Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas in Keystone

We hope you had a lovely Christmas with your loved ones.
We've been married 12 years and have never missed a Christmas in Arkansas,
but decided to stay home in Colorado this year with our little ones.
While we missed seeing everyone, we treated our kiddos to Christmas in Keystone.
Harbor went with us on a skiing trip when he was about two years old, but has no memory of it,
so it was really exciting to buy lift tickets and ride to the summit as a family.
The roads on the way into Breckenridge were really slick and icy.
It was seriously a winter wonderland.

Breckenridge is such a fun little mountain town!

But, Keystone is the place we love, second only to Wolf Creek.
: )

It was snowing really hard by the time we unloaded the Jeep.
We estimate that it must have snowed about eight inches once we were on the mountain.

A stranger didn't take this.
I did. And ran to my spot.
I totally carried the tripod and my big camera up the lifts.
Cause I'm a crazy mama.
: )

In line to buy our lift tickets, it was totally a white out situation.
Henry was on David's back and was such a trooper.
Not a peep!
And it was snowing like gang-busters, y'all!
SO fun!

We lucked out and got the whole gondola to ourselves.
I think people saw a baby covered in snow on a man's back and skipped our car.
: )
Which means I took about 300 pictures on the lift up.
We had a great time defrosting and watching people in Santa hats ski down the mountain.

At the summit, we treated the boys to lunch in the Summit House Restaurant
amid ski instructors and teen snowboarders.
We then trekked off into the trees for more tripod pictures.

The highlight for Harbor was the Keystone Ice Fort and Castle.
It has towers, slides, and an ice maze.
The best part is the ice throne for the king and queen!

Isn't it beautiful!
And such views from the top.

This was the maze that kids could take out of the ice castle.
David and Harbor took off, but I stayed behind with Henry.

The ice throne was a big hit!
It made me think of the movie, "Frozen!"
: )

Harbor and David climbed to the top and I took pictures from across the courtyard.

Heading down on the lift, Harbor snapped this picture of us.

We were all cold and tired at that point,
but it was Christmas Eve and couldn't help but feel so happy and festive.

Harbor enjoyed seeing the skiers far below us.
I started skiing at age three, so I know Harbor is probably ready for lessons.
He loves the cold as much as we do, which is a good sign.

We spent a few hours in the village.

Such a magical place for Christmas!

There were lots of trees and ice sculptures.

And bonfires!
: )

We even left the slopes in search of our cabin in Silverthorne and were able to find it pretty quickly!
Great memories spent there, many years ago with my parents, David, Harbor, and extended family.
{I blogged about our cabin back in 2010 when we stayed there last .. I'd link it, but I'm too busy catching up the laundry!}

Christmas at home was wonderful.
So thankful for a tiny baby, born in a manger, just for us.

Because of Jesus, all of our tomorrows are happy!
He was born and He still lives!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Merry Christmas, friends and family!
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  1. Oh, Jessica--Truly a magical place for Christmas! So beautiful!

    Jamie Garner

  2. Looks like a great time! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  3. what a fun time! I'm cold just looking at your photos ;) and yes, Henry is the best trooper! and Harbor looks like he's having a ton of fun! I've only skied once in my life and I fell about every 3ft. ha! you will be so thankful you always had a tripod handy ;) what great memories you're capturing!!!