Monthly Archives: December 2012

Beaver Creek Family Vacation Part 1

Thanksgiving-184 Jon and I looked all over ski country for a place to gather our families for Thanksgiving.  From Vail, Breckenridge, and Beaver Creek all the way to Cordillera.  We fell in love with one that ended up falling through, which also ended up being the best possible thing to happen to us.  It lead us to the perfect house.  Comfortable, incredibly spacious, sweeping views of our favorite ski resort, unbeatable location, and with a great kitchen for my Dad.

Thanksgiving-182 Thanksgiving-2 HeidiTurkeyDay-15The setting couldn’t have been more beautiful.  Nestled right into the mountain, directly on runs leading into the Bachelor Gulch base, and with an outdoor hot tub for prime viewing of skiers, the horizon, and wildlife.

Thanksgiving-34 Thanksgiving-38 Thanksgiving-81 MindyTurkeyDay-24 MindyTurkeyDay-25 Thanksgiving-12 I have to admit that the night we arrived I loved seeing everybody ooh and ahh over the house.  I myself did the same thing the first time I walked in and so so hoped everyone else would have the same reaction and that we had met their expectations.

We spent the first evening mostly in the living room, around the fireplace with drinks in hand, reveling in each others company.

MindyTurkeyDay-7Mom had the great idea (since Livi was to be the only kid) to give her the doll she’d been begging for Christmas.  Something to help ‘entertain’ her while all the adults did boring adult stuff.  I grew up playing with American Girl dolls and could hardly WAIT for the day that Livi was interested.  I was probably more excited than she was.

Thanksgiving-3 Thanksgiving-4 Thanksgiving-7 Thanksgiving-5 Grandpa Pete was the first person to get tears out of us (not even an hour into the vacation) by laughing so hard at something that he started (then we all started…and by all I mean the girls) to cry.

Thanksgiving-6 Thanksgiving-28 Thanksgiving-27 Thanksgiving-26It didn’t take long for everyone to strap on some robes and head for the hot tub for some oohing and ahhing at the stars and view.

MindyTurkeyDay-1 MindyTurkeyDay-2 MindyTurkeyDay-3 MindyTurkeyDay-4 MindyTurkeyDay-5 MeganTurkeyDay-8 Thanksgiving-9 MindyTurkeyDay-6 Thanksgiving-8It was a great night.  A great start.  

Exhausted, everyone headed to their beds to prepare for the first morning of vacation in Beaver Creek.

MindyTurkeyDay-10~ Hostess with the most-ess up early making breakfast burritos! ~

MindyTurkeyDay-19 MindyTurkeyDay-20~ Bed Heads ~

Thanksgiving-13Thanksgiving-132First item of business?  SKIING!  I was so pumped that people (especially livi) wanted to get out there.  My uncle Chad skied every single day he was there like a champ!   


~ Livi’s little baby ski’s. ~

Thanksgiving-37 ~ Everybody getting geared up! ~

Thanksgiving-36~ Even Makenna (or Buffy…she couldn’t decide) had her ski sweater ready. ~

Thanksgiving-10We headed over to the Beaver Creek base for a day full of fun.

MeganTurkeyDay-2 MeganTurkeyDay-3 Thanksgiving-14Thanksgiving-90 Thanksgiving-101MindyTurkeyDay-13MindyTurkeyDay-12 Thanksgiving-15 We spent a good portion of the day on the bunny hill teacher the beginners how to ski.

Livi picked it up right away…

Thanksgiving-16 …Ryan not so much.   :  )

Thanksgiving-21 Thanksgiving-20 MindyTurkeyDay-17 Thanksgiving-18 Thanksgiving-22 Thanksgiving-23 It was amazing for me to watch Jon with Livi, teaching a pretty nervous and scared little girl, how to be brave and go for it.  Great day.

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Thanksgiving-17 Thanksgiving-24Everyone had a great time, even if they weren’t skiing.  It was so warm that it bordered on hot so we all soaked up as much famous Colorado sunshine as we could take.  Once Livi tuckered out, she declared that she needed to teach Sawyer how to ski, and just like that she was a pro.  Another night of game playing, hot tubbing and reflecting on the great day followed.

I’ve got one final installment coming later this week of the rest of our trip.  Stay tuned!


I-Phone (mega) Photo Purge

I recently had to empty my phone of all its photos and videos so it would stop yelling at me about having negative space for things.  When I loaded them all into my computer I realized how long it had been since doing a Photo Purge.  The first photo below is from a month after our wedding…which was over a year ago.  So I chose a bunch, threw them up here, and promised to be better at posting more recent ones.

Here is my phone’s version of the last year up until about July.  Happy Monday!

IMG_0754 ~ First wedding I attended with my new name! ~

IMG_0868 IMG_0833 ~ Halloween Prep from 2011 ~

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~ Thanksgiving Week 2011 ~

IMG_1048 IMG_1049 IMG_1051 IMG_1060 IMG_1062 ~ Our ‘festive’ cookie baking t-shirts ~

IMG_1064 IMG_1096~ David Yurman wish list ~

IMG_1101 ~ Christmas shopping…last year ~

IMG_1114 ~ One of our favorite wedding gifts – Thanks Shuh Family! ~

IMG_1197 IMG_1138 IMG_1140 ~ New Year’s road trip to Santa Fe ~

IMG_1304 IMG_1149~ Maid of Honor dress for V’s wedding! ~

IMG_1230 ~ Genius Invention ~

IMG_1253 ~ From here on out I had discovered Instagram ~

IMG_1282 ~ Trip to Maui and Kauai ~

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IMG_1370 IMG_1371 IMG_1383 IMG_1373 IMG_1414 IMG_1415 IMG_1447 IMG_1484 ~ Dream Car…Rolls Royce ~

IMG_1486 IMG_1487 IMG_1491 IMG_1492 IMG_1493 IMG_1498 IMG_1499 ~ F.U.N. Concert ~

IMG_1500 IMG_1503 IMG_1505 IMG_1509 IMG_1510 IMG_1512 IMG_1514 IMG_1515 IMG_1513 IMG_1459 ~ My girls invade Denver!! ~

IMG_1466 IMG_1488 IMG_1489 IMG_1495 IMG_1497 IMG_1518 IMG_1522IMG_1527 IMG_1528IMG_1532 ~ V’s Bachelorette party in Texas ~

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Whew.  If you made it this far through my boring life…you’re dedicated and I thank you.

Thanksgiving Recap

It was part an attempt to thank everyone for what they did to make our wedding possible, but mostly it was fulfilling a dream I’ve had since living in Colorado.  For Thanksgiving, both the Kinkade’s and the Hendrickson’s made their way to Beaver Creek Colorado for a week long vacation hosted by Jon and I.  We found the perfect house in the perfect location, planned and plotted for months, bought all the food and alcohol our cars could carry and crossed our fingers for good weather.

It turns out when it comes to being hosts, we’re not too shabby.

I don’t know what I can say about this week without coming off too sappy.  After dropping everyone off at the airport, I cried in my car the whole way home, not so much because people were leaving but because the incredible week had ended.

There are no words to describe what it’s like watching your family experience and enjoy for the first time a place you’ve grown to love and call home.  To see all your planning be so worth it you can hardly believe it.  To watch your brothers (who never get a vacation like this) grinning ear to ear for days on end.  To see your dad (who never just shuts down) relax with a glass of wine and let someone else do the dishes.  To make it possible for your Grandpa to see his big sister (possibly for the last time) and show off his own family to her.  To watch 16 people leave all their cares at the door and do nothing but enjoy themselves for 6 days straight.  It was a magical, once in a lifetime sort of experience, for me anyway.

I’ve got about three blog’s worth of photos dedicated to this week, but for today I’ll just post the one’s from Thanksgiving.  That’s what it was all about after all.

HeidiTurkeyDay-10Chalkboard art by Livi.

MindyTurkeyDay-22 Some of you may know that my Dad is a chef extraordinaire who has owned his own restaurants and currently runs a catering business.

Thank God we decided to invite him : )

Had I been the one required to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 16 people we would have been having tacos.  One of the requirements while searching for the house we stayed at was a beautiful kitchen that he would enjoy cooking in.  I’d say we nailed it.

MindyTurkeyDay-23 MindyTurkeyDay-29 MindyTurkeyDay-31MindyTurkeyDay-30 Thanksgiving-40 We spent most of the day trying to stay out of Bob’s way, helping when asked, and watching him work his magic.  My Mom, Grandpa, Aunt Megan and I spent a chunk of the afternoon out on the patio soaking up the sun and the amazing views and just enjoying each others company.  My Grandpa’s version of this day involves seeing  bear on a nearby mountain…we think he’s losing it.  : )


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We all started smelling the food so we got dressed for dinner and began setting the tables.  Yet another requirement of the house was that it seat comfortably 16 people for Thanksgiving dinner.  The house we chose sat that many…exactly.

MeganTurkeyDay-4Thanksgiving-50 Thanksgiving-51 Thanksgiving-55 Thanksgiving-53 When we knew dinner was close we gathered outside for some nice photo’s before the daylight was gone.

MeganTurkeyDay-5 Thanksgiving-67 Thanksgiving-64 Thanksgiving-66Thanksgiving-62 Then it was time to get down to business.

Thanksgiving-68 Thanksgiving-69Thanksgiving-72 Thanksgiving-70 Thanksgiving-74 Thanksgiving-78 Thanksgiving-77Thanksgiving-79 Thanksgiving-78 Thanksgiving-76 Thanksgiving-86 After a few wonderful words from my Dad (tears) we chowed down with the gorgeous Beaver Creek sunset in the background.  Thanksgiving-82Like I said earlier…magical.

Thanksgiving-85 Thanksgiving-84Thanksgiving-80 Thanksgiving-87 Thanksgiving-88Thanksgiving-89Following dinner, Jon and I emceed the first annual Hendrickson/Kinkade trivia night.  We were filled with trepidation, but it ended up being a really fun way to close out the night.  It ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The winning team was declared (Mindy Kinkade, Tyler Hendrickson, Livi Kinkade and Ryan Kinkade) and the evening ended with people hot tubbing, card playing, relaxing and snoozing.

HeidiTurkeyDay-9 MindyTurkeyDay-48 HeidiTurkeyDay-11 Thanksgiving-131The day was a huge and delicious success.  My Dad cooked two 20+ pound turkeys for the purpose of leftovers (what can I say I’m brilliant) and we enjoyed the meal for days to come.  Easily my favorite Thanksgiving to date.

There’s a 100% chance we’ll have many more great Thanksgivings, but this one was special, and this group of people might not all be in one place at one time to share a meal ever again.

Every time I look back at this photo filled with grinning people I love…

ForFacebook-1…only one word comes to mind.


Hey…wasn’t it your Birthday?

I’m not sure how many of you know my mom, but if you do, you’ll agree she’s pretty great.  I believe I’ve called her ‘my favorite person in the world’ more than once.

Well, she had a birthday on November 13th and while I did mail her a gift, I didn’t mention her day here on the blog.  This was mostly due to the fact that I hardly blogged at all in the month of November, but it was also because I couldn’t think of a way to say what she means to us all.

Then it came to me yesterday.

Several years ago, either for Mother’s Day, Christmas, or her Birthday, I gave her a print from one of our favorite artists.


There is no one who comes here that does not know this is a true map of the world, with you there in the center, making home for us all.  -Brian Andreas

I always thought it applied to our house in Ada, where it hangs.  What I realized after hosting both Jon and my family for Thanksgiving away from home, high up in the mountains, is that it actually applies to wherever she goes.  She makes a home for us all.

Happy belated birthday mom.

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A new challenge.

As some of you may know, I recently quit my job.


I immediately felt like I lost 20 pounds, all my muscles loosened for the first time in years, and I didn’t wake up to an instant feeling of anxiety and dread.

It was time.

Actually, the correct ‘time’ to quit passed longer ago than I’m willing to admit.  Better late than never I guess.

The job very much served its purpose for me and from it I gained relationships that I cannot imagine my life without.  That being said, it had become an absolutely toxic influence on my life, spreading negativity into every single available space.

It was time and since leaving I feel like I’ve got a new lease on life.

I’ve also got some time on my hands while I figure out my next move.

Enter Anna Karenina.

AnnaKarenina-1I have started this book approximately 14 times, usually get a good 80 pages in, and then I slowly quit.

Well, Keira Knightley is currently in starring in a movie adaptation of this book and it looks exactly like my favorite kind of film.  I can’t WAIT to see it.  I decided (after finding myself spending way to much time on pinterest lately) to spend an hour or so during my mornings alone attempting to finish this book.

My motivation?  I am not allowing myself to see the movie until I finish the book.

To get from here…


…to here…AnnaKarenina-4…takes reading this many pages.  Woof.AnnaKarenina-3Considering I want to see the film while it’s still in the theaters, I need to get my ass in gear.  Luckily for me I truly enjoy reading and have always been fast at it.  I just need to keep my interesest piqued in the slow moving, complicated, and epic storyline.  My books of choice lately have been embarrassingly easy reads (Twilight, Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey) that I just blow through in a few days, so this 800 pager will be a brain stimulating change of pace.

I’ll keep you updated (it really just keeps me accountable) and I’d love it if somebody would join me!  Otherwise, wish me luck.

P.S. Have any of you ever read this book cover to cover?  What did you think?