkey brining, check; yam casserole; check; 2 1/2 pies, check.
Thanksgiving break . . . so far, so good!